HGTV Smart Home
Jul 21

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Isabel Villarreal of Harlingen, Texas!

She is the lucky winner of a modern Austin farmhouse located in the historic Zilker Park neighborhood of Austin, TX, plus a 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and a $100,000 cash prize provided by national mortgage lender Quicken Loans. A grand prize valued at over $1 million!

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Winner Ambush

Isabel’s name was chosen from more than 40 million entries for the HGTV® Smart Home Giveaway 2015. Our lucky winner was in disbelief when host Tiffany Brooks and the HGTV production crew ambushed her at a local restaurant. “I was so excited I couldn’t even speak,” shares Isabel about the ambush her husband helped plan.

BROWSE PICTURES OF THE AMBUSH + WINNER WEEKEND

Isabel is a lifetime educator and mother of three daughters. An avid fan of HGTV, she and her husband Rey have been following all of the HGTV home giveaways for many years, and entered the HGTV Smart Home 2015 Giveaway twice daily every day of the week. ”I watched the home from the time the location was announced through the very end. I read about saving the trees, the construction and watched the designs for every room,” she says. “I love it all, but most of all the kitchen.”

“I love Austin,” says Isabel. “The location of the home was very special, partly because I am from Texas and I was born not too far from the home.”

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Winner Ambush

Our winner traveled to Austin, TX last weekend for winner weekend.  “You see it online and on TV, but nothing compares to actually being here and seeing it,” explains Isabel while touring her new home.

“I can see myself out on the patio cooking on the grill,” says Rey. “And I’ll be in the kitchen preparing the sides and desserts,” adds Isabel. “I love to cook for my family and this kitchen is perfect for that.”

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Winner Ambush

“It is so unreal,” says our lucky winner, who is still amazed by her stroke of good fortune, and is looking forward to enjoying her winnings.

Tune in August 14th at 1 p.m. ET for the HGTV Smart Home 2015 winner special.

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  17. I love it I'm 36 years old and I look at HGTV all the time love it love it

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  18. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a friend who has been doing a little research on this. And he actually ordered me lunch simply because I found it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending time to discuss this issue here on your blog.

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  26. Congratulations Isabel and many more blessings to come.

    Marie on January 28, 2016 at 1:01 pm
  27. Congratulations to you and you family.
    May God bless you and your home.
    Best wishes to always!
    I wish that I could be the next winner of the house and car for the 2016 sweepstake in Florida.

    Elizabeth Torres on January 22, 2016 at 11:15 am
  28. Bless your little heart. Congrats!!! Stay blessed.:)

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  30. To keep the green features conversation going, I've been thinking more about where the new Smart Home could be. What about Mountain View, CA? That is Google headquarters where the entire city gets wifi courtesy of Google. Imagine all of the Smart and green connections there could be! Yes, it's a horrendously expensive place to live, but maybe that could be part of the planning – making it energy and resource affordable.

    On the home front, I'm still loving my smart home features. The wifi bulbs are the easiest to connect, though the lightswitch wasn't too difficult. As soon as it warms up a little, I plan to connect the sensors on the downstairs windows. That should make things a bit more secure. I should be able to program the lights to go on when the sensors are triggered to really put a scare into any housebreakers!

    TwoCorgis on January 19, 2016 at 3:45 pm
  31. Still anxiously awaiting for the clues to begin……..so much fun!!!!!

    travelfun on January 19, 2016 at 12:56 pm
  32. Monday !!!! Crossing fingers that Monday will bring the first clue about the location of the smart green home of 2016!!!!! Wishing so hard I'm turning blue!!!! Virginia please? Clue # 1 on Monday morning?????

    Ashtabulannie on January 17, 2016 at 7:17 pm
  33. Congregations, my husband, and our kids saw that home being built and took pics out in front once. It's beautiful, enjoy, and good luck to us on HGTV Home 2016!

    Diana M on January 15, 2016 at 11:14 am
  34. Virginia! Hey Virginia Are YOU There?? Yoooo Hooooo! Show a little love over here at This Blog!

    Ashtabulannie on January 15, 2016 at 10:05 am
    • Still no answer? Maybe she is checking out the new Smart Home location so she can begin the clues.

      Eugenia27 on January 20, 2016 at 6:21 pm
  35. Shhhhhhh, don't give them any ideas of not doing a green/smart home.

    They usually wait until the DH has been running for a while.

    I'm still hoping that they go back to the way it started with unfinished rooms or unfinished basement to keep the cost down and give the new owner a way to add a personal touch.

    Eugenia27 on January 14, 2016 at 4:02 pm
    • Eugenia I'm guessing that having sponsors that want to showcase their products may actually help reduce the costs????? Product placement is worth a lot of $$$$$ and one of the best advertising venues. I'm guessing that Delta just had a big bump in sales from all the products installed at dream home. And the new owner……… (Probably not a sweepstakes winner) will have the funds to do what ever they want and won't really give a hoot either way. This is a business pure and simple for Scripps network and their stock holders. How to increase revenue and viewership is the bottom line. The American Way. Nothing wrong with that. This Business. I'm in!

      Ashtabulannie on January 15, 2016 at 10:03 am
      • As always, you are right. I keep hoping to win (and keep) one of these homes.
        Too bad I didn't win the Billion dollar power ball. I wanted to snap up the Idaho Blog Cabin and see if Stowe, VT dream home was up for sale. I was dreaming and planning a HUGE bloggers party.

        Eugenia27 on January 15, 2016 at 3:02 pm
  36. Congratulations sister you earn it.

    Ketrina on January 14, 2016 at 3:29 pm
  37. Booooo Hooooo Hooooo…… no new clues ? Virginia is there going to be a Smart/Green home for 2016?

    Ashtabulannie on January 14, 2016 at 12:00 pm
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  39. Congratulations to you and your loved ones! You won the impossible dream….. Now live in this
    Dream world of yours!

    Gail on January 12, 2016 at 6:10 pm
  40. Wow! Time sure flies. I've been thinking about the HGTV Smart Homes a lot these days. I spent New Year's weekend installing some smart features in my own home, and it's amazing how easy it was! Now I'm anxious to see new ideas and ways to use smart features to save energy and the environment. LED lighting, solar solutions, water conservation, and who knows what all else! C'mon Virginia, don't make us wait!

    TwoCorgis on January 12, 2016 at 11:05 am
    • I hope they go all out on green features.

      Eugenia27 on January 15, 2016 at 3:03 pm
      • Eugenia & 2Corgis, It is so great that you two especially, are trying to get the conversation directed to a really meaningful "Green/Smart" home design! I'm thinking that the key part is that Scripps can locate sponsors willing to put their "Tested and Proven" products out there. Even if they are not within the budget of a regular middle class home surly exposing cutting edge technology would get the conversation started. OMG. have you seen how the price for a 3D printer has come down in the last 3 years????? But the refill cartridge will be $$$$$ ridiculous lololo

        Ashtabulannie on January 16, 2016 at 7:19 pm
  41. Gosh! It has been ALMOST 6 Months???? Yes REALLY! It has been a long long time, Virginia. Pretty please, can you show a little love over here at the Smart Home Blog? Guessing that the location (if there is to be another Smart Home Build) is beginning to take shape now??? But crossing fingers…. not Florida……. again…… Like to go a little further afield and explore new horizons, new history, new environments. Country life is nice but……… City living has so much to offer too! Give us city slickers something to drool over and dream about. OK if you need some suggestions: Downtown Baltimore near inner Harbor, Pittsburgh strip district, Frederick MD, Morgan-town West Virginia. HA just thought I would throw that in. Hokiemom

    Ashtabulannie on January 12, 2016 at 10:44 am
    • Please, God, not Florida again! LOL!

      TwoCorgis on January 12, 2016 at 10:59 am
      • HA! 2 Corgis, be careful what you wish for????? Just want to get out of the low level sea rise district. Looking for a little elevation…..

        Ashtabulannie on January 12, 2016 at 11:26 am
      • Agree 150%

        Eugenia27 on January 13, 2016 at 1:26 pm
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  43. Now here is an idea that I know Hokiemom would LOVE! Solar Freaking Roadways.
    Can you picture an HGTV Smart Home that would never need to de-ice the driveway? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlTA3rnpgzU https://youtu.be/SNMFKKyFU60

    Eugenia27 on January 7, 2016 at 6:47 pm
    • Eugenia- totally! This is the kind of cutting edge stuff I would anticipate in a "Smart" Green Home. But guessing it is very difficult to pound out a deal to have a business sponsor their cutting edge product in a yet to be tested environment? Might cause warranty problems for future owners of the property and potential litigation issues???? I know it would be so sweet to see it in operation in a regular everyday home. Itt would be wonderful for HGTV to at least showcase some up and coming technologies which might be available for homeowners in the near future. But take note SCRIPPS CEO's here is another idea for a new show!! But future technologies and their applications to daily living…I'm in!

      Ashtabulannie on January 12, 2016 at 10:57 am
      • You are right that Solar roadways are not ready yet but there are so many other great high tech green ideas out there that are ready to be introduced to the world and HGTV could be the ones to bring them into the light of day. (hint, hint)

        Eugenia27 on January 13, 2016 at 1:29 pm
  44. Oh yah, HGTV, lets not forget gardening. A smart home would supply food.

    Check out these berms. http://www.realfarmacy.com/benefits-hugelkultur/

    How about growing vegies in the winter? http://geodesic-greenhouse-kits.com/winter-garden

    Eugenia27 on January 7, 2016 at 6:43 pm
  45. Now that Hemp isn't a bad word any more, how about different building practices. http://www.enlightened-consciousness.com/americas

    Here is a story about a home that doesn't need heating or AC. It is built in a different way then "normal". http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/09/th

    I was looking for Cob homes and cord wood homes but I guess I like Hobbit homes because these earth shelter homes caught my attention. http://www.inspirationgreen.com/earth-sheltered-h

    Eugenia27 on January 7, 2016 at 6:41 pm
  46. How about a home that is smart enough to protect it's self and it's occupants. Here is a cement dome home that went through a wild fire. The owner couldn't get out in time and road-out the fire storm in his home. http://www.kezi.com/news/video/WA_Mans_Cement_Dom

    For me; That is One SMART Home!!!!

    Eugenia27 on January 7, 2016 at 6:37 pm
  47. Hi HGTV, it's me again. There are other ways to generate power other than solar.

    This one is beautiful and doesn't take more than a breeze to get it going to generate electricity http://www.offgridquest.com/energy/wind-power/3-1

    This one doesn't look like a piece of art work but it is quite and works really well http://www.offgridquest.com/energy/wind-power/sil

    Then there is this one where you get a good cardio workout and it runs your house for 24 hours. Running my coffee pot in the morning would motivate me to Put in that hour a day. http://beyondblindfold.com/ride-this-bike-for-60-

    Eugenia27 on January 7, 2016 at 6:34 pm
  48. Hi HGTV, My favorite link is no longer any good. ;-(
    It was of the TV show that was aired on HGTV on Earth day last year. The one where Mike Reynolds built a high end Earthship. If you can find a link to that show, I'd appreciate it. It showed how tricked out a completely off grid home could be. A home where you will NEVER have to pay another utility bill ever again. A home that generates it's own power, collects rain water and reuses that water to grow food. I would have rather put up that link but here are two links that explains what an Earthship is.

    Part one: https://youtu.be/L9jdIm7grCY
    Part two: https://youtu.be/L9jdIm7grCY

    Eugenia27 on January 7, 2016 at 6:28 pm
  49. For a few moments the old posts were still here (even though we couldn't reply to any of them) It was long enough for me to collect the links I had put up. Thank goodness for that!!!!!
    Thank you HGTV for letting me retrieve them. After I see if you fix the blog or not, I will repost them for you. Hokiemom and I were hoping that you (HGTV) would give us a real "Smart" home. Not just a home with bigger TVs or home security but a home built out of smart materials that has a small global footprint. A home that can generate it's own power.
    Oh, and for Ashtabulannie (AKA: Hokiemom) a bidet.
    Thanks.

    Eugenia27 on January 7, 2016 at 5:18 pm
  50. Happy new year Isabell! So Happy for you and your family! Looking forward to the next smart home! Where oh where can it be? Time for a new clue game Virginia!!!! North? South? East? West? But Puhleeeeeze not Florida!!!!!!! Cant wait!

    Ashtabulannie on January 3, 2016 at 8:05 am
    • It would be nice for the home to be above sea level, 10 years from now.

      Eugenia27 on January 13, 2016 at 1:31 pm
  51. Congratulations, Isabel! I hope you and your family enjoy your new home!

    Anne T Kerrigan on January 3, 2016 at 4:59 am
  52. Crossing fingers that New Years Day will provide a video clue on the location of the 2016 Smart Home???? Surely you can locate some sponsors in solar panel, Geo-thermal, battery storage and electric car industry???? Please make this a new build from the ground up. Please try to make this build the closest off -grid build possible. And in a public transportation corridor so that it is not necessary to have a car. But if one is necessary….. make it a fully electric, one. Please use this build to educate the viewer about alternative and easy changes we can take to move away from fossil fuels.

    Ashtabulannie on December 28, 2015 at 11:54 am
  53. Dear HGTV,
    When are we going to clues for the next smart home location, last year we had are 1st clue on the 10/3/14 and the location was disclosed on 10/14/14. Is there going to another smart home? Just wondering since the 2016 Dream Home is a huge step back from last year's Martha's Vineyard home, come on 20th anniversary home and it's a rehab and the 4th in Florida.

    rpolkowski on December 17, 2015 at 10:43 am
    • It would have been impossible to top the Martha's Vineyard home. The construction was done by artisans that cared and were proud of their work.

      I sure hope there will be another Smart Home. The Green Home was always my favorite. I am hoping that they will incorporate more Green features into the Smart Home. As Ashtabulannie (AKA: Hokimom) and I were discussing, there are so many new technologies out there that HGTV could showcase.

      Eugenia27 on December 19, 2015 at 1:29 pm
  54. DBCoop, do you think you could get HGTV to add on of these to the next Smart Home.

    Coolsmiley found this link. It is a true Win/Win. http://beyondblindfold.com/ride-this-bike-for-60-

    Eugenia27 on December 11, 2015 at 5:34 pm
  55. OK the time is ripe. Bill Gates is promising to contribute one Billion $$$!!! of his own money to the clean/green energy research alternative seed money to third world India. That means Solar, Wind, Hydro thermal etc. HGTV it is time to make this years home off grid???? Self sufficient? Greener? Smarter and smaller carbon footprint. Can you meet the challenge? I would love to learn about new and developing energy options which might be just on the verge of being cost effective to regular homeowners. (And not just more and bigger TV and sound systems. ) You are in a wonderful position to show the general public how they too can reduce our reliance of fossil fuels. Combine it with real time energy generation and consumption read outs. HGTV Grab this opportunity to really make off grid living palatable to the normal middle class American homeowner. Then it can be expanded to the neighborhood and eventually the community level. Please educate your viewers and promote "green energy" sponsors. Please! Begging, Hokiemom

    Ashtabulannie on November 28, 2015 at 12:44 pm
    • YES, YES, YES!!!!!!!!

      HGTV, Hokiemom said it! I would LOVE to see real off the grid Smart Home. Not just wireless sound systems. There are so many wonderful green options out there now. Like Solar Roadways, fantastic wind turbines. I need to go find all the links I have saved. Now where did I put them… hummmmmm
      I'll be back.
      Thanks Hokimom

      Eugenia27 on November 28, 2015 at 3:04 pm
      • Eugenia I am sending you a big HUG!!!! Keep it up! Koch Brothers, Oil industry, Coal industry, (Exon knew what they were doing! )will need to retool their infrastructure. I hope to be a grandma one day soon and want my grand kids and great grand kids to have a better world. Like breathable air and drinkable water. (Have you ever visited China? I have!! The air quality needs help!! ) Now the difficult part is to develop the storage methods to store all this green energy. Thanks Eugenia! BTW belated happy turkey day. Hokiemom

        Ashtabulannie on November 28, 2015 at 4:19 pm
      • Eugenia did I mention how much i LOVE those Fricken Solar Highways!!!!!!   Best thing ever!!!! 

        Ashtabulannie on November 29, 2015 at 10:24 am
        • Aren't they great. I know they probably have to work out a few bugs. I don't really know how clean a solar panel must be to work so I don't know how much power a dirty road would produce. Heck if it is enough to warm the road to melt snow, that would be good enough.. I can't wait to see the next level they create.

          Eugenia27 on November 29, 2015 at 4:01 pm
    • Check this one out. I was thinking you could get red, orange and gold turbines for autumn. http://www.offgridquest.com/energy/wind-power/3-1
      This has to be one of my favorite wind generators. It takes only the smallest breeze to begin generating power (other types need a much stronger wind) It is also safe for birds and it looks cool.

      Eugenia27 on November 28, 2015 at 3:11 pm
    • I posted this one before http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/09/th

      "…..It’s like feng shui for geeks, a way of engineering that turns a house into a fine tuned machine—and with performance-based data to back it up. The technology is in the design. The actual equipment—the heating and cooling units—consists of nothing more than two fans and a radiator. …"

      Eugenia27 on November 28, 2015 at 3:13 pm
    • HGTV, how about using different building materials, like hemp? http://www.enlightened-consciousness.com/americas

      Eugenia27 on November 28, 2015 at 3:19 pm
    • Here is a news story from this summer. Talk about a home that will protect it's owners. http://www.kezi.com/news/video/WA_Mans_Cement_Dom

      Eugenia27 on November 28, 2015 at 3:20 pm
      • He rode out a wild fire, inside his home, both he and the house survived the fire.

        Eugenia27 on December 19, 2015 at 1:33 pm
    • Check out these earth-shelter homes http://www.inspirationgreen.com/earth-sheltered-h

      Eugenia27 on November 28, 2015 at 3:23 pm
    • This leads us to my all time favorite type of home. A home I one day hope to actually live in.
      An Earthship. This home generates it's own electricity, water, and food. Just think, NO utility bills!!

      Part one. https://youtu.be/L9jdIm7grCY
      Part two. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rlrhxqat_6A

      Eugenia27 on November 28, 2015 at 3:26 pm
    • Oh, I almost forgot Solar Freaking Roadways https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlTA3rnpgzU

      also watch, https://youtu.be/SNMFKKyFU60

      They haven't been tested in real life but I think they would make a great driveway.

      Eugenia27 on November 28, 2015 at 3:31 pm
      • Eugenia this is my most favorite!!!!  I want my sidewalks and driveway covered in these bad boys.  I am getting so tired of shoveling snow and I am not getting any younger.  This is totally brilliant.  Imagine that HGTV partnered with this couple and show cased their product.  Crowd sourcing might help?  HGTV could provide a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate how anyone could install these in their home and as more people get on board the cost goes down.  Why would HGTV not support this innovative development? It would be really interesting to understand the obstacles that Scripps Network faces in their attempt to promote greener technology developments to their viewers. Guessing there are a lot of behind the scenes issues limiting their ability to promote cutting edge technology??????  Always politics and $$  or both I'm sure. Great find Eugenia!  You've helped educate me and opened my eyes. No longer in the dark!  lolol Thank you!

        Ashtabulannie on November 29, 2015 at 10:34 am
        • You are Welcome. Green living and non-GMO foods are my favorite thing to jump up on a soap box and preach to the choir. Sometimes a non choir member hears, learns and joins the choir.

          Wouldn't it be wonderful if Scripps Network did explore new cutting edge green tech? I think it would be smart on their part. Have you checked out that new network FYI? They started with Tiny House Nation and a few seasons later HGTV has shows on tiny houses. FYI also has shows on off grid living. It would make sense to me that HGTV and Scripps should step it up and GO GREEN. HINT – HINT

          Eugenia27 on November 29, 2015 at 4:23 pm
    • Hokiemom, this one is just for you. ( I don't think HGTV would go this far)
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9JF7Zifc-M
      1. we never did get solar
      2. It just about killed me rototilling virgin forest. More than once a root reached out and grabbed the rototiller and flung me as the tines quit spinning (but the machine spun out just fine) We could grow cabbage that raveled cabbage in Alaska. HUGE
      4. Boy do I wish we had a natural spring. We hauled water and she is right, I hated hauling water. Makes a person appreciate how much water they actually use (or waste)
      5.We took our 12 volt marine batteries to work to recharge them.
      6. don't expect your young children to remember that you told them a million times that "we don't play with baby bear" How that child lived to be an adult is amazing.
      7. Is he crazy? I always had 3 years worth of wood. Once you run out of wood and have to suffer a winter in freezing weather (plus you can't cook at your wood cook stove) Yah, 3 years minimum.
      I lost track of what number I am on. Yes you find out you can do a lot more than you ever thought you could do. Well, sometimes your life depends on it and if that isn't a motivator, I don't know what is.

      I would go off the grid again in a heart beat. (((sigh))

      Eugenia27 on November 28, 2015 at 6:49 pm
      • Eugenia don't get me wrong… I am not into camping and roughing it. That's the problem. I want my creature comforts and amenities. I like turning on the thermostat when it's freezing /roasting outside and I would require more surgery for my back if I had to chop firewood. Great description of the grey water and black water purification systems. I'm all for recycling too!! Can't wait to see and hear what happens at the climate conference. Will governments really contribute the necessary $$$$$ to fund the research and testing in spite of heavy lobbying efforts from the coal and oil industry???? Not a lot of time left. Visit those tropical atolls while you can.

        Ashtabulannie on November 29, 2015 at 12:46 pm
        • Good point about the tropical atolls. Makes me wonder why HGTV chose the Florida coast for it's DH. Oh well, I would be selling it ASAP if I win.

          Eugenia27 on November 29, 2015 at 4:27 pm
          • Eugenia I totally hear ya.  My mother, and sisters and now hopefully soon my brother moved out of the Merritt Island Area.  If by some chance I won this home I also  would sell it in a heartbeat. Of course ask me this same question in January after I broke a second snow shovel and been house bound for a week with back to back snow storms. I can be fickle!!!    I might be singing a different tune. lolol  Ahhhh Florida looks Preeeeety sweet in January….. 

            Ashtabulannie on November 29, 2015 at 8:35 pm
          • Just last night I was playing around on YouTube and there was a guy talking about Miami. Apparently Every time there is a High Tide the water comes into the city streets. They have spent big money providing all those big condos on the shore, pumps. Makes me wonder how the Miami UO is doing.

            There is absolutely NO WAY I would live next to water. I would prefer way up on a hill where I had a great view of the water and never have to worry about flooding.

            Eugenia27 on December 2, 2015 at 4:16 pm
          • People are slowly getting the message…..??  What does it take to see the reality?  What is one to do about it?

            Ashtabulannie on December 3, 2015 at 10:14 am
          • Move to a mountain top and wait for it to become so obvious that they have to take their heads out of the ground.

            Eugenia27 on December 3, 2015 at 8:03 pm
          • Eugenia, Well….. that would require moving and cleaning the house out of 30 years of accumulated stuff.  I think I would be happy to stay here and work on meaningful solutions and help solve problems.  I have a few good years left before my mind starts to really go in the toilet. lolol  Gotta stay and help solve problems.  Now for meaningful solutions???  Where to start:   Vote the right people into strong positions and make sure they do what “the people” want and not what big business lobbyists desire?  First lobby to get the Supreme Court to overturn the right of corporations to have as many voting rights as I do.  I'm making that my new years resolution. And thinking of going vegan.  Now that's a tough one for sure cause I really really love a rare steak.  “One person CAN make a difference!”

            Ashtabulannie on December 4, 2015 at 12:58 pm
          • I sign every petition I can regarding overturning the right of corporations to buy our politicians. I have even gone to a demonstration to let my feelings be known over Nestles trying to take our water rights. I was a petition gatherer when we were trying to get GMO labeling on the ballot.
            Back in the old Hippie days we thought it would be our generation that would change the world. I am still of that generation and now that I am older I am reverting back to my youth and can not stay quiet any longer.

            Being vegetarian I have also thought of going vegan. I have not found a plant based cheese that I like.
            One person can make a difference especially if there are a lot of One persons out there. 10 years ago it was almost impossible to find organic food in a major grocery store, now I don't have to travel to the big city to the specialty store to buy my food.

            Eugenia27 on December 5, 2015 at 2:33 pm
          • Eugenia, congratulations for maintaining the 70's attitude.  I am right there with you.  Now that I'm mature I can happily suffer the consequences of acquiring an arrest record and the children won't suffer as a result of my civil disobedience. But now I see how change can be made from the inside of the establishment.  And now we have social media!!!!  That is a huge change from our days.  I guess the biggest change is that; Demonstrations don't consist of building take overs, closing streets, and sit ins but hacking computers and taking down web sites. So different now. I'm totally not equipped. Working for change at the county and city level. Join advisory boards and run for county level positions. So many meetings and so little time. Sign up to speak at the county meetings.  A lot has changed but a lot has stayed the same.

            Ashtabulannie on December 6, 2015 at 11:09 am
          • Well, you won't have to worry about civil disobedience going through the inside of the establishment. In reality that is the only way to actually get the changes made. But I have found that a lot of Sheeple have no idea that there is even a problem. As long as they can flip a switch and the light s turn on, they are not worried.
            Wait until the oil flow stops and all those people will be screaming for someone (else) to do something.
            We need to start now before it comes to that.

            That is why I hope HGTV will step it up and show us REAL Green options.

            Eugenia27 on December 6, 2015 at 6:53 pm
    • Happy Christmas Eve-Eve Hokimom https://www.facebook.com/LearnIrishMusic/videos/1

      It was the only Irish song I found. We need AliceSoneysMom! LOL
      Merry Christmas

      Eugenia27 on December 23, 2015 at 7:31 pm
      • Eugenia also a very blessed and happy Xmas to you. I hope your home and heart are filled with overflowing abundance of peace, love and light. Especially the Peace Part.
        This is my favorite web site!!! Great find. I spend a lot of time there! And This is one of my favorite tunes. Great on concertina. And our band is in the midst of planning a CD release party next month. This will be CD #3. I was not on the first two. Can't wait. Hope 2 T's might be around then too…. BTW……. Florida is NOT a safe place for wabbits. Back to wrapping gifts. Wishing you all the best. Hugs. Hokiemom

        Ashtabulannie on December 23, 2015 at 10:18 pm
  56. Just wanted the Smart Home builders to know about this community in Canada eh?? The Drake Landing Solar Community (DLSC) is a master planned neighbourhood in the Town of Okotoks, Alberta, Canada that has successfully integrated Canadian energy efficient technologies with a renewable, unlimited energy source – the sun. The first of its kind in North America, DLSC is heated by a district system designed to store abundant solar energy underground during the summer months and distribute the energy to each home for space heating needs during winter months. Please make the next smart home Green. Can we try to move away from fossil fuels? Now back to making stuffing and polishing the silver!

    Ashtabulannie on November 25, 2015 at 4:22 pm
  57. I agree Ashta……definitely time to begin the hunt for the next Smart Home location. Can't wait!!!

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  59. Well Coop didn't want to leave you all alone doing the heavy lifting on ALL the Blogs!!!! So it is well past time to begin the hunt for the next Smart? Green? Techno? Cutting Edge Doggy Dorm errrrr ahhhh Human abode. Trying to lend a hand here and start some conversations before the heavy duty cooking must begin for Turkey day. UGH!!! Just hope that we can begin with a fresh approach??? No more polls as disguised clues – Phu leeze! And maps…. well been there done that. Give us something new. Or just tell us where it is. Or perhaps begin with clues as to….. not where it is located but the attributes it will include? Include a self driving car with total solar charging options? Solar roof tiles? Wind turbine? Robotic vacuum? And a Bidet. Ha You thought I forgot????

    Ashtabulannie on November 21, 2015 at 3:06 pm
    • LOVE your post.
      Speaking of bidets and Thanksgiving. Do you think your guests will have trained their dog by now to use the bidet and not your silk rug?

      Eugenia27 on November 25, 2015 at 4:25 pm
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  61. Tick Tock, Clock Watch TUESDAY

    Who knows, one of these sparkling new Palm Springs residences could be the next HGTV Smart Home for 2016! Just imagine those majestic mountain views by day and lounging under the stars on warm winter nights.

    Some of the glorious views you might enjoy: http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/05

    http://escenagolf.com/wp-content/uploads/Escena02

    http://www.golfchannel.com/sites/golfchannel.prod

    A few potential candidates — and all it takes is a little update here and there to bring in the latest HGTV Smart Home technology:

    Cool Mid-Century Modern: $613,600 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4280-Rex-Ct-Pal

    Spacious Desert Enclave: $691,990 http://www.zillow.com/community/enclave/210327282

    Scenic Views for Outdoor Living: $799,995 http://www.zillow.com/community/toll-brothers-at-

    Or, if HGTV is feeling especially generous and goes over budget just a smidge: $1,399,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/333-Lautner-Ln-

    (Coop's Weekday Wish List. Words and links to make you think, define your home style and, perchance to dream. Weekend wishing is optional.)

    DBCoop on November 10, 2015 at 11:51 am
    • I would like the swimming pool from the last home to be attached to the second house.

      Eugenia27 on November 13, 2015 at 6:54 pm
      • ^_^ Good combination, Eugenia. I'll have a talk with the builder and see if they can get it done for you.

        DBCoop on November 14, 2015 at 4:51 pm
    • Oh no, does this mean that the Smart Home is falling in line with all of the other HGTV homes and will be a remodel as well?! Please say it isn't so!

      Addy243 on November 20, 2015 at 2:24 am
      • Coop just gives us something to look at so we don't feel abandoned here on the blog. Probably why they have him writing for the DH. Sometimes I think he alone has kept these blogs running in off-sweepstakes time line.

        I mentioned something like this on the DH site and got a thumbs down for telling it like it is. Oh well.

        Eugenia27 on November 21, 2015 at 1:34 pm
        • Well, you get a thumbs up from me. I'm all about "telling it like it is."
          Seriously though, I'm a little worried as the location clues are way past due on the SH.
          I truly hope it hasn't bitten the proverbial dust.

          Addy243 on November 23, 2015 at 2:57 am
          • :-) Thank you

            Eugenia27 on November 25, 2015 at 4:21 pm
  62. What about a smart home with "hidden passages"? A mysterious GET SMART(the tv show) home.

    cynthi1 on November 9, 2015 at 3:02 pm
    • I love hidden passages. We built our apartment over our business. As we got a little money to play with we would add on a room. Some spaces that started out with one idea ended up being something completely different later on. I have a couple hidden passages. I love them.

      Eugenia27 on November 19, 2015 at 3:10 pm
  63. Here is a very smart home! check out how much power it uses and it is completely covered by solar 10 months out of the year. Amazing. http://offgridquest.com/homes-dwellings/for-sale-

    Eugenia27 on November 8, 2015 at 3:57 pm
    • I'll take one, Eugenia, although it's probably too big to float in my swimming pool.

      DBCoop on November 10, 2015 at 11:43 am
  64. I hope we learn the location of the 2016 Smart Home very soon! It's always so exciting when a new location is announced. I will be checking daily to see if the "location clue search" has begun. Love it!!!!!

    travelfun on November 6, 2015 at 2:45 pm
  65. HGTV, how about a smart / green home? http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/09/th

    Eugenia27 on November 1, 2015 at 4:52 pm
    • Eugenia27 on November 1, 2015 at 7:27 pm
    • Brilliant and easily attainable, Eugenia, but will America ever catch up with the Europeans when it comes to energy conservation or will it continue to be politics as usual?

      It would be a great move for HGTV to educate us with a Smart Green Home.

      DBCoop on November 2, 2015 at 10:07 am
      • Hey Coop, now that you have a little sway with HGTV, maybe you could hint that a Smart Green Home would be the way to go.

        Eugenia27 on November 19, 2015 at 3:12 pm
  66. Tick Tock, Clock Watch TUESDAY

    Portland… again?

    Didn't we do that a few weeks ago? Yes, but this is the other Portland — the Maine one, not the West Coast's Portland, Oregon. Both, I think, have great Smart Home potential, but with one significant twist — Portland, Oregon can boast the new-build Smart Home possibilities while Portland, Maine offers some delightful historic homes that would be really cool to "smarten up" HGTV style with the latest high-tech gear for today's modern lifestyle.

    Farmhouse Character in a Country Setting: $269,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1085-Washington

    1925 Charmer: $299,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/235-Ocean-Ave-P

    Timeless and Tasteful: $349,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/125-Concord-St-

    There you have it, three of Portland, Maine's many Smart Home renovation possibilities. But then the question is, which Portland? East Coast or West Coast? How about one in each?

    Or, maybe you're looking for something a little more spacious? Promenade your partner around this elegant beauty: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/181-Western-Pro

    If you don't know Portland, Maine you'll be impressed with its beauty, be it city sights, country lanes or waterfront views: http://www.visitportland.com/

    (Coop's Weekday Wish List. Words and links to make you think, define your home style and, perchance to dream. Weekend wishing is optional.)

    DBCoop on October 27, 2015 at 10:25 am
    • The wood work is spectacular in the "little more spacious"

      Eugenia27 on October 28, 2015 at 1:48 pm
  67. Come on! The location clues should have started weeks ago. Oh no, don't tell me the Smart Home has bit the dust. With all of the changes going on at HGTV I hope there will still be a Smart Home, and I hope it is a new construction. Please.

    Addy243 on October 25, 2015 at 2:52 am
    • Who knows, Addy — Virginia could be home feverishly working on location clues for the Smart Home at this very moment — or not! But surely this week something very newsworthy will be posted about the Urban Oasis, Smart Home, Dream Home or Blog Cabin. Maybe all four! (I'm thinking positively.)

      DBCoop on October 25, 2015 at 10:20 am
    • I love the clue part. Since the switch up in HGTV things are not like they used to be. I hope they are feeling more confident since the change and things will get back to normal

      Like Coop, I'm trying to think positievely.

      Eugenia27 on October 25, 2015 at 3:54 pm
  68. Tick Tock, Clock Watch TUESDAY

    If a Georgia Smart Home for 2016 is on HGTV's mind, they might want to consider the highly-regarded city of Marietta, less than a half-hour drive north of Atlanta. Besides, look at the options: Starting with a historical older home to "smarten up"; add a newer custom-built executive home to tech-out to the max; go new, pristine and built to suit your requirements — or take the renovation route with a lakeside ranch in need of some TLC.

    Beautifully Restored 1897 Showplace: $899,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/340-Church-St-N

    Impeccably Detailed, Truly Hanson Home: $799,900 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/239-Hanson-Way-

    House of Windsor, Built to Please: $950,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1205-Windsor-Es

    Lakeside Lovely with Private Dock Needs a Hand: $260,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/80-Lake-Somerse

    Or, When the Temptation is Too Great to Resist…
    And you say to yourself, "budget, what budget?" $1,250,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/107-Gateside-Ct

    Which way would you like to go with the next HGTV Smart Home? I have a soft spot for historical homes. Then again, new and built-to-spec is always exciting. The renovation? It's so full of potential, with scenic water views to win the heart.

    All with a bit of an introduction to Marietta if you're not familiar with the city: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gRdcnjdKfM

    DBCoop on October 20, 2015 at 10:29 am
    • I was going to choose the Beautifully Restored 1897 Showplace. Any home with a library makes me happy. Then I saw, When the Temptation is Too Great to Resist.
      LOVE the pools and waterfalls, plus it has a library!!!!!

      Eugenia27 on October 21, 2015 at 2:03 pm
      • That 1897 Showplace is a beauty, yet I can't make up my mind — this one, that one or the one before!

        About the Great Temptation home; imagine having to fill over 8,500 square feet! Think of all the family members, friends, cats, dogs and assorted animals you could collect!

        DBCoop on October 22, 2015 at 10:30 am
        • Animals seem to collect me. I'm sure my late cat Buddy scratched "Sucker" on our curb.

          Back when we lived off the grid, come hunting season, I'd hear one shot gun blast and our end of the beaver pond would FILL up with ducks and geese. They would stay on our side from then on. We had a large family of deer also. I just enlarged the garden each year.

          I can just imagine the wildlife a 8,500 square foot home could hold. The water foul would love the pools. I suppose I'd have to stock the pools with fish for the Herron that would be moving in.

          On second thought I'll stick with the Beautifully Restored 1897 Showplace.

          Eugenia27 on October 22, 2015 at 12:34 pm
  69. Well……. perhaps if scripps isn't looking for an urban oasis in the Metro Washington DC area……. perhaps a Smart/Green build would do nicely??? And partner the house location with access to zip car, and public transportation options in order to reduce that big ole carbon footprint! Roof top solar panels are always nice, unless there is sufficient tree canopy. Don't forget that all electric plug in electric car with on sight battery storage!!! We have lots of charging stations in the area.

    Ashtabulannie on October 16, 2015 at 2:49 pm
    • You got it Hokiemom. Portland Oregon would be great also. Check out Coop's Tick Tock Tuesday.

      Eugenia27 on October 16, 2015 at 5:29 pm
      • Eugenia Portland is awesome!!!  I just wish Mt Hood was still further away and earthquakes not a potential threat. Love the people, sights and great lifestyle!!!!  Had a great time when I visited. 

        Ashtabulannie on October 16, 2015 at 11:43 pm
        • You get more hurricanes than we do earthquakes or erupting volcanoes.

          Eugenia27 on October 17, 2015 at 12:34 pm
          • Eugenia lololo you are right! Point well taken. Adore the west coast. Truly wonderful places to explore and adore. I could totally live there, but (sigh) family is where the heart is and they are here in the east.

            Ashtabulannie on October 18, 2015 at 12:08 pm
          • I know. I wish I could get my family back over here where they belong. I would move to the east coast only to be close to my family. Grrrrrr, that is the only thing I don't care about (that all of my family are military) they get shipped all over the place, then they stay when they retire. The military should send them back home for their last tour of duty.

            Eugenia27 on October 18, 2015 at 4:09 pm
  70. Tick Tock, Clock Watch TUESDAY

    Portland, Oregon

    Now that would be a wise move for Smart Home 2016! Portland is known for its progressive environmental policies, friendly if somewhat independent-minded population, cultural venues and outdoor activities for all tastes. It's also a high-tech mecca for those on the leading edge yet still comfortably livable for those of us who are just as happy to balance it out with low-tech lifestyles.

    With a diverse, healthy and growing economy, new home construction is moving forward at a fast clip, so there are lots of possibilities to choose from — here are a few of them to browse through….

    Spacious and Gracious Craftsman Style $549,950 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8121-SE-145th-C

    Earth to Smart Home, Come In Please: $669,900 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1414-SE-Frankli

    In This Case, Lesser Could Be More: $799,950 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/12447-SW-Lesser

    If you could see Portland with thine eyes, I guarantee you would fall in love — like I did. http://www.travelportland.com/

    What do you think? Spacious and Gracious? Earth-Smart? More or Less? For the adventurous, you can even find your own Portland favorite and put in a Smart Home 2016 request!

    (Coop's Weekday Wish List. Words and links to make you think, define your home style and, perchance to dream. Weekend wishing is optional.)

    DBCoop on October 13, 2015 at 11:12 am
    • There is no place like home, no place like home.
      I see that you have checked out all the wonderful things and places that Portland has to offer.
      No sales tax is a good one for visitors (and those of us who live here also).
      There are so many diverse areas and things to do. You name it, we have it. Including legal medical marijuana.
      Twice a year Oregonians flock to the beach for the bi-annual clean-up. It is great to see so many caring people, out cleaning our beaches.
      We can talk about all the green energy research done here.
      Check this one out. (just outside Portland) http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/09/th

      Can't tell that I love the Portland area. :)

      Eugenia27 on October 16, 2015 at 5:28 pm
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  72. Tick Tock, Clock Watch TUESDAY

    With October upon us and Halloween around the corner, I'm thinking that one bewitching spot for the next HGTV Smart Home would be in and around Salem, Massachusetts. With so many older, historical homes in the area, a Smart Home renovation would be in order, but there are also some newer homes in surrounding communities, so a new-build from the ground up would seem to have more than a ghost of a chance.

    This Salem colonial makes a splash: $620,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9-Amanda-Way-Sa

    Three floors of gorgeous space with views to match: $799,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6-Banfield-Ave-

    You'll see the lamplight with this beauty on 2.88 landscaped acres: $899,900 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3-Lamplighters-

    Now if HGTV decides to go the renovation route, there are some awesome opportunities available right in Salem guaranteed to light your fire if history were to be matched up to a Smart Home's high-tech wizardry. This 1789 Federal style jewel with 8 bedrooms would make the perfect treat and still retain every bit of its centuries-old charm and character. $799,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/359-Essex-St-Sa

    Finally, when it comes to a striking budget-busting, sky's the limit temptation, this 1811 National Historic Landmark has to be the cat's meow! All for only $2,650,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/26-Winter-St-Sa

    (Coop's Weekday Wish List. Words and links to make you think, define your home style and, perchance to dream. Weekend wishing is optional.)

    DBCoop on October 6, 2015 at 10:35 am
  73. Surely it must be getting close to Smart Home location clue time, wouldn't you say? Will it be a renovation? Or is HGTV sticking with a new-build here?

    Well, after resting up at the mountain retreat during the month of September, I'm ready to hit the search engines once again, or at least follow the flock as we scatter across the country in hopes of finding the next Smart Home nesting site.

    The question is, do we need to dress warm or just bring a pair of shades?

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    DBCoop on October 4, 2015 at 4:20 pm
    • Love the hoodie but it might be difficult to fly so for the birds … better to go with the sunglasses.

      Eugenia27 on October 16, 2015 at 5:31 pm
    • That's funny!

      DesignABCs on October 25, 2015 at 4:21 pm
  74. Is the next Smart Home" going in next door to the Asheville Urban Oasis? There is a lot next door??? Just saying…….

    Ashtabulannie on September 25, 2015 at 9:22 am
    • that would be so cool…but how about arlington…..

      twoTERRIERs on September 25, 2015 at 11:58 am
      • Well Howdy 2T's! HA HA not happening! Arlington would be awesome but……. there is no way one can find a lot to build on, here in Arlington unless you are prepared to pay over $750K ++ and tear down a nice 1940's house. Simply……NOT going to happen. Infill is filled. Now a lovely Urban Oasis in a High Rise is totally possible!!!! I would adore a penthouse overlooking Washington DC. From Arlington shoreline. Above Rosslyn Metro station would suit me just fine. Hmmm if HGTV/Scripps chose to go waaaaaay outside the beltway towards Leesburgh……. perhaps in a development (with a HOA) towards Sterling and Dulles Air Port. Then perhaps???

        Ashtabulannie on September 25, 2015 at 1:13 pm
        • How about a Tiny Smart Home, they could squeeze one in just about anywhere.

          Eugenia27 on September 27, 2015 at 5:28 pm
          • Ha Eugenia, my son is a full time realtor and works with developers here in the DC metro area.  Specializing in Arlington (since he grew up here).  He is always looking (daily/hourly) for properties such as these. A tiny smart home (here)would be a very poor resale option and a terrible investment.  And Actually…… you will be happy to learn that many of the new builds are in fact obtaining Leed certification  as green home builds are becoming the norm. And all the gadgetry is more affordable too.  So perhaps the “green” smart builds are loosing their novelty????  They've become the new “Norm?” What next? Hokiemom

            Ashtabulannie on September 28, 2015 at 9:17 am
  75. OK it's been two months and time for a clue! Or two? Lets begin with a "REAL" clue not a poll. Been there done that. If you do want to do the Poll thang…. perhaps ask the question of what are you looking for in a Smart home. More Smart or More Green? How techno can you go? How far off the grid do you want to venture? Composting toilets your idea of green living? Battery storage of solar energy?

    Ashtabulannie on September 23, 2015 at 8:53 pm
  76. twoTERRIERs on September 14, 2015 at 9:30 pm
  77. Congratulations! Hope I’ll be next!

    dejah s. on September 12, 2015 at 6:25 am
  78. Gongradulations bless u and ur new home

    Minnie Hull on September 11, 2015 at 8:42 pm
  79. Congrats to your beautiful family!!! I'm so happy to see wonderful things happen to people who deserve it :-)

    lillady009 on September 11, 2015 at 7:51 am
  80. The only thing perking me up here are mr. db coop and hokimoms post today…

    twoTERRIERs on September 10, 2015 at 5:30 pm
  81. Tick Tock, Clock Watch TUESDAY

    Like so many other fans, by now you're probably asking yourself, "HGTV Smart Home 2016 — Where art thou?" In other words, where are we going next?

    Could it be to one of the best little cities in the Midwest, Madison, Wisconsin? Now that's a capital idea!
    According to those in the know, Madison boasts the ideal combination of natural beauty and scenic landscapes across Lake Mendota, a wide range of outdoor activities, a vibrant cultural scene with entertainment venues for all ages and a plethora of great restaurants and shops. Plus there's the University of Wisconsin to set the stage for exciting sporting events and educational opportunities.

    So what can you get for your money in the lively city of Madison and nearby communities when you've got Smart Home real estate on your mind?

    Here are a few promising examples of newer-build homes, each filled with plenty of amenities:

    Charm, Character and Class (the man says) $439,900 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2313-Bedner-Rd-

    Beauty on Parade $654,900 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/901-Blue-Aster-

    Quality Around Every Corner $749,900 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9802-Trappers-T

    Or, for those who might consider a Smart Home budget-busting Lake Kegonsa waterfront gem for a modest $1,250,000: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3256-Brooklyn-D

    (Coop's Weekday Wish List. Words and links to make you think, define your home style and, perchance to dream. Weekend wishing is optional.)

    DBCoop on September 8, 2015 at 7:07 pm
    • Thanks for livening up the smart home….i was just looking here yesterday….all of these are so well done and wisconsin is supposed to be lovely……………….I am especially fond of 3 and of course 4, but I could live with any of these……however, always a sucker for one story….

      twoTERRIERs on September 9, 2015 at 8:55 am
      • Though I really don't need more than 3,000 square feet to wander around in, I could go for any one of these Madison-close homes.

        Even with its more than spacious 7,894 square feet of waterfront charm, I'd manage to settle comfortably into the New England style Lake Kegonsa home with the boat house and pier.

        DBCoop on September 9, 2015 at 11:57 am
        • yes 3000-4000 sq. feet is a good size……i need to go back and take another look at Lake Kegonsa….boat house and pier…what more can you ask for…

          twoTERRIERs on September 9, 2015 at 12:39 pm
    • Once again my favorite is the least expensive.
      Granted it doesn't have the curb appeal of the others. (which I absolutely love) It is just set up with great flow and it feels like a home.
      OK, I'd get rid of that back splash ASAP and do a few other cosmetic things but in the long run that one would be my choice.

      Eugenia27 on September 12, 2015 at 1:24 pm
    • what do you think of this home dbcoop http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/84589553_zpi

      twoTERRIERs on September 14, 2015 at 9:30 pm
      • The home has great curb appeal on 2.3 acres and attractive interior as well, twoTERRIERs. If I had one thing to suggest, it would be more contrast for the wall colors in most rooms to turn up the wow factor. Otherwise, quite a beauty — and well priced for the square footage.

        DBCoop on September 18, 2015 at 10:41 am
        • yes, i think it could use some undecorating….decorating for sure………..but a very nicely appointed property; however, i do prefer the Spotsylvania location….might lighten up some of the wall wood….but to me that house is a dream all 5K square feet..

          twoTERRIERs on September 18, 2015 at 10:45 am
    • twoTERRIERs on September 14, 2015 at 9:35 pm
    • http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/64519416_zpi

      just wanted to make sure you saw the spotsylvania property….not a fan of log cabin look here…but i would lighten up alot of the wood or paint…where it appears to be too loggy…like the office…

      twoTERRIERs on September 18, 2015 at 4:35 pm
  82. WOOT WOOT!! Congrats!

    June on September 8, 2015 at 3:12 pm
  83. Kinda sad to see this house already posted for sale. Its upsetting that someone wins a house then sells it. I wish people would think about if they really want the house/can afford it & not the money they get from winning. Seen this happen to many times.

    alwrabel on September 6, 2015 at 8:36 am
    • alwrabel, Welcome to the blogs!!! It is all about the money!!!! Sell the house-absolutely! Who would leave their current home, job, family, community roots to move to a new location? Selling-Makes perfect sense! Take the $$$$t and update your own home or purchase what you can comfortably afford. This is precisely and exactly what this contest is all about. It is all about the dreaming, & imagining. Jump in and have some fun and enjoy the ride. Enjoy the camaraderie of the other bloggers. Learn about the products that you might use in your own build or renovation. Crossing fingers the house sells quickly and they get a clean contract. I'm so happy for their win!!!!

      Ashtabulannie on November 21, 2015 at 3:16 pm
  84. Tick Tock, Clock Watch TUESDAY

    Where on earth could HGTV be going for Smart Home 2016?

    How about a city with a well-educated population and affordable housing set amongst a country landscape of rolling hills and verdant pastures — and an easy drive to interesting communities like Versailles, Paris, Frankfort, Georgetown and even Richmond?

    Well, hold on to your derby hats because I'm thinking about the attractive city of Lexington, right in the heart of the Bluegrass region of Kentucky.

    With nicknames like "Horse Capital of the World" and "Athens of the West," why not consider it for a Smart Home? I'm sure I wouldn't be the only one who'd be happy to Win a Show Place home in Kentucky.

    So what DO you get for your money in Lexington? Here are some impressive possibilities….

    Custom-Built Beauty $549,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1897-Goodpaster

    Tranquil Elegance $699,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3644-Winding-Wo

    Blue Ribbon Winner $929,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1920-Hart-Rd-Le

    Did your horse win the Triple Crown? Did your ship finally come in? Then you might consider transforming this gated 10 acre estate into your very own Smart Home.

    Crafted with the Finest Details $4,750,000 http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/

    (Coop's Weekday Wish List. Words and links to make you think, define your home style and, perchance to dream. Weekend wishing is optional.)

    DBCoop on September 1, 2015 at 9:53 am
    • oooh…take me to kentucky…please number 2 for me….maybe then i can finally have that colt….

      twoTERRIERs on September 9, 2015 at 8:59 am
      • Just think, twoTERRIERs, you might be the one to raise the next Triple Crown winning thoroughbred!

        DBCoop on September 9, 2015 at 10:45 am
        • :) yes and my two terriers will definitely assist in training…

          twoTERRIERs on September 9, 2015 at 10:54 am
  85. May God bless you and your family as

    Your new home.

    Respectfully Dorothy

    Dc

    Dorothy collins on August 31, 2015 at 6:03 am
  86. May God bless you,your family and your new home.

    Dc

    Ashtabulannie on August 31, 2015 at 1:05 am
  87. Not too early to begin thinking about location for next smart home which of course will be green! Sooooo how about planning now for: Roof top solar panels, solar hot water heating, battery storage for all that collected solar energy? (don't sell back to the utility….it keep it for night time use) Also a totally electric home charged car (new Tesla is coming out for around 35K??? Crossing fingers! Don't forget a water collection system from roof runoff or perhaps a grey water recycle system? Perhaps a geothermal heating system? Help us viewers learn about the newest developments in energy conservation. Installing a TV in every room and a sound system controlled by your phone is not what I'm looking for!!!! I want real and meaningful alternatives to reduce my carbon footprint and reduce my dependance on NON-renewable fuel sources. SOLAR!!! Help the sea water is coming in the front door!!!!!

    Ashtabulannie on August 30, 2015 at 10:12 am
    • tesla…yes ashta…….hope all is well in my favorite palce…

      twoTERRIERs on September 9, 2015 at 8:59 am
      • Hi 2T!  Been traveling a lot!!!  Got up to NYC for one game of US open tennis and also to visit all the relatives up that away. I don't know how those poor tennis players can survive in that hot hot stadium. No wind in Arthur Ashe since they put on the partial roof.  I feel their pain!  OMG it was a “Seinfeld” Weekend. So many things going wrong. And we got on the Van Wyeck  going in the wrong direction.  Traffic is horrible!!! Felt like I was in a Sitcom! Drove home and then flew out to Chicago. Just got back last night. Drove down South Bend for the ND vs Texas Football game!   ND won so hubby was in good mood. Also they were having a free Jazz Fest at the Bean!!!! Fantastic!!!!  The botanical garden is wonderful, science museum great and even played at an Irish Session (out of my league!) with some terrific players. Who shows up to play a few tunes…Dennis Cahill!!! What a treat.  Too much delicious food!  And boy was it hot!  Humid!  Stormy.  Lots of flight delays yesterday.  But home safe and doing laundry! Hope all is well and hope that your nephew is enjoying school! Hugs to you and yours. Hokimom

        Ashtabulannie on September 9, 2015 at 12:10 pm
        • hi hokiemom…you lucky girl us open…my neighbor will be envious…..she is a big raffa fan (i know he is out)….glad to hear you are having a ball at your full pace…even though will be nice when it cools down everywhere……….nephew good according to his mum…..he will be doing the second year of his internship at his place of 1st choice in ATL….so…all good here just crazy busy…business busy yeah….hoping for a good break in coeur d alene or asheville:):)

          twoTERRIERs on September 9, 2015 at 12:37 pm
    • Yes to all the above, Hokiemom… and don't forget to put in your order for that new lower-priced Tesla, the Model 3. Or go all out and opt for an upgraded Model S. Then there's the upcoming Model X crossover.

      A side note to the Tesla story: CEO Elon Musk had planned to name the entry-level Tesla the Model E, thus giving the company a Model S, Model E and Model X. However, Ford Motors threw cold water onto that plan by suing Tesla, saying they owned the rights to the Model E designation. The result is the change from 'E' to '3.' And that's the truth.

      DBCoop on September 9, 2015 at 11:41 am
      • Coop you certainly know your Tesla's!!!  Talk about a coincidence… Crossing Fingers that son will soon be working for Tesla here in the DC Metro area!!!!  ONE more interview to go!!!!  Had no idea he was even interviewing with them…..So excited!!!!  Hmmm wonder if he will get a car as an employee benefit??? Ha!  Won't hold my breath on that one!!!  But honestly just want son to have a job he loves. (and gets paid a living wage with benefits)  Every mothers dream???

        Ashtabulannie on September 9, 2015 at 11:55 am
        • yummy

          twoTERRIERs on September 9, 2015 at 12:40 pm
    • twoTERRIERs on September 14, 2015 at 9:31 pm
    • actually this is what i meant to send to you and dbcoop and smart home http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/64519416_zpi

      twoTERRIERs on September 14, 2015 at 9:34 pm
  88. Has it occurred to any of you crying foul play that proportionately more of the 40 million entries came from Texas than any other state so the odds of someone from Texas winning were much higher? I enter the Urban Oasis sweepstakes twice a day, every day, because I live here. If I forget, the constant local media attention that the house is getting reminds me, along with all the other residents of Western North Carolina. If the house were in another state, I would have entered once and forgotten about it. I would be willing to bet that there are more entries from North Carolina than any other state. Good luck North Carolinians!!!

    Jennifer on August 29, 2015 at 7:06 pm
  89. Although $100,000 is a lot of money, the taxes on the house, furnishings and car exceeded $400,000. To keep the house and all its furnishings, you would either have to come up with another 300k of your own money, or take a mortgage on the house to pay the taxes. If you didn’t have the 300k, your mortgage payment would be over $2,000 a month for 30 years. This is why she is selling the house. She has a new Mercedes to drive at least, and whatever $ is left over after paying the cars taxes. Hopefully she will be able to sell the home for top dollar, and walk away with some additional cash.

    Nick Stark on August 27, 2015 at 1:02 am
  90. Best congratulations to you.

    cynthi1 on August 26, 2015 at 8:21 am
  91. Fantastic win, Isabel! Congrats!

    emjaylovin on August 25, 2015 at 11:52 am
  92. Up for sale

    Alfalfa26 on August 22, 2015 at 7:04 am
  93. HGTV Smart Home in Zilker Park neighborhood will soon be for sale …
    austin.culturemap.com › Real Estate
    Jul 23, 2015 – The 2015 HGTV Smart Home, located in Austin's prized Zilker neighborhood, could soon be yours for the taking.The home, which was unveiled …

    Alfalfa26 on August 22, 2015 at 7:04 am
  94. Congratulations! God Bless you and your new home!

    heylady0515 on August 20, 2015 at 9:57 am
  95. Congratulations . Happy to see such a deserving couple win

    craig rosser on August 19, 2015 at 6:55 pm
  96. Yes! Time to begin a new search for location of next Smart/Green Home! And also time to begin the search for new green and smart cutting edge technologies. I would assume that a plug in – totally electric car with home charging solar panel station would be a no brainier!!!!! A four door "Red" Tesla would work just fine for me. Vrooom Vrooom! So an area of the USA with a lot of charging stations would be good too! And HA Washington DC metro area has two ahem….. "Art Galleries" for Tesla(not allowed to say show rooms). A smart home of any traditional OR Modernist design would be acceptable! No more craftsman please!!!! UGH. Or Brick Colonials! And a bidet!

    Ashtabulannie on August 19, 2015 at 8:19 am
  97. Tick Tock, Clock Watch TUESDAY.

    I'm thinking a Smart Home in Montreux for 2016 would be awesome. Not Montreux, Switzerland of course. Nevada. Reno, Nevada — with a four-season climate and Lake Tahoe close — the perfect location for a majestic mountain manor house.

    What you can get for your money in Reno, Nevada, the ideal spot for HGTV's Smart Home 2016.

    Here's a charming cottage-style residence in the Montreux community to consider:
    $870,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6355-Wetzel-Ct-

    Or, thinking of a new-build, a Sierra Nevada beauty custom-designed from the ground up? Again, think Montreux, with a few great scenic view lots still available.

    Snow-capped Mountain View: $299,000 http://www.montreuxgolf.com/lot-for-sale/lot-816-

    Dramatic Views and Floor plans You Can Choose: $349,000 http://www.montreuxgolf.com/lot-for-sale/lot-808-

    Let your fellow dreamers know what direction HGTV should go; renovation, new-build or under construction and easily upgraded to Smart Home specifications.

    Then there are the Rarified Few who'll go for the very best — What you can get for a bar of gold bullion.

    Custom Estate with Unobstructed Views: $4,800,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/20203-Bordeaux-

    (Coop's Weekday Wish List. Words and links to make you think, define your home style and, perchance to dream. Weekend wishing is optional.)

    DBCoop on August 18, 2015 at 5:48 pm
  98. You and your husband are so lucky. Though I have followed these give always for many years and would love to see a family with children in need, selfishly, like mine. Lol. Oh well I will definitely keep entering as I have for 10+ years! Congratulations too ALL the winners on HGTV!

    Hilary on August 15, 2015 at 10:42 pm
  99. Congratulations Isabel!!! May God continue to bless you and your family. to be chosen among 40 million is a blessing.

    naairiell on August 15, 2015 at 9:48 pm
  100. Congratulations Isabel and Rey !!! I hope and pray you are able to enjoy many years and many memories together.!!!

    sherimcgramma on August 15, 2015 at 4:01 pm
  101. Smart Home in 2016 should be in Alabama the Beautiful! Beautiful pristine white sandy beaches, and North Alabama is my favorite up around Scottsboro with mountains and lakes. HGTV, you are invited to come and see for yourselves. Come on Alabama bloggers, let;s inform our fellow Americans what a beautiful state that we have, and are willing to share with HGTV!

    grswla on August 15, 2015 at 5:19 am
  102. I enjoyed the Smart Home Giveaway TV special too.

    dreamn_again on August 14, 2015 at 6:21 pm
  103. Congratulations to the Villareal's!! She seemed estastic to be the winner. Just think, she was born not to far from the Smart Home. What a way to come back home. Enjoy your home!!

    Did anyone say people couldn't afford to live in these homes????? Villarral's sound like they plan live there to me, JS

    Lovingnla on August 14, 2015 at 5:14 pm
    • She sold it

      Alfalfa26 on August 23, 2015 at 1:57 pm
  104. Congrats and good luck!

    19481961a on August 14, 2015 at 12:58 pm
  105. I would love this beautiful house for my family they would love this Gorgeous house to …please Lord Father let me get house for my family we need this And the Name of Jesus …Amen

    Anna Ortiz on August 13, 2015 at 4:07 pm
  106. You can watch the Smart Home 2015 TV Winner's Special on August 14 at 1 p.m. ET. Share the excitement with Isabel Villarreal and husband Rey when they were surprised by host Tiffany Brooks and the HGTV production crew.

    http://www.valleymorningstar.com/premium/article_

    DBCoop on August 13, 2015 at 12:59 am
  107. Tick Tock, Clock Watch TUESDAY

    To Dream the Implausible Dream — But not impossible — And that would be an Hawaiian Smart Home!
    Choose from several island lovelies.

    What you can get for your money on Oahu, Hawaii, the perfect tropical spot for HGTV's Smart Home 2016.

    Ocean Pointe charm: $735,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/91-1099-Kaiko-S

    Waimea Beauty: $995,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/64-5283-Iokua-P

    Tropical Delight: $1,200,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/989-Pukoo-Pl-Ho

    Or…

    A Beach-close Lot to Build a Custom-designed Smart Home: $595,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/(Undisclosed-Ad

    Which way would you go? Let your fellow dreamers know the smart choice for Smart Home 2016.

    Then there are the Rarified Few who'll go for the very finest — What you can get for a stack of gold bars.

    World-Class Estate: $23,000,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/59-&-63-Kai

    (Coop's Weekday Wish List. Words and links to make you think, define your home style and, perchance to dream. Weekend wishing is optional.)

    DBCoop on August 11, 2015 at 1:16 pm
  108. Congratulations to you and your family!!!

    So happy for you!! You look so excited enjoy your beautiful high tech smart home stunning car and the cash as well..

    Congrats again :) :) :) !!!!!!!!!

    Janel on August 11, 2015 at 11:54 am
  109. Congratulations! Great Win. Thanks for the chance, HGTV!

    ThumperX on August 11, 2015 at 1:39 am
  110. Belated Hugs and congratulations Isabel!!! Bet you are anxious to face your students when school starts soon. You will be a rock star for sure!!!!

    Now to move it to the next level where should we go next??? Hmmmm could we be going to ….. I dunno….. Asheville? There is that vacant lot right next to the UO.

    Ashtabulannie on August 10, 2015 at 10:22 am
    • You are so bad ……. and funny.

      Eugenia27 on August 12, 2015 at 6:10 pm
  111. Congratulations Isabel and spouse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! May you and your family have many happy years together in your amazing new home. Please keep in touch now and again in your new Smart Austin Texas home.

    sherimcgramma on August 9, 2015 at 11:07 pm
  112. Congrats! What a deserving family!!! So nice to see. Enjoy your new home!

    : )

    S R Lane on August 9, 2015 at 3:33 pm
  113. Hmm, Smart Home 2016? ^_^

    http://cbrci.com/~coldwell/images/made/images/upl

    And a 2015 Tiny Home competition: "Build Small and Win Big."

    https://www.smud.org/en/about-smud/environment/re

    DBCoop on August 9, 2015 at 11:05 am
  114. Wow, a women from Texas won a house in Texas. How very interesting. Kind of makes you wonder doesn't it on how honest this contest really is.

    Martha on August 8, 2015 at 3:12 pm
  115. Congarts to you Isabel n Rey n family..like you I am from Harlingen,Texas…born and raised.Live in Fairfax,Virginia but with intend to return to my birth place and extended family..again enjoy your new home..I too would enter contest everyday..Finally a Texan with great blessings to enjoy..

    Rotorcuff1 on August 6, 2015 at 7:24 pm
  116. I’m so happy for you , do you feel like your still dreaming ? Well I wish you and your family many years of enjoyment and congrats maybe my turn next ! From New Mexico

    Debra coor on August 5, 2015 at 3:09 am
  117. Congrats!!! So happy for you!

    k8po on August 4, 2015 at 5:48 pm
  118. Tick Tock, Clock Watch TUESDAY.

    Where to next for Smart Home 2016? The possibilities are endless, and because there's no limit on dreaming, why not consider Baton Rouge, the vibrant capital city of Louisiana with its rich Southern blend of French, British and Spanish culture, old-world feel and modern-day sensibility.

    With Offerings From Sophisticated Charmer to Southern Belle or Gracious Homestead — What you get for your money in Baton Rouge, LA.

    Apple of Your Eye: $619,900 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1616-Applewood-

    Park-like Setting: $765,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/12149-Lake-Esta

    Show Stopper: $865,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8251-N-Harts-Mi

    Which one would be the smart choice? Let your fellow dreamers know where you'd look forward to sipping your mint juleps.

    Then there are the Rarified Few who dream of platinum… and why not?!

    When Only the Very Finest Will Do — What you can get for a princely sum.

    Grand Southern Mansion: $4,499,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/18002-N-Mission

    (Coop's Weekday Wish List. Words and links to make you think, define your home style and, perchance to dream. Weekend wishing is optional.)

    DBCoop on August 4, 2015 at 10:24 am
  119. Congratulations! ! Super excited that a Texan won! !

    Kellie V.Queen on August 3, 2015 at 6:43 pm
  120. Congratulations Isabel!!! I’m very happy that it was a fellow Texan who won the Dream House! I am an Austin Native welcome to Austin!! Bienvenidos!!

    Lydia Macias on August 3, 2015 at 5:04 pm
  121. Congratulations to the winner, but I am saddened! I had wished so much to be able to live and use that home, to relocate closer to family, as I am sure others did as well. And I am fortunate enough that I would not have had to sell it. People should get excited about the homes…the new concepts…design ideas…architecture! I have toured many in my area. But, I am asking myself… why bother to actively participate in the sweepstakes if the winners do not keep the home in the end? Are other participants losing interest as I am? Perhaps, this whole concept needs to be revamped.

    jekumi on August 2, 2015 at 11:09 am
  122. Congrats!! Blessings to you and your family! We are so happy for you! From our family to yours! Best wishes for a lifetime of enjoyment and happiness. Texas is one very special place and you are one very special lady!

    mlthawk on August 1, 2015 at 8:26 am
  123. Congratulations you and your family

    djohnson on July 31, 2015 at 8:20 am
  124. The house is getting ready to go the market so for all those who missed out now's your chance. ;)

    512Jones on July 30, 2015 at 4:15 pm
  125. Tick Tock, Clock Watch TUESDAY

    Many of us have congratulated the Smart Home 2015 winner; now it's time to say a bittersweet "until we meet again" to Austin, Texas and wish Isabel Villarreal and husband Rey the best of luck with their future plans.

    And… since we're already in the middle of summer, the heat is on to find the next Smart Home location for 2016. What could be more appropriate than a Palm Springs retreat replete with pool, spa, palm trees and glorious mountain views.

    Dance under the stars or mingle with visiting Hollywood celebrities. Entertain year-round or make the valley your sun-washed winter getaway. Lounge by the pool and soak in the spa's soothing waters with a favorite beverage at hand. Ride the tram to enjoy a cool afternoon hiking the trails of Mt. San Jacinto. Spend a leisurely day strolling the streets of Palm Canyon enjoying its many dining options, or shopping 'till you're dropping at the art galleries and upscale boutiques of Palm Desert's El Paseo.

    The question is, of course — does HGTV have Palm Springs in their sights for a future Smart Home?

    Sophisticated and Solar Powered: $695,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/962-Alejo-Vis-P

    Upgraded Tuscan Villa: $745,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/451-Villaggio-N

    Mountain View Moderne: $1,298,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3198-Wexler-Way

    Which way would you go? Let your fellow dreamers know where you'd prefer to settle in.

    While you're in the neighborhood, there's always the Price Is No Object option — a 1928 estate on 4 acres with a rich and famous history. A grand and glamorous Moorish-style beauty for the extended family with several guest residences on site: $14,500,000 http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/457-W-Hermosa-P

    Happy Daze!

    (Coop's Weekday Wish List. Words and links to make you think, define your home style and, perchance to dream. Weekend wishing is optional.)

    DBCoop on July 28, 2015 at 10:24 am
    • There is something to adore about each of these homes…….however, i am a sucker for sun, windows, nature, pools and clean lines….so palms springs heat is a breeze…..i think my favs would be 2 and 3..and i can do without the Gary Grant's Villa Paradiso…even though the history and stories would truly captivate me………………

      twoTERRIERs on July 28, 2015 at 12:12 pm
      • My favorite is the upgraded Tuscan villa. I looked at this attractive development when new back in 2005-6 and was very impressed, but I was happily settled into a new home and not ready for another move!

        As the saying goes, "Love the one you're with!" ^_^

        DBCoop on July 28, 2015 at 7:03 pm
        • Tuscan Villago is primo…..probably because i like meditteranean food…..the pool is perfect size for laps and view is supremo….you got me looking at this one DBCoop.

          twoTERRIERs on July 28, 2015 at 8:01 pm
        • gotta ask … did liberace live in the 14M home?

          twoTERRIERs on July 28, 2015 at 8:04 pm
          • No, Liberace wasn't one of the famous names associated with Villa Paradiso, although Cary Grant certainly was a frequent visitor. This 2011 YouTube video will give you a look inside the palatial estate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY9jUEO4f-Y

            As for Liberace, he owned two Palm Springs homes during his lifetime, including several others in CA and one in Las Vegas. Here's a quick vignette of those properties: http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/05/mapping_the

            Nice, but I'm still waiting for that Palm Springs Smart Home, HGTV. Even a Dream Home or Urban Oasis will do just fine.

            DBCoop on July 28, 2015 at 9:16 pm
    • The upgraded Tuscan Villa is my favorite. I just wish the neighbors weren't so close.

      As for the Price Is No Object, picture #5 is what I like most of that home. Too gaudy for my taste.

      Eugenia27 on July 29, 2015 at 12:43 pm
  126. Congratulations! What a wonderful surprise! Many blessings to you and yours!!!

    Dana S. on July 27, 2015 at 10:46 pm
  127. Congratulations Isabel and your family! I hope you can make the move from Harlingen to Austin and keep this beautiful home and enjoy it as much as you look like you are enjoying it in the winner's photo slideshow. Good for you and your family!

    minitoni2009 on July 27, 2015 at 12:38 pm
  128. Congratulations to you and your family. The very best of wishes to you for a very bright future.

    Eugenia27 on July 27, 2015 at 9:12 am
  129. Congratulations Isabel and family. Hope you enjoy your winnings for many years to come. May God bless you and family

    nriser on July 26, 2015 at 6:06 pm
  130. Im just now looking at the winnet post becausee i jad to make sure i had no jealous spirit when i met the winner. I prayed about it and i get on today to see a FELLOW TEACHER won the house! Im so happy for ya Isabelle. I pray God continues to bless you and your family. I pray he gives you a sound mind to make sound decisions with your house/ money. I pray he gives you a giving spirit so that you can bless others with this blessing. I pray winning this sweepstakes opens doors for you that you never thought would open. I pray you feel as blessed as you are for the rest of your days.

    Jordan See on July 25, 2015 at 11:36 pm
  131. Congratulations, Isabel! How wonderful for you to win a home with a location so near to your heart! Best wishes!

    Downonthefarm on July 25, 2015 at 4:04 pm
  132. Congratulations Isabel to you and your whole family. You are totally blessed. I hope you keep the home and if you know how to make Menudo in that awesome kitchen, call me! LOL

    HGTV, thanks for the chance to win. I also love what I’ve seen done with the cabin in Idaho.

    Carol555 on July 25, 2015 at 2:33 am
  133. And on to a new dream for the rest of us

    RitaANewYorker on July 25, 2015 at 2:01 am
  134. Congratulations Isabel and Rey

    RitaANewYorker on July 25, 2015 at 1:59 am
  135. Congratulations on your new house, winning looks great on you, because you & your family are so blessed. Praise God! My adopted baby boy is 7 years old & he had his heart on us winning that house so much he cried. I told him God has better plans for us & for him to be happy for you, so him & his other adopted brother 11 years old sends you their congratulations as well! ENJOY YOUR BLESSINGS IN YOUR NEW HOME, CAR, & CASH.

    Dinah Celestine on July 24, 2015 at 2:26 pm
  136. Austin HGTV Smart Home 2015: Winner’s Weekend

    A lucky couple was invited to tour the Smart Home during the Winner’s Weekend activities. : )

    “The Loggs Take Austin”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjERAt66Wxk&f

    DeerSpring on July 24, 2015 at 6:57 am
    • Now I know what goes on during a winner’s weekend. Thank you, Marie Antoinette.
      Marie Antoinette is apparently a Beauty and Lifestyle You Tuber/Blogger. It looks
      like Marie New, the event planner, included some great restaurant stops and
      entertainment. : )

      https://twitter.com/tmablog/status/62424922605110

      DeerSpring on July 25, 2015 at 7:23 am
  137. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!, ISABEL VILLARREAL, from Texas Hill Country Realty (512/914-5534).
    As a fellow Valleyite (Edinburg) I am super happy that YOU, the winner, is from Harlingen.

    Lynda Valdez Sebring

    LyndaSebring on July 23, 2015 at 11:11 pm
  138. Another winner in the same state the house was built. Wow what are the odds

    StormyWV on July 23, 2015 at 7:26 pm
    • We'll never know the probability of those odds but chances are Vegas predicted to the contrary which would be best summed up against all odds?! :)

      MaineBlkBear on July 24, 2015 at 12:05 pm
  139. Also wondering as another poster mentioned….. strange winner in same state…. We were willing to do whatever it took….We definitely Would have been an asset to the community :(

    Lisa on July 23, 2015 at 11:40 am
  140. All I could say is Isabel won a "Villa" and that's for Real… Congratulations, Isabel Villareal!

    rexi1220 on July 23, 2015 at 11:38 am
  141. Does anyone know the mailing address for this house? Local news just announced it is being put up for sale and I'd like to check out the place!
    http://www.kvue.com/story/news/local/2015/07/22/h

    AustinGuy2015 on July 23, 2015 at 11:25 am
    • the smart home 2015 address is: 2012 – B. Rabb Glen Street, in the Zilker neighborhood… have fun checkin' it out! it'd be a great home to live in for one who can afford to do so!! happy house hunting!

      schreiner1999 on August 5, 2015 at 9:29 pm
  142. http://keypolicydata.com/blog-archives/2015/04/wi… This is the amount of tax she'd have to pay just for gift tax not including yearly taxes

    Hoping2 on July 23, 2015 at 10:20 am
    • Yep, just did the math. For someone who is not yet married and has no deductions, other than personal exemption, I would be in the highest tax bracket. So approx. $225,000 plus 39.6% of everything over $400,000. Thank you Mr. Government! Even though my income is barely above the poverty level, at least I'm supporting myself by working multiple jobs and am not collecting welfare checks each month.

      corgilov on July 23, 2015 at 10:38 am
  143. Many many congratulations. You look so happy. I am happy for you.

    Bobi on July 23, 2015 at 9:51 am
  144. Congratulations!

    beejcctx on July 23, 2015 at 7:16 am
  145. Enjoy your new home… my family and I had been praying, dreaming, viewing for some time. Both husband & I entered daily 2x… I guess God has other plans… Family of 6 here with one in college. Desperate for change…. Anyway, not trying to be negative. I hope you enjoy as much as we would have. We did so much research on the area, schools, etc. My daughter was hoping to attend the performing arts school, I was hoping to obtain a job at the zoo or local santuary. The thought of my son getting a CoOp in his field of study (game art/design) & living at home was a dream! Even plenty of space for family to stay for a visit or, long term (aging parents ) … Seemed like the perfect fit :( Need out of current situation. We'll stay strong. God bless winners….

    LibbyGirl200 on July 23, 2015 at 6:36 am
  146. Heard tonight on the local ATX news, that this lady is going to sell the home because she can't afford the taxes. She is keeping the $100,000 and Mercedes, however. Too bad the winner was not someone who is a 2012 college graduate who is already living in ATX and working 2 PT jobs while continuing to seek FT employment. Would have loved to live in this home and continue to reside in Austin. In my opinion… people shouldn't register for these contests if they have no intention of living in these beautiful HGTV homes and/or relocating. The reason HGTV awards an additional $100,000, is to help pay the prize tax/property taxes.

    corgilov on July 22, 2015 at 11:01 pm
    • The 100,000 doesn't cover of the taxes though if u look on line they r close to 500,000. It's doubtful that someone with a part time job could afford them, u would almost have to be wealthy already to afford them.

      Hoping2 on July 23, 2015 at 10:04 am
      • Years ago there was an article titled 'HGTV Dream Homes' a financial nightmare'…They talked about the high property taxes and how most of the winners have sold the homes. A spokesperson from HGTV even said in the interview that the network doesn't expect the winners to live in the homes and that their vision for these homes is that it will enable the winners to do what they want to do…whether it's keeping the home or taking the cash option and buying their own version of a dream home.

        dawsoncreek on July 27, 2015 at 11:33 am
    • I used to only enter for the homes that I would actually try to live in. The I realized that HGTV offers the cash prize option because most people could not afford to keep the home. If I were to have won this home my income tax burden (because of the State I live in) would have been $607,524.00. Even if I sold the place where I now live, plus sell off all of my possessions, I could still, Not come up with that amount of money.
      HGTV does these sweepstakes to showcase their sponsors wares and the talent of their crew. They are nice enough to have the sweepstakes but IMHO no one expects the winner to keep the house.

      Eugenia27 on July 23, 2015 at 12:33 pm
  147. Yay!

    airam724 on July 22, 2015 at 5:35 pm
  148. Congratulations, Isabel! So happy for you! Enjoy your new home, cash, and car!!!

    Lessie on July 22, 2015 at 5:33 pm
  149. :) Yeah Isabel! Congratulations on the AMAZING gift you received from HGTV. You are one very lucky and blessed person! Enjoy the dream :)

    ABCDEFG76 on July 22, 2015 at 4:33 pm
  150. Oh no! The tax issue strikes again — already!! (Last sentence of the article says it all.)

    Still, this will be a win for the Villarreal family.

    http://www.mysanantonio.com/lifestyle/article/Luc

    DBCoop on July 22, 2015 at 4:25 pm
    • We all live the dream, she had to deal with reality. Still, what a wonderful ride she has been on.

      Eugenia27 on July 23, 2015 at 12:38 pm
      • Despite selling the Smart Home, in the end, Isabel and her husband Rey will remain happy winners and go on to live their dreams in the manner that best meets their needs.

        Everyone wins, including those of us in dreamland who came along for the ride in hopes of being Someone Else!

        DBCoop on July 23, 2015 at 2:45 pm
        • I have the highest hopes to be The Someone Else when it comes to the Blog Cabin.I have a horrible feeling that my little heart is going to get stomped on if someone else is the someone else.

          Eugenia27 on July 23, 2015 at 6:21 pm
          • I think Blog Cabin 2015 could be a heartbreaker for so many folks, Eugenia. What more could anyone ask for — except maybe the location of Smart Home 2016?!

            Sincerely, from this day forward,
            Someone Else ^_^

            DBCoop on July 24, 2015 at 9:59 am
          • That's all we can hope for is someone else wins which would not consist of someone else implied or suggested but by fair random draw! ^_^ Not to include an alternate because of not fitting criteria based on profession, looks, financial ability, geographic location, gender or other wise implied based on influential biases! The true definition of a bloggers 'Someone Else'! ;-) ~

            MaineBlkBear on July 24, 2015 at 11:59 am
    • And in other Smart Home 2015 soon to be for sale news: http://austin.culturemap.com/news/real-estate/07-

      DBCoop on July 24, 2015 at 10:40 am
    • So, would it make more financial sense to take the cash prize, or to take the house and then sell it?

      lavenderinjuly on July 26, 2015 at 11:57 pm
  151. Congratulations Isabel!!!

    travelfun on July 22, 2015 at 1:44 pm
  152. Isabel, so excited for you. It is so neat to see the joy on the winners face. Enjoy your dream.

    nursejudyfromCA on July 22, 2015 at 12:55 pm
  153. Congratulations Isabel and Rey. You look to young to retire. This will be a difficult decision. What ever you choose, enjoy your win. We are so happy for you.

    Eugenia27 on July 22, 2015 at 12:39 pm
  154. Congrats to you and your family!!! I'm so happy for you… God Bless Ya'll!

    Gee, only 40 million entries :-)

    dprout777 on July 22, 2015 at 12:06 pm
  155. CONGRATULATIONS Isabel!!! This is such an amazingly awesome blessing and I truly hope you and your family enjoy many, many beautiful years there!

    EdinOregon on July 22, 2015 at 4:09 am
  156. many congrats to you and your family.

    nt7 on July 22, 2015 at 3:31 am
  157. Good wishes to Isabel that she may enjoy her home for long, long time. I thought how coincident was that she lives in Texas and near the house and how coincident last year smart home winner also lived in the same Florida town near the home. How coincident. I am thinking to change my address now and move close to Blog Cabin , maybe I will be chosen. Ha! It is not bad idea to become a teacher. How many teachers won by now, I know at least 3 ?

    Vesna on July 21, 2015 at 11:59 pm
    • Good plan. LOL

      Eugenia27 on July 23, 2015 at 12:39 pm
    • A series of coincident events indeed. I don't think becoming g a teacher will increase your odds of winning; although, a wonderful profession to make a difference in many young lives. The occupational differences in per say a publishers clearing house and an HGTV winner I would say vary widely however that is just coincidence….would you agree?

      MaineBlkBear on July 24, 2015 at 12:12 pm
    • Good idea, Vesna. I may change my address on the Blog Cabin Sweepstakes Entries to read as:

      D B Coop
      PO Box 2015
      Coeur d'Alene, ID.

      DBCoop on July 25, 2015 at 9:39 am
      • I like it. especially that they don't ambush PO Boxes. Helps me out.
        very cute. Does Terri know her dog house has just shrunk to a super tiny house (post office box)?

        Eugenia27 on July 25, 2015 at 6:18 pm
      • Yes you have a better idea. To win and have Coeur d'Aelene addess. We never know, I could have PO Box C d' Aelene too.

        Vesna on July 25, 2015 at 9:15 pm
  158. Congratulations Isabel, enjoy your new home!!!

    albbora on July 21, 2015 at 10:00 pm
  159. Congratulations Isabel! May all your dreams come true in your new home.

    Peacefurpets on July 21, 2015 at 8:14 pm
  160. Congratulation Isabel!
    So excited for you!!

    sacredstone on July 21, 2015 at 7:22 pm
  161. Hooray !! Joyous congratulations to the Villarreal family ! It is amazing that Isabel grew up not far from Austin. Very thrilling to think of all the prizes to be enjoyed. May this opportunity bring nothing but great times and many years of fun and memories.

    LLColeman on July 21, 2015 at 7:05 pm
  162. Congratulations!

    Jacks Babe on July 21, 2015 at 6:28 pm
  163. Isabel Villareal was already one smart lady — a school principal — and now she has a Smart Home!

    From the local town newspaper: http://www.valleymorningstar.com/news/local_news/

    DBCoop on July 21, 2015 at 6:17 pm
    • …And husband Rey a school superintendent.

      Clearly financially responsible adults who realized that taking the cash prize and putting it towards their retirement was the smart thing to do.

      Could this windfall mean an early retirement is planned?

      DBCoop on July 25, 2015 at 9:47 am
  164. Congratulations! I wish the winners many happy years in their new home.

    SJRiegel on July 21, 2015 at 5:55 pm
  165. Hello Virginia and Staff of HGTV:
    Thank you for the information about the beautiful Austin area and all the information. Look like Isabel and her family was THE BLESSED CHILD of the beautiful 2015 Smart Home. I pray Isabel and her family enjoy this beautiful home for many years to come. Congratulations Isabel; may God continue to bless you and your family.

    promisedland2 on July 21, 2015 at 5:39 pm
  166. Congrats!!

    Sharlene on July 21, 2015 at 4:42 pm
  167. FINALLY!!!!! Congrats to Isabel and her Husband! Such a blessing! Enjoy it!

    carlosc36 on July 21, 2015 at 4:18 pm
  168. Congratulations Isabel! What a blessing you have received. So happy for you and your family!!

    sweepsdreamer on July 21, 2015 at 3:33 pm
  169. Congratulations Isabel! You're so lucky and blessed! Enjoy your windfall no matter what you decide to do!

    MaineBlkBear on July 21, 2015 at 2:01 pm
  170. Congratulations!!!! ☺

    muffin803 on July 21, 2015 at 1:48 pm
  171. I am so happy for you! I will prepare a chef’s meal for you in your New kitchen. Let me know, I have a sister who lives in Austin.

    Patrick Bauer on July 21, 2015 at 1:33 pm
  172. Congratulations Isabel, Time to move on to Oasis and Urban.

    panther_1935 on July 21, 2015 at 1:27 pm
  173. So glad that an original Texan won!

    grswla on July 21, 2015 at 12:55 pm
  174. Congrats:D please enjoy your new home!!! Many blessing to you and your family:):)

    gbfla on July 21, 2015 at 12:41 pm
  175. Congratulations!!!! Hope you are enjoying this wonderful furtune!

    MommyinOH on July 21, 2015 at 12:16 pm
  176. I love how delighted Isabel is – the joy and excitement is just beaming from her face, and Rey looks so proud and tickled by her excitement. What a lovely couple! Congratulations to Isabel and Rey!

    TwoCorgis on July 21, 2015 at 12:07 pm
  177. and another ones gone and anothers gone and another one bites the dust!!
    Best of Luck!

    COOLSMILEY on July 21, 2015 at 12:03 pm
  178. Congratulations. !!!

    StormyWV on July 21, 2015 at 11:44 am
  179. Congratulations Isabel – it made me smile and have great JOY for you to see you and your family so happy!

    davidanddiane on July 21, 2015 at 11:34 am
  180. Congratulations Isabel! Enjoy your win!

    dreamn_again on July 21, 2015 at 11:21 am
  181. Congratulations Isabell! Your smiling face is nice to see!!

    mcreash on July 21, 2015 at 11:15 am
  182. Congrats to your family

    I also did as you. Two times a day an viewed every 35 of the videos every day. I guess it is a luck of the draw. A one in a million shot. Congrats again . I am a little envious.

    pashncatlover on July 21, 2015 at 11:12 am
  183. Yay! Congratulations Isabel! Love all the beautiful moments shown in the pictures. Especially the one with you and your husband. :-)

    heartofitall1 on July 21, 2015 at 10:57 am
  184. Congratulations, Isabel!!!! I'm so happy for you and your family!!! And you're a Texan, too!! This is awesome!! Enjoy your wonderful prizes and the great opportunities this brings!! God is good!!!

    IamTikasMom on July 21, 2015 at 10:47 am
  185. "Just sign here on the dotted line, Isabel, and it's all yours!"

    http://hgtvhome.sndimg.com/content/dam/images/hgt

    DBCoop on July 21, 2015 at 10:27 am
  186. “May love and laughter light your days and warm your heart and home.”

    Congratulations, Isabel, a Texan educator!!!!!!
    Your lucky winning entry was one of millions!
    Enjoy the HGTV Smart Home and every new experience that comes your way!
    You are going to have fun days ahead!

    And for the rest of the dreamers……….”Always keep those dreams alive. Don’t let them fade away.”

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/texas-educator-wins

    A lucky couple was invited to participate in the activities of the Winner's Weekend. : )

    “The Loggs Take Austin” (Austin HGTV Smart Home 2015: Winner’s Weekend)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjERAt66Wxk&f

    DeerSpring on July 21, 2015 at 10:14 am
  187. CONGRATULATIONS…Isabel!!!
    Texas is in the house….literally Texas is in the Smart Home.
    All the best to you and your family…ENJOY =)

    HGTVinSTL on July 21, 2015 at 10:05 am
  188. A very, very happy winner. Way to go, Isabel Villareal of Harlingen, Texas! Enjoy your new Smart Home, your gleaming new Mercedes Benz and the $100,000.

    Since your hometown of Harlingen is only 325 miles south of Austin, you and your family may choose to relocate and truly enjoy living in this wonderful Grand Prize!

    DBCoop on July 21, 2015 at 9:55 am
  189. Congratulations Isabel……and family….this is fantastic, and a Texan….maybe this is lessie?:):)

    twoTERRIERs on July 21, 2015 at 9:42 am
    • Wouldn't that be great for Lessie!

      iamflourishing on July 21, 2015 at 9:44 am
      • would be great for all of us if a blogger won……i forgot lessie has sons…..darn….

        twoTERRIERs on July 21, 2015 at 9:48 am
        • I would be nice if it was a blogger, I have yet to see one that is an avid blogger like yourself!

          iamflourishing on July 21, 2015 at 9:50 am
          • our time has come iam flourishing……..i love uo and blog cabin…and will probably adore merritt ….. so much to look forward to…

            twoTERRIERs on July 21, 2015 at 9:57 am
          • They all are beautiful but living in Orlando in the past Merritt would be my choice, palm trees and coastal breeze that I don't get here in Atlanta and only 2 hours from my mother in Tampa:)

            iamflourishing on July 21, 2015 at 10:09 am
          • That would be wonderful to be closer to your mom.
            I am going to tag you with "first dibs" on the Merritt DH.

            Eugenia27 on July 23, 2015 at 12:36 pm
          • Thank you for throwing up first dibs! Yes it would she would love her grandchildren closer! Sending first dibs UP for you on your desired dreams and home:)

            iamflourishing on July 24, 2015 at 8:41 am
          • Thanks. Blog Cabin. I have virtually moved in all ready.

            Eugenia27 on July 24, 2015 at 12:44 pm
    • twoT, nope, Isabel isn't me! We're both Texans but she's the Texan who won the 2015 Smart Home!!!

      Lessie on July 22, 2015 at 5:37 pm
      • well…i was looking forward to congratuling one of our bloggers….maybe she is…..congratulations to everyone…lessie you are due…:):)

        twoTERRIERs on July 23, 2015 at 5:41 pm
      • I must be really confused I thought you lived up my way Lessie. Silly me

        StormyWV on July 24, 2015 at 3:40 pm
  190. Congratulations Isabel and family from Texas, enjoy your blessing!

    iamflourishing on July 21, 2015 at 9:37 am
  191. Finally!!!! Congratulations on a fantastic win!!!!

    luluslove on July 21, 2015 at 9:32 am
    • Looks like Isabel was the mystery lady in the picture posted….

      luluslove on July 21, 2015 at 9:41 am
  192. Congrats to you both and your family! I am a VILLARREAL in Corpus Christi TX (not related probably) and also register for many of their sweepstakes when I can. I hope and pray that one day in my lifetime I have the same blessing! Enjoy your home and I'm VERY SURE you'll DESERVE IT!!!!! GOD BLESS YOULL !

    stephanniei on July 21, 2015 at 9:11 am
    • Congrats to isabel!!Texas is in the house….literally Texas is in the Smart Home. Thanks for sharing..

      work injury compensation

      shireslaw01 on May 31, 2016 at 4:54 am
    • god bless your heart i need a house like that i was looking may you help me God loves you

      rasheeda on July 1, 2016 at 10:30 am
  193. I am already thinking how I could come up with the tax money.I hope to have that problem in real life. You never know.

    Eugenia27 on July 24, 2015 at 12:47 pm
  194. I'd be ecstatic for you Eugenia!

    MaineBlkBear on July 24, 2015 at 1:47 pm

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