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Sunshine and home show are 2 great reasons to head south this season

Briar Manor, a spacious all-brick traditional family home situated on a one-half acre pastoral lot in Bloomington, is one of the homes featured in the 2003 St. George Area Parade of Homes.

Briar Manor, a spacious all-brick traditional family home situated on a one-half acre pastoral lot in Bloomington, is one of the homes featured in the 2003 St. George Area Parade of Homes.

The end of February in Provo can be a time when many residents hibernate, waiting for slightly warmer temperatures so they can return to activity.

But that need not be the case. Those looking for a traditional summer activity in the dead of winter might consider escaping to Southern Utah to attend the St. George Area Parade of Homes, February 14-23. The show, which is nationally recognized and hosts thousands of visitors each year, allows visitors the opportunity to discover the latest in building and decorating trends.

“One unique Parade home has been designed to totally blur the distinction between indoors and outdoors by cresting waterscape grottos, sky-lit planters with 20-foot trees and glass walls that slide open into the spectacular desert landscape,” says Carol Sapp, executive officer with the Southern Utah Home Builders Association.

The 2003 Parade will feature several different styles of homes, including Contemporary, Country French, Italian, Mediterranean, Traditional, Tuscan-Olde World and Southwest.

One of the highlights on this year’s parade is an 18,000-square-foot estate valued at $6.3 million located on 93 acres.

“If you think we’re all desert, think again … a truly unique home located ‘away from it all’ sits high a-top pinion covered hills creating a mountain-like setting unlike any other,” Sapp says.

Another highlight is a 9,300-square-foot Parade home that features a two-story library that includes a reading loft, spiral staircase and is highlighted by a domed “sky.”

Many of the Southern Utah homes being showcased include pools and water features designed by award-winning landscapers and pool designers.

For more information, would-be visitors should go to www.paradehome.com or call (435) 674-1400.

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