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Who won the HGTV dream home on Anastasia Island, Florida in 2024?


Since the HGTV Dream Home and HGTV Smart Home sweepstakes began in 1997 and 2008, respectively, Florida has been chosen more often than any other state.

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Will the winner of HGTV Dream Home move from New York to Anastasia Island, Florida?

Time will tell what Marie Fratta, a veteran elementary school teacher from Westchester County, New York, will do. Fratta, who was selected from 130 million entries for the 2024 HGTV Dream Home Sweepstakes, was notified of her epic prize by the home and garden television network, and HGTV announced the news on May 22, 2024, months after the contest ended. Voting was held on the HGTV and Food Network websites from December 22, 2023, through February 15, 2024.

Like others before her, Fratta must decide whether to live in the Sunshine State or choose the cash option. The Anastasia Island location is the newest Florida location for the HGTV Dream Home Sweepstakes since it began in 1997. Over the years, Florida has had five HGTV Dream Homes, more than any other state. On the other hand, there have only been two people from Florida to win an HGTV Dream Home since the Sweepstakes began. That's seven HGTV Dream Homes tied to the Sunshine State.

Here you can find more information about the houses and the winners from Florida.

2024 HGTV Dream Home on Anastasia Island, Florida

The 2024 HGTV Dream Home on Anastasia Island, Florida, was designed by architect Michael Stauffer and built by local builder Glenn Layton Homes. The home's interior design was done by Brian Patrick Flynn. The three-bedroom, four-bathroom home is approximately 3,300 square feet and offers views of the Matanzas River and the St. Augustine Lighthouse. The entire Anastasia Island HGTV Dream Home package was valued at just over $2.2 million. In total, Maria Fratta of Westchester County, New York, will receive as the 2024 HGTV Dream Home winner:

  • Keys to the fully furnished home, which, according to regulations, includes furnishings, inventory, artwork and merchandise valued at approximately $2,069,595
  • A new Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan worth about $70,000, according to the rules
  • 100,000 USD in cash

If Fratta chooses the cash option, she will receive $650,000 in cash, according to contest rules.

2016 HGTV Dream Home on Merritt Island, Florida

FLORIDA TODAY reported that David Rennie of Shelton, Connecticut, won the 2016 HGTV Dream Home in Merritt Island, Florida, along with $250,000, a 2016 Bryant Sperenza boat and a 2016 GMC Acadia Denali car. The remodeled 3,150-square-foot home had a water view of the Indian River in the backyard. It was a two-story, three-bedroom home on South Tropical Trail. Features included water views, a grand staircase, a luxurious doghouse, a pool and a private boat dock. It had outdoor lounge areas, Florida-inspired decor, bold colors, three bathrooms and two powder rooms. Rennie, HGTV said, was chosen from 127 million entries.

HGTV estimated the value of the 2016 HGTV Dream Home winning package at $1.7 million. Rennie opted to pay cash, and a month after Rennie won, the home was finally offered for $1,530,000, according to a 2016 FLORIDA TODAY article. Real estate sites show that the 2016 HGTV Dream Home in Merritt Island, Florida, eventually sold for $1.3 million, FLORIDA TODAY reported.

Florida woman won 2009 HGTV Dream Home in California

Cheryl Smith of Lakeland, Florida, won the HGTV Dream Home in Sonoma, California in 2009.

Smith didn't keep the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath house, and according to a July 2009 SFGate.com article, it was for sale for $2.2 million: “The Florida couple, who won the Dream Home Lottery this year, sold the property to developer Steve Ledson, who is now reselling it. Ledson designed and built the house for HGTV on his Armstrong Estates, a new development modeled after a 'historic district.' Surrounded by century-old oak trees, the house resembles a Victorian farmhouse with generous rooms and front and back porches. A large family room opens to a patio and outdoor kitchen. HGTV had estimated the value of the house, plus furnishings selected by the interior designer and a new car, at $2 million.”

2008 HGTV Dream Home in Islamorada, Florida

Stephanie Dee of Solon, Iowa, won the HGTV Dream Home in Islamorada, Florida in 2008.

HGTV told Dee in March 2008 that she had won the three-story “island oasis” as a grand prize, and a family vacation followed in June of that year. According to a January 2009 article on twincities.com, Stephanie Dee described the Islamorada home as “gorgeous” and “amazing,” with ocean views from every floor.

In August 2009, the HGTV Dream Home was put on the market and eventually sold.

Florida postmaster won HGTV's Colorado dream home in 2007, years after winning a lottery prize in Florida

Robert O'Neill of Brandon, Florida, won the HGTV Dream Home in Winter Park, Colorado in 2007.

According to a March 2007 timesnews.net article, O'Neill also won $13,000 in the Florida Lottery shortly after leaving office in 1999. Eight years later, the article said, O'Neill won the Colorado HGTV Dream Home, which included a fully furnished, 4,400-square-foot lodge-style home, a 2007 GMC Acadia, a matching “HGTV Doggy Dream Home” and $250,000 in cash, for a total prize value of $2.5 million. Features of the four-bedroom, five-bathroom home included a wet bar, a children's “bedroom,” a loft, stunning Rocky Mountain views, rustic exposed beams, stone fireplaces, a hot tub and a patio.

Although O'Neill beat the odds of 41 million to 1, the retired postmaster put the 2007 HGTV dream home up for sale shortly after winning the contest. Interested buyers came from all over the country, said Dennis Saffell, owner and broker of Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties, in a November 2007 Sky-Hi Daily News article. Two Denver surgeons and their families eventually bought the dream home for about $2 million, the Sky-Hi Daily News article said: “A lot of people looked at it … because of its reputation for being an HGTV home. And it ended up being sold to someone who had no idea it was an HGTV home. They bought it because they liked it,” Saffell had told skyhinews.com.

John Groszkiewicz of Erie County, Pennsylvania, won the HGTV Dream Home in Mexico Beach, Florida in 2003.

Features of the home include a great room, master suite, bunk room, garden room and greenhouse, as well as a private patio and zen-like spa terrace. It also had water access and a boathouse with a fishing boat.

According to a 2006 article in the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, Groszkiewicz and his family toured the HGTV dream home several times before selling it for around $800,000 shortly after Labor Day 2003.

1999 HGTV Dream House in Rosemary Beach, Florida

Belinda Brown of Kingston, Tennessee, won the HGTV Dream Home in Rosemary Beach, Florida in 1999.

According to HGTV, the home, nicknamed a “tropical retreat,” had a tin roof that reflected heat and made it cooler inside. The home and garden network highlighted the dream home's “wonderfully livable outdoor space, called the loggia, after the Italian word for 'living space.' The loggia is decorated like a living space inside the house, with comfortable, inviting furniture and separate living and dining areas,” HGTV's blog post states.

A February 2018 article on countryliving.com states that Belinda Brown tried to rent out her dream home in Rosemary Beach, Florida, but sold it after two years.

Contributor: Samantha Neely, USA TODAY Network-Florida

Sangalang is a senior digital producer for USA TODAY Network-Florida. Follow her on Þjórsárden or on Instagram at @byjensangalang. Support local journalism. Consider a subscription to a Florida newspaper.

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