Well, it’s that time of year…high school football on Friday nights, brisk mornings followed by warm sunny days AND the Wake County Parade of Homes! Really, life is good!
As we all know, the economy has been a bit of a drag for quite a while. And the real estate market has been sluggish, at best in many parts of the country. Here in Wake county, we haven’t seen the dramatic shifts in our market but inventory is up. Especially in the $350,000+ price ranges. I’m guessing that’s why, when I picked up the parade ‘book’ it was more the size of a magazine instead of a medium sized phone book (you remember those, don’t you?).
No matter. The homes are still stunning and full of wonderful features! Going on the parade is such an enjoyable way to spend a few hours on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. I love to listen to the folks as we are wandering around a home that probably fewer than 5% of us could actually afford to live in, pick apart the design details…the choice of colors, countertop surfaces or flooring styles. But what about the actual design? I’m going to post links to 2 of the homes that we saw and just point out my very favorite rooms in each. Honestly, I’m pretty sure that if someone would build me a house with just these two rooms, and a bathroom with a jacuzzi tub…I’d have all I ever needed to be content! ; )
First, THE KITCHEN! Entry #106 in Greyhawk Landing, Cary…3005 Greyhawk Place
Suffice it to say…this is a TRUE gourmet kitchen. It has all the amazing details you would see in a restaurant kitchen like a pot spigot on the tiled backsplash over the 6 burner range (which is dual fuel-gas range with electric oven). Two islands (one with a prep sink), another electric oven with warming tray, furniture quality cabinetry, slide out spice racks and on and on and on! Yep, this is a kitchen you can COOK and BAKE in! Funny thing is, my daughter mentioned how crazy it is because it seems that the chances of the person buying this home being a cook…well, they seem pretty remote!
And, second…the BACK PORCH (or Loggia). Entry #107….2007 Greyhawk Place, Cary
The picture just doesn’t do justice to this space…it’s enormous, with 3 separate seating areas. The main area, which is pictured here has a built-in fireplace and ceiling fans. Music from the centralized sound system mingles with the sound of gently falling water from small pond just beyond the loggia. An outdoor kitchen with grill and counter space complete this outdoor oasis! Ummm, yeah I can see myself snuggled in front of the fire with a book and a glass of red wine…thank you very much!
So, yes, I recommend you get out there and enjoy the Wake County Parade of Homes!!! You still have 2 more weekends to go…October 9-11 and 16-18. It runs noon to 5pm each day. Enjoy!
Also, there is another parade called the ‘Remodeler’s Home Tour’ which takes place on October 24-25. BE AWARE, THERE IS A $5 COST PER PERSON FOR THIS ONE. I think we’ll probably check this one out as well since we live in an older home that could definitely use a facelift, here and there.