TRUCKEE, Calif. — With its exterior wood beams and snow-covered roof, this Schaffer’s Mill house may look like just another home in the community, but it’s not.
It is the 2014 HGTV Dream Home that will soon be given away to a lucky person.
“We’re creating this fantasy for someone, and you certainly hope it lives up to that,” said Linda Woodrum, lead interior designer for the house.
Described as “new mountain” architecture, the fully furnished, 3,200-square-foot house incorporates some modern touches with its traditional mountain design.
“We didn’t want to build the log cabin that you’ve been seeing forever or the traditional shingle-styled house,” Woodrum said. “We wanted to take it and kind of mix it up a little — give it a little bit more energy, surprise.”
A distinguishing feature within the two-wing, open-floor plan house is its many windows, helping bring the outdoors in.
“That’s what this whole area is about,” Woodrum said. “People come here because it’s so magnificent and they want to experience the outside.”
The three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom house sits directly on Schaffer’s Mill Club golf course, nestled among evergreen trees. Nearby is historic downtown Truckee, the Truckee River and Lake Tahoe.
When scouting for a California location for this year’s 18th HGTV Dream Home giveaway, HGTV House Planner Jack Thomasson said he fell in love with the region.
“It’s one of those things where you find it, you know it,” he said. “... I just feel this community (Shaffer’s Mill) wants people to enjoy everything the area has to offer.”
During a Tuesday tour of the house, a few experts mentioned how the house will provide the region with additional exposure.
“HGTV Dream Home is one of the most successful programs HGTV has, and there’s tens of millions of people who pay attention to it,” said John Marlin, founder of the Marlin Atlantis Group, which owns Schaffer’s Mill. “That kind of attention to Schaffer’s Mill can’t be anything but very helpful and fantastic.”
For 2013, Schaffer’s Mill reported a record-breaking year in real estate sales with 46 mountain lodges, home sites and luxury cabins being sold, Marlin said.
While Marlin attributes a small portion of those sales to Schaffer’s Mill being selected as the location for the HGTV Dream Home, he said 2014 sales will be the tell-tale indicator of HGTV’s impact on the community.
Entries for the HGTV Dream Home will be accepted from 9 a.m. EST on Dec. 27 to 5 p.m. Feb. 14, 2014. Individuals can enter online twice a day: once at HGTV.com and once at FrontDoor.com. The winner will be selected in March at random.
Last year’s HGTV Dream Home in Kiawah Island, S.C., received more than 77 million entries, making it the biggest TV giveaway.
Besides winning a fully furnished custom-built home, this year’s winner will receive a new GMC vehicle and $250,000 in cash — a prize package valued at nearly $2 million.
“I hope the house just fits their family,” Thomasson said. “I hope they love the outdoors, and they use this house as home base to enjoy all of the outdoor amenities that this area has to offer.”