BY BILL PHILLIPS
For just 100 bucks a brand new $588,500 home could be yours.
All you have to do is buy a ticket in the Hospice Dream Home Lottery … and with only 9,999 tickets sold it’s a good idea to get your ticket sooner rather than later.
Another good reason is if you purchase your ticket today or tomorrow, you could also win the first early bird draw.
“We’re seeing a bit of peak with our ticket sales right now because the first early bird draw is August 3,” said Ethan Fredeen special events coordinator for Prince George Hospice.
That early bird draw will be for a dinner for 10 people at Winston’s Restobar in the Coast Inn of the North, and a three-hour SUV Limousine Ride for up to 12 people. The draw is 8 p.m. Friday.
Tickets have been available since July 13 and are selling at a good pace.
“We’re on track to selling out, if it continues at this pace, with around 2,000 tickets already sold,” he said.
Funds raised through the lottery will help Prince George Rotary Hospice House.
“The Dream House Lottery is the big ticket item for us,” said Fredeen. “It helps us reach our operational budget for the upcoming year. If it weren’t for this lottery, we wouldn’t be able to provide the same services.”
And the house, as always, is a stunner.
This year’s home is custom built by Lithium One Homes and has an appraised value of $588,500, (retail value including appliances is $602,860). The home features five bedrooms, four baths, a rec room and spacious basement, five appliances (washer, dryer, fridge, stove and dishwasher) from City Furniture, a home alarm system with 12 months of monitoring from Curtis‑Elite Security, and six months of Internet and TV services from Shaw. The rancher‑style home is situated on a corner lot in a cul‑de‑sac.
Featuring a finished basement with an entertainment area, the 3,310 sq. ft. home boasts a high-end kitchen custom built by Van Way Cabinets with sleek modern countertops by Lithium One. If you choose, a portion of the basement is set up to be a separate suite.
Lighting throughout the home is provided by McInnis Lighting and incredible finishing features from Windsor Plywood complete the appearance. Flooring throughout from Northern Tile & Stone delights in both appearance and texture and adds to the relaxed and modern theme of the home. Enjoy the view from a sundeck by Marathon. This home also sports a double garage completed by Portal Installations and tons of natural light through windows supplied by AWG Windows and Doors.
There are some dazzling unique features as well.
There is a floating door in the kitchen, which is also a work of art and cost about $5,000.
“It’s really expensive, but it draws so much attention,” said Fredeen. “It’s like a centrepiece. It’s so artistic, so different and it really draws the eye. You can see similar artwork throughout the house. The same material was used, which brings the same style throughout the house.”
The kitchen also has an espresso bar attached, so coffee drinkers can really enjoy a good cup anytime.
The downstairs television room plays homage to Prince George’s history with a feature wall consisting of a photo of George Street, circa 1913. The photo was courtesy of the Exploration Place.
The furniture is supplied Ashley Home Furniture, which you can take home, if you really like it. Near the draw date of October 26, Ashley will put the furniture in the house up for auction on its Facebook page and all the proceeds from that auction will also go to Hospice.
“They’ve been so good us,” Fredeen said. “They’ve been a huge supporter of Hospice for quite a while.”
There is also second early bird draw, which will be held September 21. That draw is for a home gym which includes an Inspire FT1 Functional Trainer, Inspire SCS FID Bench, Bowflex Max M5, MD Suspension Trainer, PFX Cast Kettlebell (16kg and 32kg), Progession Fitness 16lb Power Med Ball and Exercise Mat, Flaman floor mat, and rubber checker plate mats.
And, for an extra $25, you can get in on the 50/50 draw, which has sold about 1,500 tickets so far.
Tickets are available at the house, located at 4154 Mears Court in the Nechako View subdivision, or at the Hospice office at 1506 Ferry Avenue.
“Pay attention to our Facebook page, we generally talk about where we will be selling them on different days,” he said. “Or message us Facebook and we usually respond within an hour or call us and ask for Nycole Graff.”
Either way, make sure you buy a ticket on this year’s Hospice Dream Home and, who knows, you could be in a brand new house before Christmas.