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Everybody loves a green home parade

By Keith Barber

It isn’t exactly a real parade where folks line the streets with flags and banners in great anticipation of a marching band or a fire department ensemble.

But this year’s Parade of Homes is creating a lot of excitement.

It is the 65th anniversary of the Metropolitan Builders Association’s Parade of Homes, and the nation’s oldest Parade of Homes event.

Every spring and summer, area home builders construct houses in newly created subdivisions to showcase their work and latest innovations of the industry, and open them up for public tours in fall. Results from each year prove that today’s home builders understand the needs of tomorrow by featuring the latest technology and energy-efficient designs.

All 18 home builders opting into this year’s program feature “green-built homes,” with many adopting the Wisconsin Energy Star label.

The Parade includes 22 model homes in three sites in the metropolitan Milwaukee area: The village of Richfield in Washington County hosts Reflections Village, a 58-site subdivision developed by Spheeris Development Corp.; the city of Oak Creek in Milwaukee County is home to The Bluffs of Oak Creek, a 44-site development by Herget & Plavsic Development LLC; and Siepmann Realty has developed 122 home sites in the Broken Hill development in the city of Pewaukee, Waukesha County.

The Parade opened Aug. 21 and will run through Sept. 12. Opening weekend had 4,400 visitors, which is the MBA’s highest-attended opening weekend since 2004.

Some of the model homes have already been sold, adding hope to a rather stagnant market. The new designs are being praised for creativity, energy conservation measures and usefulness.

Admission is $10 for adults, $6.50 for seniors (65-plus), and children ages 3-12 are $5. There is no charge for children under 3.

Tickets can be purchased at the main gate at each development entrance. For directions to each site, go HERE.

Keith Barber is a data reporter at The Daily Reporter. He can be reached at (414) 225-1821.

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