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May 9, 2011
Contact: Mary Prier
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Spring Homearama kicks off Memorial Day weekend in Virginia Beach’s Eagle’s Nest community

Let your imagination soar at Tidewater Builders Association’s Spring Homearama May 28-June 12 in Virginia Beach’s Eagle’s Nest community. Nine fully furnished and landscaped custom homes and an Idea Marketplace will inspire you to “feather your nest in style” in this up-and-coming southern Virginia Beach neighborhood.

If you’re one of those still wanting to take advantage of this buyer’s market, you won’t want to wait as seven of the nine homes have already found buyers. The homes range from 2,600 to 4,400 square feet and are priced from the low $500,000s, according to TBA President Bill Halprin. The event marks a return to traditional style Homearama homes, featuring pools and large lots, he added. 

“We’re excited about again showing people the innovations available in today’s homes during the spring home-selling season,” Halprin added. “In fact, it’s still a great time to buy a home, especially for buyers who want to take advantage of today’s low interest rates, which increases affordability. 

“Those who are literally looking to feather their nests will be glad to know the Homearama furnishings will be for sale throughout the event. A price list will be available in each home for those who are interested,” said Halprin.

About the development

Eagle’s Nest is located at Indian River and West Neck roads in southern Virginia Beach and features brick and brick-accent homes along with trails, ponds and 50 acres of conservation area. It’s located in the new Kellam High School district and is less than a mile from The Signature at West Neck golf course.

“Eagle’s Nest is one of the few new-custom home developments available in Virginia Beach,” said Robert Zirpoli, developer, West Neck Properties Inc.

About the homes

Participating in the showcase are builders: Chip Iuliano, ABT Custom Homes; Jeff and John Ainslie and Ken Cohen, Ainslie Group/Cohen Homes; Les Ore, Ore Builders; Robert M. Letchworth: Jack Schoch, J.F. Schoch Building Corp.; Alex, Steve and Stephen Quick, Stephen Alexander Homes; Mike Thompson, TCI Inc.; and Herb Watson, H.D. Watson Builders with two entries.

“For 30 years, Homearama has served as TBA’s ‘Buy Now’ campaign. It was designed as a way to educate consumers about new-home technologies and design trends,” said Halprin.  Guests can also get decorating and landscaping ideas and take advantage of special show pricing on furniture displayed in the homes, he added. 

Featured in the showcase are several themed homes, such as:

  • The Space Exploration House: built by Robert M. Letchworth, will showcase how NASA-developed technologies benefit the daily lives of people at home by incorporating technologies made available by NASA research.
  • The ODU House, built by Jeff and John Ainslie and Ken Cohen, Ainslie Group/Cohen Homes, will pay tribute to Old Dominion University, with input from the academic and athletic departments, including a virtual display of the Team Tidewater Solar Decathlon House, built by ODU and Hampton University students
  • The Celebration House, built by Jack and Margaret Schoch of J.F. Schoch Building Corp., will demonstrate how to decorate for life’s major celebrations.
  • The Garden House, built by  Stephen Alexander Homes, will showcase greens and greenery.


  • An Idea Marketplace with more than 150 exhibits showcasing housing-related products and services.
  • A full-color glossy Plan Book with information on all of the homes and feature articles on topics of interest to homeowners.
  • A variety of workshops and entertainment are scheduled throughout the event.


  • Meet the Astronaut on Saturday, May 28, from 2-4 p.m. when former NASA astronaut Susan Kilrain greets the public at The Space Exploration House.  The retired Navy commander has logged over 471 hours of space travel.
  • Military Appreciation Day, on Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day), military guests can take advantage of buy one, get one free admission with a valid military identification card. The first 200 military guests will also get a free hot dog from Winston’s Café, the show’s concessionaire.  
  • Realtors Day, set for Wednesday, June 1, invites area Realtors to be admitted free all day long with a business card and ID. Breakfast from Panera Bread is from 9:30-11 a.m.  
  • ODU Day, Thursday, June 2, will feature coaches, award-winning mascot Big Blue. and more. A special discount will be offered to those who wear ODU gear or present a student, staff or faculty ID.
  • A Taste of Virginia Beach,  from 6-8 p.m. Monday, June 6, sponsored by  Hampton Roads Magazine and Virginia Natural Gas, invites guests to sample cuisine from Virginia Beach restaurants and vote for their favorite. 
  • Mother’s Day Out, Wednesday, June 8, opens early at 10 a.m. for moms with school-age children.
The Homearama Furniture Sale. Furnishings will be sold throughout the event and the site will be open from noon-6 p.m., Monday, June 13, when visitors can purchase any remaining furnishings and décor from the Homearama homes. A price list will be available upon entry to each home. Free entry tickets for this day will be given to all Homearama visitors in their show bag during the event.  Harrison’s Moving & Storage will be on site with special delivery rates for Homearama customers.

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