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WEST FARGO--The bar became such a comforting spot that by the 1950s and '60s some people decided to bring it home with them. The home bar has evolved from a cart to a designated serving counter with a refrigerator and maybe even a beer tap, gener...

The home at 4708 Chokecherry Court in West Fargo, N.D. features a floating tub with heated floors and a double shower in the master bathroom. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
The home at 4708 Chokecherry Court in West Fargo, N.D. features a double volume ceiling with a catwalk. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
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WEST FARGO-The bar became such a comforting spot that by the 1950s and '60s some people decided to bring it home with them. The home bar has evolved from a cart to a designated serving counter with a refrigerator and maybe even a beer tap, generally in the basement or to the side of the family space. As tastes have become more refined, so has the home bar. A new house at 4708 Chokecherry Court W., at the Wilds at Westport in West Fargo, has big windows allowing lots of natural light and great views, even in the basement, where a built-in wine bar is the toast of the new home. The home is one of 90 on display Thursday through May 3 and again May 7 through 10 as part of the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead's Spring Parade of Homes. This one and two others are featured luxury homes that require a $5 admission, good for all three. The other homes are free to tour. The event showcases new homes and the work of local builders, with options for older homeowners and first-time buyers. The wine cellar features a large glass window and door allowing for an easy inventory of all the bottles behind the counter bar. The 5-by-14-foot enclosed space has two custom-built wine racks, but room for more.
The space is next to the mechanical room, so if the owner wanted to make it a full climate-controlled wine cellar, it would be accessible. That's not necessarily needed, however, because a wine fridge below the bar counter has separate spaces to keep white and red wines at preferred temperatures. Cabinets above the counters are tall enough to store hard alcohol bottles and stay out of reach of small children. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"1678262","attributes":{"alt":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","class":"media-image","height":"672","title":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","width":"1000"}}]] It has a dishwasher and a built-in microwave, making the area perfect for entertaining, ideal since the room also features a 125-inch gray theater screen to eliminate glare and reflections with an LED projector and a full surround-sound system. With a 9-foot ceiling and a bank of wide windows, the spacious basement is more like a lounge than a man cave. "As much as we call them dens, people want to see some light. Today, you can actually see sky down here," said Robert Leslie, owner of Designer Homes, which built the house. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"1678264","attributes":{"alt":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","class":"media-image","height":"637","title":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","width":"1000"}}]] Electric window shades can dim the room in the day to allow for a theater experience. "You don't want just a theater room. You want it to be open enough to have 30 or 40 people down here doing what they want to do," Leslie said, gesturing to a corner straight across from the bar, suggesting a foosball table or a large TV on the wall. Ceiling-installed speakers are connected throughout the house, controlled by iPads or even a smartphone. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1678269","attributes":{"alt":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","width":"320"}}]] The house is built with entertaining in mind, whether it be visiting family and friends or neighborhood children. With six bedrooms and five bathrooms, the 3,664-square-foot structure is big enough to hold a big family or a family reunion. Open and airy with a 20-foot ceiling and a catwalk over the main room connecting the bedroom area to a loft/family space, the house has plenty of room for everyone to have their own space and still allow parents to keep an eye on kids. "The more you can create an environment where your kids want to be home, the better it is as a parent," said Leslie, a father of two. A big backyard that leads to a pond and a playground offers a great view, especially from the main-floor master bedroom suite, which has its own walk-out deck with 8-foot-tall patio doors to let in the sun and remote-controlled blinds for shade and privacy. "With all the light and big windows, it hits home on good energy and positive vibe in the house," Leslie says. "That's what we do." If you go What: Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead's Spring Parade of Homes When: 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and May 3. Same times May 7 through 10. Where: 90 homes throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area Info: The event is free, but $5 admission for the three featured luxury homes, Nos. 23, 30 and 42. www.hbafm.com   Home details: • 4708 Chokecherry Court W., at the Wilds at Westport in West Fargo • 3,664-square-foot, finished basement • Six bedrooms, five baths • $899,900WEST FARGO-The bar became such a comforting spot that by the 1950s and '60s some people decided to bring it home with them. The home bar has evolved from a cart to a designated serving counter with a refrigerator and maybe even a beer tap, generally in the basement or to the side of the family space. As tastes have become more refined, so has the home bar. A new house at 4708 Chokecherry Court W., at the Wilds at Westport in West Fargo, has big windows allowing lots of natural light and great views, even in the basement, where a built-in wine bar is the toast of the new home. The home is one of 90 on display Thursday through May 3 and again May 7 through 10 as part of the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead's Spring Parade of Homes. This one and two others are featured luxury homes that require a $5 admission, good for all three. The other homes are free to tour. The event showcases new homes and the work of local builders, with options for older homeowners and first-time buyers. The wine cellar features a large glass window and door allowing for an easy inventory of all the bottles behind the counter bar. The 5-by-14-foot enclosed space has two custom-built wine racks, but room for more. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"1678260","attributes":{"alt":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","class":"media-image","height":"477","title":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","width":"1000"}}]] The space is next to the mechanical room, so if the owner wanted to make it a full climate-controlled wine cellar, it would be accessible. That's not necessarily needed, however, because a wine fridge below the bar counter has separate spaces to keep white and red wines at preferred temperatures. Cabinets above the counters are tall enough to store hard alcohol bottles and stay out of reach of small children.
It has a dishwasher and a built-in microwave, making the area perfect for entertaining, ideal since the room also features a 125-inch gray theater screen to eliminate glare and reflections with an LED projector and a full surround-sound system. With a 9-foot ceiling and a bank of wide windows, the spacious basement is more like a lounge than a man cave. "As much as we call them dens, people want to see some light. Today, you can actually see sky down here," said Robert Leslie, owner of Designer Homes, which built the house. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"1678264","attributes":{"alt":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","class":"media-image","height":"637","title":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","width":"1000"}}]] Electric window shades can dim the room in the day to allow for a theater experience. "You don't want just a theater room. You want it to be open enough to have 30 or 40 people down here doing what they want to do," Leslie said, gesturing to a corner straight across from the bar, suggesting a foosball table or a large TV on the wall. Ceiling-installed speakers are connected throughout the house, controlled by iPads or even a smartphone. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1678269","attributes":{"alt":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","width":"320"}}]] The house is built with entertaining in mind, whether it be visiting family and friends or neighborhood children. With six bedrooms and five bathrooms, the 3,664-square-foot structure is big enough to hold a big family or a family reunion. Open and airy with a 20-foot ceiling and a catwalk over the main room connecting the bedroom area to a loft/family space, the house has plenty of room for everyone to have their own space and still allow parents to keep an eye on kids. "The more you can create an environment where your kids want to be home, the better it is as a parent," said Leslie, a father of two. A big backyard that leads to a pond and a playground offers a great view, especially from the main-floor master bedroom suite, which has its own walk-out deck with 8-foot-tall patio doors to let in the sun and remote-controlled blinds for shade and privacy. "With all the light and big windows, it hits home on good energy and positive vibe in the house," Leslie says. "That's what we do." If you go What: Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead's Spring Parade of Homes When: 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and May 3. Same times May 7 through 10. Where: 90 homes throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area Info: The event is free, but $5 admission for the three featured luxury homes, Nos. 23, 30 and 42. www.hbafm.com   Home details: • 4708 Chokecherry Court W., at the Wilds at Westport in West Fargo • 3,664-square-foot, finished basement • Six bedrooms, five baths • $899,900WEST FARGO-The bar became such a comforting spot that by the 1950s and '60s some people decided to bring it home with them. The home bar has evolved from a cart to a designated serving counter with a refrigerator and maybe even a beer tap, generally in the basement or to the side of the family space. As tastes have become more refined, so has the home bar. A new house at 4708 Chokecherry Court W., at the Wilds at Westport in West Fargo, has big windows allowing lots of natural light and great views, even in the basement, where a built-in wine bar is the toast of the new home. The home is one of 90 on display Thursday through May 3 and again May 7 through 10 as part of the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead's Spring Parade of Homes. This one and two others are featured luxury homes that require a $5 admission, good for all three. The other homes are free to tour. The event showcases new homes and the work of local builders, with options for older homeowners and first-time buyers. The wine cellar features a large glass window and door allowing for an easy inventory of all the bottles behind the counter bar. The 5-by-14-foot enclosed space has two custom-built wine racks, but room for more. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"1678260","attributes":{"alt":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","class":"media-image","height":"477","title":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","width":"1000"}}]] The space is next to the mechanical room, so if the owner wanted to make it a full climate-controlled wine cellar, it would be accessible. That's not necessarily needed, however, because a wine fridge below the bar counter has separate spaces to keep white and red wines at preferred temperatures. Cabinets above the counters are tall enough to store hard alcohol bottles and stay out of reach of small children. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"1678262","attributes":{"alt":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","class":"media-image","height":"672","title":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","width":"1000"}}]] It has a dishwasher and a built-in microwave, making the area perfect for entertaining, ideal since the room also features a 125-inch gray theater screen to eliminate glare and reflections with an LED projector and a full surround-sound system. With a 9-foot ceiling and a bank of wide windows, the spacious basement is more like a lounge than a man cave. "As much as we call them dens, people want to see some light. Today, you can actually see sky down here," said Robert Leslie, owner of Designer Homes, which built the house.

The home at 4708 Chokecherry Court in West Fargo, N.D. features a floating tub with heated floors and a double shower in the master bathroom. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
The home at 4708 Chokecherry Court in West Fargo, N.D. features a double volume ceiling with a catwalk. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

Electric window shades can dim the room in the day to allow for a theater experience. "You don't want just a theater room. You want it to be open enough to have 30 or 40 people down here doing what they want to do," Leslie said, gesturing to a corner straight across from the bar, suggesting a foosball table or a large TV on the wall. Ceiling-installed speakers are connected throughout the house, controlled by iPads or even a smartphone. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1678269","attributes":{"alt":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","width":"320"}}]] The house is built with entertaining in mind, whether it be visiting family and friends or neighborhood children. With six bedrooms and five bathrooms, the 3,664-square-foot structure is big enough to hold a big family or a family reunion. Open and airy with a 20-foot ceiling and a catwalk over the main room connecting the bedroom area to a loft/family space, the house has plenty of room for everyone to have their own space and still allow parents to keep an eye on kids. "The more you can create an environment where your kids want to be home, the better it is as a parent," said Leslie, a father of two. A big backyard that leads to a pond and a playground offers a great view, especially from the main-floor master bedroom suite, which has its own walk-out deck with 8-foot-tall patio doors to let in the sun and remote-controlled blinds for shade and privacy. "With all the light and big windows, it hits home on good energy and positive vibe in the house," Leslie says. "That's what we do." If you go What: Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead's Spring Parade of Homes When: 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and May 3. Same times May 7 through 10. Where: 90 homes throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area Info: The event is free, but $5 admission for the three featured luxury homes, Nos. 23, 30 and 42. www.hbafm.com   Home details: • 4708 Chokecherry Court W., at the Wilds at Westport in West Fargo • 3,664-square-foot, finished basement • Six bedrooms, five baths • $899,900WEST FARGO-The bar became such a comforting spot that by the 1950s and '60s some people decided to bring it home with them. The home bar has evolved from a cart to a designated serving counter with a refrigerator and maybe even a beer tap, generally in the basement or to the side of the family space. As tastes have become more refined, so has the home bar. A new house at 4708 Chokecherry Court W., at the Wilds at Westport in West Fargo, has big windows allowing lots of natural light and great views, even in the basement, where a built-in wine bar is the toast of the new home. The home is one of 90 on display Thursday through May 3 and again May 7 through 10 as part of the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead's Spring Parade of Homes. This one and two others are featured luxury homes that require a $5 admission, good for all three. The other homes are free to tour. The event showcases new homes and the work of local builders, with options for older homeowners and first-time buyers. The wine cellar features a large glass window and door allowing for an easy inventory of all the bottles behind the counter bar. The 5-by-14-foot enclosed space has two custom-built wine racks, but room for more. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"1678260","attributes":{"alt":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","class":"media-image","height":"477","title":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","width":"1000"}}]] The space is next to the mechanical room, so if the owner wanted to make it a full climate-controlled wine cellar, it would be accessible. That's not necessarily needed, however, because a wine fridge below the bar counter has separate spaces to keep white and red wines at preferred temperatures. Cabinets above the counters are tall enough to store hard alcohol bottles and stay out of reach of small children. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"1678262","attributes":{"alt":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","class":"media-image","height":"672","title":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","width":"1000"}}]] It has a dishwasher and a built-in microwave, making the area perfect for entertaining, ideal since the room also features a 125-inch gray theater screen to eliminate glare and reflections with an LED projector and a full surround-sound system. With a 9-foot ceiling and a bank of wide windows, the spacious basement is more like a lounge than a man cave. "As much as we call them dens, people want to see some light. Today, you can actually see sky down here," said Robert Leslie, owner of Designer Homes, which built the house. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"1678264","attributes":{"alt":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","class":"media-image","height":"637","title":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","width":"1000"}}]] Electric window shades can dim the room in the day to allow for a theater experience. "You don't want just a theater room. You want it to be open enough to have 30 or 40 people down here doing what they want to do," Leslie said, gesturing to a corner straight across from the bar, suggesting a foosball table or a large TV on the wall. Ceiling-installed speakers are connected throughout the house, controlled by iPads or even a smartphone.
The house is built with entertaining in mind, whether it be visiting family and friends or neighborhood children. With six bedrooms and five bathrooms, the 3,664-square-foot structure is big enough to hold a big family or a family reunion. Open and airy with a 20-foot ceiling and a catwalk over the main room connecting the bedroom area to a loft/family space, the house has plenty of room for everyone to have their own space and still allow parents to keep an eye on kids. "The more you can create an environment where your kids want to be home, the better it is as a parent," said Leslie, a father of two. A big backyard that leads to a pond and a playground offers a great view, especially from the main-floor master bedroom suite, which has its own walk-out deck with 8-foot-tall patio doors to let in the sun and remote-controlled blinds for shade and privacy. "With all the light and big windows, it hits home on good energy and positive vibe in the house," Leslie says. "That's what we do." If you go What: Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead's Spring Parade of Homes When: 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and May 3. Same times May 7 through 10. Where: 90 homes throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area Info: The event is free, but $5 admission for the three featured luxury homes, Nos. 23, 30 and 42. www.hbafm.com   Home details: • 4708 Chokecherry Court W., at the Wilds at Westport in West Fargo • 3,664-square-foot, finished basement • Six bedrooms, five baths • $899,900WEST FARGO-The bar became such a comforting spot that by the 1950s and '60s some people decided to bring it home with them.The home bar has evolved from a cart to a designated serving counter with a refrigerator and maybe even a beer tap, generally in the basement or to the side of the family space. As tastes have become more refined, so has the home bar.A new house at 4708 Chokecherry Court W., at the Wilds at Westport in West Fargo, has big windows allowing lots of natural light and great views, even in the basement, where a built-in wine bar is the toast of the new home.The home is one of 90 on display Thursday through May 3 and again May 7 through 10 as part of the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead's Spring Parade of Homes. This one and two others are featured luxury homes that require a $5 admission, good for all three. The other homes are free to tour.The event showcases new homes and the work of local builders, with options for older homeowners and first-time buyers.The wine cellar features a large glass window and door allowing for an easy inventory of all the bottles behind the counter bar. The 5-by-14-foot enclosed space has two custom-built wine racks, but room for more.
The space is next to the mechanical room, so if the owner wanted to make it a full climate-controlled wine cellar, it would be accessible.That's not necessarily needed, however, because a wine fridge below the bar counter has separate spaces to keep white and red wines at preferred temperatures.Cabinets above the counters are tall enough to store hard alcohol bottles and stay out of reach of small children.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"1678262","attributes":{"alt":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","class":"media-image","height":"672","title":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","width":"1000"}}]]It has a dishwasher and a built-in microwave, making the area perfect for entertaining, ideal since the room also features a 125-inch gray theater screen to eliminate glare and reflections with an LED projector and a full surround-sound system.With a 9-foot ceiling and a bank of wide windows, the spacious basement is more like a lounge than a man cave."As much as we call them dens, people want to see some light. Today, you can actually see sky down here," said Robert Leslie, owner of Designer Homes, which built the house.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"1678264","attributes":{"alt":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","class":"media-image","height":"637","title":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","width":"1000"}}]]Electric window shades can dim the room in the day to allow for a theater experience."You don't want just a theater room. You want it to be open enough to have 30 or 40 people down here doing what they want to do," Leslie said, gesturing to a corner straight across from the bar, suggesting a foosball table or a large TV on the wall.Ceiling-installed speakers are connected throughout the house, controlled by iPads or even a smartphone.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1678269","attributes":{"alt":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","width":"320"}}]]The house is built with entertaining in mind, whether it be visiting family and friends or neighborhood children. With six bedrooms and five bathrooms, the 3,664-square-foot structure is big enough to hold a big family or a family reunion.Open and airy with a 20-foot ceiling and a catwalk over the main room connecting the bedroom area to a loft/family space, the house has plenty of room for everyone to have their own space and still allow parents to keep an eye on kids."The more you can create an environment where your kids want to be home, the better it is as a parent," said Leslie, a father of two.A big backyard that leads to a pond and a playground offers a great view, especially from the main-floor master bedroom suite, which has its own walk-out deck with 8-foot-tall patio doors to let in the sun and remote-controlled blinds for shade and privacy."With all the light and big windows, it hits home on good energy and positive vibe in the house," Leslie says. "That's what we do."If you goWhat: Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead's Spring Parade of HomesWhen: 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and May 3. Same times May 7 through 10.Where: 90 homes throughout the Fargo-Moorhead areaInfo: The event is free, but $5 admission for the three featured luxury homes, Nos. 23, 30 and 42. www.hbafm.com Home details:• 4708 Chokecherry Court W., at the Wilds at Westport in West Fargo• 3,664-square-foot, finished basement• Six bedrooms, five baths• $899,900WEST FARGO-The bar became such a comforting spot that by the 1950s and '60s some people decided to bring it home with them.The home bar has evolved from a cart to a designated serving counter with a refrigerator and maybe even a beer tap, generally in the basement or to the side of the family space. As tastes have become more refined, so has the home bar.A new house at 4708 Chokecherry Court W., at the Wilds at Westport in West Fargo, has big windows allowing lots of natural light and great views, even in the basement, where a built-in wine bar is the toast of the new home.The home is one of 90 on display Thursday through May 3 and again May 7 through 10 as part of the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead's Spring Parade of Homes. This one and two others are featured luxury homes that require a $5 admission, good for all three. The other homes are free to tour.The event showcases new homes and the work of local builders, with options for older homeowners and first-time buyers.The wine cellar features a large glass window and door allowing for an easy inventory of all the bottles behind the counter bar. The 5-by-14-foot enclosed space has two custom-built wine racks, but room for more.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"1678260","attributes":{"alt":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","class":"media-image","height":"477","title":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","width":"1000"}}]]The space is next to the mechanical room, so if the owner wanted to make it a full climate-controlled wine cellar, it would be accessible.That's not necessarily needed, however, because a wine fridge below the bar counter has separate spaces to keep white and red wines at preferred temperatures.Cabinets above the counters are tall enough to store hard alcohol bottles and stay out of reach of small children.
It has a dishwasher and a built-in microwave, making the area perfect for entertaining, ideal since the room also features a 125-inch gray theater screen to eliminate glare and reflections with an LED projector and a full surround-sound system.With a 9-foot ceiling and a bank of wide windows, the spacious basement is more like a lounge than a man cave."As much as we call them dens, people want to see some light. Today, you can actually see sky down here," said Robert Leslie, owner of Designer Homes, which built the house.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"1678264","attributes":{"alt":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","class":"media-image","height":"637","title":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","width":"1000"}}]]Electric window shades can dim the room in the day to allow for a theater experience."You don't want just a theater room. You want it to be open enough to have 30 or 40 people down here doing what they want to do," Leslie said, gesturing to a corner straight across from the bar, suggesting a foosball table or a large TV on the wall.Ceiling-installed speakers are connected throughout the house, controlled by iPads or even a smartphone.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1678269","attributes":{"alt":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","width":"320"}}]]The house is built with entertaining in mind, whether it be visiting family and friends or neighborhood children. With six bedrooms and five bathrooms, the 3,664-square-foot structure is big enough to hold a big family or a family reunion.Open and airy with a 20-foot ceiling and a catwalk over the main room connecting the bedroom area to a loft/family space, the house has plenty of room for everyone to have their own space and still allow parents to keep an eye on kids."The more you can create an environment where your kids want to be home, the better it is as a parent," said Leslie, a father of two.A big backyard that leads to a pond and a playground offers a great view, especially from the main-floor master bedroom suite, which has its own walk-out deck with 8-foot-tall patio doors to let in the sun and remote-controlled blinds for shade and privacy."With all the light and big windows, it hits home on good energy and positive vibe in the house," Leslie says. "That's what we do."If you goWhat: Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead's Spring Parade of HomesWhen: 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and May 3. Same times May 7 through 10.Where: 90 homes throughout the Fargo-Moorhead areaInfo: The event is free, but $5 admission for the three featured luxury homes, Nos. 23, 30 and 42. www.hbafm.com Home details:• 4708 Chokecherry Court W., at the Wilds at Westport in West Fargo• 3,664-square-foot, finished basement• Six bedrooms, five baths• $899,900WEST FARGO-The bar became such a comforting spot that by the 1950s and '60s some people decided to bring it home with them.The home bar has evolved from a cart to a designated serving counter with a refrigerator and maybe even a beer tap, generally in the basement or to the side of the family space. As tastes have become more refined, so has the home bar.A new house at 4708 Chokecherry Court W., at the Wilds at Westport in West Fargo, has big windows allowing lots of natural light and great views, even in the basement, where a built-in wine bar is the toast of the new home.The home is one of 90 on display Thursday through May 3 and again May 7 through 10 as part of the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead's Spring Parade of Homes. This one and two others are featured luxury homes that require a $5 admission, good for all three. The other homes are free to tour.The event showcases new homes and the work of local builders, with options for older homeowners and first-time buyers.The wine cellar features a large glass window and door allowing for an easy inventory of all the bottles behind the counter bar. The 5-by-14-foot enclosed space has two custom-built wine racks, but room for more.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"1678260","attributes":{"alt":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","class":"media-image","height":"477","title":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","width":"1000"}}]]The space is next to the mechanical room, so if the owner wanted to make it a full climate-controlled wine cellar, it would be accessible.That's not necessarily needed, however, because a wine fridge below the bar counter has separate spaces to keep white and red wines at preferred temperatures.Cabinets above the counters are tall enough to store hard alcohol bottles and stay out of reach of small children.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"1678262","attributes":{"alt":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","class":"media-image","height":"672","title":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","width":"1000"}}]]It has a dishwasher and a built-in microwave, making the area perfect for entertaining, ideal since the room also features a 125-inch gray theater screen to eliminate glare and reflections with an LED projector and a full surround-sound system.With a 9-foot ceiling and a bank of wide windows, the spacious basement is more like a lounge than a man cave."As much as we call them dens, people want to see some light. Today, you can actually see sky down here," said Robert Leslie, owner of Designer Homes, which built the house.

The home at 4708 Chokecherry Court in West Fargo, N.D. features a floating tub with heated floors and a double shower in the master bathroom. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
The home at 4708 Chokecherry Court in West Fargo, N.D. features a double volume ceiling with a catwalk. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

Electric window shades can dim the room in the day to allow for a theater experience."You don't want just a theater room. You want it to be open enough to have 30 or 40 people down here doing what they want to do," Leslie said, gesturing to a corner straight across from the bar, suggesting a foosball table or a large TV on the wall.Ceiling-installed speakers are connected throughout the house, controlled by iPads or even a smartphone.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1678269","attributes":{"alt":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","width":"320"}}]]The house is built with entertaining in mind, whether it be visiting family and friends or neighborhood children. With six bedrooms and five bathrooms, the 3,664-square-foot structure is big enough to hold a big family or a family reunion.Open and airy with a 20-foot ceiling and a catwalk over the main room connecting the bedroom area to a loft/family space, the house has plenty of room for everyone to have their own space and still allow parents to keep an eye on kids."The more you can create an environment where your kids want to be home, the better it is as a parent," said Leslie, a father of two.A big backyard that leads to a pond and a playground offers a great view, especially from the main-floor master bedroom suite, which has its own walk-out deck with 8-foot-tall patio doors to let in the sun and remote-controlled blinds for shade and privacy."With all the light and big windows, it hits home on good energy and positive vibe in the house," Leslie says. "That's what we do."If you goWhat: Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead's Spring Parade of HomesWhen: 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and May 3. Same times May 7 through 10.Where: 90 homes throughout the Fargo-Moorhead areaInfo: The event is free, but $5 admission for the three featured luxury homes, Nos. 23, 30 and 42. www.hbafm.com Home details:• 4708 Chokecherry Court W., at the Wilds at Westport in West Fargo• 3,664-square-foot, finished basement• Six bedrooms, five baths• $899,900WEST FARGO-The bar became such a comforting spot that by the 1950s and '60s some people decided to bring it home with them.The home bar has evolved from a cart to a designated serving counter with a refrigerator and maybe even a beer tap, generally in the basement or to the side of the family space. As tastes have become more refined, so has the home bar.A new house at 4708 Chokecherry Court W., at the Wilds at Westport in West Fargo, has big windows allowing lots of natural light and great views, even in the basement, where a built-in wine bar is the toast of the new home.The home is one of 90 on display Thursday through May 3 and again May 7 through 10 as part of the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead's Spring Parade of Homes. This one and two others are featured luxury homes that require a $5 admission, good for all three. The other homes are free to tour.The event showcases new homes and the work of local builders, with options for older homeowners and first-time buyers.The wine cellar features a large glass window and door allowing for an easy inventory of all the bottles behind the counter bar. The 5-by-14-foot enclosed space has two custom-built wine racks, but room for more.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"1678260","attributes":{"alt":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","class":"media-image","height":"477","title":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","width":"1000"}}]]The space is next to the mechanical room, so if the owner wanted to make it a full climate-controlled wine cellar, it would be accessible.That's not necessarily needed, however, because a wine fridge below the bar counter has separate spaces to keep white and red wines at preferred temperatures.Cabinets above the counters are tall enough to store hard alcohol bottles and stay out of reach of small children.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"1678262","attributes":{"alt":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","class":"media-image","height":"672","title":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","width":"1000"}}]]It has a dishwasher and a built-in microwave, making the area perfect for entertaining, ideal since the room also features a 125-inch gray theater screen to eliminate glare and reflections with an LED projector and a full surround-sound system.With a 9-foot ceiling and a bank of wide windows, the spacious basement is more like a lounge than a man cave."As much as we call them dens, people want to see some light. Today, you can actually see sky down here," said Robert Leslie, owner of Designer Homes, which built the house.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"1678264","attributes":{"alt":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","class":"media-image","height":"637","title":"Carrie Snyder / The Forum","width":"1000"}}]]Electric window shades can dim the room in the day to allow for a theater experience."You don't want just a theater room. You want it to be open enough to have 30 or 40 people down here doing what they want to do," Leslie said, gesturing to a corner straight across from the bar, suggesting a foosball table or a large TV on the wall.Ceiling-installed speakers are connected throughout the house, controlled by iPads or even a smartphone.
The house is built with entertaining in mind, whether it be visiting family and friends or neighborhood children. With six bedrooms and five bathrooms, the 3,664-square-foot structure is big enough to hold a big family or a family reunion.Open and airy with a 20-foot ceiling and a catwalk over the main room connecting the bedroom area to a loft/family space, the house has plenty of room for everyone to have their own space and still allow parents to keep an eye on kids."The more you can create an environment where your kids want to be home, the better it is as a parent," said Leslie, a father of two.A big backyard that leads to a pond and a playground offers a great view, especially from the main-floor master bedroom suite, which has its own walk-out deck with 8-foot-tall patio doors to let in the sun and remote-controlled blinds for shade and privacy."With all the light and big windows, it hits home on good energy and positive vibe in the house," Leslie says. "That's what we do."If you goWhat: Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead's Spring Parade of HomesWhen: 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and May 3. Same times May 7 through 10.Where: 90 homes throughout the Fargo-Moorhead areaInfo: The event is free, but $5 admission for the three featured luxury homes, Nos. 23, 30 and 42. www.hbafm.com Home details:• 4708 Chokecherry Court W., at the Wilds at Westport in West Fargo• 3,664-square-foot, finished basement• Six bedrooms, five baths• $899,900

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