Home and Garden House Giveaway
The Home and Garden Television dream home in Edgartown has new owners this week — and they did not have to enter a sweepstakes to get the keys.
Rosemary O’Brien and Eigil D. Rothe of Washington D.C. bought the house at 15 Crocker Drive from developers Michael and Rebecca Hegarty on July 8 for $2.315 million.
The dream home includes a dream house for dogs. — Sydney Bender
In March, Kathy O’Dell of Huntsville, Ala. was chosen among 94 million entrants to win HGTV’s 19th annual dream home giveaway, which included the Edgartown house, a $250, 000 check from Quicken Loans, a 2015 GMC Acadia Denali, and a year-long membership to the Field Club.
Mrs. O’Dell opted for the cash option, which replaces the house with a sum of $1, 450, 000, though she still received the Quicken Loans check and car. The total approximate retail value of the prize she took was $1, 752, 680, while the approximate retail value of the house prize was $2, 567, 680 at the time she won. Winners are responsible for all federal, state, and local taxes and fees on their prizes and must be able to travel for a winner’s weekend, where they visit the home for the first time. HGTV said that representatives from their sponsors also visit to see the home in person.
HGTV dream home house planner Jack Thomasson works with developers to identify properties available for building the house. The Martha’s Vineyard dream home was constructed last year in traditional Cape Cod style with cottage-like charm near the Field Club in Edgartown. It is 3, 200 square feet and has three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, and is complete with an outdoor shower and matching dog dream house.
Designed by Island architect Patrick Ahearn and built by local contractor Tim McHugh, it had several Island touches. It was stocked with local art, Vineyard cookbooks, growlers of Bad Martha’s Beer, and other goodies. If the winner chooses to take the cash option, they cannot take any of the merchandise stocked in the house; HGTV would not reveal what happens to the furniture or other merchandise.
After Mrs. O’Dell opted for the cash, the house went back into the hands of Mr. and Mrs. Hegarty, who turned it around to sell. The Hegartys had originally purchased the property from South Village Associates Realty Trust and trustees Michael J. Donaroma and Alex Alexander for $650, 000 on April 2, 2014.