Prospective homebuyers will find a wide array of stunning villas and townhomes that are helping to drive today’s home buying market at the 2016 Fall Parade of Homes (KCParadeofHomes.com), which runs through Oct. 9.
And if you think villas and townhomes are generally only "small, downsized homes" suitable for retirees, think again. Great diversity in size, high-end finishes and community amenities are drawing a variety of buyers from single professionals, to families with young children, to empty-nesters and retirees.
"The villa/townhome client has a focus of situating themselves with a home that provides them the amenities they like, as well as freeing them from the time spent in addressing maintenance," said Cory Childress, president of Evan-Talan Homes (evan-talanhomes.com). "They may very well be choosing [a villa or townhome] to create more leisure time for themselves, yet are unwavering on the ‘custom’ home they envision, and don’t feel they should compromise on the high level of finish that a larger square foot home may offer."
Regardless of what type of type of home a buyer chooses, Childress said, location is a number one priority, followed by community amenities, the costs associated with those amenities, and any special assessments that may be included.
"As a custom home builder, building homes from $700,000 to $1.5 million, our core concept is to identify the client’s desire and produce their vision, while creating a pleasant, exciting process throughout the build, and to maintain a close connection with them for life."
One example of Evan-Talan Homes’ attention to detail, commitment to craftsmanship and breadth of design services, regardless of home size, can be found at The Villas of Ironwoods in Overland Park (Parade Entry #146).
Brian Koehler with Koehler Building Co. Inc. (koehlerbuildingco.com) agreed that age is becoming less of a factor among homebuyers considering purchasing a villa or townhome.
"We build mostly 1½-story and reverse 1½-story residences, and most people we build a villa for definitely want their home to be low maintenance," Koehler said. "It seems that people want smaller plans now, but they want good, flowing open floor plans, more of a sleek and slightly more contemporary look, and all the nice amenities."
Prospective buyers can check out Koehler Building Co.’s spacious floor plans, attention to detail, use of high-quality materials and energy efficient features at The Villas of Ironwoods in Overland Park (Parade Entry #147), and The Village of Loch Lloyd in Missouri (Parade Entry #254.)
Presented by the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Kansas City (HBA) and sponsored by Stewart Title, this year’s Fall Parade of Homes features 318 single-family homes, townhomes, and maintenance provided villas constructed by 96 Kansas City metropolitan area builders across five counties on both sides of the state line.
2016 Fall Parade of Homes
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. now through Oct. 9. Admission is free.
Where: 318 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.
Home prices: Range from $182,500 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.