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From home automation to model homes, guests will be able to see all the latest products, services and trends in home design when the Seattle Home Show, the oldest and largest consumer home show in the country, celebrates its 70th anniversary starting today at CenturyLink Field Event Center.

“The median home price in Seattle is up 15 percent over a year ago, and Seattle has moved up to No. 6 of 51 real-estate markets to watch in 2014,” says Michael Kalian, the show’s managing director.

“It’s a great time to buy or build a home while interest rates remain low, and contractors are eager to start on homeowners’ remodeling projects before the busy summer season begins,” Kalian says.

Model homes have been among the top attractions since the first Seattle Home Show in 1939, which featured a three-bedroom, one-bathroom demonstration home. Fully furnished by the upscale department store Frederick & Nelson, this moderately priced home also included a sewing room to meet the needs of the modern family.

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Among the highlights at this year’s show is Idea Street, featuring a selection of model homes that showcase features including design and décor, appliances and fixtures, and landscaping.

These models include full-size homes as well as vacation cabins, accessory dwellings and outbuildings.

A seminar stage will host presentations of topics including building and financing, décor, environmental technologies and organizing your home.

The Outdoor Living Garden, designed by London Design Build, is a 10,000-square-foot display highlighting the latest trends in outdoor living. It features a parkland setting with Northwest- and Asian-inspired garden vignettes, including six water features, decks, hardscapes and a full basketball court featuring a “Sport Base” that does not need a concrete pad and is water permeable.

Within the Outdoor Living Garden is a wine and beer tasting garden with live music.

Those purchasing e-tickets at will receive $1 parking for the day. Carpoolers can take advantage of “Four or More Park Free” in designated lots.

If visitors find that there is too much to see in one day, they can sign up as they leave the show for free admission on another day.

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