In Gainesville, the arrival of spring also means the return of the Parade of Homes, a time-honored tradition that draws eager crowds of prospective homebuyers, homeowners looking for new ideas, and lots of unabashed Looky-Loos!

Looky-Loos like this guy from Portlandia fame are more than welcome at Gainesville's Parade of Homes -- that's the whole point!

The Parade of Homes showcases the finest examples of architecture and design in Gainesville, with visitors flocking to see the latest trends and innovative ideas in homebuilding. From sleek and modern to classic and timeless, the Parade of Homes offers something for everyone.

When is the Parade of Homes?

The spring edition of the Parade of Homes takes place on two weekends this April: the 15th and 16th and the 22nd and 23rd. Admission is free and open to the public from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Where does the tour it start?

The Parade of Homes is a self-guided tour. You can start the tour at any of the homes on the interactive map below, and you get to visit the homes at your own pace.

A time-honored Gainesville tradition

The Builders Association of North Central Florida (BANCF) has hosted the event since 1958, the year the hula hoop was invented and At The Hop by Danny & The Juniors was the top charting song. A testament to Gainesville’s love of tradition, the cherished event brings the community together and celebrates the beauty and creativity of Gainesville's homebuilders and designers.

Meet some of Gainesville's top builders and remodelers

Parade participants will get the chance to explore a wide range of innovative home designs, decor, and energy-efficient construction practices. It’s a great opportunity to chat one-on-one with builders and remodelers. You'll get the inside scoop on their capabilities to customize a home or renovation to suit your family's unique needs. Here is a rundown on the esteemed local builders with newly constructed homes on the tours:

  • GW Homes
  • Hartley Brothers
  • AR Homes
  • Tommy Waters Custom Homes
  • Warring Homes
  • Dibros Design & Construction
  • Emmer Development
  • Spain & Cooper Homes
  • Norfleet Construction
  • Viking Construction Company of Florida

Explore Gainesville's fastest growing neighborhoods

Home for sale in Oakmont, a subdivision of Gainesville FL
A home for sale in Oakmont, an upscale subdivision in Gainesville FL

It’s also worth doing the tour to check out neighborhood amenities and get to know some of the fastest-growing new neighborhoods in Alachua County. Here are the neighborhoods featured in the Spring Parade of Homes. We’ve featured some of them in our series of neighborhood / real estate guides, so feel free to follow the links.

And don’t forget to pick up your copy of Parade Magazine. The magazine is available at every site on the tour and includes floor plans, renderings, and features of the homes on display.

We hope to see you there!

Is there a cost to attend?

There is no cost to attend the Parade of Homes. It is a free tour organized by BANCF and local builders.

Are the homes for sale?

Some homes in the Parade may be for sale. Get in touch with a real estate agent at Rabell to find out if a particular home on the tour is for sale. The builder may have other similar homes for sale as well.