Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
4:01 pm:45 EDT
Mon, July 6, 2020

It’s a parade!


The 2019 Parade of Homes promises new home styles, amazing home technologies, and a variety of places to live.

Builders of Lake and Sumter counties are making preparations for the 2019 Parade of Homes coming March 30-April 7 in various locations.

For the fourth consecutive year, Harbor Hills Country Club in Lady Lake is the “Dream Community,” spotlighting its newest development, Bella Vista. 

“We’re highlighting a new model called the Canary II,” says Michael Rich, president of Harbor Hills Development. “Keep in mind, however, that we allow homeowners to customize their homes.”

Harbor Hills Development, Canary II

The homes at Harbor Hills feature the latest in style, energy efficiency, and home technology. Michael says the development’s goals are affordable pricing and great customer service.

Harbor Hills offers the lakeside country club lifestyle. Residents are close to great shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. The lush, green rolling hills and panoramic views of Lake Griffin make it an ideal place for retirement with beautiful single-family homes and maintained villas.

Last year’s Parade of Homes was an overwhelming success for Medallion Home, which won “Best in Show” with the top overall score. Presented every year by the Home Builders Association of Lake-Sumter and a variety of local sponsors, this event is popular among locals and visitors to the area.

The 2018 Parade of Homes included more than 20 entries from top builders in the area. Not only did Medallion’s Lakes of Mount Dora receive top honors, it also was named one of the “Top 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States” by Where to Retire magazine.

Dominick Donato, president of Medallion Home Building Division, is excited about what the company is doing now.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled for the company and our customers. We work so hard to create these custom homes,” he says. “We have our architectural team, a design team, and we’re personally involved to show them what they can do with their own home.”

In learning about the people and lifestyles in Mount Dora, Dominick noticed many of them enjoyed motorcycles as a hobby. He felt the one-car garage homes needed something a little extra.

Last year’s Parade of Homes winner, Medallion Home

“We created, with the approval of the city of Mount Dora, a solid plate-glass wall that showcases their motorcycles and workspace,” Dominick says. “There’s nice furniture and maybe a workbench, but it’s elegant and tasteful, on either side of the glass.”

Priced in the mid-$200,000s, the two-, three-, and four-bedroom homes can have up to 3,252 square feet with two or three bathrooms. They also feature two- or three-car garages. Most of the sites have a view of the water or they’re on the waterfront.

“We never expect customers to take everything that’s in the model, but the model triggers potential things we can provide,” Dominick says. “People know by looking at that model with the one-car garage, if we can do that, we can do anything.”

2019 Parade of Homes

March 30-April 7 presented by Home Builders Association of Lake-Sumter