Since 1997, HGTV has given away a breathtakingly beautiful, fully furnished home in a jaw-dropping location. On January 1, the location of this year’s HGTV Dream Home sweepstakes was revealed with photos of the future home of one lucky winner. And the winning location is…Merritt Island, Florida, located on Florida’s east coast in Brevard County. Nearby, the new resident will be able to visit the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Kennedy Space Center—not bad neighbors.
This year’s home offers a departure from those of the past. Rather than build a new home, an existing home was renovated for the project. Inspired by Mediterranean and Caribbean architecture, the home is 3,150 square feet with 3 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, a 3 car garage, pool, and multiple outdoor living areas.
Competition to win is tough. In 2012, there were more than 81 million entries. In addition to winning a home valued at $1 million, prizes include a new 2016 GMC Acadia Denali, a new boat, and $250,000 in cash. Historically, the winner has sold the home due to the large tax burden attached to such a home.
Sponsored by Belgard (outdoor furniture), Ethan Allen (indoor furniture), Bose (sound system), Glidden (paint), GMC (vehicle), and Trex (outdoor furniture), among others, this year’s dream home continues to emphasize the outdoor living concept that is so captivating to Americans. From the warm-weather, island location, to the multiple outdoor living areas for lounging, dining, and grilling, the builders and HGTV understand the importance of this growing trend in today’s real estate market.
Nice, huh? Go ahead…dream a little bit. You can enter once a day at HGTV.com. Entries end at 5 pm February 18, 2016. What are you waiting for?