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TITLE: The Dream is Back! The 27th Annual Parade of Homes
PUBLICATION: Star News
DATE: April 13, 2013

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The Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association (WCFHBA) is excited to announce the 27th Annual Parade of Homes™ showcasing the craftsmanship, diversity and quality of the region's premier homes and home builders. The 27th Annual Parade of Homes™ runs two weekends, Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th and Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th from noon to 5 p.m. each day free of charge.

For 27 years the Parade of Homes™ has been the first place for families interested in the Cape Fear region to explore the options of new homeownership – whether they are looking for a new home, a vacation home or planning to relocate to our area. The WCFHBA began their tradition of the annual Parade of Homes™ event in 1987. The premier event featured 26 homes dispersed across New Hanover County. The tour was held over one weekend in October and featured homes with prices averaging $100,000. “Today as our economy rebounds, so does our new home market,” said WCFHBA President Bert Exum. “You'll see this reflected in the variety, quality and craftsmanship of this year's Parade – The Dream is Back!” The 27th Annual Parade of Homes™ features 56 of the region's top homes ranging in price from $130,000's to $1 million plus.

The 2013 Plan Book Magazine, an invaluable resource for homebuyers, features renderings and floor plans for each entry along with detailed maps and directions to each home. The Plan Book Magazine, its cover showcasing an original piece of art highlighting the Wilmington waterfront, will be available soon at any home on the tour, at the WCFHBA office located at 3801-5 Wrightsville Avenue, in a StarNews special tabloid insert and on www.wilmingtonparadeofhomes.com. Prints of the artwork by local artist Mike Bryand are available for sale online at www.wilmington360.net.

The 27th Annual Parade of Homes™ also features two Association Houses built by Diamond Sponsors Stevens Fine Homes in Grayson Park and Trusst Builder Group in Hearthstone, both located in Brunswick County. “The Association Houses showcase the latest in products and building techniques; containing many upgrades awaiting that special homebuyer!” said Donna Girardot, WCFHBA Executive Officer. “These homes serve as a fundraising project for the WCFHBA and are two of many unique homes that you won't want to miss!”

The difference is in the details… learn more about each Association House, their communities and builders below.

Stevens Fine Homes, our first-ever Association House Diamond Sponsor, has returned as a Diamond Sponsor and entered an Association House into the 27th Annual Parade of Homes™ to be judged. From its inception in 2012, the construction of the Association House has been an important activity of the WCFHBA. It serves as a vital fundraising project for the association and an excellent opportunity for members to showcase their skills and craftsmanship. The Association House was built by Stevens Fine Homes in Grayson Park located in Brunswick County.

From its stunning Craftsman architecture to its energy efficient attributes, this home combines style and functionality at an unbeatable value. The Nicklaus features over 3,000 heated square feet of living space and an open floor plan with a loft flex space on the second floor. Desirable features include formal dining room and a chef's kitchen that overlooks the great room and boasts granite countertops, pantry, dining nook, raised breakfast bar and recessed can lighting. Additional features include 9 foot ceilings, exterior stones accents, covered front porch, rear patio, landscaping irrigation and pre-wired security system.

Grayson Park is a stunning new home community in Leland, with world class amenities. The community is located within bustling Brunswick County only minutes to downtown Wilmington, and surrounded by the city and coastal amenities of southeast North Carolina. Grayson Park is situated within an attractive natural setting with lush wooded areas and ponds. The community takes full advantage of the natural beauty while maintaining the integrity of the landscape.

At the heart of Grayson Park lies the amenity area, a retreat you can enjoy every day. The community's amenities include competition size swimming pool with kiddie pool, clubhouse with large catering kitchen and fitness center, two lighted tennis courts, playground, walking trails, wooden bridges, sidewalks and lighted winding streets. These world class amenities are designed to bring friends and family together and provide a greater sense of community.

Grayson Park consists of five neighborhoods - Parkside, Brighton Village, The Villas, Wynchase, and Reunion. The neighborhoods surround the central amenity area, each with a character of its own. The neighborhoods offer brick, Craftsman style, European style, and town homes in a variety of plans designed to meet the needs of today's active lifestyles. Craftsman and European style homes start from $149,900. Brick homes start from $159,900. Town homes start from $119,900. All homes are Stevens Energy Wise constructed for greater energy efficiency and savings by Wilmington's #1 home builder, Stevens Fine Homes.

Stevens Fine Homes, founded in 1993 by third-generation builder Craig Stevens, has built more than 1500 homes in and around Wilmington. Stevens Fine Homes is the exclusive builder in 15 communities, building nearly 30 percent of the new homes in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties, with a 95% customer satisfaction rating.

Buyers choose Stevens Fine Homes for many reasons: exceptional craftsmanship; value; a 10-year structural warranty; 120-day build time; and outstanding customer service. The Stevens Energy Wise System, which includes certification from a third party that all homes meet stringent energy efficiency and health requirements, typically cuts utility bills. Many people take advantage of 100 percent USDA financing to purchase a Stevens home.

Purchasing a home with Stevens Fine Homes is easy; a New Home Specialist is available at each community to help guide customers through the process. Buyers may choose from homes that are ready for occupancy or work with one of Stevens' Design Consultants - in the company's 2,500-square-foot Design Studio - to personalize their new home.

The WCFHBA is pleased to announce the addition of Trusst Builder Group as a 2013 Association House Diamond Sponsor in the 27th Annual Parade of Homes™. The Association House constructed by Trusst Builder Group has been entered into the Parade of Homes™ to be judged. The home, located in the Hearthstone Community in Brunswick County, features the latest in products and technology and offers the discerning homebuyer many upgrades only found in these one-of-a-kind homes!

The Slate at Hearthstone is 2,381 square feet of luxurious finishes and high-end appointments housed in an inviting, open floor plan. The 3 bedroom, 3 bath home features coffered and trey ceilings, a luxurious master suite, flex space above the garage, screen porch with tile floor, and beautifully landscaped grounds. Standard features include hardwoods, stainless appliances, granite countertops, tile showers, integrated sound system, landscaping, irrigation and much more. Hearthstone is conveniently located just minutes from downtown Wilmington and across the street from the Villages at Brunswick Forest retail center. Neighborhood amenities include a stately entry, extensive landscaping, and a new pool and bathhouse.

Home is where the hearth is… Hearthstone is a charming community of beautiful brick homes on 88 homesites off of Lanvale Road in Leland. The property is a development of Trusst Builder Group and is ideally located minutes from downtown Wilmington and across the street from The Villages at Brunswick Forest, a 500,000 square feet retail center.

Hearthstone was originally developed as Springstone in 2007 and 12 homes were constructed on the site. In 2012, Trusst Builder Group purchased the neighborhood and made significant site improvements, including a new name, logo and signage, new pool and bathhouse, new and expanded entry and expansion of common areas.

At Hearthstone, homeowners can choose from one of eight beautifully designed, brick home floor plans ranging from 1,653 to 2,397 square feet. Each home features three bedrooms and all but one includes three full baths and flex space over the attached garage. Standard features include a wide selection of hardwoods, stainless appliances, granite countertops, tile showers, integrated sound system, screen porches, landscaping, irrigation and much more.

The difference is in the details… Trusst Builder Group homes are built on a solid foundation – one constructed of quality, value and trust. Trusst Builder Group is a 2012 partnership of Trusst Builders and Hearthside Builders. Together, Trusst and Hearthside have built more than 2,000 homes in New Hanover and Brunswick counties, and more than 80% of the homes in Brunswick Forest.

Trusst Builder Group is the featured builder in several neighborhoods offering award-winning designs of single-family, townhome and duplex designs.

Hearthstone is a charming neighborhood of brick homes off of Lanvale Road in Leland, each featuring the same craftsmanship that Trusst builds into its homes in neighboring Brunswick Forest.

Compass Pointe is a resort community just south of Wilmington on 74/76. Trusst is introducing new townhome and single family designs, with four model homes now under construction.

Ashton Place is a gated neighborhood located in the heart of Leland. Trusst offers 3-bedroom homes in a wide variety of open floor plans ranging from 1,250 to 1,950 square feet.

In addition to its featured neighborhoods, Trusst Builder Group offers its exclusive House Calls program in which homeowners can select from a portfolio of award-winning home designs to be built within the neighborhood of their choice.

In 2012, Trusst Builder Group formed an exclusive marketing alliance with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage to market all Trusst Builder Group homes. Home prices range from $244,500 to $289,500. For more information, visit www.visithearthstone.com.

27th Annual Parade of Homes™ General Information

Presented by the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association, the 27th Annual Parade of Homes™ features 56 new homes all crafted by local builders in a variety of price ranges and styles. This year's event, held April 27-28th and May 4-5th, reflects a vibrant housing market with prices ranging from the $130,000's to $1 million plus. The homes are open from noon to 5 p.m. and all entries are open to the public free of charge. For more information, call (910) 799-2611 or visit www.wilmingtonparadeofhomes.com.

The Wilmington – Cape Fear Home Builders Association (WCFHBA) is a 1,000 member-firm trade association that provides services to its more than 9,500 individual members which enhance their success and stability. The largest trade association in eastern North Carolina, the Association serves as the voice of the building and development industries that strives to advance professionalism and promote community involvement. WCFHBA is recognized as a positive influential force for responsible growth by protecting property rights and the privilege of homeownership.