The Albuquerque Parade of Homes starts next week and runs October 7-9 and 14-16. Actually, the correct title is the Homes of Enchantment Parade, but most people just call it the Parade of Homes.
This year’s fall parade includes 35 and possibly more of the best and most innovative homes in the Albuquerque metro area. There are homes on tour in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Cedar Crest and Sandia Park. Here’s a map of the homes on tour.
I can’t possibly make it to all 35 homes, so I’m going to focus on two of the areas that I work, Northwest Albuquerque and the East Mountains.
Amongst the builders I’m going to make a point of checking out in Northwest Albuquerque is Abrazo Homes. I’ve been reading about their home automation package. You can control the home’s systems from your iPad. I’ve read that you can control your alarm system, locks, lights, thermostats and sprinklers, which is cool, but you can also monitor your energy useage in real time. That’s way cooler! I’m hoping I get to see this in action. Abrazo Homes are a very affordable option in NW Albuquerque.
I’m also going to make a point of checking out Paul Allen Homes in northwest Albuquerque. It’s always great to check out their incredibly energy efficient green homes. Not only are the utility costs super low with Paul Allen homes, but the home prices are surprisingly low for what you get.
The Cedar Crest homes I’m going to check out homes by Precision Development, UBuildit, Lee Michael and Altair, then I’ll head up NM14 to check out Sandia Park homes by Engelman Construction and Panaroma Homes in San Pedro Creek and Paa Ko.
I’ll also be checking out Home Construction and Consulting Services home in Vista Magnifica.
I enjoy seeing a few of the homes in the parade every year. It’s a lot of fun, there are always some awesome homes to check out and there’s always something new to learn. I also go to keep my skills sharp, to be aware of which builders might have the home features that my buyer clients are looking for. I treat real estate like a profession, not a hobby.