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September 21, 2011
Contact: Mary Prier
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Come out and play as Fall Homearama returns to The Riverfront at Harbour View

“Come out and play, come out and stay,” is the theme of Tidewater Builders Association’s 2011 Fall Homearama, presented by TowneBank. It’s set for Oct. 15-30 at The Riverfront at Harbour View in northern Suffolk. There, visitors will be able to see not only what’s new and innovative in today’s new homes, but also what resort living is all about.

In 2001, more than 100,000 people flocked to the community to tour the neighborhood’s first phase. This year, visitors will see first-hand how this development has blossomed into a sprawling resort community. Homearama will feature nine fully furnished and fully landscaped homes with innovative home designs offering a variety of architectural styles, from transitional to craftsman-styled homes ranging from 3,200 square feet to more than 3,900 square feet. Prices begin in the mid-$500’s and go up to $750,000.

“Homearama is a fun way to showcase what the housing industry has to offer,” said TBA President Bill Halprin. “There’s never been a better time to buy a home. Interest rates are historically low and the value that buyers can get from a new home today is amazing. They’ll be able to see this when they visit Homearama homes. Homearama also offers a lot of ideas and inspiration for what people can do with their own homes.”

The Riverfront in Harbour View sits along the Nansemond and James rivers and is conveniently located off I-664 near the Monitor Merrimac Bridge Tunnel, 12 minutes from Downtown Norfolk and Newport News. Its residents enjoy year-round amenities, from a championship golf course, clubhouse and The Riverfront Swim Club to a 26-acre Eagle Lake, waterfront parks and a 43-acre lake with walking/jogging paths, to name a few, restaurants and more.

About the homes
Participating in the showcase are builders: Michael Newsome and Lee Ward, Clark Whitehill Enterprises; Chip Iuliano, ABT Custom Homes with two entries; Sam Cohen, Joey Corp.; Eric Sasser, Sasser Construction LC with two entries; Alex, Steve and Stephen Quick, Stephen Alexander Homes; Les Ore, Les Ore Construction Inc. Co.; and Charlie Anderson; Charlie Anderson Builder General Contractor Inc.
Featured in the showcase are several themed homes, such as:

  • The Justin Kauflin House: The Charity House to benefit the TBA Scholarship Foundation, built by Michael Newsome and Lee Ward of Clark Whitehill Enterprises. Proceeds from the sale of the home will benefit the TBA Scholarship Foundation, which awards scholarships to high school local seniors.
  • Get Pink with Sentara House, built by ABT Custom Homes, will celebrate breast cancer awareness month by honoring women who fought the disease and hosting educational and prevention activities.
  • The Treasure Chest: The Organizational House, sponsored by The Closet Factory, built by Sam Cohen of Joey Corp., will highlight areas in the home that can be more efficient with the use of organizational solutions.
  • Tranquil Living: The Pilot Reader House, built by Stephen, Alex and Steve Quick of Stephen Alexander Homes, features input from readers of The Virginian-Pilot, who voted on design features that were incorporated into the home.
  • Tribute to the City of Suffolk: The 19th Hole, built by Les Ore of Les Ore Construction Co. Inc., will pay homage to the host City of Suffolk.
  • The Social Media House, built by Sasser Construction LC, the home feature Damien Smith of Guerilla Social Media and his staff with educational programming on use of social media.

Guests can also visit with more than 150 exhibitors in the Idea Marketplace to explore how they can improve their own homes and check out the new model vehicles in the driveways from Tysinger Automotive. Special celebrations include:

  • Military Appreciation Day, on Monday, Oct. 17, military guests can take advantage of buy one, get one free admission with a valid military identification card.
  • Realtors Day, sponsored by TowneBank, set for Wednesday, Oct. 19, invites area real estate agents to be admitted free all day long with a business card and ID. Breakfast from 9:30-11 a.m.
  • Get Pink with Sentara Day, Thursday, Oct. 20, offers a $2 discount to anyone wearing pink while Sentara Healthcare hosts free screenings and healthy food demonstrations in the Get Pink with Sentara house.
  • A Taste of Suffolk, from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, sponsored by Hampton Roads Magazine, invites guests to sample cuisine from Suffolk restaurants and vote for their favorite.
  • Mother’s Day Out, Tuesday, Oct. 25, opens early at 10 a.m. for moms with school-age children.
  • The Homearama Furniture Sale, Monday, Oct. 31, noon-6 p.m. Furnishings will be sold throughout the event and also at The Homearama Furniture Sale when visitors can purchase any remaining furnishings and remove their purchases. Harrison’s Moving & Storage will offer special delivery rates for Homearama customers.

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