I don't know how many of you have been following HGTV's Dream Homes, but every year HGTV scans the country to find a builder/developer team to design, and construct a dream home in a different part of the country and millions of people enter to win. And 8 of their 12 Dream Homes are coastal!
In the year 2008, HGTV's Dream Home was a colorful beachfront dwelling in Islamorada, the heart of the Florida Keys.
The living room looks out over the ocean as you would expect from a dream home by the sea.
"I think you feel like you have awakened in the middle of a rain forest," says HGTV Dream Home interior designer Linda Woodrum. A pretty wild color, don't you think!
I love the guest bathroom. Clean white tiles with bold artwork. "The clean white subway tile became the perfect backdrop for featuring some fun local artwork," says guest designer Monica Pederson who you probably know from HGTV's series Designed to Sell.
The couple who won the home sold it after enjoying a vacation there. They stated that it was always their intention to sell the house due to the anticipated tax burdens. You can read more here.
Next up. A very large coastal Victorian in Cumberland Harbour, three miles from historic downtown St. Marys, Georgia. HGTV dream home 2004. The historic houses in St. Marys were used as a guide to build this beauty.
"When I watched the television show that year there was a small town feel that I will never forget. The people seemed so friendly, it was like a flashback to 1950's America," Susie of Caliendo Design says.
I have to admit that I have not seen any of these shows, and wonder where I have been.
This is what you see when you enter. A rustic shelf with sea life, an old shutter above and beautiful wainscoting that is prevalent in the house.
Then you arrive here and you get a sense for the classic and traditional style that you find throughout the home.
Dream home 2003 was built on the outskirts of Mexico Beach, FL, along the Panhandle's "Forgotten Coast".
The interior is traditional in style and different shades of blue are used for furnishings and accessories.
A lovely spot for a bathtub -just outside the master suite.
A contemporary style home with a vast deck and views of Chesapeake Bay in Sherwood, MD, was chosen in 2002.
You would imagine that stardom comes with winning an HGTV dream house, but not so much according to this Interview with the Winners. They were contacted for several weeks afterward by the same magazines and newspapers to do some follow-up about them and the house, but that was it.
These winners from Texas also had no intention of keeping the house and sold it to This Couple for $1.3 million, within minutes of getting the title.
Dream Home 2001, a classic New England shingle-style cottage that overlooks the Maine coast in Camden, a town known for having the state's prettiest harbor.
Nehalem, OR, location of HGTV's Dream Home in 2000. A "cabin" with a spectacular view of the coast, said to be northwestern through and through.
The location for the dream home contest in 1999, Rosemary Beach in Florida, one of the master-planned communities on the popular beachside road, 30-A.
And you made it to the final destination! Built in 1998, this classic low-country beauty is located just outside Beaufort, SC on Bermuda Bluff Island, which has become a popular tourist stop when visiting the Beaufort area. I'm sure that is true for all the HGTV Dream Homes -you want to check them out when you're in the area! Only Bermuda Bluff is a gated community and this home usually goes unseen.