Ten years after its last show in Metro Detroit, the Ultimate Homearama, a showcase of brand new high-end homes, returns this weekend at the lavish Pinnacle luxury home development in Oakland Township.
Six multimillion homes built by three developers will open their doors Friday to give visitors a sneak peak at all that is possible in the world of luxury homes. The homes will be open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12-9 p.m. Sunday. Homearama, sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan, runs through Sept. 14.
“You get very few chances to see something as inspired as this,” said Tom Lias, president and chief operating officer of Gorman’s Home Furnishings & Interior Design who teamed up with Moceri Custom Homes to fully design and decorate three homes.
Prices range from $1.85 million to $3.5 million. Every detail has been considered at each home: high-end furniture, landscaping, lighting, fixtures, outdoor seating areas and home gyms. One home has a completely finished golf-themed lower level, complete with a golf simulator. It overlooks an infinity pool and hot tub.
Homearama last held in 2003, and organizers say its return is a reflection that home building is finally looking up in Southeast Michigan. Building permits for single-family homesare on track to be comparable to last year with 1,162 issued in the area from January through March, according to figures from the HBA of Southeastern Michigan.
“We’re making up for lost ground earlier this year,” said Michael Stoskopf, executive officer of the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan.
And while Homearama will showcase the height of what’s available in luxury homes — $10,000 faucets, two-story water walls, two-way fireplaces and revolving shoe closets — “it’s for everybody,” first-time homeowners, empty-nesters and everyone in between, insists Stoskopf.
“It’s a theme park for dream homes,” he said. “At $15 (for a ticket), it’s like going to the movies, except you’re walking through the movies. ... You come here to see the dream.”
Tickets are $12 before Aug. 28, or $15 per person afterward. Family tickets are $40. Free parking is available at Oakland Christian Church, 5100 N. Adams. Shuttles will be provided. Go to homearamahba.com/ to buy tickets.