How To Tour The Kansas City Parade Of Homes Like A Pro

How To Tour The Kansas City Parade Of Homes Like A Pro

UPDATED 9/5/2018 Are you searching for decorating ideas to freshen up the look of your home? Or are you thinking about building a house? The Greater Kansas City Parade of Homes, held twice a year, is a great way to see the latest housing trends for free.

5 tips for the Parade of Homes

With nearly 300 homes featured in the Greater Kansas City Parade of Homes, including homes in Stone Canyon and Ryan Meadows, there’s decorating and housing options for every budget.

Being able to touch, feel, and smell (yes, smell J) the features of a new home invigorate your senses in ways you can’t replicate anywhere else.

“It’s hard to walk into a showroom and know how the stone is going to look on the fireplace. Or how this little sample of granite looks on a countertop. This is how you do it,” said Lee’s Summit Realtor®, Sally Moore.

The Fall Parade of Homes in Kansas City runs from September 22 through October 7, 2018. Homes are open from 11 AM to 6 PM, with FREE admission.

If you’re looking for a home, and can’t find it on the resale market, new construction is a fantastic opportunity to get what you want. There are 3x more new construction homes available in the Kansas City area than resale properties. So, there are lots of new construction options, with some homes available to close in 30 days!


While the Kansas City fall homes tour features new construction homes and the latest design trends, it’s a great event for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the market for a home or simply looking for design ideas. Plus, it’s FREE!

Here’s how to visit the Parade like a pro, getting home decorating and new construction ideas.

1. Visit homes outside your price range

First, visit homes within your price range and those above it. That way you get a good feel for what you get for your money. Plus, you get the floor plan, design, and decorating ideas which are just as valuable.

2. Take your time

The Parade lasts three weeks offering you lots of time to see a variety of homes at various price points. Don’t rush! Keep an open mind and look at a variety of homes to truly figure out what you like.

Using the Parade mobile app, you can navigate your way to the various showcased homes.

3. Ask questions

Third, use the real estate agent showing you the house as a resource. They know all the ins and outs of the home they’re showing you, and know what’s possible for your budget.

4. Take good notes

After you’ve visited a few houses, the ideas begin to run together. Keep everything straight with a  notepad or a note app on your phone. Don’t forget the charger!

5. Look at design trends

Finally, new home construction offers a great way to get ideas and see the latest design trends in action! Keep an open mind, as you tour around and get ideas for your own home, a resale property you’re updating, or your new construction home.

There’s something for everyone in the Parade, whether you’re building a home or decorating one.

Highlights from the Kansas City Fall Parade of Homes

The Sally Moore Real Estate Team is proud to show you 3 homes in 3 of our new construction neighborhoods during the Parade. Here’s a look at the highlights.

22512 E 43rd. Stone Canyon1. Stone Canyon – Parade Entry #308 – Dreams & Design Building

22512 E. 43rd, Blue Springs
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The Augusta floor plan features an amazing reverse 1.5 story home with impressive curb appeal. Built-in gorgeous, Stone Canyon, this home has amazing views for you to enjoy as you relax under the covered deck.

22512 E 43rd Street KitchenThe open floor plan with tall ceilings makes it a functional home with abundant cabinets, granite countertops, walk-in pantry and a small appliance shelf. The spa-like master bath includes a bay window and custom designed closet.

You’ll find a family room on the lower level, theater area, and wet bar.

This is a 4 bedroom, 5 bath home.

2. Rosewood Hills – Parade Entry #303 – Robert Foushee Homes 

1300 NW Lindenwood Drive, Grain Valley
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This traditional two-story home offers a versatile floor plan with options for a 4th bedroom with a private 3rd full bath or an additional walk-in closet to make the master suite spacious.

The 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home features large bedrooms, an open main level, and a study/formal dining room/flex room.

The covered patio is a great place to relax in the morning and evenings.

3. Ryan Meadows – Parade Entry #304 – Dave Richards Home Building

802 SW Apple Grove Court, Grain Valley
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This home by Dave Richards Homebuilding offers phenomenal value! It’s a remarkable 1.5 story open concept home with an island kitchen, custom cabinets, and walk-in pantry. You’ll find wood in the great room and kitchen.

The master is located on the main level and includes an en-suite suite with a large walk-in closet.

Perfect mud and laundry room off the garage.

Two bedrooms located on the lower level, a full bath, and large rec room.

The 4 bedroom, 3 bath home has 2450 SqFt.

Search all the homes available to tour during the Kansas City Home Builders Association Parade of Homes.

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Building a new home

If you can’t find the resale home of your dreams, with such low inventory, new construction is the answer. Look at model homes. You get a modern design and upgrades and don’t have to build the house. It’s move-in ready when you’re ready!

When buying new, trust a new construction expert!

The Sally Moore Real Estate Team offers new construction in:

Springhaven EstatesSpringhaven Estates

Springhaven Estates features treed lots and homes starting in the low $200’s. It’s located near the Kansas City redevelopment on 87th Street. Dave Richards Homebuilding is the exclusive builder.

Robinson Meadows

Robinson Meadows is an established neighborhood with several new construction lots. Dave Richards plans to add 30 new homesites, with prices starting in the lower to upper $200’s. The tree-lined properties are just minutes from 350 Highway and Raytown Road.

Stone Canyon of Blue Springs Golf Course CommunityStone Canyon

The Parade also features Stone Canyon of Blue Springs. It’s one of Jackson County’s premier communities. It backs up to the gorgeous Stone Canyon Golf Club. With three builders in the neighborhood, custom homes start in the mid $300s and go up to a million dollar dollars.

Don’t be intimidated by the process at all. A lot of our builders have designers that they work with to help you through the process and that’s what we’re here for. To make sure everything comes together perfectly and you’re happy with the final touches.

Sally Moore, New Construction Realtor

Sonora Valley

Sonora Valley offers maintenance to its residents for under $200. Dave Richards Homebuilding builds homes with high-end finishes. You’ll find prices starting in the low $200’s.

Ryan Meadows PoolRyan Meadows

Ryan Meadows, in Grain Valley, is an established community with new homes. There are only a few lots left, so choose a lot before they sell out!

Prices in Ryan Meadows start in the low $200-thousand range. You get an entry-level price point with high-end finishes from Dave Richards Homebuilding.

Even though the community is expanding, it’s a single-entrance community which keeps traffic to a minimum.

Rosewood Hills

Rosewood Hills is an established and growing neighborhood in Grain Valley. You can choose from three homebuilders, who are building in the 8th phase of development.

If you like customization or can’t find the home of your dreams, home building is right for you. Choose a new construction expert Realtor to guide you through the home building process.

Choose a builder who offers upgraded items like granite and wood floors as standard items. That way you’re not disappointed later with all the extra costs.

Moore is a new construction expert, specializing in new homes in the Lee’s Summit, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, Independence, and Blue Springs area.

Latest housing trends

Rustic is the latest Kansas City housing trend. As a Midwest city, it’s no surprise that barn wood tile and barn doors are popular. However, it’s not our cow town history that brings the rustic feel to our city. It’s Chip and Joanna Gaines of Waco, Texas and their hit show “Fixer Upper.”

You don’t need famous designers or decorators to add a modern and fresh look to your home. Decorating on a dime is possible. Try making your own barn door for your closet.

If rustic isn’t your style, freshen the look of a room with LED lighting. Add them under, on top, or inside the cabinets to change the feel of your kitchen. Spice it up a little with LED lights that turn colors.

Huge walk-in pantry’s, a subway tile backsplash, and dual tone cabinets are also popular in kitchens. Choose one color for the island and another color for the rest of the cabinets. Or use one color on the top cabinets and another on the lower ones.

You can create a luxurious feel in a home for less. Even in half a million dollar homes, the mirrors and frames hanging on the walls typically don’t cost much.

What are you waiting for? Check out the next FREE Kansas City Parade of Homes tour from September 22 through October 7, 2018.