It was Fall, 1949, when the first Twin Cities Parade of Homes opened for visitors. Back then there were just a dozen or so homes in the brand new community of Edina open to tour. It was a humble beginning for an event that has become a fall tradition (and since the mid 1980s a spring one, too) for people in the Twin Cities.
The new rambler homes were popular, and the kind of home many of us baby boomers grew up in.
Directional signs helped visitors find newly build neighborhoods, and the tradition continues today with our iconic yellow and red arrows posted around town.
This fall, we have 423 gorgeous new homes for visitors to tour. All the homes are open Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 6:00 pm, September 10th through October 2nd. Homes are priced accurately so you can truly understand the cost/value of new homes today. You’ll see the latest in design and decor. And you’ll discover the joys of living in a beautiful new neighborhood designed with you in mind. From pools and community centers to trails and ponds, today’s new neighborhoods help create a sense of community that makes coming home special.
You can enjoy a number of fun, tasty and education events presented by a number of our builders. Plan your tour by checking out our Calendar. You’ll want to pick up a guidebook at a local Holiday Stationstore, or just page through our E-Magazine to read about the home buying adventure of the family on our cover and learn more about why a new home is a smart buying decision. You’ll also get to see some of the coolest features from our summer Artisan homes in beautiful photography in our Style section.
All the homes are free to tour with the exception of four Artisan Dream Homes. These amazing million-dollar beauties will ask for a $5 entry fee which goes entirely to the BATC Foundation to help them continue their good works building and remodeling homes for area families in need. The Artisan Dream Homes include:
Parade Home #176 by Hagstrom Builder, priced at $1,500,000 and located in Grant
Parade Home #350 by Highmark Builders, priced at $2,400,000 and located in Edina
Parade Home #351 by Carl M. Hansen Companies priced at $2,600,000 and located in Edina
Parade Home #372 by Copper Creek, LLC, priced at $1,635,000 and located in Prior Lake.
We hope to see you on the tour, but if you can’t get out to see them, here’s a taste of what our builders have to show you:
- We love the modified barrel vaulted ceiling in the tranquil interior in Home #3 by Bohland Homes.
- Creative Homes #219 shows off the popular white kitchen with a pop of color in the dark blue island and warm honey-toned wood flooring.
- Spa baths are all the rage, like the gorgeous shower with glass window into the bathroom in Home #90 by Centra Homes.