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Permanent home tour with high-tech twist

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At first glance, it looks like a typical suburban neighborhood, but a closer look reveals none of the 12 newly built homes share the same architectural style.

"The founder and owner really wanted to have two roles," said James Babineaux of MainStreet America.  "He wanted to be an advocated for the consumer, and he wanted to be an advocate for the manufacturer."

The result: a first of its kind park designed to help homeowners, potential homeowners, and those who are just looking for some simple remodeling tips.  Think of it as a permanent home tour and a home show, open seven days a week with a high-tech twist.

MainStreet America is open right now as a Christmas destination, but on Jan. 5, 2013, it opens to adults with a $10 admission.

Once you check in, you get a short orientation and a device, known as Ted, to help you keep track of the home building styles, furniture, fixtures, and services that interest you- even the smallest details.

"You'll be able to scan a single tag and get information on all the finishes in the room, including the paint color, flooring and the trim," said Babineaux.

The device stores the information, then emails it straight to you: no brochures to collect, no sales people to track down and question.

The 12 homes range in size, as well as style.

"You're going to find something that really appeals to you in all price ranges," said Babineaux.  "What we tried to do is make this a place that the consumer can come at their own leisure, at their own time, learn about products and really get that information that they need.  We think we're going to jumpstart and be a catalyst for people to go out and call that remodeling company, (and) get things going."

MainStreet America is located at 18750 I-45 North in Spring.

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