Parade of Homes once again comes to town of Clay

— It’s the hope of every builder to be a part of Central New York’s Parade of Homes, where they can show off their distinctive style to discerning buyers and designers.

But it’s also the hope of every municipality to be the home of the prestigious tour, meant to showcase not only construction techniques and interior design, but neighborhoods and local amenities.

The town of Clay has had the distinction of being host to the Parade of Homes four times since 2008, an honor not shared by any other locality in Onondaga County. This year’s event will take place at The Farmstead, located off Caughdenoy Road, from June 7 to 22.

The Parade of Homes attracts somewhere in the neighborhood of 22,000 people to the home sites each year. The event is generally held at the beginning of September every year and runs for two weeks; this year, the organizers, Home Builders and Remodelers of Central New York (HBRCNY), wanted a spring event. Throughout those two weeks, the HBRCNY hosts specialty nights like Ladies’ Night, Mom’s Night and Community Night, when the host community is highlighted.

So why Clay? Mary Thompson, the HBRCNY’s executive officer, said the town has had tremendous growth over the last several years despite the faltering economy.

“People are buying homes there,” Thompson said. “The way the market has been for the last few years, builders have not been doing a lot of spec houses. They tend to build more to a consumer. Clay has been a hot area for the last several years or so.”

The Farmstead was chosen largely because it would be ready for viewing in the late spring.

“In all honesty, these days, with the economy being slower, there have not been as many developments sitting there waiting for homes to go in,” Thompson said. “Farmstead was ready to go for a springtime show, which the builders were interested in.”

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