2013 OBX Parade of Homes October 10th to 13th


OBX Parade of HomesWe all do it. Everyone always peeks into a home at night when the lights are on – especially when it is a gorgeous, newly built home at the beach. Curiosity takes over and we want to see if we can see what kind of décor is there. Well, with October here, we can easy our curious minds because the 2013 OBX Parade of Homes is here!

This annual event showcases amazing homes "from Corolla's world-class beaches to cozy neighborhoods on the far end of Roanoke Island," according to a recent article in the Outer Banks Voice. For designers and decorators at heart or anyone who simply loves to see model homes, The Outer Banks Parade of Homes is the perfect opportunity to get decorating ideas or even decide to buy a home on the OBX.

This year, there are 22 homes featured with values ranging from the upper-$100s (excluding lots) to over $2 million for an oceanfront 5,000+ square foot home. With new construction and remodels, this is a great way to not only see beautiful homes but the best way to see what our area builders are capable of designing and building. With remodeled homes, the before and after pictures are absolutely amazing.

One of the best homes to see is the complete remodel of White Cottage located in one of the OBX's most historic areas in Kill Devil Hills. Virtually destroyed by Hurricane Irene, this quaint, little cedar shake cottage still has that "old Carolina" beach cottage feel to it with a huge screened-in porch that offers unbelievable water views.

Massive homes featured on the tour showcase panoramic ocean views and tons of bedrooms making them ideal Outer Banks rentals. Other homes offer guests a chance to see into the lives of those who live on the OBX year-round.

The Outer Banks Home Builders Association has the parade laid out on a map for everyone to follow. This makes it easy to start at one end and head to the other without any confusion. The Parade of Homes starts with homes in Corolla (perfect for Corolla rentals) and heads southward to Nags Head with beautiful homes along the way then finally ending on Roanoke Island in Manteo.

With those who are considering building a home, representatives are scheduled to be on site in each home to answer questions about the construction of the home or anything else that comes up. This is truly a home buyer's chance to talk to builders and see their abilities all at one time.

To attend the Outer Banks Parade of Homes, tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance by mail or at any of the participating homes on the day of the event. Other select ticket outlets are available including Cozy Kitchens Group, Daniels Homeport, Griggs Lumber, Kellogg Supply, Manteo Furniture & Appliance, and other participating venues. One ticket is good for all four days of the event so favorite homes can be seen again and again. Parade Homes are open each day of the event until 6pm with the exception of Sunday when they close at 3pm.

The proceeds of the 2013 Outer Banks Parade of Homes goes to support the Outer Banks Food Pantry and other Outer Banks charities. For a preview of the participating homes and more detailed information, check out the Outer Banks Home Builders Association website or call the Outer Banks Home Builders Association at 252-449-8232.