Contributor to HGTV Dream Home
Hi, it’s Mary here. Tell me what you’re thinking right now. I’m sitting in my living room watching the giveaway show. So exciting!
Mary is a contributor to HGTV Dream Home.
Posted at 7:28 pm
Congratulations to the winner. To all of you that are complaining about her not affording the taxes…how many of the past winners KEPT the house? How many of us on this blog could afford the taxes..get real people and be happy for the winner.
I would like to know why no one wins from the West Coast?
why is it that no one that has a dog ever wins?
When the winners were taken over to the new vehicle they got, the lady said “I could never have afforded this car”…so my question is HOW CAN THEY AFFORD THE TAXES ON THAT NEW HOUSE????
Why do poor people always win?
I just want to say that every year you guys say that it is live and it isn’t I am sick of the lies. HGTV should not be able to make the West Coast wait for a whole three hours hoping while some East Coast person is winning it. HGTV should not even allow West Coasters to enter it is wrong. You guys suck!!! And one more thing stop bull crapping the country with all your fake statements saying that we are ambushing the winner at 8(western time) and it is really happening at 5 on the west coast. It is rediculious and cruel. It should not be allowed.
Our cable went out right as she finished the tour of the master bath! GAG!
It went back on after they had won. In the background shot of the winners – I could not help but wonder why they not watching HGTV!
I’m waiting for the announcement on the internet! I’m in PST… so exciting!
It was incredible. The winners are soo excited! Glad the giveaway show “quick and to the point” as my daughter stated. It actually made it much more interesting. And thank you HGTV for “one last look”. I can’t wait until NEXT year’s Dream Home giveaway!!!
i hope she enjoys it!!!
Mixed feelings..happy for the winner and sad I didn’t win ..nevermind……. There’s always next time……. Keep dreaming untill the dream comes true……
I am upset that the show picked a person who already owns a nice home as a winner. There are so many people who dont even have a home and the show picks a woman that clearly has money already. That was not fair…
Exciting, but wish it was me:( They are retired and are fine now. Even if it wasn’t me, I sure wish it had been someone younger who really needed it.
Good luck to the winners! I hope they keep this year’s home!!!
She was genuinely surprised, but I do believe it was pre-recorded and not live this evening. Congratulations to both Cheryl and her husband. I hope that they enjoy the dream!
So…we are in Hawaii and can’t watch it live. I assume it wasn’t us! But…WHO WON?
noooo!i cant believe we didnt win! im soo mad now! >:(
Thrilled for them! Enjoy and may it bring you and yours the very best.
I think it should be telecast simultaneously on the west coast–this feels like a super let down. . .seriously. . .I didn’t win and I didn’t get to experience it LIVE! HGTV please think about all 39 million entries–not just those on the east coast
I thought the show was live? How come it was dark at the house in Sonoma?–it’s was only 5:00pm out there. I wonder why a single person has never won.
The show was great. I was glad to see that the winners seemed excited. Congratulatons again to Cheryl Smith and her husband.
Wow, how exciting for Cheryl! I am so happy for then but at the same time I am super sad that I didn’t win. But I am fine living in Wisconsin still. But there is always next year!
I WAS SO HAPPY FOR HER I FELT LIKE ONE OF MY FAMILY WON!
Atleast they acted more happy & surprised than the lady that won the home in Florida last year! They won’t take the house either…she just said that she couldn’t even afford the SUV that they just gave her. If she can’t afford the SUV, how are they going to come up with $880,000 in taxes for the home she just won. Too bad…they need to build homes that people can actually afford. This economy is way to bad for anyone to win something like this.
I guess I should feel priviledged — I live in California and was able to see it live. Get Direct TV, people.
I think she will enjoy her dream home, her husband was more excited to me then she was. Congratulation to her and her family. May God Bless them both. It will always be a next year for us all. Good luck bloggers on next year
How wonderful to be the winner. Congrats to them. I know they will love the beautiful 2009 home with all it’s fabulous detail. How exciting for all of you to be a part of such a wonderful project and a fun, fun giveaway. Wonderful job. I loved watching the developement of this and all the HGTV Homes. I am a huge fan and divoted HGTV watcher. HGTV is my very favorite Network. I’m ready to see and hear about the 2010 project. Dyann Munoz
Congratulations to Cheryl Smith and her hubby! I am truly happy for them and their family. She seemed genuinely shocked and happy to have won.
This wasn’t “live” though. They were showing the dream house and it was dark! I’m laughing because the sun is still shining here in Northern California, so that clued me in that this WAS pre-recorded! And when I saw that it was dark in the AMBUSH town, I knew it was back East.
Doesn’t matter though. I’m really happy for the winner! God bless them.
It was obviously pre-recorded
If the winner is indeed a retired grandparent from Florida–I bet they won’t relocate–rats–I was ready! BUT, no sour grapes–just whetted my appetite for the good life in Sonoma County!
SOOOOO HAPPY FOR FOR THEM…THEY WERE EXCITED! SO UNLIKE THE COUPLE IN THE KEYES WHO NEVER WERE EVEN EXCITED. QUESTION FOR SOMEONE….HOW DO REGULAR PEOPLE AFFORD THE TAXES.? DO THEY HAVE TO PAY WHEN THEY MOVE IN. I HOPE THEY CAN STAY AND AFFORD IT…GOD BLESS HAPPY LIVING IN SONOMA!!!!
congratulations best wishes!!
Previously, many bloggers said that they wanted the giveaway to be a REAL surprise. Sure, a few people will be disappointed that this show wasn’t live, but since HGTV pulled off a real ambush this time, no one should complain! Congrats to Cheryl and her family. I hope you enjoy your wine-country retirement! Would love it if you could post a few photos on the blog of you and your family and pets enjoying that patio… Again, congrats!
I SURE AM WATCHING! GOOD LUCK TO THE WINNER!
If they could have never afforded the car they won (as the woman stated) then HOW can they afford the taxes on that house??
Lovelykitty, JandVsmom, Bonnie B, Jenny D, Bonnie, Ingrid, Katydid (are you in CA), — it’s time to start planning the SISBP! It would be sooooo cool if HGTV sponsors this.
With the exception of last years’ winners, most of the Dream Home winners are all middle aged. Would be nice for someone younger and/or just starting a family to win for a change, but then, only God knows why things work this way. Oh well, congratulations to the winner anyway; I hope she really enjoys and appreciates the beautiful home.
Just saw Cheryl Smith win. She and her husband did look surprised. Cheryl was barefoot and wearing shorts and a T-shirt. Because they live in a remote area of Florida, my guess is they’ll want Steve Ledson to buy back the house.
The DreamHome 2009 did give millions of people hope to win a beautiful house.
Congratulations, enjoy it.
YES,YES,YES I’m watching!!! Welcome to Sonoma, Cheryl Smith and family!!!You and your husband were sooo excited and happy…good for you! The special was great.
Monica Pederson was beautiful and gracious;Gail(our Super-fan)had a really big part;John Lassetter was friendly and charming as usual(I know him and his family);and my happy face was even shown for one second…WOW…that was a shock!
BoBo and I will be ready to welcome them to our neighborhood with tail wagging and maybe a plate of cookies! I hope they can come and enjoy this wonderful Dream Come True(for them,at least). WELCOME! Ingrid from Sonoma
this is so sad im in lakeland and when i saw the lake i just new i was the winner ..lol Congratulations to Cheryl Smith
Congrats to Cheryl Smith!!! What a lovely home you now have and an awesome new GMC Acadia. I am SO there for the next HGTV Dream Home Giveaway!!! I too live on the West Coast (and NO, I don’t have Direct TV, I cannot afford it) but it is still such an exciting thing! Hooray for the Smith family! Even though it’s already aired on the East Coast, I can’t wait to see it on TV when 8pm rolls around in WA.
out on the west coast with Fios TV on the HD channel we saw it at 5pm.. I’m sure at 8pm in Florida it WAS dark.. so maybe it was live? Can you believe it, I was still looking out my sundrenched window at 5:20 wondering if they might show up here!!! obsession..
I wanted so much to be the one who won, it’s a little selfish but I need the lift-up from rental life, something special since I’m not able to leave home with epilepsy. Congratulations to the winner, I know I will still be looking at the pictures of this home and waiting for DH 2010.
Keep dreaming for the Green Home bloggers! It definitely is pure LUCK! Someday, someday, someday……
Why are you posting my response???? How can those people afford the taxes if they couldn’t afford to buy that car??
I’m not sure this is true. How can some of these people afford to live in these new houses? Wouldn’t the gift taxes be about as expensive as the house? And living in California in that area is definitely expensive.
When they said a woman from Florida, I got a little excited and hopeful, but I have to say I did not recognize the intersection that they showed before the ambush. I am very happy for Cheryl and her husband. I will definitely do my part in sending a little something to help them keep this house. Enjoy…this is a true gift of perfection!!! HGTV did a wonderful job!
PS…Lovelykitty…how did you know the winner was from Florida??? Do you have ESP???
Hurry up and buy yourself a lottery ticket while you still have the gift of seeing into the future! Ingrid from Sonoma
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