Residents tour Fall Parade of Homes

People tour the Springdale home built Arthur Rutenberg Homes during the annual Parade of Homes, in Gainesville Sunday Oct. 13, 2013.Tours of the homes involved in the Parade of Homes continues next weekend from Oct. 19-20.

Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 10:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 10:14 p.m.

Hundreds of Gainesville residents surveyed a range of luxurious homes during the Fall Parade of Homes this weekend.

The Parade of Homes, hosted by the Builders Association of North Central Florida, features new models in more than a dozen different Alachua County neighborhoods.

The parade began the weekend of Oct. 12 and will continue showcasing the models Saturday and Sunday.

New builder Tremeterra is showcasing its Hollingsworth model in the parade. The 3,993-square-foot luxury home at 10509 SW 39th Place in the Wilds Plantation neighborhood has 4 bedrooms — each with their own walk-in closet — 4 baths and a living area with 12-foot ceilings and a fireplace.

The girl's bedroom dons an impressionistic mural of a ballerina across the far wall.

A pool and spa are situated in stone and tile embellishments with a screened cover over the patio. Pool package included, the home is set at a base price of $689,990.

“We have our own style. A lot of builders just, they go by what's the norm in the industry. We like to give everybody a unique home,” builder Peter Trematerra said.

Hollingsworth is the first home Trematerra has built in Gainesville, but the company has plans for more in the future. The company currently owns more than 100 lots in Gainesville, with plans for development under way.

Trematerra said the Hollingsworth model was well-received by parade visitors.

“We are getting rave reviews for the quality and workmanship and attention to detail,” he said.

Trematerra representative, Angela Stone, said roughly 200 people had visited the home by Sunday afternoon.

“Everyone wants to see the new builder,” she said.

Larry Lavarez, a local Realtor, visited Hollingsworth Sunday on his way through the parade. Lavarez said the home showcased some exceptional features but was a little on the dark side in terms of interior decorations. Lavarez said the price of the home was competitive compared to others showcased.

“It's something that would be considered with some changes,” he said.

Established Gainesville builder Arthur Rutenberg is showing two homes in the fall parade. The Springdale model in Cheney Walk Estates, at 10913 SW 14th Lane, boasted 3,530 square feet of living space, a three-car side entry garage, 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms and a den.

A patio area with a pool and kitchen were also included. The home's base price is set at $505,300.

According to Realtor Brenda Banks, the model opened its doors the beginning of this month. The home is designed to be more casual and suited for entertaining, with disappearing doors that open up to a view of the outdoors and a wet bar located by the front entrance.

“It has a spectacular view,” Banks said. “Everything does center around the outdoor living space.”

Banks said nearly 500 people came through this weekend to survey the home. She said many were surprised with the home because it has a unique, more casual set up.

The home has not yet been sold but is on the market with full furnishings and decorations.

Banks said Arthur Rutenberg Homes is not limited to any specific community.

“We build in communities that we participate in; we also build on lots that people have already purchased. So it's not specific to having to build in a community. You can build anywhere,” she said.

Kevin and Miranda Williams visited the Springdale model while touring the parade on Sunday afternoon. Kevin Williams said the home looked like it was made from good, quality materials and had a lot of upgrade options, but the couple said they were more interested in touring the homes for ideas than for potential purchases.

While the couple said they enjoyed the parade, seeing the luxurious homes sometimes made it difficult to return to their own.

“We more look for remodeling and decorating ideas. We enjoy the parade but at the same time it's kind of depressing to see these big, beautiful homes,” Miranda Williams said.

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