The Southern Utah Home Builders Association (SUHBA) is expecting almost 40,000 attendees this year which means you may encounter crowds in restaurants, popular shops like at Target and at the homes on the tour in peak hours. I interviewed a number of people who have attended yearly for their best tips. So, I have compiled some of these for you to brave the crowds, be comfortable and enjoy yourself here in our sunny corner in Southern Utah!
- Wear comfortable shoes that are easy to take on and off. You will be required to remove your shoes in the homes on the parade.
- The best times to view the homes are Tuesday-Thursday from 1pm – 4pm. Weekends will be busy. If you can only attend on the weekends, best times are first thing in the morning or during nap-time (midafternoon). I like to treat it like I am at Disneyland with my strategy on avoiding lots of people and lines.
- My favorite back roads that are direct and will help you avoid long waits at traffic lights is Red Hills Parkway – excellent for getting you to Santa Clara and Ivins from Northern St. George. Another favorite road of mine is Riverside Dr. I will take that to get to my favorite shops and fast food places (Target, TJ Maxx, Chic-Fil-A, Yogurtland) rather than St. George BLVD and Red Cliffs Dr. Riverside Dr is also a great backway that will take you to the Dinosaur Museum, along the Virgin River and to our popular and new (and HUGE) Smith’s Marketplace and a great backway to get to Costco, rather than from Red Cliffs Dr. You will find that the intersections heavy with traffic will be St. George Blvd and Red Cliffs Dr; Green Springs Dr/3050 E and Red Cliffs Dr; River Rd and 700 S.
- Avoid long waits at restaurants and lines to get a table by going to some new and yummy food truck! My new favorite one is Loaded Fries. It may not sound like it but it’s a complete meal and they are conveniently located next to Swig on Tabernacle and 1000 E. I’ve tried them twice and haven’t been disappointed. They will do loaded fries and loaded tots. Then stop at Swig for a yummy drink. (The drive through line can be long but moves along quickly.) Also, check out the Corn Dog food truck parked on 1450 E and River Rd in an empty lot. If you want to try authentic Polynesian food, stacked high, you can call in your order at Honolulu Grill and pick it up at the drive through pick up window. My favorite treat there is the musubi and the rainbow shaved ice with ice cream!
- Bring a notebook, good pen and a camera if you are not using your phone. You will want to make lots of notes, take pictures of styles and designs that you may want to implement in your home or new home. You will be seeing lots of new innovative styles and designs with interior decorating, architecturally, and material used. Take note of finishes on material you may never have seen before, unique casitas, layouts to incorporate the topography.
- If you are curious what homes are for sale in the Southern Utah and would like to explore more about the real estate housing market, contact us! My team and I are lining up showing appointments during the St. George Parade of Homes to showcase what Southern Utah has to offer in real estate. And keep in mind, some of these homes featured on the Parade of Homes are for sale as well. This is a great opportunity to explore the options we offer and give you a well-balanced outlook on real estate here. We also have market reports we can provide to give you an idea on how quickly homes are moving, average days on the market, median home price, and how to get the competitive edge on the real estate market.
To better arm you for the Parade of Homes 2019, we’ve partnered with our vendors to put together a fun St. George Parade of Homes kit with things you will need to assist you on the tour ranging from refreshments, a bag to put your shoes in, pen and notepad, and items offered to make your stay and tour enjoyable while you are here. We look forward to having you here in our favorite part of Utah and hope you’ll reach out with any questions or assistance. Welcome!!