Sioux Falls’ seasonal home showcase is scheduled to return in September, when builders across the region invite the community to see their work first-hand.
The 2021 Fall Parade of Homes is a two-weekend event, slated to run 1-5 p.m. Sept. 11-12 and Sept. 18-19.
This year’s fall parade will feature a variety of homes with different design techniques and price points across Sioux Falls, Brandon and Tea. There will also be a virtual tour option for some houses.
Hand sanitizer will be available at the the homes, and tours will include one entrance and one exit to help maintain social distancing guidelines. Attendees are asked to not touch any surfaces and wear socks with shoes, as booties from previous years won’t be available. Masks will not be required.
The Fall Parade of Homes is set to feature 30 homes, including nine virtual tours. The houses range in price from $250,000 to more than $1 million.
All homes will be free to tour except for the feature home, which requires a $5 donation to benefit the Sioux Empire Home Builders Care Foundation. The foundation supports scholarships for students studying building trades, a middle school construction camp, a workforce development grant and the Repair Affair program.
This year’s feature home is a four-bedroom, four-bathroom house with an exercise room at 1308 S. Sugar Maple Drive. The 4,800-square-foot house also features a four-season room with a stone fire place. The house is estimated to be worth over $1 million.
“During COVID, it didn’t feel right to have a feature home. Now we’re getting back into that charity component,” said Julie Terrell, executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire.
The twice-yearly event is an opportunity for contractors to engage directly with potential clients, including families who might be interested in a new construction home. Right now, or as soon as possible, is when people should be reaching out to builders if they’re interested in builder a new home, Terrell said.
“A lot of builders have a lengthy list to get ready to build homes for people,” Terrell said. “We were finding with COVID a lot of people are looking for new ideas for their home. It’s the perfect time to see new trends in new construction and possibly incorporate them into your home.”
As for the booming home construction market in the Sioux Falls area right now, Terrell doesn’t see that slowing down.
“I think we’re going to have another record year and the builders are doing very well,” Terrell said. “I encourage people to have patience when building a home. Getting started a little earlier definitely helps.”
View a map of this year’s homes and plan your route at the Parade of Homes website.