No shadows were seen, nor did a Chinook suddenly sweep across the prairies, although we did experience a bit of a welcomed warm spell in February. There is still plenty of snow on the ground and the golf clubs are still in the basement. However, the unofficial start of spring is only one week away.
The 2017 Spring Parade of Homes starts on March 4 and runs through March 26. This annual display of the best new homes of the season is the surest sign that spring is just around the corner. Tens of thousands of people will descend upon an assortment of neighbourhoods to see what’s new this year; to learn about design and materials and to discover their new dream home. All of this begins to happen in just one week.
So, what does this year’s Spring Parade of Homes have to offer? For starters, there will be 132 different new homes on display. That’s 132 different designs, styles and tastes being presented. When one considers that some of the larger parades in other municipal centres of Canada max out at 30 homes, having 132 available here is truly astounding. Nowhere else in Canada is so much variety and selection on display.
These 132 homes can be found in 33 different neighbourhoods. Therefore, not only can you look for the price and style of your new home, you can also investigate a wide variety of locations in which to have it built. There is outstanding selection both within and outside the city of Winnipeg. The discerning buyer can observe nearby amenities such as schools, shopping centres and recreational facilities, in addition to transportation routes associated with each location.
The Spring Parade of Homes is delighted to present show homes built by 37 distinct builders, more than any previous Spring Parade. Each builder has brought their own special design, style and craft to each home. The best of the best is on display at this year’s event. It is no secret that Manitoba’s new homes are the best built and most energy efficient in Canada. Having such a vast selection on display makes this the perfect market for local consumers.
Look for the Parade of Homes magazine in the March 4 edition of the Winnipeg Free Press and at any Steinbach Credit Union. After that date, it will also be accessible on line at winnipegfreepress.com or homebuilders.mb.ca. Don’t miss the 2017 Spring Parade of Homes, your first true sign of spring.
Mike Moore is president of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association.