Check out the affordable homes in the 2017 Parade of Homes

Parade of Possibility

There is new construction going on in many subdivisions across the Grand Valley, and many builders are building affordably priced homes, like the ones in Pear Park North. According to the Bray Report, there is a 45 percent increase in new home permits this year compared to last year.



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There is new construction going on in many subdivisions across the Grand Valley, and many builders are building affordably priced homes, like the ones in Pear Park North. According to the Bray Report, there is a 45 percent increase in new home permits this year compared to last year.

This home in Pear Park North has an open floorplan and a bright interior. GJ Homebuilders has several dozen more lots at Pear Park North and also has plans to build additional affordable homes in nearby Fox Meadows.



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This home in Pear Park North has an open floorplan and a bright interior. GJ Homebuilders has several dozen more lots at Pear Park North and also has plans to build additional affordable homes in nearby Fox Meadows.

This home built by JCI Construction is one of two homes in the 2017 Parade of Homes that are priced well below the median price of homes in the Grand Valley, making it a great value for those who want a new home but don’t want to break the bank to get it.



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This home built by JCI Construction is one of two homes in the 2017 Parade of Homes that are priced well below the median price of homes in the Grand Valley, making it a great value for those who want a new home but don’t want to break the bank to get it.

The homes at River Trails are affordably priced and affordable to own, as every home is Energy Star-rated and has solar panels on the roof to reduce monthly electricity costs. The homes are also unique and stylish on the outside and comfortably open inside.



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The homes at River Trails are affordably priced and affordable to own, as every home is Energy Star-rated and has solar panels on the roof to reduce monthly electricity costs. The homes are also unique and stylish on the outside and comfortably open inside.

While the definition of affordability changes from family to family, depending on both family size and income, the median price of homes sold in 2017 in Grand Junction has crept up to $216,000, according to the August Bray Report.
For those who have forgotten their statistics definitions, the median is the point in the middle where half of the values are greater and half of the values are less, which means that half of the homes sold in Grand Junction sold for less than $216,000, and half sold for more than $216,000 throughout 2017.
According to the same Bray Report, 79 percent of homes sold for under $300,000, which means that while many people like to dream about the unique features or cool locations featured in many of the homes in a typical parade of homes, when it comes to buying their own home, they stick to a budget.
This year’s parade of homes offers several affordable homes, including two that are priced well below the median price of homes sold and five homes that are priced at $300,000 or less. What’s even better about these homes is that they’re all in neighborhoods of similarly priced homes, so even if the parade home is sold, those who tour the homes during the parade and fall in love can buy a similar home in the same neighborhood.
At Halls Estate in the north area, Senergy Builders entered an Energy Star-rated townhome that’s priced well below $200,000, but is already sold. Fortunately, Senergy has plans to build three additional six-plexes that will have two single-story ranch units on the side and two-story units in the interior. The builder hopes to break ground on the first building sometime this month, and will complete all the units by the end of 2018. The smaller, single story units will start at $176,500, while the larger two-story units are priced at $189,900.
Those who are hoping to find a brand new single family home under $200,000 should head to Clifton to check out the home built by JCI Construction. Priced at $186,900, the home is the model home for the neighborhood. There are three other homes currently under construction in the development, which will have 21 homes when it’s complete. Standard features include stucco exteriors, vaulted ceilings, open floor plans and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen.
The Senergy Builders home in River Trails offers buyers not only an opportunity to buy a home with an affordable price to purchase, but also an affordable price to own. All the homes at River Trails come with solar panels on the roof to reduce electricity costs and are build to Energy Star standards to give buyers a tight home with good insulation that makes it more comfortable whether there’s a blizzard or a heat wave going on outside the home. The first homes built in the neighborhood are now a few years old, and residents report mid-summer utility costs of less than $10.
In addition to lower operating costs, the subdivision also has an RV parking area, which means RV-owning residents don’t need to rent RV storage space. There’s also direct access to the Colorado Riverfront Trail system, which is a great place to take the kids, take the bikes or simply take yourself for a walk in a beautiful setting.
The home in Pear Park North also offers a great value, priced at $249,900 for a three-bedroom, two-bath home with more than 1,400 square feet. GJ Homebuilders has about 40 more lots to build in that particular subdivision, which has easy access to almost anywhere else in the Grand Valley. Some homes in the neighborhood are priced at $239,000.
On Orchard Mesa, Conquest Construction has been building affordable homes at Mesa Estates for several years. Standard features of the homes include tile roofs, stucco exteriors and an interior that can only be described as true to the Conquest style. Priced at $300,000, the homes in the neighborhood also have a great outdoor patio in the back and finished landscaping in front. The HOA takes care of all front yard landscape, along with snow removal in the winter, so the neighborhood has been a hit with those who want to be able to lock and leave any time of the year.
If you haven’t made it out to the 2017 Parade of Homes yet, there’s still plenty of time. The homes are open today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will be open again next weekend, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13 and 14, and on Sunday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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