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Homearama 2020 goes entirely virtual

Region’s famous home showcase launches free online tours of this year’s homes
Norton Commons in Louisville. (Courtesy of Norton Commons)

PROSPECT, Ky. — For the first time ever, visitors to the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville’s annual Homearama can tour the city’s finest homes any time, day or night, without worrying about parking, poor weather or buying tickets. The yearly showcase of new homes is moving to an entirely online, no cost experience to protect guests from COVID-19.

Powered by LG&E, this year’s Homearama is built in Norton Commons and features eight fully furnished and landscaped dream homes. Each home has a self-guided 3D tour, where visitors can click through rooms, examine furnishings up close, and discover designers and vendors who created the homes’ aesthetic. Tours go live online at Homearama.com on July 20.

“We’re striking a new path in 2020 to connect with the tens of thousands of people who typically visit our homes in person,” said Juva Barber, executive vice president of the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville. “There’s no better way to dream about your next home or improvements to your current space than touring Homearama. Clicking through these Norton Commons homes is better than binge-watching HGTV and scrolling through real estate listings! Plus, we’re offering these tours at no cost to guests, making Homearama 2020 the most accessible event in our history.”

BIA recommends registering via email here to be among the first to begin the virtual tours when they go live on July 20. Guests who complete all eight tours and find hidden BIA logos in the homes will be eligible for prizes. Be sure to look for the colorful, digital tags in each room for details.

This year’s show features homes in Norton Commons, a walkable, new urbanist community in northeast Louisville. The community previously hosted Homearama in 2011 and 2016.

Featured homes this year directly face Oval Park, the largest park in the community consisting of eight acres of mature trees, a walking bridge and numerous trails. The Homearama site is also adjacent to the lakefront amphitheater and the new North Village Market and retail cottages.

“While we’re disappointed patrons can’t be with us in person this year, we are honored that people are able to interact with us virtually,” said Don Wirtzberger, president of the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville.

“This year’s homes can be enjoyed by the thousands of people who would have visited in person if not for the pandemic,” said Wirtzberger. “Our builders developed stunning plans with great attention to detail, and the interior design makes the homes feel as if you could simply unpack a suitcase and move right in. We can’t wait to welcome online visitors this month and look forward to Homearama 2021 in person again next year at Norton Commons.”

Norton Commons broke ground on its South Village in 2003 and North Village construction began in 2015. When complete, Norton Commons’ North Village will stand at over 1500 residences and will be one of the largest residential geothermal communities in the nation.

The community was a recipient of the Congress for the New Urbanism’s 2019 Charter Award for challenging conventional models of residential, retail and civic space.

In total, 160 acres of green and civic spaces are planned in Norton Commons, including miles of nature trails, a rose garden, three dog parks, a community vegetable garden and a wildflower meadow.

As with all residences in the North Village, the 8 Homearama homes feature geothermal heating and cooling, a sustainable technology which eliminates the need for outdoor air conditioning units and reduces noise, while allowing for more space for residents to enjoy the outdoors. Homearama is powered by LG&E.

To learn more, visit Homearama.com or on Facebook at @HomearamaLouisville.