On the Town: Parade of Homes Sparks Inspiration

ORLANDO, Fla. — If you’ve never explored million-dollar homes, there’s only a couple of days left for your very own self-guided tour.

“You like the sink?” Richard Ottati, of Apopka, asked his son, Luke. “You can fit in there!”

The Ottati family is visiting a Winter Garden home, one of 92 involved in this year’s Parade of Homes Orlando.

They’re not in any rush to buy. Instead, they want a spark of inspiration, visiting 7 to 8 homes so far this week.

“You have the choice of brown soffits and white soffits,” he pointed out to his wife, comparing the exterior with the neighboring home. “See the white one over there?”


This particular Winter Garden model is called ‘The Gardenia.’ Homes like it start at nearly $502,000, but the decked-out 4,000 square-foot model home is worth $1.1 million as-is.

Guess what you see when you get to the 2nd floor? A bar. Yep. An honest-to-goodness “modern” man cave.

“It truly is a sales closer,” said John Riddle, Parade of Homes Orlando chairman.

But a second floor bar isn’t the only eyebrow-raiser.

“Interesting about this home is it has an upstairs and downstairs owner’s suite,” he said. “So it really allows for more functionality for out of town guests coming to visit you and to be comfortable.”

Oh, and it seems refrigerators are everywhere.

“You see things that you probably wouldn’t pick out on your own,” he laughed.

The Parade of Homes is the Greater Orlando Builder’s Association’s signature event. Their members enter and showcase the best of the best, starting with $200,000 models.

The Parade of homes is open 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. daily through Sunday. The homes involved are in Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties. You can check out the guidebook on their official page.

Source: http://www.mynews13.com/fl/orlando/news/2018/05/11/on-the-town–parade-of-homes-sparks-inspiration

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