This year’s Spring Parade of Homes is in full force, attracting thousands of prospective homebuyers to 381 homes ranging in price from $165,000 to $1.6 million, built by some of the finest homebuilders throughout the Greater Kansas City region.
With boutique homes for first-time homebuyers, inviting maintenance-provided villas attractive to empty-nesters looking to downsize, spacious single-family residences for growing families and stunning luxury custom homes, the Parade offers something for everyone — and more than 100 of these homes can be found in the Missouri South area, which encompasses the area south the river.
According to Lan Stallings, marketing director with Dreams & Design Building, the Kansas City homebuilding market is unique compared to the rest of the country. “There are a lot fewer large national builders versus the smaller, traditional, grassroots type of builders,” she said. “Kansas City homebuilders create relationships with our homeowners, and pass down that tradition for generations.”
Prospective homebuyers will find several beautiful homes built by Stallings and her husband, Kevin, on the Parade including in the Monticello by the Lake community located in Lee’s Summit (Tour #50). Here you will find a reverse story-and-a-half home featuring four bedrooms, five bathrooms and two covered decks.
In Oak Grove, the Stallings have built a quaint ranch-style home highlighted by an impressive entry with cedar beams and encompassing four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a side-entry garage (Tour #55).
Stallings said today’s homebuyers not only desire to be involved in choosing specific kitchen features, but in designing the bathroom vanities and master closets as well. “Master closets have gone taller, [and] we have been adding metal pull down bars so homeowners can access three levels of hanging garments,” she said. “The master closets are also adorned with built-in armoires, LED accent lights, purse and shoe display cabinets, make-up desks, full-length dressing mirrors, storage cubbies and sometimes even craft/work stations.”
How to Choose a New Home
When visiting Parade homes, the first thing to consider is what style of home works best for you and your family. “This could be a two-story, 1-½-story or reverse 1-½ story home,” said Justin Pfeifer, vice president of Pfeifer Homes Inc. “After that, the number of bedrooms they need for their kids, if they work from home they are definitely going to need a home office, [then] rooms or areas that may not be a major requirement, such as a formal dining room or sitting room in the master bedroom.”
One of the trends Pfeiffer incorporates into his homes is a wide array of inviting flooring options. “This includes the hardwood-look tiles, LVT—luxury vinyl tile—products, and many different hardwood floor species and options,” he said. “Another big trend right now is manmade countertop products.”
Several examples of Pfeiffer Homes’ beautiful designs can be seen on the Parade in the Raintree Lake Estates neighborhood in Lee's Summit, including a spacious four-bedroom, 3-1/2- bathroom plan (Tour #73).
“We are a design build company able to make plan changes and incorporate any design concepts that fit our buyers’ lifestyle, needs and budget,” said Pfeiffer, “whether this means working from an existing plan or designing one from scratch.”
To find more homes and map your route during the Parade of Homes visit kcparadeofhomes.com. While on the website, please take a moment to donate to Harvesters. The Parade is partnering with Harvesters to Build Up the Food Bank for the summer months when supplies tend to be the lowest.
2017 Spring Parade of Homes
When: April 22 through May 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.
Where: 381 homes throughout the metro. Free Parade Guides listing addresses and information for every home on the Parade are available at the HBA office at 600 E. 103rd St., near Interstate 435 and Holmes Road, and at all Parade homes.
Prices: Homes range from $165,000 to $1.6 million.
More Information: Event information and a digital Parade of Homes Guide can be found at KCParadeofHomes.com using an online Home Search tool for locating homes by builder, price, location, school district or amenities, plus a Mobile Search and Maps tool for searching from your smart phone or tablet.