Thread: 2006 Parade of Homes
2006 Parade of Homes
By Joyce Owen
The Parade of Homes, sponsored by the Building Industry Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties, offers builders the opportunity to showcase their work. While there are 82 homes, a record number of this year’s Parade, Walton County leads the event with 32 homes.
The Parade takes place June 17 – 25. Located from Navarre to the Bay County line and north to Baker, the homes will be open on weekends from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on weekdays from 1 – 6 p.m. All homes will remain open until 8 p.m. on June 22 for the Twilight Tour.
Featured Neighborhoods this year are Hammock Bay in Freeport, Trailwood Estates and Heritage Manor in Crestview, Piney Woods in Baker and Plantation Oaks in Mary Esther.
All of the homes are new and have never been occupied. Many of the homes are furnished.
Here’s a sampling of homes that will be on display in South Walton.
SUMMER RIDGE SOUTH
With four homes per acre, there will only be 12 homes in Summer Ridge South. Summer House is the model featured in the Parade of Homes, with 2,469 square feet heated and cooled, the home is $795,000.
“Summer Ridge South is unique in South Walton. Most developments are vacation rental, few developers build small gated neighborhoods,” said Sun Cor Development’s Jim Benson, the developer and builder. “Ours is a small gated community with lots and homes designed for permanent residents and non-rental second homes.”
Each home has a double detached garage with carriage house that is connected to the main house through a private courtyard.
“The courtyards offer a real sense of mystery,” said Benson.
It’s part of his concept, “procession and arrival” – from arriving at the entrance of the gated community, to the driveway, proceeding through the gate and down the walkway to the courtyard, “It’s the mystery of getting to your front door.”
Once inside, the quality and detail continue throughout the home. The 12-foot high cypress ceiling in the great room is a signature of each Sun Cor home. The home has a large kitchen, ample closet space and a spacious laundry room with deep sink and additional storage. The first floor master bedroom opens onto the courtyard. The private bathroom leads to an enclosed outdoor shower. There are three other bedrooms, each with a private bath.
From U.S. Highway 98, go south on County Road 393, Summer Ridge South is on the right.
John Willis Homes of Florida has three homes in Cypress Dunes in this year’s Parade with one on the Gulf of Mexico that overlooks Topsail Hill State Preserve. The three-story home with 2,635 square feet features a large kitchen and family room with fireplace on the second floor. The home has a master bedroom suite and sitting room that fills the third floor. There are two bedrooms each on the first and second floors.
The two-car garage was not an original feature of the home, however the buyer requested the carport be converted to a garage, which started a trend in the development, said Bill Livingston, vice president of construction for John Willis Homes.
There’s no beach access, but the developers have arranged shuttle service to Topsail and nearby public beach access.
The 44-acre gated community has 167 home sites. Cypress Dunes is on the west end of County Road 30A.
PALMEIRA VILLAS AT SEAGROVE BEACH
Across from One Seagrove Place and located 40 feet above sea level, Palmeira Villas at Seagrove Beach is a gated community with brick-paved streets.
The 2,754-square-foot Mediterranean-styled home built by Scott Kirby Construction, has four bedrooms and four bathrooms and is listed for $1,595,000.
The stucco home has a courtyard with a splash pool and hot tub plus Gulf views from the second and third floors. There are granite countertops in the kitchen and the bathroom vanities. There are marble floors in the kitchens and bathrooms, and hardwood floors in the main living areas and hallways.
Detailed information on all the homes and Featured Neighborhoods as well as directions to them are in the Parade of Homes Guide available June 17 at all Parade locations, which are identified by blue and white Parade direction signs with large arrows.
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