The Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati recently announced that Carriage Hill, a housing development in Liberty Township, would be the location for the next Homearama in 2013.
“There is definitely a lot of enthusiasm and interest in that site,” said Dan Dressman, executive director of the HBA. “I think it is just a beautiful location and we have always had success in Butler County with all the shows we have done there. I think this will be similar in that regard.”
In the 50-year history of Homearama, Butler County has hosted 10 home showcases. Last summer, the event in West Chester Township attracted more than 20,000 people.
Dressman said the 2012 show at Willows Bend Subdivision in Miami Township, which is currently taking place through Sunday, has also attracted good crowds.
Hoping to bring that attention to Carriage Hill, co-manager Randy Terry said that he received such “strong support” after applying to host the 2012 showcase that the HBA “elected to proceed a little early this year” and accepted Carriage Hill’s bid for the 2013 show.
The development’s 5,000-square foot Carriage House will be used in the showcase. The structure, built in 1882, with 17,000 cobblestones in the flooring was moved from Port Union Road in 2000 and was used as a barley storage barn for the Windisch-Mulhauser Brewing Company in Cincinnati.
“We will be offering a great venue, as well as provide attendees with not only beautiful homes, but an opportunity to really see Carriage Hill for all that it has to offer,” Terry said.
Liberty Township Trustee Christine Matacic, who described Carriage Hill as “absolutely stunning”, believes the event will show the region that Liberty Township is a great place to live.
“What Homearama tends to do is it takes areas and basically showcases them, so people throughout the region can come and realize that there are a lot of great places to be and Liberty happens to be one of them,” Matacic said.
There are currently 13 lots available for development for the 2013 showcase, which is scheduled to take place June 8-23. Featured homes are expected to start around $650,000 and $700,000, according to Terry.
The development currently has two housing sections with available lots and will open a third in the next two weeks. Homes in those sections are currently priced from $300,000 to $750,000.