Biz Buzz:
Gold Hill Mesa in Parade of Homes

       Gold Hill Mesa has one house in this year's Parade of Homes, which started Aug. 3 and will continue through the 19th. The residence, designed to use less energy than others its size and priced at $392,000, was constructed by Hi-Point Home Builders at 162 Millstream Terrace.
       Last year, Hi-Point had entered a custom-built, “near-net-zero” house (featuring geothermal heating/ cooling) for the Parade of Homes at the Westside development.
       This is the third year that Gold Hill Mesa, which specializes in a city-recognized style known as traditional neighborhood design, has been part of the annual event by the Housing & Building Association (HBA) of Colorado Springs.
       Gold Hill spokesperson Stephanie Edwards said that the development has three other model homes open during the parade. Also available to Parade visitors, she said, will be information about Gold Hill's increasingly refined plans for its future commercial area in the northwest part of the 210-acre property, which is bounded on the north by Highway 24 and on the west by 21st Street.
       In time for the Parade, Gold Hill developers recently completed a new public access from 21st onto the extension of Gold Hill Mesa Drive. Previously, the development's only permanent access streets had been off Lower Gold Camp Road.
       In this year's Parade, ticket-buyers can get guided tours of 24 homes in all (priced between $200,000 and $1 million-plus). Parade Tickets are available online at the Parade of Homes website, cshba.com; or at Safeway.
      
       Funny fairy tales
       Comedian Birgitta De Pree will present an interactive version of “The Emperor's New Clothes” and other well-known stories in a show titled the Suitcase Fairytales Friday-Sunday, Aug. 10-12 at the Millibo Art Theatre (the MAT), 1367 Pecan St.
       The performance will conclude the MAT's summer Ice Cream Theatre series. All the shows will be at 7 p.m.
       Tickets are $10 each and available online at themat.org, by phone at 465-6321, or in person at the MAT box office. All tickets include ice cream sundaes on the patio after the show.
      
       CSU Extension tour
       The Friends of Extension will host a Garden Tour Saturday and Sunday, August 11-12.
       Eight private gardens on the Colorado Springs Westside and in Manitou Springs will be opened to ticket buyers.
       Proceeds will support the CSU Extension office of El Paso County.
       Tickets are $15. For more information, e-mail Barbara.bates@colostate.edu.

Editor's note: If you know any Westside locations not listed here, or you find that any of this information has changed, please let us know at 471-6776.

Westside Pioneer/press release