TRAVERSE CITY — Thirteen homes will be featured in the 30th parade.
Twelve new and one remodeled residence will be on display during the Home Builders Association of Grand Traverse Area's 30th annual Parade of Homes. Tours of the homes will be available June 13-16.
Parade of Homes tour times will be noon to 8 p.m. June 13-14, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 15, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 16.
Sara Javed, events coordinator for HBAGTA, said the homes are located in Traverse City, Acme, Williamsburg, Lake Ann, Suttons Bay and on Old Mission Peninsula. Specific addresses are available when purchasing advance tickets to the event, but, to reduce traffic along the route, Javed said, they won't be revealed to the public until June 11.
Tickets sell for $15 through June 12. They''ll cost $18 after the event begins.
New this year is a downloadable phone app that will provide guidance to those on the route.
"We're trying to help people get to the houses easier," Javed said. "With the app, wherever you are, you can click on the house you want to go to and the app gives you directions to that house."
Houses in the 2019 Parade of Homes have list prices that range from $270,000 to $2 million.
"It really appeals to all age groups and income levels," Javed said.
Rembrandt Construction, Inc. in Traverse City is the only builder with two homes on the 2019 tour. Silverwood Enterprises, Ltd. will have a house in the tour.
"I think we have more experience than anyone else as far as we know," Silverwood Enterprises owner Kendall Smith said. "I think this is number 24 for us. Almost every year we've had one in it since 1986."
Smith said overall exposure, as well as giving people a chance to get a first-hand look at something that can be difficult to visualize in two dimensions, keeps him entering the Parade of Homes year after year.
"It gives us an opportunity to show off our product in the flesh so to say," Smith said.
Javed said each of the homes will have a builder's representative on site.
"It's a good chance to interview and interact with the builders," she said.
Javed said the 2018 Parade of Homes drew more than 1,900 visitors to 18 different stops. The tour includes between 12 and 20 homes each year.
"We've seen it go up the past couple of years," Javed said of the overall attendance during the four days.
In addition to a builder, each of the homes has a host from an area nonprofit. Javed said a portion of the funds raised go to these organizations, as well as serving as a fundraiser for HBAGTA to further the organization's mission and promote residential skilled trades.
Homes are divided into three price categories; five awards are presented in each category. A Judge's Choice overall award also is presented by a panel that includes two builders and two designers.
Each ticket holder has the opportunity to vote in the People's Choice contest in each of the price divisions. A completed ticket also comes with a chance to win a $100 Downtown Traverse City Gift Certificate.
Tickets can be purchased at the HBAGTA office or online at www.hbagta.com. Tickets also may be purchased at Bay View Flooring, Floor Covering Brokers, Northern Building Supply in Suttons Bay, Oleson's Food Store East and West, Pure Water Works and the Traverse City Visitor Center.