Parade of Homes underway

An award-winning home from LeGault Homes in the Ridgewood Park community in Glen Allen.

The 63rd Annual Parade of Homes – the prime real estate event of the year – returned to the Greater Richmond area Oct. 4 for three weekends to showcase the best new homes, design and construction techniques in the region to the public.

The free, signature event for the Richmond real estate industry is hosted by the Home Building Association of Richmond (HBAR) and features 70 new homes and one remodeled home built by 34 builders.

The homes are located throughout the Greater Richmond region, including the counties of Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover, King William, New Kent and Powhatan, and the City of Richmond. The event is expected to attract thousands of people, and this year the number of homes represents more than a 17-percent increase in entries and builder participation from last year.

Eight Henrico homes (from six different builders) were selected to be part of the event this year. Homebuilders that are members of the HBAR are eligible to enter both finished and unfinished homes in the Parade of Homes.

The Parade of Homes is the premier event for homebuilders, who are setting a high bar to attract buyers and sell homes, according to Craig Toalson, chief executive officer of HBAR.

“These homes are unique because they are brand new and detail the latest in building design quality and technique,” Toalson said. “Builders are using the most reliable, durable and energy-efficient products on the market. A new home is an opportunity for buyers to design their perfect house that is also low maintenance and environmentally friendly.”

The homes are judged by building professionals from throughout Virginia in the categories of: Unfurnished Single Family Detached; Unfurnished Townhome and Condominium; Furnished Single Family Detached; and Furnished Townhome and Condominium.

Awards are broken into price point categories, ranging from $190,000 to $1.4 million, and are presented to homes deemed “Best in Class,” “Best Curb Appeal,” “Best Kitchen” and “Best Master Bath.” Silver and Gold awards also are presented.
This LeGault Homes entry from
the Ridgewood Park community
in Glen Allen won a Best Bath
award in the $390,000 $450,000
price range in this year’s Parade
of Homes.

Among Henrico winners:

• Ryan Homes’ Duncan Park community in Glen Allen won the Gold award in the Furnished Townhome and Condominium category, in the $250,000-$300,000 range, as well as the Best Bath award in the same classification;

• Ryan Homes’ Swanson Mill Run community in Glen Allen won the Best Bath award in the Furnished Single Family Detached category, in the $690,000-$750,000 range;

• StyleCraft Homes’ Townes at Pouncey Place community in Short Pump won the Silver award and Best Bath award in the Furnished Townhome and Condominium category, in the $410,000-$470,000 range;

• Eagle Construction of VA LLC’s Shire Place community in Short Pump won the Silver award, Best Kitchen award and Best Curb Appeal award in the Furnished Townhome and Condominium category, in the $410,000-$470,000 range;

• Gumenick Homebuilding LLC’s won Silver and Gold awards, as well as Best Bath, Best Kitchen and Best Curb Appeal, in the Furnished Townhome and Condominium category, in the $570,000-$630,000 range, for two homes in its Grayson Hill community in the West End;

• LeGault Homes’ Ridgewood Park entry in Glen Allen won a Best Bath award in the Furnished Single Family Detached category, in the $390,000-$450,000;

• Winchester Homes won a Silver award for its home in the Stable Hill community in Glen Allen in the Furnished Single Family Detached category, in the $800,000-$850,000 range.

Pat LeGault of LeGault Homes started his custom home building business in 2010, and it has become one of the fastest growing companies in the region. This is his first year having a home featured in the Parade of Homes, something of which he is particularly proud. His success comes from listening to the trends that buyers are most interested in, he said.

“You have to make sure you have the right home, and this year we do,” said LeGault. “We’re very proud of the home we built here. It’s fantastic for the value. We are seeing trends of people really liking open floor plans, open kitchens and some leaning toward first-floor living with at least one bedroom on the main floor. People are also really into lighter colors in their home, with grays and really light blues, light marble countertops, etc.”

LeGault and Toalson believe that the increasing number of home-buyers in Henrico are a mix of people moving in the area and moving within the region. People in the area are moving from their first home to a second home, or are renters who want to buy, or buyers who want a new home instead of an older home.

“I think it’s a great event and helps bring attention to where you’re building and what your company is all about,” said LeGault. “It may not lead to an immediate sale, but it may be built a year or two years from now, so it’s a very positive experience. A lot of times people are getting ideas, and it exposes them to what’s in the market.”

All new homes except for one are open the weekends of Oct. 11-12 and 18-19, while the remodeled home is open Oct. 18-19. Admission is free except for Entry No. 50. For details, visit
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McShin Academy expanding to St. Joseph’s Villa

Two Lakeside-area nonprofits are partnering to create what is believed to be the first recovery high school in Virginia.

The McShin Academy will be a joint effort of the McShin Foundation (a recovery community organization based at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church in Lakeside) and St. Joseph's Villa (a 183-year-old nonprofit on Brook Road that provides a variety of services for children with special needs). > Read more.

Reynolds CC dedicates student center

Reynolds Community College recently celebrated the dedication of the Jerry and Mary Owen Student Center, named for longtime supporters of the college who have made numerous investments in it.

Jerry Owen served on the Reynolds College Board from 1984 to 1988, and he and his wife support the college’s scholarship fund and created an endowment for the Reynolds Middle College, which helps students earn a high school equivalency and transition into a degree or workforce credential program. > Read more.

Capital One sponsors ‘Coders Experience’

Capital One hosted its “Coders Experience” event in Richmond and a number of other state locations Oct. 14. The events attracted hundreds of middle school girls, who learned how to create their own mobile apps, hone problem-solving skills and gain software development knowledge. A second day of Coders Experience events will take place Oct. 21. More than 500 Capital One volunteers are participating in the 10 events. > Read more.

Hermitage band member named All-American

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Presented by American Family Insurance Selection Tour will visit Hermitage H.S. Oct. 19 to recognize Truman Chancy as a 2018 U.S. Army All-American. Hermitage High School will honor Chancy before his classmates, bandmates, family and friends at the high school’s band room during band practice, and he will be presented with his honorary All-American Marching Band jacket. > Read more.

Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week: Oct. 16, 2017

This week, Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers is asking for the public to assist the Richmond Police Department in the identification of wayward artists that were using buildings as their canvas.

In the early morning hours of Sept. 14, four people were recorded on security cameras vandalizing multiple properties in the area of the 2500 blocks of West Main Street and Floyd Avenue. The suspects (pictured) were walking north on Robinson Street and spray painting the properties as they meandered along. > Read more.

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