28 ON TOUR FOR 2009.
Only six of the 28 houses on this year's Haciendas: A Parade of Homes The Parade of Homes is a showcase of new homes held annually in several regions throughout the United States. Alternatively known as the Tour of Homes in some locales, it is often presented by the local Home Builders Association (HBA) or Building Industry Association (BIA). tour are priced below $1 million. Only two are under the most recent city/county median home-sale price of $402,000. So maybe it's "aimed a little high" for the average buyer, but the tour still represents an enjoyable time.
Last year, there were 40 houses to see. "We're down a little bit, but I think in this economy it's encouraging that we still have a great tour," said Cheri Johansen of the Santa Fe Santa Fe, city, Argentina
Santa Fe, city (1991 pop. 341,000), capital of Santa Fe prov., NE Argentina, a river port near the Paraná, with which it is connected by canal. Area Home Builders Association.
The 2009 Parade features hot entries in the "green home" category, such as that by Sundancer Creations; and beautiful, whole-house remodels by Prull & Associates and by Woods Design Builders.
One standout is a Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity, nonprofit ecumenical Christian organization that enables low-income people to own affordable, livable housing. Headquartered in Americus, Ga., it was founded in 1976 by businessman Millard Fuller and his wife. house built in partnership with Youthworks! and Santa Fe Community College
Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) is a two-year community college located in New Mexico, whose main campus is on 366 acres (148 hectares) just southwest of .
"They have a grant for at-risk youth to do this, and it's like the old-time guild system with apprentices," Johnsen said. "We're supplying mentors, like Joe Gammon as a construction manager, and we're hoping to build on that. Before the economic downturn, we had a real need for people in the construction industry. And, honestly, I think this is a great opportunity for local youth, to be able to move up in skills and learning, and hopefully we can keep good people in the community."
Haciendas is offered as a self-guided tour A self-guided tour is where one navigates a route themselves as opposed to an escorted tours where a tour guide person directs the route, times, information, and places toured. Many self-guided tours come with suggestions, maps, instructions, directions, and items to see or do. . The $15 tickets, which grant access to all homes, are available at every house on the tour and at the Lensic Performing Arts Center A performing arts center, often abbreviated PAC, is a multi-use performance space that can be adapted for use by various types of the performing arts, including dance, music and theatre. , 211 W. San Francisco Street.
The tour is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, Aug. 14-16 and Aug. 21-23. On Thursday, Aug. 20, hours are from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. (Homes #8 and #10 will not be open for the "Twilight Tour" on Thursday night.)