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This year’s Parade of Homes will be going on for another week at Jerome Village. It’s the Million Dollar Parade, because 6 of the 7 homes on display cost more than $1 million. Only Manor Homes’ entry was a little less expensive at $979,000. Here is last years parade.

Although this may be more than you can afford, you should still go to see what $1 million dollar buys you in Columbus.

Read on to find out which trends I detected …

What’s Trending in Luxury Homes?

Totally Open Living Spaces

When you enter any Parade Home you are in the middle of a wide-open living space. Kitchen, dining and living areas are all merged together. There’s no separate dining room anymore. Massive kitchen islands are the centerpiece of the living space.

First Floor Owner Suites

Master bedrooms on the first floor have become the standard. Many of my buyers have been demanding it for years. I was somewhat surprised that most first floor owner suites do not come with their own outdoor patios or decks.

Laundry Room

While master bedrooms moved to the first floor we often see the laundry on the second floor. This is strange as I would expect it should be near the owner’s suite.

Hardwood Floors

Carpets are out, even in the upstairs bedrooms. Often the hardwood features special designs, like this herringbone pattern.

Entertainment Areas

New luxury homes come with extensive entertainment spaces:

  • The lower levels of all Parade homes have bars, play rooms, fitness rooms, wine cellars, movie theaters. One even came with a small distillery and beer taps.
  • There’s a walk-out to the lower level patio which often features a fireplace, grills and built in seating areas.

In addition, covered porches on either the first floor or lower level are very popular.

My Favorite Home Is …

​The one house I like above all others was built by 3 Pillar Homes. It also is the BIA Foundation Home.

I love its extra high, vaulted ceilings and eclectic design. It was also the first house we saw after walking through sweltering heat from the parking lot to the entrance, so maybe the mimosas they served made it more appealing.

Here are a few pics …

Should You Go To The Parade of Homes?

​I definitely recommend you go, even if the homes are out of your price range. It’s the best opportunity to see the latest in-home design and get new ideas for updating your own home.

The BIA Parade of Homes runs till Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Eversole Run in Jerome Village (Dublin|Plain City). It’s open from noon to 7 pm. Parking costs $5 cash and tickets are $15 at the door.

​Call or text me at (614) 975-9650! Let me help you get ready to buy or sell!

Susanne Novak has been a Realtor since 2007. She is the broker and owner of RE/MAX 24/7 in the Dublin Historic District. Susanne typically helps 50-60 families each year with their real estate needs. She's your trusted advisor when you search for your dream home, and a skilled negotiator when she lists your property to get top dollar when you sell.

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