NEFBA President Chris Dostie said. “The builders work hard, eager to share their new designs, the latest technology and their special touches with the public.”
By NEFBA Staff
The Northeast Florida Builders Association plans and presents its annual Parade of Homes, the area’s largest open house that marches through Duval, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties. This year’s Parade was April 14 through April 29.
“Over the 60 years of the Parade’s history, it has become a popular event for people looking for a new home, curious about new trends or simply something they look forward to after a long winter,” NEFBA President Chris Dostie said. “The builders work hard, eager to share their new designs, the latest technology and their special touches with the public.”
This year, 33 of the area’s premier builders, all members of NEFBA, displayed 91 new homes featuring a variety of architectural designs, the latest interior styles and designer touches in 65 communities throughout the region.
Winners in 32 categories, were announced at the Parade banquet May 17 at the Jacksonville Marriott at Southpoint. Nikki Kimbleton of WJXT TV-4 served as the master of ceremonies, and guests were entertained by a magician sponsored by Wells Fargo.
Homes in the Parade ranged in price from less than $250,000 to $2 million. Twenty-five volunteer judges from outside the market visit and score each home in the competition. In each price category, the top two homes were awarded gold and silver.
New awards were given this year: five Buyers’ Choice Awards based on feedback from Parade visitors and a Best of Show Award for the highest judges’ score overall.
Banquet sponsors included Cambria Quartz, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Nocatee, TECO Peoples Gas, Mattamy Homes, Construction Specialties of North Florida and Wawa.
View the Parade of Homes entries online at paradeofhomesjax.com/web/homes/year/2018/.