Whether you want to build a home, buy a new one, remodel what you already have, or just dream a little about real estate, the 48th annual Chippewa Valley Parade of Homes will offer 14 homes in the Eau Claire area to explore, in person and virtual.
This year’s event, which will be 11-18. June, will showcase eight new homes and two remodeled homes, all of which can be visited in person, as well as four virtual tours (two new homes and two remodeled homes).
After several years in the shadow of the pandemic, Christina Thrun of the Chippewa Valley Homebuilders Association is hopeful that parade participation may return to its typical total of around 5,000. Of course, not all of these parade goers want to buy new homes.
“I know a lot of the people who come through just want to see what the new design trends are,” said Thrun, CEO of the local housing group. They may be looking for new paint colors or interior design ideas, or perhaps for inspiration for remodeling a bathroom or kitchen. Remodeled homes have been added to the tour in recent years to accommodate the latter group, while virtual tours became a necessity when COVID-19 hit in 2020. Both remodels and virtual visits are now permanent parts of the Parade of Homes.
Still, there will be plenty of opportunities to stroll through brand new homes. Most of the homes are in the immediate Eau Claire area, plus a few in remote areas including Lake Hallie and rural Strum. Thrun said the homes range in value from $ 300,000 to more than $ 1 million.
Many of this year’s homes reflect modern design sensibilities with a focus on black, white and gray, including white oak floors and black-framed windows. Thrun said this is in contrast to the more country styles that were popular a few years back.
“It seems that in the year we lost, everything slipped from farm to modern,” she said. Although you will still see some rustic beams or nave walls, they are more likely to be accents than dominant features in this year’s parade home.
The 2022 edition of the parade will be somewhat smaller than previous years, mainly due to the influence of nationwide factors in the housing market. In the wake of the pandemic, supply chains are still running backwards, making it harder for homebuilders to build and complete houses, Thrun said. There is also a shortage of skilled workers needed to build new homes. And a hot housing market means that new homes are in demand and will hardly be empty for long.
“We are so behind with the supply right now that they can not build them fast enough,” said Thrun, association members tell her.
The Parade of Homes begins Saturday, June 11th and runs through Saturday, June 18th. Tickets cost $ 8 before June 10 and $ 10 thereafter, giving ticket holders access to personal visiting homes as well as codes that allow them to view the virtual tours.
Tickets can be purchased online at paradeofhomescv.com or at RCU locations in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls and Menomonie; at the Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association office (4319 Jeffers Road); or on the turbo homes themselves.
For more information, including a map, visit paradeofhomescv.com.