May 4 Parade of Homes Features Seven Beautiful Custom Builds

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This stunning Italian Renaissance-styled mansion from Bella Custom Homes is the highlight of the May 4 Dallas Builders Association Parade of Homes. (Courtesy Photo)

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Presented in partnership with Door and Stellar Home Theater and Beyond, the Dallas Builders Association will hold a one-day Parade of Homes May 4, showcasing seven high-end custom homes in the Dallas area. Featured homes are situated in several neighborhoods in Dallas, including Preston Hollow, Midway Hollow, and East Dallas near White Rock Lake, as well as in University Park.

“Each home in this scattered-site, self-guided tour will be fully decorated and landscaped, featuring the very finest in innovative home building and custom craftsmanship,” said Dallas Builders Association President Matt Robinson of Walton Global Holdings. “Visitors will be able to tour these luxury homes, experiencing state-of-the-art technology, energy efficiency, and architectural design.”

The Parade benefits Operation FINALLY HOME, an organization that provides custom, mortgage-free homes to combat-wounded U.S. military veterans and their families. The Dallas Builders Association has just completed its seventh Operation FINALLY HOME project.

The cornerstone of this year’s Parade of Homes is an approximately 14,000-square-foot Italian Renaissance design built by Bella Custom Homes sitting on a 1.67-acre lavishly landscaped lot in Old Preston Hollow (pictured above). The floor plan features seven bedrooms, eight full baths and five half baths, and seven living areas. The chef’s kitchen with marble countertops includes SubZero/Wolf appliances and an adjacent catering kitchen. The home also features an exercise room with steam shower, gameroom with full bar, media room and a basement wine cellar with tasting room. Multiple outdoor living areas feature an oversized pool and spa.

Classic Urban Custom Homes has a resort-style pool and gorgeous modern home on this year’s Dallas Builders Association Parade of Homes. (Courtesy Photo)

Architectural designs showcased at the Parade include a variety of styles, from Cape Cod to traditional to transitional contemporary.

“Today’s homeowners desire a balance between large open spaces with lots of glass connecting the indoors to the outdoors. Outdoor living spaces are also a hot item in today’s designs,” notes Parade Chairman Michael Turner of Classic Urban Homes. “This is a universal theme throughout these seven homes.”

The two-story modern built by Classic Urban Homes contains 3,882 square feet in an open concept with family, living and kitchen areas that open to a large covered patio, outdoor kitchen, pool and spa. The master suite is just off the family room and features a spa-like bathroom with large frameless glass shower, free-standing tub and a huge closet with transom windows allowing plenty of natural light. Upstairs are three additional bedrooms, a media room, and an exercise room.

Alexander Hunt will showcase a beautiful transitional design. (Courtesy Photo)

Alexander Hunt Distinct Homes offers a stunning industrial modern home with a vast open living concept with quartz countertops, tile flooring, LED lighting and a built-in Frigidaire professional appliance package. Additional features are a covered outdoor living center, smart home thermostats and alarm, and a one-touch lighting system. With 3,500 square feet, this four-bedroom, four-bath home is in Dallas’ Inwood Park.

An elegant 5,417-square-foot Park Cities home by Unique Home Construction offers a traditional floor plan with an interior designed for a contemporary lifestyle. From the beautiful custom-made front door to the 11-foot ceilings and wood floors throughout the open concept first floor, this house is designed for entertaining. Large windows throughout give the home plenty of natural light. The chef’s gourmet kitchen boasts Wolf appliances, custom cabinetry and a large waterfall island.

Northfield Development features a 3,000-square-foot modern inspired two-story home at The Court at Chapel Downs, conveniently located adjacent to the recently completed Northaven Trail in Dallas. Large windows create open light-filled spaces. Bedrooms include a downstairs master with a luxury bathroom and two additional bedrooms upstairs. The sleek kitchen is outfitted with Bosch appliances. An intimate landscaped outdoor living space rounds out the floor plan of this energy efficient home.

A charming Cape Cod-style home by Thomas Development and Construction has almost foursquare architecture, symmetry, shake siding, and shutters. Containing 3,789 square feet, the unique style and dark exterior of this home will most certainly catch your eye from the street. Arched openings take visitors to the family room, kitchen and dining area and screened-in back porch that overlooks a large back yard. The home boasts a modern open kitchen and living space, four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, study, and formal dining room.

James Andrews Custom Homes offers a super high-performance home constructed with Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs). The 2,900-square-foot home has operable casement windows and smart home technology that can be controlled from anywhere in the world. The home is loaded with energy-efficient features such as a convective loop heat pump water heater; 19 SEER heat pump variable speed HVAC system; 100 percent LED lights; an outstanding HERS score of 47; and 30-year composite roof. Vaulted ceilings can be found in the family room, as well as in the upstairs bedrooms. The master suite includes a sitting area and a pecan wood barn door for the big three-season closet.

Turner points out that today’s families are very environmentally aware. “Excellent energy efficiency is a given, and Parade attendees are going to see lots of natural light, abundant use of LED lighting, expansive outdoor living areas,” he said.

The Parade of Homes™ will be open May 4 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 for ages 12 and older and are available at Tour maps will be emailed to ticket holders 48 hours prior to the event and will be issued wristbands that must be worn while visiting the homes.

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Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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