On Friday, Oct. 16, the 2020 Haciendas: A Virtual Parade of Homes goes live. It’s about two months later than the typical Parade events of past years, during which a few thousand people walked through a selection of the best new houses in Santa Fe. This year, because of coronavirus restrictions, the sponsoring Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association has innovated a digital experience that includes virtual walkthroughs and interviews with the builders.
The 2020 Parade features 15 houses, valued at between $315,000 to $3.5 million, constructed by 13 homebuilders.
Also unlike the traditional tour held over two weekends in August, this one can be revisited into the future. “The virtual tour will go live on Oct. 16 and remain on the website indefinitely,” said Miles D. Conway, SFAHBA executive officer. “Folks can go back again and again to view all the home videos, photography, and descriptions.”
As always, the Haciendas entries will be judged in categories including craftsmanship, design, kitchen, master suite, and outdoor space. New for 2020 is a “Best Concept Home” category, in which there are four entries. Conway said the builder or architect of the best one will be awarded for “the most elegant and compelling computer-rendered design of a home that is to-be-built.”
“I think that’s super-cool,” said Bill Roth, Modern Design and Construction. He has one of the regular entries for a home he completed last spring on Escopeta Place. A retirement home for a couple from Denver, it will be judged in the $700-$1 million Parade price category.
It boasts design elements not related to typical Santa Fe Style homes.
“I am a big fan of the California midcentury modern movement, the Eichler homes,” Roth said. “I’ve always wanted to do one and I finally found clients who liked the idea. They came