Winner of 2008 HGTV Dream Home Giveaway to Experience Tropical Paradise

A magical bayside spot, complete with white sand beaches, miles of coral reef and the crystal clear water of the Florida keys, awaits the winner of the 2008 HGTV Dream Home Giveaway(SM). One lucky viewer will receive a new, custom-designed and fully furnished bayside home located in the new development of The Shore at Islamorada, Florida in March, 2008.

The HGTV Dream Home Giveaway 2008 will be open for entries once per day beginning Tuesday, January 1 at 9:00 a.m. ET through Tuesday, February 19 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Viewers will get a peek inside the tropical-style house during HGTV Dream Home 2008 on Tuesday, January 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. During the special, Monica Pedersen, a designer with the network's popular series Designed to Sell, will take viewers on a visual excursion that includes every room in the house as well as its beautiful views of the Florida Bay. Specific entry information, a photo gallery and a 360 degree virtual tour of the 2008 HGTV Dream Home in Quick Time, along with "dreamy" design tips, will be available at Dream Home Central on HGTV.com beginning Monday, December 3, 2007.

"This is one of the most incredible HGTV Dream Homes yet," said Jack Thomasson, HGTV House Planner. "Located right in the middle of the Florida Keys, close to the hot beaches and cool scenes of Miami and to the eclectic mix of the southern-most town of Key West, the home will be filled with all of the tropical charm and features you would expect in an HGTV Dream Home."

The Grand Prize winner will receive a prize package that includes a fully-furnished home with over 3,500 square feet of living area, a 2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid, a state of the art kitchen with high end appliances, and since Islamorada is the sport fishing capital of the world, there's even a room dedicated to fishing! Located in the garage of the home -- this room includes fishing equipment, maps, and everything an avid fisherman could want! The house will feature deep porches with beautiful views of the Florida Bay, and will evoke a casual elegance while providing the finest luxuries, comforts and conveniences in this tropical paradise.

Again this year, HGTV will televise the moment when one lucky viewer will discover that they are the winner of the 2008 HGTV Dream Home during a surprise visit from the HGTV Dream Home team on March 16, 2008 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

HGTV Dream Home Giveaway sweepstakes

One of the most successful consumer promotions in cable TV history, the HGTV Dream Home Giveaway involves sponsorship from several national advertisers including GMC Division, General Motors Corporation, Lumber Liquidators, The Iams Company, BISSELL(R) Homecare, Inc., JELDWEN, inc., Moen Inc., Oldcastle Architectural, Inc., The Sherwin-Williams Company, Sub-Zero, Inc. & Wolf Appliance, Inc., California Closet Company Inc., Ethan Allen, Silestone, Wellborn and Hickory Hardware, Inc.

HGTV, America's leader in home and lifestyle programming, is distributed to more than 95 million U.S. households and is one of cable's top-rated networks. HGTV's website, www.HGTV.com is the nation's leading online home and garden destination that attracts an average of 5.2 million unique visitors per month. HGTV owns 33 percent of HGTV Canada and provides much of the Canadian network's daily programming. The network's branded programming also can be seen in 124 territories across all seven continents and its selected programming is available to service men and women on board Navy ships and through American Forces Radio & Television Service (AFRTS) which services more than 1,000 outlets in over 175 countries. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville and New York, HGTV is wholly owned by The E.W. Scripps Company , which also operates Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Living and Great American Country.

Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
What a total rip-off...lie. It is impossible to sign up to win....this is just a fraud to get leads. If you are for real reply and tell me how to sign up to win the dream house....

Submitted by Eshera (not verified) on
You have to go to http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/dream_home/ to enter the contest to win the dream house, not here. This is a news site.

Submitted by David & Pat Kimbrell (not verified) on
We could really use this new home we owe so much on our existing home that I don't think we will ever pay it off. We already have so many problems with our home, but unable to pay to have it repaired. I burn wood to heat our house and all of our clothes smell like wood. my daughter is always being asked at school who's been cooking out.We at least have a roof over our heads and I know there are less fortunate people out there who deserve a new home more than we do, but it never hurts to dream a little. Sincerely, David,Pat,and Heather Kimbrell

Submitted by Socorro Jackson (not verified) on
I have enter your Dream Home contest every year, and still have hope of winning one day.It would be a wonderful retirement home for my husband and me.I know their is alot of people entering and have the same dream as I do. And dreams do come true if you believe in them. So God let the person who needs it most win. Sincerely, Socorro Jackson

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This is my first year entering this contest,eventhough I watch the show all the time. My sister called the other day and asked me,if I have entered the contest and I said no,Do you have any idea how many people have entered this contest already.Then she said you never know,give it a try.Ive been renting houses for over twenty five years now,so this will be my first dream home and first dream come true.Good luck to me and everyone else.HGTV.thank You for making somebody's dream come true.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Please read the rules and you will see that if you win the home, the winner is responsible for the real estate taxes, home owners insurance, and maintenance that is required of this very expensive home. If an ordinary middle income family were to win this home they would not be able to keep it due to the enormous financial responsbility that comes along with the value of this home. I read a while back that one of the previous winners had to give up their home because they were not able to pay for the taxes alone. Personally I think HGTV should do several homes amounting to the amount they're actually spending for just one very expensive home. In turn, the winners would be able to benefit of owning a new home with affordable taxes, insurance, etc.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I would love to own this home its a beautiful house, this is my first year entering and I'm very happy that someone is giving back to the community in such a big way hats off to the HGTV STAFF for such a great idea. The interior is lovely the colors scheme is great ,the furniture is outstanding a job well done.

Submitted by Patrick Pang (not verified) on
I had lived in Islamorada,Ocean Side and would love to return---to the Bay Side this time. Islamorada---the ONE and ONLY--- PURPLE ISLAND !

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Our family watches your shows & get wonderful ideas for our home & yard which effects our lives in a positive way. We live in the Pacific Northwest, it is beautiful with the lush green. Being near the water & mountains is nice, but winters are gray & rainy. We've noticed our area has a lot of Snowbirds & we think this is why. We've always loved the sunshine, ocean & tropical feel of every show you have shown, we do think it would be a lovely lifestyle. I'm concerned that I might have or am developing SAD, this would be the natural medication I love to take. Islamorada looks like a wonderful place for not just retirement but for families. Thanks for all the great ideas, we need the help.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Who could afford the taxes? Or the water bill? Or the maid needed to dust all that crap?

Submitted by nancy turnerAno... (not verified) on
I love the ocean, my nusband took me there about 34 years ago, and I have loved it ever since. It is the most beautiful place next to heaven to me, my health is not very good, but I would feel very blessed if I won, I could live there forever together there with my family, which is a mirical in my life, I have been Blessed in my life with so much. Tnank You, And Bless you all with love, faith, and hope forever in everything you all do in life. Because with the Lord, his love in your heart you can get through everything, we learn and think possitive our faith will grow stronger each day. Keep Christmas in your heart everyday, the createst Gift of all, the Gift of Love. Nancy Turner, 292 Pleasant Drive, Cascade, VA. 24069, Phone# (434-685-3832

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I would like to enter the contest: knowing that I would never be able to afford the taxes and upkeep of such a desirable home would be the drawback..I feel as some of the other contestants that you should build some smaller homes that would benefit people from different walks of life and drastically make a difference for the positive side of large conglomerates that run our country! Sincerely, S. Doty

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Nice home but as someone mentioned earlier the average joe would have to sell the home because they cannot not afford the taxes. Another concern is with home insurance since it is vulnerable to catastrophic damage from Hurricanes.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This really is a dream home and even if the taxes is $6000, it is still less than the box with gates i pay for in NYC. Good luck to everyone who enter.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
taxes...$6000, that is funny!!! you would have to pay tax on the total winnings..over 2 million at about 35-40%, more like $7 to 800,000.00. Who cares about the property taxes, insurance, and water bill, may be...small in comparison. Neat house though.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Winners don't OWN the property, only the house. The land the house sits on is on a 30 year lease!

Submitted by Sandi (not verified) on
I saw the winner tonight! Of course, I am envious! Question? How come sweepstakes winners always seem to have beautiful houses already (never apartments or condos), look like they have a ton of money already and don't need anymore, and are extremely less than enthusiastic and excited when they win? I was so excited for her and she was like, Oh well, isn't that special. And that comment about "Oh now I have to get a pet"! I would give almost anything to be able to have a dog or a cat! What do these people do to attract more into their lives that many less than comfortable or even poor people don't do? Sorry to be negative, but if I would have won this home, I would have been bawling like a baby, fainting, jumping up and down like a monkey or screaming! And when asked when I was going to Islamorada, I would have said that I am booking a flight now or getting in my car and driving down to Florida tonight!!! I know many, many people who could have really used this house and vehicle and would have been truly grateful. I can't believe I watched the entire hour for this unexciting win. The husband made it obvious that they knew about it ahead of time, so they had plenty of time to practice being excited. (Isn't it illegal to deceive the public like that?)People who win ALOT less on game shows show more enthusiasm than this. Oh well, life goes on!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
What a FRAUD HGTVs Dream Home contest is!... Okay, this year's 'surprise' winner (STEPHANIE)...wasn't even SURPRISED OR EXCITED when they walked into her home...supposedly 'unannounced'. (Notice all her friends and family were there at 10:00 AT NIGHT!!) Her friend admitting later in a video that they contacted her WEEKS earlier to let her know of the 'win'...funny, when I entered, it didn't ask for my 'friends' name. This was a supposed LIVE broadcast. Second, when asked the winner of the home how often she entered, she acted as if she was telling complete lies, like she never even entered herself in the contest. ..Wonder if HGTV even confirms the IP address where the entry came from! They also asked her what her favorite HGTV show was, and she couldn't answer...again standing there with her husband trying to lie their way through the interview. IT'S ALL A TOTAL FAKE... Makes me not want to tune in to HGTV anymore!

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