Homearama to return to Suffolk

Published 9:36 pm Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Homearama will come to Suffolk for the fifth time this fall, the Tidewater Builders Association announced this week.

The annual fall home show will take place in The Estates of Pitchkettle Farms, where the event also took place in 2006. The event has also happened twice in Riverfront neighborhoods and at the Waterfront at Parkside in 2014.

“We really enjoy being in Suffolk, said Teresa Howell, staff vice president for Homearama, home shows and special events for the Tidewater Builders Association. “Everybody is just so good to work with, and we feel like the site meets all the criteria.”

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Howell said the organization looks for a quality development that has parking and a place for vendor tents available. It also looks at the amenities available for the future homebuyers.

“There’s so many amenities that are near this development,” Howell said of Pitchkettle Farms. “You get the feeling you’re in the country where it’s peaceful and quiet, but five minutes away you’ve got downtown, and you’re right there at (Route) 58. You’re in a relaxed atmosphere for living.”

The show will take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Oct. 20 to Nov. 5. Howell said special events during the show are still in the works and will be announced as the show gets closer.

This year’s show will feature six custom-built homes ranging in price from $450,000 to $600,000, according to a press release from the Tidewater Builders Association. Ainslie Group will build two of the homes. The other builders are ABT Custom Homes, Hearndon Construction, Joey Corp. and Ore Builders.

Howell said all of the houses from the 2006 show have been sold.

The neighborhood features a park, playground and meditation garden, according to the press release.

Howell said the Tidewater Builders Association will continue to do its Homearama: Touring Edition in the springtime each year. The touring edition allowed folks to view new homes in various communities by driving to them, rather than having everything located on a single site.

“We felt like that’s when you have more housing inventory,” Howell said. “That’s typically when the buying public is looking.”

Admission to Homearama this year will be $10, and children 12 and younger are free.