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Parade of Homes Tour highlights home building trends in Plymouth

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Parade of Homes Tour highlights home building trends in Plymouth


New home sales in the metro are up around 10 percent this year, and one of the top metro area cities for new home construction is Plymouth. That’s the takeaway as the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) hosts its annual Parade of Homes fall tour, a good barometer for the latest in new home construction.
“Plymouth is a great community. The schools are rated high, there’s all kinds of amenities,” said Meg Jaeger, president of BATC and president of Mega Homes.
After more than 20 years of building custom homes, Jaeger knows what people want in a new home.
“We found that a third of the adults, their priority was community,” said Jaeger, citing a BATC research study conducted last spring.
Community matters, and a new boutique neighborhood called Serenity Cove in western Plymouth is a good example of what some in the upscale new home market are looking for amid a small neighborhood featuring a private, quaint feel with woods and wetlands and space for ten homes.
With 188 building permits from January through August 2016, Plymouth is one of the top three communities for new home construction this year, and it’s third in terms of the number of homes featured in the fall Parade of Homes tour, behind Lakeville and Woodbury.
“You can tour 28 homes in Plymouth, so this is a very up and coming hot neighborhood for Parade of Homes, a nice concentrated area,” said Katy Baar, Parade of Homes style editor.
Meg Jaeger’s Mega Homes building company has a five-bedroom, five-bath Plymouth home on the Parade tour in the Serenity Cove neighborhood.
The 9,000 home features many examples of flexible space, a design feature prized as families look to use rooms for more than one thing. For example, a room called the away room.
“It is truly away from all the family chaos. You can use that for home office, a music room, study room, many different options, ” said Jaeger. “We do ask our clients what they’re looking for, so we designed the space around them.”
As the new housing market gains momentum, Parade of Homes Style Editor Katy Baar says the three season porch remains a popular staple from year to year.
“People are looking for that indoor, outdoor space, especially in Minnesota, we want to enjoy the weather while we have it,” said Baar.
The Parade of Homes tour runs through October 2.
Alexandra Renslo reporting
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