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[Cue Will Smith's 1998 classic "Miami" for this entire post.]

I normally hate choosing favorites, but this is definitely my favorite Urban Oasis yet. Located in one of Miami’s top waterfront locations, this contemporary apartment provides both calming views of the water and enticing Miami nightlife just steps away. New York and Chicago both had drool-worthy views, but there’s just something about the Biscayne Bay that draws me in. I think I could live on the terrace and be perfectly content.

Urban Oasis 2012 - TerraceTerrace

You do know that you could live here, right? You have 48 days left to enter to win this high-rise home in South Florida. Between now and October 15, enter twice online per day — once on HGTV.com and once on FrontDoor.com — for your chance to win! I seriously doubt you need a reminder to enter (I mean, just look at this place!), but just in case, let’s take a quick tour.

Urban Oasis 2012 - EntrywayFoyer

Interior designer Linda Woodrum uses big, bold artwork in the expansive foyer to welcome guests to Miami.

Urban Oasis 2012 - KitchenKitchen

The contemporary kitchen is inspired by blues from the Biscayne Bay and features gold Calacatta marble and cabinetry installed to ceiling height.

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Raise your hand if you want to live in a luxurious apartment in Trump International Hotel & Tower with fabulous views of the Chicago skyline, the Magnificent Mile and the Chicago River. Did everyone raise their hands? I certainly did. Well, I’m happy to report that the agonizing wait is officially over. As of today, August 18, you can enter twice daily (once on HGTV.com and once on FrontDoor.com) for your chance to win HGTV Urban Oasis 2011, a grand-prize package valued at more than $750,000. And just in case you didn’t know, the grand-prize package includes stunning interior design by HGTV’s Vern Yip. I’m envious of the future winner already.

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When I first took the Urban Oasis 2011 virtual tour, I figured it would be a cinch to pick my favorite room since the square footage of this apartment is smaller than, say, HGTV Dream Home or HGTV Green Home. I was completely wrong. Don’t let the size fool you. This one-bedroom and one-and-a-half-bath apartment boasts such a gorgeous detailed interior that it’s impossible to take your eyes off the incredible design work in every room, from the contemporary light fixtures to the powder room’s sleek black-and-white tilework. Check out my two favorite rooms in this top-notch urban apartment and then tell me what you think.

HGTV-Urban-Oasis-2011-Living-Room-Dining-Room-HGTV-DesignHappensLiving Room With a Small Dining Area

In addition to the contemporary decor and interior elements of the living area, I’m head-over-heels for the city views. When you’re at street level in a city like Chicago, the constant traffic, roar of the “L” trains and throngs of pedestrians feel so hectic. But from the 35th floor of the Urban Oasis 2011 apartment, the city will always appear calm, friendly and anything but chaotic. And this stunning view can be seen from almost every room (the foyer, kitchen, dining area, living area and master bedroom). The living room not only serves as a living room but as a miniature home office, dining area and conversational seating/bar area, too. Even though it’s a true multifunctional space, it never once feels cluttered, busy or “too much.” Excellent work, Vern.

Urban-Oasis-2011-Master-Bedroom-HGTV-DesignHappensMaster Bedroom With Guest-Ready Sleeper Sofa

I love the serenity and tranquility present in the master bedroom. A calming color palette and soothing textures serve as an escape from all the hustle and bustle of city life. I think nap time would easily become a daily event if I could snuggle up in that cozy canopy bed. And with all your friends fighting to visit your new digs, within the master bedroom there’s a sleeper sofa that gets an even better look at the skyline than the master bed itself.

Amazing, huh? I shared my favorite aspects of Urban Oasis 2011, so what are yours? Do you love the kitchen appliances? The dining room chairs? The hand-painted walls in the master bedroom?

Tell us in the comments below. (We can’t wait to hear what you have to say.)

But first, go enter the sweepstakes, and remember to do enter every day – once on HGTV.com and once on FrontDoor.com.

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Designer Vern Yip - HGTV Urban Oasis 2011 - HGTV Design Happens blog
“If you and Vern Yip just happened to be chatting over a cup of coffee right now, what would you ask him about his work designing the 2011 Urban Oasis?” That’s what our senior editor Mary Graff wants to know. Submit your questions for Vern Yip on the HGTV Urban Oasis 2011 blog, and Mary will pick several for HGTV’s famed designer to answer! By the way, design work has begun on this year’s Urban Oasis, located in the Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago. Mary says, “Vern Yip plans to decorate the space with an eclectic mix of antiques, architectural artifacts and contemporary decor that reflects Chicago’s heart and soul.”

I used to live in Chicago. A-MAZ-ING city. And with Vern Yip answering the Q&A in the form of a slide show, it’s sure to be packed with cool photos and impressive design insights.

Submit your HGTV Urban Oasis questions for Vern Yip now!

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