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By the Bay Parade of Homes appeals to all tastes and budgets

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Are you thinking of building a home?  Want to update that kitchen or revamp your patio area? Maybe you just want to get a peek at how others are decorating their homes. If you answered yes to any of these, then you should check out the By the Bay Parade of Homes.

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This Candy Point home puts the notion of modular homes as boxy building to rest as it features a 12:12 roof line, wrap-around deck and these trapezoid windows which provide views of Hull Creek from a loft area.

Sponsored by the Lancaster by the Bay Chamber of Commerce, the second annual By the Bay Parade of Homes will take place Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11. This one-of-a-kind home tour will showcase properties in Lancaster, Northumberland and Middlesex counties. The homes will be open for public viewing.

“The goal of the By the Bay Parade of Homes event is to promote area craftsmen to the community and visitors,” said Chamber executive director Edie Jett.

While the homes are certainly the highlight of the tour, featuring contractors and architects on site to explain their work, the event also features associate trades such as interior designers, landscapers, heating/air conditioning and ventilation services, and appliances. While picking up the welcome packet and map at parade headquarters, Good Luck Cellars, attendees can sample some of the winery’s award-winning vintages, register for door prizes, and speak with more than 30 vendors. The first 50 visitors will take home free herb plants.

“This is a great opportunity for local builders, associate trades and realtors to get exposure that can lead to increased business, and for interested homebuyers and homeowners actively wanting to improve their homes to learn more about what options are out there for them,” said Jett.

Local homebuilders featured on the 2013 edition of the tour include Chesapeake Cedar Homes/Lindal Distributor; Coastal Builders, Inc.; Michael Harvey Homes; Ingram Bay Contracting, Inc.; Turney & Turney, Inc. and Virginia Building Solutions, LLC.

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This White Stone home featuring a three-story viewing tower complete with a wet bar and observation deck on the third level took home the People’s Choice Award for favorite home on the 2012 By the Bay Parade of Homes. Coastal Builders, Inc. of White Stone built the home designed by Randall Kipp Architecture of Irvington.

The aim of the tour is to highlight homes of all tastes and budgets, said Jett.

Each participating house has the potential to win the “People’s Choice Award” for favorite home as voted by tour visitors.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 10, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11.

Advance tickets are $20 per person and available online through May 16 at lancasterva.com/events. All tickets sales are on a “will call” basis and must be picked up at Good Luck Cellars during event hours.

After May 8, tickets will be $25 per person and will only be sold during parade hours at the parade headquarters, Good Luck Cellars at 1025 Good Luck Road, Kilmarnock. Tickets include entry to all homes on the tour, discounts to area restaurants and entry to the vendor hall.

For more information about the event contact Edie Jett at 435-6092, or .


Things to know:
Friday, May 10th
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 11th
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Advance tickets are $20 per person
and available online through May 16 at lancasterva.com/events.

After May 8 tickets will be $25 per person
and will only be sold during parade hours at the parade headquarters, Good Luck Cellars at 1025 Good Luck Road, Kilmarnock.

The first 50 visitors will take home free herb plants.

For more information about the event
contact Edie Jett at 435-6092, or

posted 04.24.2013

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