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Twin Cities Parade of Homes, Spring 2013

parade_of_homes_2000Spring hasn’t yet sprung, but the spring Parade of Homes is in full swing right now! This annual event, sponsored by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC), opened on March 2 for its three-week run. It doesn’t end until March 24, so you still have two weekends left to check it out!

This year, there are 374 new Twin Cities homes on the Parade of Homes tour. That’s a 22 percent increase from last year. Homes on the tour range in price from $139,999 for a two-bedroom condo in New Brighton to just under $3 million for a luxurious home on a lake in Maple Grove.

Like to homegaze? Though there are plenty of reasonably priced Twin Cities homes for average home buyers on the Parade of Homes, the tour includes more than a two dozen houses priced at more than $1 million. Three of the most decadent have been designated as “Dream Homes,” where visitors will be asked to make a $5 donation. Proceeds will be used to help the BATC Foundation build and remodel homes for families in need.

There is also the Green Path Energy Efficient Home Tour to consider. This tour-within-a-tour features 133 sustainable Twin Cities homes. Each of the homes on the Green Path Energy Efficient Home Tour has been tested by an independent energy rater, and will feature a report on the home’s energy performance and other green features.

Minneapolis Saint Paul Home Tour 2012

A little over 25 years ago, some Minneapolis real estate agents and city officials concerned about suburban migration invited the public into 40 homes to promote urban living. Today, that event is held annually and is known as the Minneapolis Saint Paul Home Tour.

This year's Minneapolis St. Paul Home Tour features 60 Twin Cities homes and occurs this weekend on April 28 and April 29. The unique, self-guided tour is an opportunity for people to see how homeowners have reinvented or rejuvenated older housing stock. Visitors can speak directly with homeowners about remodeling or expanding a home. Many contractors and architects will also be available to answer questions. Whether its remodeling a kitchen, gutting a bathroom or constructing an addition, this tour of “real homes, real people, real ideas” is sure to be inspirational.

The website says some things viewers can expect to see are:

  • Ideas for remodeling
  • Recent changes in the cities and glimpses into their past
  • North Minneapolis recovery and remodeling stories following the tornado
The hours for the event are rain or shine:
  • Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 29, 1-5 p.m.

Visit the Home Tour website for participating homes, a printed copy of the guide and more.

Only have a few minutes to “take a tour”? Take a look at available Minneapolis real estate and Saint Paul homes for sale.

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2012 Minnesota Home & Patio Show

Looking for some creative solutions for home projects? More than 400 local and national manufacturers and retailers will be at the Minnesota Home & Patio Show. Now in its 33rd year, the event returns to the Saint Paul RiverCentre on February 16-19, 2012.

Time to replace the windows? Garden need sprucing? Want to learn about the latest landscaping trends? Find the right resources at the Home & Patio Show. This event is a great place to collect information, get ideas and be inspired for the upcoming home improvement and gardening season.

The Home and Patio Show in Saint Paul has hundreds of exhibits, featured displays, workshops and seminars covering 3 floors of the River Centre complex. Contractors, building suppliers, architects, landscaping firms and interior designers will be on hand, ready to discuss new home construction, remodeling projects, energy conservation, landscaping, gardening and other projects. Representatives from each industry will be available for personalized advice and assistance.

The Home & Patio Show starts at noon on Thursday, February 16 and is open daily through Sunday, February 19. Tickets are available at the door.

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Midwest Home Show 2011

It is that time of year. Once again, the Midwest Home Show has made its appearance in the Twin Cities area.

The Midwest Home Show is at the Minneapolis Convention Center from November 18 through th 20. At the event, more than 200 of the Twin Cities’ best remodelers, landscapers, designers, retailers and home improvement specialists will display latest home and garden trends and products throughout its halls. Experts in each aspect home ownership, improvement, remodeling and repair will be available to answer questions.

Check out the Midwest Home Magazine website to learn more about the 2011 Midwest Home Show.

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7th Annual Lake Home & Cabin Show in Minneapolis

Though summer is still a ways off, people who are yearning for a weekend on a (thawed) lake can get a taste of the sunny season at the Lake Home & Cabin Show in Minneapolis, February 11 through 13.

At the secenth annual event, more than 250 exhibitors from across the country will be showcasing everything related to the lake home and cabin lifestyle, including the latest trends in decor, design, remodeling and landscaping. This year's special events include a live bat display by bat expert Rob Mies, an exhibit on loons, an exhibit on loons, and a Saturday appearance by actor/environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. Of course, there will also be the latest and greatest lake toys and recreational products.

The Lake Home & Cabin show will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Avenue South in Minneapolis. The hours it will be open are 2-8 p.m. February 11, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. February 12, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. February 13. Admission is $10 for adults, $4 for ages 5-15, and free for ages 4 and under. Discounted adult admission coupons are available online. For more information, check out www.lakehomeandcabinshow.com....

Midwest Home Show 2010 in Minneapolis

The Midwest Home Show is this weekend, November 19-21, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The 20th annual event is presented by Midwest Home magazine. Find more than 200 of the Twin Cities' best remodelers, landscapers, designers and home improvement specialists at this Minneapolis event!

A few hightlights of the show:

  • The Lake Home - Walk through this real French-inspired cabin for ideas to make your cabin "Up North" cozy all season long!
  • High/Low Kitchens - This display showcases an expensive kitchen and a kitchen for a fraction of the price. Get tips on where to spend your money in your kitchen and what areas to save.
  • Winter Wonderland - Featuring an outdoor brick pizza oven and a real ice-skating rink that is the new must-have for hockey and figure skating families.
  • Man Cave - A testosterone-friendly retreat with home theatre, pool table, bar area, poker table, and more.
  • MN Greenstar Experience - Learn easy ways to make your home more energy efficient and environmentally-friendly. There is a $1,500 Energy Tax Credit expiring at the end of the year of which you can still take advantage!
  • Designer Flea Market - The one-stop shop for designer items as a fraction of the cost!
  • High-End Kitchen and Bath Sale - Save up to 80% off retail at the National Kitchen & Bath Association.
  • Builders Outreach Foundation Garage Sale - Donated items such as appliances, lights, doors, fireplaces, windows and model home furniture can be purchased at fantastic prices.

Tickets can be bought for $6 at Cub Foods. Buy one and get one FREE! $8 at the door. Details at www.midwesthomeshow.com.

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Carter Works Project 2010 Descends on the Twin Cities

The Twin Cities branch of Habitat for Humanity and 2,000 volunteers have begun a weeklong campaign to build 26 new homes and spruce up about a dozen others in neighborhoods of Minneapolis and St. Paul hit by mortgage foreclosures.

As part of the the 27th annual Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Work Project 2010, 14 new homes will be built in the East Side Payne-Phalen neighborhood of St. Paul and 12 new houses will be constructed in Minneapolis’s Hawthorne EcoVillage neighborhood in the north. The local initiative is being held in conjunction with similar efforts being held this week in Washington, D.C., Annapolis and Baltimore, Md., and Birmingham, Ala. In the end, about 86 homes will be built or rehabbed across the six cities.

The Carters visited the Twin Cities on Wednesday to help the local Habitat for Humanity chapter kickoff a four-year fundraising campaign. The organization's goal is to raise $36 million to expand services. On Thursday, as a part of Habitat’s fixit-up program called “A Brush of Kindness,” former President Carter will help spruce up a home on Desoto Street in St. Paul.

Habitat for Humanity’ mission is to build safe, affordable homes for low-income people. Since 1983, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity volunteers have built 813 houses.

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Midwest Home Magazine's Twin Cities Luxury Home Tour

Midwest Home magazine has kicked off its 10th annual Twin Cities summer luxury home tour this month.

The tour features 15 upscale homes valued from $900,000 up to $5 million. Homes on the tour are sprinkled throughout the metro, from Blaine to Prior Lake, Minnetonka to Lake Elmo.

“No detail was spared to create these homes,” said Kori Meewes, Midwest Home publisher. “You’ll see everything from an impressive 1,500-bottle wine cellar to secret closet tunnels that connect the kids’ bedrooms to a unique siesta deck.”

Tour times are 1 to 7 p.m. on Fridays, June 18 and 25, noon to 6 p.m. on Saturdays (June 12, 19 and 26) and Sundays (June 13, 20 and 27). Tickets are available at Caribou Coffee locations and at the tour homes. All proceeds will help to support Minnesota Public Radio.

For further information on the luxury home tour go to www.luxuryhometour.net.

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Upcoming Minneapolis Home Tour

Want to buy a home in Minneapolis? There is a home buyer tour of more than a dozen available updated older homes on June 13. The self-guided tour runs from Noon to 3 p.m.

Home prices range from $100,000 to $250,000. They are built in a variety of styles, including Cape Cods, bungalows and Tudors. Many of the homes are foreclosed properties that have been bought and fixed up by nonprofit community developers.

People thinking of buying a Minneapolis home can talk to residents and get a feel for the northeast Minneapolis neighborhoods in which the tour will take place. They also can gain information about available home buyer assistance programs.

The event is designed to help revitalize Minneapolis neighborhoods hit hard by foreclosures, said Cherie Shoquist of Minneapolis' Community Planning and Economic Development department. "It's an excellent way for people to meet neighborhood residents who are invested in the community and see the quality of rehabbed housing," she said.

Additionally, the Get to NOMI grass-roots neighborhood organization will hold tours of available north Minneapolis homes on June 20 to promote the area's attributes. But at the time of this posting, their site isn't up yet and there doesn't seem to be much information about it. So for those who are curious, send an e-mail to mynewneighbor(@)gmail(.)com.

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ASID Showcase Home Tour

The American Society of Interior Designers of Minnesota is holding their Showcase Home Tour right now through June.

Each year, Twin Cities interior designers from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) takes over a home and gives it a design makeover. This year, there are two homes on the tour instead. And visitors can see both of them for the price of one!

26 designers re-designed two homes:

Adventurer, explorer, and author of "The Blue Zones," Dan Beuttner’s Lake of the Isles Home was redesigned to incorporate his "blue zone" theories about longevity, as well as his extensive collection of art and mementoes.

The second home on the tour, located about a mile away, is a condo at The Edgewater near Lake Calhoun. At this location designers had an empty shell of a dwelling with which to work, creating a home for a hypothetical tenant who appreciates clean-lined, sophisticated spaces. View the Barker & Hedges listing for the home.

Public tours began last week and continue through June 13 on Wednesdays through Sundays. Tickets are available for $20 at the door, online or at various outlets. Read more information on the ASID Showcase Home Tour.

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