There's no better giveaway a person can receive than a home. Even more than a new car or an all-expenses-paid vacation, a home is the ultimate place one can find comfort in. Plus, it's where people spend most of their time. It's only natural that a home stands as the pinnacle prize for someone to win.
Over the years, two specific ways to win homes have become common. One is through the HDTV Dream Home Giveaway, which happens every year. Anyone can mail in for their chance to win a home in this popular sweepstakes. Another way is the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway. For the price of $100 per ticket, contestants enter into sweepstakes. While the grand prize is a new home, there are other prizes given out as well.
Between the two, there are differences in what contestants have to do to enter. However, there is one common denominator between the two: they each offer the chance of winning a beautiful new home. Although many of these homes are in different states than where the winners already live, it's easy to see why they tempt owners to relocate. Looking at the following homes, it's easy to see why so many people enter the sweepstakes in the hopes of winning their dream home.
20 2018 HGTV Dream Home: A Gig Harbor Treasure
Another year of HGTV Dream Home sweepstakes means another winner. The latest person to get a dream house was Emily Muniz, along with her husband Kevin and three-year-old daughter.
According to HGTV, the home is on the water in Gig Harbor, Washington, which happens to be where Emily and Kevin went on their honeymoon.
With nautically-themed furnishings throughout, there are also lots of green plants scattered around to add a natural look. The house also has several windows outfitted with Roman shades that open up on the beautiful view. The house is a dream come true for Emily and her family.
19 2018 St. Jude Dream Home: Spanish Style Sanctuary
The winner of 2018's St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway was Tony Tafoya. According to Bakersfield Now, Tafoya had his sights set on some other prizes but walked away at the end of the day with the biggest one of all. The house is worth $400,000 and has four bedrooms and three bathrooms across 2,900 square feet.
Tafoya also got all brand new Bosch appliances, as KGET reported. John Balfanz Homes provided the materials for the home, which was built in a modern Spanish style. It only cost Tafoya $1000, as he bought ten tickets in all to enter the sweepstakes.
18 2007 HGTV Dream Home: A Rocky Mountain Retreat
Robert O'Neill won the 2007 HGTV Dream Home, which is in Winter Park, Colorado. Although Winter Park gets plenty of snow, the house rests on an elevated foundation perfect for long winters.
Nestled within the Rocky Mountains, this is a magnificent home that anyone would be happy just to stay in for a weekend.
It's got 3,000 square feet, as Times-News reports, and has a rustic style. On the outside, there's a great brick chimney jutting out of the west wing of the house. Three immense gables welcome visitors at the front steps with a staircase leading into the entryway.
17 2016 St. Jude Dream Home: A Rustic Respite In The Volunteer State
St. Jude’s Dream Home giveaway in 2016 is based in Franklin, Tennessee, and has everything a homeowner could ask for. For $100 a ticket, people had the opportunity to win a home valued at $525,000, as noted by Jennifer Spergl via YouTube.
Spanning 3,600 square feet, the house is full of wooden accents, including an elaborate arched entryway that leads into the living room and kitchen. In the kitchen itself are a massive two-door refrigerator, custom cabinets, and hexagonal Mosaic tile lining the walls. Hardwood floors are throughout the kitchen, dining room area and living room with hanging coned-shaped candelabras.
16 2015 St. Jude Dream Home: A Brick Pad In Avon, Ohio
The HGTV Dream Home sweepstakes aren't the only way Americans are getting the homes of their dreams. Back in 2015, St. Jude gave away a house to Naomi Williams, who happens to be a nurse herself.
"I can't even believe something this nice has happened to me, working so hard pretty much all my life," the winner shared, according to Fox 8.
The home, located in Avon, Ohio, has 3,000 square feet with a beautiful brick facade. There's even an outdoor fireplace and an entertainment center with a bar, as Cleveland Local News reports. Although Williams lived in Olmsted Township, she planned on moving to Avon.
15 2015 St. Jude Dream Home: A Custom-Built Roost
This St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway may not be on the water or in an exotic location. Still, the house itself is impressive in its own right. Marie Blevins only had to purchase one $100 ticket to win a custom-built house from St. Jude.
Located in Oklahoma, the house was worth $565,000 according to NewsOK, which has four bedrooms, a living room, and a den. The house stretches across 3,800 square feet. In the end, though, rather than live in the home herself, Blevins decided to give back by putting the house for sale on the market and donating the proceeds.
14 2014 HGTV Dream Home: A Lodge In Lake Tahoe
The HGTV Dream Home winner in 2014 was Laura Martin, who was randomly selected to receive an abode in Lake Tahoe. "I have been dreaming about winning the dream home for the last 2 months and yesterday that dream came true!" shared Martin, as per Sierra Sun.
The home has 3,200 square feet for Martin to traipse around in, along with three bedrooms and exquisite wilderness views.
Boasting what's dubbed a "new mountain" style, the house is luxurious compared to the rugged wilderness surrounding it. The house has a unique two-wing design with the main entrance in the middle of the layout.
13 2014 St. Jude Dream Home: A Rustic-Luxe Ranch
The 2014 St. Jude Dream Home is in Denver, Colorado, within the Green Valley Ranch Community. Taking advantage of Colorado's rugged beauty, the property rests on a range that has a spectacular view. The home has 4,000 square feet and originally came with furnishings styled in rustic-luxe, according to The Front Door.
Although there are still traces of a ranch style befitting Colorado, the house has modern accents including an Illyria Wall Mirror. On the third floor is a large loft that serves guests as an entertainment center. Below it, the second floor contains the four bedrooms. Last but not least, the spacious first floor contains a dining room, kitchen, and office.
12 2013 HGTV Dream Home: A Haven In SC
Out of all the contestants who send in for the HGTV Dream Home giveaway, there can be only one winner. Carole Simpson of Columbia, Tennessee took home the grand prize back in 2013. "It never occurred to me that I could win," she said, as per Business Wire.
According to HGTV, this Kiawah Island, South Carolina home has pleasant sky-blue walls and plenty of seating.
Visitors are taken aback the moment they step in the doorway. While on a virtual tour with HGTV, host Brian Patrick Flynn said, "The entry hallway draws your eye through the main living area and out to the beautiful views of the island marshlands."
11 2004 HGTV Dream Home: A Four-Story Wonder In Sacramento, Georgia
HGTV Dream Home winner Kathi Nakao had a lot to celebrate back in 2004. She won, according to Press Democrat, a total home makeover. They turned her house, located in Sacramento, into a lavish retreat.
Although she ultimately had to get rid of it, the 3,000 square foot house was ideal for vacations. It stands four stories tall and has a place for a boat to dock. Nakao did end up selling the place and got $1.2 million for it. One of the cooler furnishings added was a dresser made to look like suitcases, which Nakao made sure to hang on to after the property sold.
10 2012 HGTV Dream Home: Desert Refuge In Midway, Utah
At the close of the 2012 HGTV Dream Home contest, Vicki Naggy walked away with the top prize: a massive 4,000 square foot home in Midway, Utah. While the desert may not sound like the ideal place to settle down, the house and landscape have lots to offer.
According to International Business Times, there are majestic mountains all around and a jacuzzi from which to savor the view from.
There are even five decks throughout the house for those perfect nights watching the sun go down. Inside, there are a total of three bedrooms plus a game room for entertaining guests.
9 2015 HGTV Dream Home: A Cottage In Martha’s Vineyard
Kathy O'Dell won her dream home back in 2015. Located in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, HGTV’s Dream House had 3,009 square feet. The spacious property gave O'Dell the space to install a jungle gym for her grandkids, as per Alabama Local News.
According to HGTV, the home has a Cape Cod styling that'll make visitors feel like they're close to the coast. The kitchen is open with hardwood floors and a raised centerpiece with tall chairs. The living room even has a vaulted ceiling, which adds character and charm to the house. "We are still entering the 2016 contest," said O'Dell, who hopes to strike it rich again.
8 2011 HGTV Dream Home: A Wooden Home With Luxury
Although the chances aren't great, it never hurts to try entering into the HGTV Dream Home sweepstakes. Eric Makstenieks never expected to win, but he was the lucky recipient of a new home in 2011. The grand prize was a 3,400 square foot home in Stowe, Vermont.
According to Stowe Today, builder Paul Rousselle achieved the rustic look of the house by using only locally sourced materials from the area.
The interior has enough modern comforts to satisfy anyone, including a spa and mudroom. There are even dedicated spaces for visitors to store their ski gear in during the winter.
7 2010 HGTV Dream Home: An Oasis-like Getaway In New Mexico
Some of the winners from the HGTV Dream Home sweepstakes have suffered tragedy in their lives. For example, Myra Lewis, who won her dream home back in 2010, lived through Hurricane Katrina five years prior. In a fortunate twist of fate, according to HGTV, Lewis won a New Mexico home with pleasant yellow and golden colors inside.
The front entrance is simple and full of Arizona Cypress trees that form into a semi-arch over a stone path. The architect used large stones throughout the yard. He even included a tall monolith, which looks otherworldly, to add an artistic flair to the grounds.
6 2008 HGTV Dream Home: A Beach House In The Sunshine State
A beach house is often regarded as the ultimate luxury abode. HGTV Dream Home went all out back in 2008 when they awarded Stephanie Dee with a beachfront property in Islamorada, Florida. According to Huliq, the inside is made up of 3,500 square feet.
One room is even made up specifically to house fishing gear and supplies in keeping with the coastal theme.
Even if Stephanie or her husband Tommy aren't ones to fish, they can always convert the room into something else. "I'm still overwhelmed," Dee shared, as provided by Huliq. So are all who see this beachfront property that stands three stories tall.
5 2017 HGTV Dream Home: A Farmhouse Without The Farm Labor
Back in 2017, the lucky winner of the HGTV Dream Home sweepstakes was from Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Adding up the value of the entire grand prize, The Balance Everyday reported that Anna Spangler's prize was worth $1.4 million in all. That included a farmhouse on the water, everything inside the house, and a Honda SUV.
According to HGTV, the master bathroom carries a coastal theme with shiplap used on the walls. They didn't skimp on the master bedroom either- it contains several windows all draped in white curtains, complementing the walls and furnishings which are styled in dark navy. "It's amazing to see this house and how much it feels like home," Anna said after exploring her dream abode.
4 2006 HGTV Dream Home: A Studious Nook In Lake Lure, North Carolina
HGTV pulled out all the stops in 2006 when they awarded Donald Cool with a dream home. Except in the end, according to The Balance Everyday, he didn't have enough money to live there.
"A house that big is hard to maintain; the electricity bill alone is more than 10 times what mine is," said Cook.
The house itself, however, is a vision. Not only does it have a floor dedicated to the bedrooms, but there's also a library on the top floor for those looking to have a studious retreat from the world. The coolest part of all, though, is the suspended passage one can walk across that offers easy access to the house's rooms.
3 2005 HGTV Dream Home: A Near Mansion in Tyler, Texas
Following the HGTV Dream Home giveaway in 2005, Don Cruz, unfortunately, had to give up the house, as KLTV reports. Still, the home— which stands in Tyler, Texas— remains the perfect place to settle down. Compared with most of the other houses on this list, it's one of the more opulent and mansion-like homes.
It's also humungous, spanning 6,000 square feet in all, according to HGTV. The biggest room in the house has a ceiling that stands 32 feet, which reveals a lot about the grandeur of the place. It's also consistent with the ideals of Texas, which is one of the nation's biggest states.
2 2016 HGTV Dream Home: Tropical Dwelling In Merritt Island
Not every winner on HGTV Dream Home has a happy ending. Unfortunately, this was the case for the 2016 winner. David Rennie was randomly selected in 2016, winning a 3,100 square-foot house in Merritt Island, Florida.
But as Cheat Sheet reported, Rennie chose the cash option instead of the house, which means this comfy abode on the water went up for sale in the end.
According to The Balance Everyday, the house has a tropical feel with coral and turquoise colors throughout. In addition to three bedrooms and three bathrooms, there's a boathouse and dock in the front right on the water.
1 2009 HGTV Dream Home: A Classy Farmhouse In The Sunny State
The winner of the HGTV Dream Home in 2009 was Cheryl Smith, who ultimately had to sell the house. In the end, Smith got $2.2 million for the property, revealing the value of this remarkable farmhouse. Located in California, according to Press Democrat, the house spans 3,700 square feet.
The property has a wine cellar, along with a kitchen fit for a world-renowned chef- in fact, Bobby Flay once dropped by and made a meal in the dream home. Although Smith and her husband had to get rid of the house, hopefully, it still remains a luxurious retreat for the current owners.