FARGO - This year's Spring Parade of Homes focuses on the homebuyers' stage of life - and how it affects their home's size and design.
The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead's Spring Parade of Homes features 93 newly constructed homes by 50 local builders, including options for those age 55 and older, first-time buyers, families looking to expand and those wanting to downsize.
Locals can tour homes throughout Fargo, Horace, Moorhead and West Fargo April 27-29 and May 4-6.This year's tour highlights how one home could help a family grow up and the other could ensure that they grow old.
Room to grow up
Builder: Sullivan Construction, Inc.
Value: $249, 900
Size: 2,250 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths
Address: 1213 44th Ave. S., Moorhead
Stand out details:
- No backyard neighbor
- Open-concept family room
- Three-stall garage
"When we first started our business we built a design like this because we had kids in elementary school," says Jim Sullivan, owner of Sullivan Construction Inc. "We knew (the kids) were going to grow bigger so we built our home to grow with the family,"
Jim works with his wife Leslie to design each home. Leslie says the upper level with the kitchen and dining room was based on feedback they had received from families.
"On that main floor, families want a second bedroom by the master bedroom," she says.
Leslie says it was important to provide both a master suite, bathroom, second bedroom and separate bathroom on the main floor. This way a family could always have the youngest child or new baby near the parents.
"Downstairs we included a family room that has a lot of flexible space as well of two additional bedrooms and one bathroom," she says.
Leslie says the family should be comfortable, so the split-level includes luxury upgrades, like quartz kitchen countertops, granite in the master bath with tile tub surround, Mill Creek cabinets, Pella windows, LP SmartSide siding and stainless steel kitchen appliances.
Located near Reinertsen Elementary and a park, the Sullivans say this home would be a great fit for any young family.
Room to grow old
Builder: Roers Construction
Size: 1,450 square feet, two bedrooms and two baths (For those who need a little extra space, there is a three bedroom, three bath (2,200 square feet) option with an elevator, valued at $322,900.)
Address: 2860 Calico Dr., Unit D, Fargo
Stand out details:
- 9' ceilings
- Heated 2-stall garages
- Large private patios and courtyards
"What makes these homes special is that they are truly one-level living, says Matt Nygard, Roers development research analyst and executive of residential sales. "You pull into your garage and you walk right into your condominium."
During the fall of 2016, Roers - which primarily builds multifamily and commercial housing - decided to build reasonably-priced Crestwood Condominiums for buyers 50-and-older.
"We did some research and saw that there were a lot of people in the 50s and 60s looking for this," Nygard says. "We decided to build these homes at the mid-$200,000 to lower $300,000 price points."
Nygard says by building a spacious one-level condominium at this price point, many people could downsize their current home without going into debt to purchase a new home that would include some aging-in-place features, like the wide, wheelchair or walker accessible doorways and spacious bathrooms.
"All units have butler pantries which helps keep the kitchens less cluttered with coffee pots, mixers or toasters," he says.
Nygard also points out the mobility and freedom each home allows its owners. Conveniently located between 45th Street and 42nd Street and just north of 32nd Avenue South, each unit includes snow removal and lawn care.
"Owners have peace in mind going on extended vacations knowing that the condo property is secure and taken care of," Nygard says.
If You Go
What: 58th Annual Spring Parade of Homes
When: April 27-29 and May 4-6. Hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Info: Find tickets online at www.paradefm.com, or through the mobile app (search "Parade FM"). Admission is free to tour the majority of homes (luxurious featured homes will cost $5). Simply register to attend the event and print your ticket with a QR code, or have it available on your mobile device, when you enter the homes. Call the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead at (701) 232-5846 or visit www.paradefm.com for more information.
Pick up the Spring Parade of Homes magazine in the Sunday, April 22 issue of The Forum or at area Hornbacher's after Monday, April 23.