This year’s annual celebration highlighting the peak of home construction in the region was held a little farther north than in past years as the 2022 Parade of Homes event came to North Clark County this month.
Kicking off on Sept. 9, the GRO Parade of Homes invited those interested in seeing the latest custom home building styles to Ridgefield. Six homes were on display, ranging from 3,000 to 4,000-square-foot floor plans. The houses that were still on the market were priced between $1.5 million to $2.1 million.
Homebuilders for this year’s event included Affinity Homes, Cascade West Development, Genesis Homes Northwest, Glavin Homes and Rivercrest Construction. This year, four of the six homes are still up for sale whereas in past years they were already sold, said Building Industry Association (BIA) of Clark County Events Director Danielle Kilian.
“With the market as hot as it has been, especially for this price point, it’s a new piece to the show,” Kilian said.
The BIA of Clark County puts on the Parade of Homes every year as its biggest fundraiser to support the building industry in the county. The association opens up submissions to builders who have available land to submit for the event site, Kilian said. This year, Niall Glavin, of Glavin Homes, featured a selected site right off of Hillhurst Road by South 19th Way.
Glavin grew up in Ridgefield, graduated from Ridgefield High School and currently lives in the city. He’s seen the city go from a place that didn’t have much development to the rapidly growing community it is today.
“I’m super happy with what Ridgefield’s become,” Glavin said.
He mentioned the city’s development standards for both residential and commercial construction are positive ways to maintain the community’s aesthetic as it grows.
This was the third year that Glavin Homes participated. This year, two of the six homes featured were made by the builder. “The Hazel Merrin” featured an open great room and kitchen as well as a large walk-in pantry with countertop space for kitchen gadgets like a coffee maker. The “Oak View,” as its name suggests, has a back patio with a view dominated by a 300-year-old oak tree.
Glavin said the Parade of Homes allows for a level of creativity both on the side of the builders and for those looking for their dream home.
“Building custom homes, the sky is the limit. We’re not sticking to an ‘A, B, C’ package,” Glavin said. “Sometimes we get really unique, wild things that we have to figure out how to do.”
The Parade of Homes will continue to run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 21 to Sept. 25. Off-site parking with free shuttle service is available at 2205 S. Hillhurst Road.