Orlando home building hit the highest levels in more than a decade last year, with construction crews starting work on nearly 29,000 single-family houses, townhomes, and apartments, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Sales have continued to remain at a steady pace so far for 2019 in spite of the national trend showing a decline in sales in many markets.
Parade of Homes Orlando
Central Florida Homes
It was fun and inspiring to visit the different neighborhoods and compare the likes and differences between homes in Central Florida and North Texas. The biggest difference–we saw no brick homes! Most of the homes are concrete block construction with stucco finishes; some were lap siding. Inside, the decor and decorating trends mirror Dallas/Fort Worth homes and indicate that Orlando area designers are on trend with bright fresh colors making a comeback.
Navigating the Parade
We also liked the way GOBA ran their scattered site Parade. There was a printed guidebook, a website where people could search by builder, price, and type. Some of the entries were only showcased in the printed and online materials and not open to the public, but eligible for judging. This made it possible for builders in gated communities and remodelers to enter their work. The guides listed the hours for each home that was open during the parade dates over two weekends and the weekdays between.
Mums the word on the category winners and the overall Grand Award winner until the awards banquet on June 1st. But here’s a peek at some!