A Parade of (True) Homes

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HSAA Parade of Homes is not exactly news here at Maples at the Sonatas. It’s a semi-annual event, often drawing a large number of visitors to our community.

But our next parade — on Sunday, April 12, from noon to 5 — will offer something unique. This parade will be comprised entirely of real homes. Not empty models, not even furnished models. In fact, it will be a true parade of homes, not houses. Visitors will tour nine personalized, treasured, owner-occupied homes.

We will welcome guests into little slices of our lives. They will see family heirlooms, meet family pets, check out our decorating styles. Perhaps best of all, they will see how the five different models offered for sale here have evolved into our homes.

I hope visitors will chat with us and ask us questions. Ask me about my property taxes and my homeowner dues and my utility bills. But please, also ask me about my neighbors, our social activities, and how we are growing into a true community.


Sometimes, I have to admit, I get into philosophical moods. Lately, I’ve been pondering the difference between a house and a home. I’m fascinated by the process, how we start out house-hunting and, somehow, gradually, end up with a home. And I’m not the only one.

The topic arose, sadly, in a front page article in yesterday’s Chicago Tribune. Joyce Lindsey, who reluctantly decided to sell her home in Englewood to a railroad, was quoted as saying, “I’m not talking about a house—I’m talking about a life. That’s what I had here.”

The question of house vs. home also is explored in social media. Here is my favorite explanation, tweeted by Myers Barnes, a highly successful new home sales educator.


Whether you also are interested in philosophical questions, or whether you’re house-hunting, or whether you would just like to come look around, please join us. The details are in the ad below.

5.5 x 5 nw herald SON parade of homes

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