Whether you're looking to buy or just looking for kicks, this year's annual Parade of Homes offers the chance to tour 11 new homes in one of Dublin's exclusive developments.

Whether you're looking to buy or just looking for kicks, this year's annual Parade of Homes offers the chance to tour 11 new homes in one of Dublin's exclusive developments.

Tartan Ridge, an upscale development in Dublin, will host this year's event from July 11 to 26. Each of the 11 featured new homes - including five that have already been purchased - sports a unique spin on the old-fashioned feel found in Upper Arlington and Bexley.

The most defining characteristic of this year's tour is the combination of the archaic and the avant-garde.

One of the builders, New England Homes, is partnering with Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers and will highlight the charm and incorporation of antiques in a new home.

The house by Kevin Knight & Company integrates reclaimed wood floors and barn doors, but also includes a modern, green roof garden.

An interior stone wall and French doors gives the Duffy home a rustic feel, enhanced by the home's French-inspired antique decorating.

"The most outstanding feature [of this Parade] is that the development has been created so that each of the homes has a very old feel that is multigenerational," said Susan Weil, event spokesperson. "The brand-new house has the feel that it has grown with the family over generations."

The homes, Weil said, are anything but mainstream.

"We have had parades in the past that have had nice houses but with a lot of similarities," Weil said. "When people come [this year], they will see the differences between the houses that feature incredible craftsmanship of the builders."

One builder, Compass Homes, has played a particularly important role-the role of giving back. Each year, BIA has team with a builder to create a BIA Foundation House, with a portion of the house's proceeds going toward Nationwide Children's Hospital. Last year's home raised $20,000 for the hospital. (This year's 3,500-square-foot, four-bedroom house was built by Mark Braunsdorf of Compass Homes, and has already been purchased.)

Proceeds from the Parade of Homes Preview Party will also benefit the hospital. Tickets to the Preview Party, tonight from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., cost $75 and can be purchased at the Parade of Tours website, www.biaparade.com.

Tartan Ridge is a family - and outdoors-oriented community. It hosts its own elementary school and 40-percent of its land is reserved as green space. Walking paths are available throughout, and the community lies next to Glacier Ridge Metro Park. Three of the houses on the tour already have owners, but the rest are still for sale.

The basics Where: Tartan Ridge in Dublin When: July 11-26, Monday-Saturday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $12 for adults, free for children 12 and under, $75 for preview party tickets More information: www.biaparade.com