Peek inside some of Twin Cities' newest homes
Expect to see more multi-use and shared spaces in newly built homes around the Twin Cities.
Driving the news: The fall Parade of Homes, which runs through Oct. 1, lets residents tour more than 360 new homes for free, plus a few luxury "Dream Homes" for $5 each.
What's happening: Double offices, loaded bonus rooms and walk-out basements were a common theme.
- Flexible features like kid-friendly "energy burn zones" and flowing floor plans equipped for hosting are in high demand post-pandemic, Luke Hanson with Hanson Builders tells Axios.
Between the lines: Prices on the tour range from around $323,000 for a 3-bedroom to nearly $3 million for a 5-bedroom on 3.25 acres. Every home is constructed by a member of Housing First Minnesota, which represents area builders, remodelers and suppliers.
The intrigue: Several homes put a European spin on the dominant "modern farmhouse" trend. Those were marked by charcoal accents, a steep Tudor-style roof and a mix of wood and stone finishes.
How it works: Homes are open noon-6pm Thursday through Sunday. View details.
- "Dream Home" tickets can be purchased online or at the door. (You can buy an all-access pass for $25.)
- Be smart: Plan your route online before hopping in the car. Some homes are clustered together but many are scattered across the greater metro.
- At $2.6 million, the home by Hanson Builders is among the priciest, and biggest, on the tour.
- The 7,431-square-foot house has five bedrooms, six full bathrooms and four garage stalls.
Why we love it: The home is packed with multi-use spaces, including a prep pantry, a basketball court that doubles as a play area and a bonus upstairs living room.
- The secondary bedrooms, staged as kids' rooms, feature "princess alcoves" with extra storage and a daybed.
- Other highlights: A spacious primary suite, a sauna, a golf simulator and a hearth room that opens to a four-season porch.
The bottom line: "People who preferred, in the past, to buy existing homes don't have solid options, so they're considering new construction," Todd Stutz, president of Robert Thomas Homes, tells Axios.
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