With prices ranging from $587,000 to $668,933, the nine houses featured in this year's Parade of Homes aren't exactly from the bargain bin.

But by the standards of recent parades, they're a steal.

The 16 homes in last year's event, for example, started at $800,000.

"Families can actually see themselves living in these homes," said Rae Lemley, director of marketing for Rockford Homes, whose parade home is listed at $598,000. "I like parades with these prices."

Visitors can see the homes through Sept. 17 in Cheshire Woods, a 275-lot development near Galena featuring more than 4 miles of walking trails and a new clubhouse with a pool.

The residential showcase features a variety of layouts, including three ranches, but almost all hint at the most popular home trend: "modern farmhouse."

Jeff Yates, project manager with Manor Homes, credits the trend to Chip and Joanna Gaines, the Texas couple who host "Fixer Upper" on HGTV. The style predates the show, but the couple have come to personify the look.

"That's our Chip-and-Joanna touch we have to do," said Yates, pointing out an antique metal light fixture on the lower level of the Manor parade home. "It seems like every buyer makes reference to that show."

At least one parade home -- built by the Silvestri Group -- is outfitted in the Gaineses' Magnolia line of home furnishings.

"Farmhouse style is just really popular right now," company President Joe Silvestri said.

Although the modern farmhouse takes myriad forms and degrees at the parade, many of the homes include signature details, such as metal roof accents, shiplap walls, simple trim, barn-style doors, vertical siding, farmhouse sinks and reclaimed wood.

Some builders are tapping into the farmhouse idea in other ways, too.

Westport Homes is decorating its home with American-made furniture, including photos of landscapes framed in reclaimed wood.

Still, not all homes represent a nod to the past.

Manor Homes eschewed the typical granite, quartz or marble for its kitchen countertop made of Geoluxe, a thick, man-made material meant to resemble stone and polished to a glasslike surface.

"It looked like a really interesting product," Yates said, "and we thought this was a good opportunity to use it."

The Silvestri home includes Samsung's Family Hub refrigerator with a touch-screen monitor on the door that can be integrated with family members' phones, connected to Bluetooth or used to view food inside the refrigerator.

The home from custom builder Preston Development includes a floor-to-ceiling white brick wall in the dining and living rooms that echoes the home's black-and-white decor.

Maple Craft's model features a glass door that folds like an accordion between the living room and porch, blurring the line between indoors and out.

The Westport home includes glass shelves that change colors behind a lower-level bar -- an amenity rarely seen in old farmhouses.

The parade, hosted by the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio, will take place at Cheshire Woods on Somerford Drive in Delaware County's Berkshire Township. For mapping purposes, a local business address across from the parade entrance is 7273 Cheshire Road, according to biaparade.com.

Model homes will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets cost $15 at the site, $13 in advance. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. Parking costs $5. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit biaparade.com.

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