Each year, HGTV enthralls the viewing public with a stunning home built in a pastoral location, and this year’s contest looks like it will not disappoint. With past HGTV dream home locations in such jaw dropping places as Winter Park, Colorado and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, you might think that it would be difficult to top them. However, this year’s HGTV Dream Home contest is going to give them a run for their money, with the home being built in the heart of California wine country – Sonoma.
Images of verdant fields stretching over rolling hills are immediately conjured by the mention of this location, but that is only half the story. The home, built in the Victorian Farmhouse tradition, captures the essence of traditional farm living while meeting the luxury of a gentleman’s estate. The two-story home built by Steve Ledson will be impressive by any measure. With all of the attention to detail that has become the hallmark of HGTV Dream Homes, this wine farm estate will be no different. From the natural wood floors, trim, and wainscoting, this home will exhibit a craftsmanship of days gone by. A three bedroom, three and a half bath, 3,600 square foot masterpiece, this home will provide all of the space and amenities needed to entertain family and friends for many years.
The HGTV Dream Home Sweepstakes draws millions of entries each year through the HGTV website and post card entries. In 2007, more than 41 million entries were submitted. Entries open on January 1st and close in mid-February. One entry per person per day is allowed. Started in 1997, the sweepstakes has grown in substantially in popularity and provides manufacturers with an opportunity to showcase their best products within the confines of a million dollar setting. Although other sweepstakes are offered by the channel, the HGTV Dream Home Sweepstakes is the largest and most well known. The winner of the HGTV Dream Home 2009 will be announced in March 2009.
Shane Turner is professor of entrepreneurship at a community college. His latest venture is http://www.warmest-down-comforters.com