HGTV Dream Home 2010: Want It?

by hookedonhouses on January 5, 2010

Dream Home 2010-exteriorWhen I first saw the HGTV Dream Home 2010 in New Mexico, I’ll be honest. My first reaction was a shrug. “Eh.” It kind of left me cold. Not my style. But as I looked through all of the photos of the interiors at, I started warming up to it a little. Here are a few of the rooms–see what you think:

Dream Home-foyer

Dream Home-kitchen

Dream Home-mbr

I like the big windows and the feeling of light and space the house has. They also did some interesting things with tile in a few of the rooms. I really love this fireplace:

Dream Home-tile fireplace

I also like the way they incorporated the wood beams and ceilings into the house:

Dream Home-beamed ceilings

I faithfully enter the Dream Home Giveaways year after year after year, and I will again for this one. Eventually I’m bound to get lucky and win one of them, right?

Did you enter? You have from now until February 19 to throw your name in the hat! Visit for more photos and details.

P.S. This is interesting: Lien Puts Snag in HGTV Giveaway. (Thanks to Carson for the link!)

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Wanda January 5, 2010 at 8:33 am

This is just not my style of house. Something about it leave s me feeling cold. In my opinion, not one of their better ones.

Carol M January 5, 2010 at 8:34 am

I don’t plan on entering this year (first time I’m not). Not that I’d have a chance of winning, but I wouldn’t want this house. So not my style. I’d only be interested in some of the furnishings, like those 2 blue chairs in front of the fireplace.

Jackie K January 5, 2010 at 8:40 am

Yep, I’ll enter! An unfamiliar style to me, too. I’m perplexed at the glass bathroom in the casita – not something I care to look at while relaxing in bed! Yet there’s always some good idea in all the plans they have – whether layout or decorating. The use of light is good in this one.
.-= Jackie K´s last blog ..Kids create =-.

Scott Fazzini January 5, 2010 at 8:42 am

Can they give away the house from “Evening” instead?!
.-= Scott Fazzini´s last blog ..An Education =-.

MissCaron January 5, 2010 at 8:50 am

I’ve entered a lot for plenty of dream homes but haven’t ever won. Not sure I’m going to enter this year because, like you, I really don’t like the style. I guess I could always cash it in if I won though … something to consider.
.-= MissCaron´s last blog ..Hooked on … Tory Burch =-.

Amanda @ Serenity Now January 5, 2010 at 9:10 am

Hmmm…there are some details I like too (beams, fireplace, lots of light), but overall the look is a little too modern for my tastes. I’ll still enter though. :) It would be fun to see in person!
.-= Amanda @ Serenity Now´s last blog ..How NOT to Ice a Cake =-.

carson January 5, 2010 at 9:27 am

I will enter every day to win this house, since it’s in my neck of the woods and will be easier for me to dispose of once I win it. The land where it sits is definitely some of the most beautiful in all of New Mexico. Controversy has swirled around the developer, Campbell Corporation, who donated the land for the property because of all the political shenanigans they’ve played to develop their planned communities in this area. It comes as no surprise to me that the builder has already placed a lien on this dream home because of disputes with Campbell.
.-= carson´s last blog ..The difference between pampered and spoiled =-.

Susie January 5, 2010 at 9:39 am

I had the same reaction as you…not my style and very cold. I’ll have to go and look through all the photos again and maybe it will grow on me.
.-= Susie´s last blog ..Mommy’s In A Time- Out =-.

T. January 5, 2010 at 9:40 am

The look is too industrial. I think it would be difficult to make this feel like a home. I’d feel like I was trying to make over an office space! Also, I don’t care for the location of that chandelier in the bedroom. It’s a beautiful light fixture, but how could you not knock your head against that thing?

greenie January 5, 2010 at 9:54 am

I guess I may be in the minority on this one, because I flipped when I saw the unveiling on New Year’s Day. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this house! Usually with the HGTV Dream or Green Homes, I find something that I don’t really like, but with this one I love every inch! (OK, there are a couple of floor lamps in the media room I don’t care for). :-) Love the interiors. Love the floor-to-ceiling windows. Love the views. Love it, love it, love it!

lucinda January 5, 2010 at 9:55 am

I love Santa Fe and love many Santa Fe style houses but this isn’t one of them. Too cold. That fireplace is so not Santa Fe. They can’t please everyone I guess.

christy January 5, 2010 at 10:07 am

I LOVE this house and I’ve been entering every day!
.-= christy´s last blog ..My handful of goals for 2010 =-.

Robyn January 5, 2010 at 10:08 am

I agree, “eh”. I didn’t even watch the special and I usually DVR the program. The Pueblo/Southwest look is totally not my style— too boxy and contemporary. Not my dream home!

come by for a visit at:
.-= Robyn´s last blog ..Burlap Pillow =-.

Rhonda Hughes January 5, 2010 at 10:17 am

Not a huge fan of this years “Dream” home Its not my style not to mention Ive never really liked the Desert SW… but I wouldnt turn it down if won

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints January 5, 2010 at 10:18 am

Not really my style either, but I do love the chandelier’s in the bedroom…and that view I could get used to.
.-= Becky @ Farmgirl Paints´s last blog ..The Happy List =-.

Bailey January 5, 2010 at 10:27 am

I’m with you. Meh. It’s very Candace Olsen and not in a good way…I feel like the HGTV look has become so sterilized and predictable. Not so impressed myself.
.-= Bailey´s last blog ..Clifford The Big Red House: Master Update =-.

beth January 5, 2010 at 10:31 am

The interior is definitely a little bit better than the exterior, but I would still have to say NO, I don’t want this house! Definitely not my idea of a “dream” home. Give me an old beach cottage in Nantucket! :)
.-= beth´s last blog ..A little of this, and a little of that =-.

Lori January 5, 2010 at 10:35 am

I do not like the outside at all…just not a fan of that type of architecture. But there are parts of the interior that I love. The master bedroom is my favorite and I adore the tile in the kitchen!
.-= Lori´s last blog ..After Christmas Deals! =-.

Brenda January 5, 2010 at 10:38 am

I have to agree. Where’s the character, personality and style? The inside is OK, but first impression is surely lacking and everyone judges a home by its first impression!
The home is somewhat of a let down from the beautiful homes they have designed in the past. Give me some large tall windows with charm overlooking a beach, or beautiful green mountians!

Beth January 5, 2010 at 10:39 am

I was disappointed this year. Not exactly my dream house. I only like the kitchen, but I’d take a free house plus $500,000 (would that cover the taxes?)

Jill at The Welcome Home January 5, 2010 at 10:45 am

I really like this home. It is very different from my usual taste but the views from the Great Room, Master Bedroom, Dining Room….well all of the views are breathtaking.

This home actually has enough beds for my family of 5 plus the casita for guests! (I would frost the glass wall oft he shower that separates it from the bedroom).

I am enterring every day and dreaming of a desert vacation! (or relocation)
.-= Jill at The Welcome Home´s last blog ..Upcoming WordCamps =-.

Betsy Head January 5, 2010 at 11:05 am

Every year I think about entering. Perhaps I should this year!


LeAnn January 5, 2010 at 11:15 am

Hi Julia,

So disappointed. I think maybe it’s time they get a new interior designer because she has done every house. I would love to see Monica (the host) do a house or Genevieve Gorder. I just plain didn’t like it.
.-= LeAnn´s last blog ..The man cave…a work in progress!! =-.

Cammie January 5, 2010 at 11:25 am

I had the same initial reaction! New Mexico (even Santa Fe) is not my idea of a “dream” location. Nor is the house. I was so disappointed with the theatre room. It just looks like a living room with a giant TV to me. I did love the sunrise room. But here’s how I see it: Whoever wins can collect the cash, the car, and sell the house! :) I loved the house in California a few years ago. That was AMAZING. We also lived only a few hours from the house in Winter Park awhile back, loved that one as well.

Art by Karena January 5, 2010 at 11:36 am

I would love to see some great abstract art over that fireplace!!

duchess January 5, 2010 at 11:39 am

I haven’t entered yet. I don’t like it all that much. I guess I could win the house, the car & the money then sell the house and keep the furnishings, car & money to use in SC. Yea, that sounds like a good plan to me.
.-= duchess´s last blog ..{Sigh} =-.

Deidra January 5, 2010 at 11:59 am

I love the bedroom. And the fact that it’s in New Mexico (where it’s always warm, right?) makes this house a winner for me!
.-= Deidra´s last blog ..Seasons Change =-.

Cyndi January 5, 2010 at 12:07 pm

I have to say that I definitely don’t like this year’s Dream House. I’m a “cottage” type myself and just can’t get into the more modern type houses, so I won’t be entering this year. Also, I guess I’m just too practical, but I do wish HGTV would design and built a smaller house that people can actually afford to live in. Most of the homes they’ve built as the Dream House are HUGE and very expensive (guess that’s why they call them Dream Houses) and most people that win can’t keep them because they can’t afford to pay the taxes. I know that home sales are up a bit now, but with the economy still slow, I just can’t see a $2 Million dollar home selling very quickly. If they would build a nice, moderate size home and furnish it well (like usual) and throw in the cash, and cars, etc., then I might be able to get a bit more excited about the whole thing!

black eyed susans kitchen January 5, 2010 at 12:41 pm

This actually looks like a perfect get away to me. I have never been to Santa Fe, but I think that I might like it, and the house is more my style. I have entered, and will continue to do so, however, I also entered for the other houses and, well, I won’t be holding my breath. You find the best houses Julia!
.-= black eyed susans kitchen´s last blog ..BEST MEDICINE =-.

p/f January 5, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Like Cyndi, I can’t imagine why the builders ignored today’s economy. It is the rare individual who could actually afford to stay in the home if won, and it possibly points to much of the problem with our society today. Maybe our dream house could be a bit more humble in a great location that a winner could actually afford to keep. Plus, the home is too modern for my taste, more like a Dream House than a home to me.

Stephanie @ Bona Fide January 5, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I watched the special on New Year’s Day. I have to agree with you that I am not as thrilled by this home as past HGTV homes. My favorite things in this home are the amazing tile work and also the beautiful framed photography throughout the house.

(A Fine House is now BonaFide. Come check me out!)

Nathan January 5, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I really love the kitchen. A lot. The rest is meh. The bedroom is alright. Hate the fireplace in the one “sitting area” picture.

Nancy January 5, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I actually love the house, but am not sure about the location and that may have influenced my overall first reaction. It is upfront neat, uncluttered, crisp, and an incredibly calming atmosphere. Temper my LOVE for anything right now with the fact that we would move ANYWHERE to get OUT of Vermont. I’m probably the only one in the United States, but I find it pointless to stare at nothing but mountains day after day HERE. And, there is NO nearby escape. The HGTV home gets a place in my dreams for sure!

Phillips Phamily Mama January 5, 2010 at 2:12 pm

I wonder if HGTV experiences a downturn in entries when the house is not in the mountains or at the beach? Same reaction here, eh. LOVE Linda Woodruff, though. She can do no wrong in my opinion!
.-= Phillips Phamily Mama´s last blog ..Who’s In? =-.

Melissa January 5, 2010 at 2:12 pm

There are things I like…the kitchen tile and the fireplace tile, lots of windows, the casita (minus the glass wall). But the media room only seats 4 which is ridiculous and there is no tv in the family room, plus the fireplace can’t be enjoyed in the kitchen/family room either. Poor floorplan = disappointment.

I realize they are trying to reflect the style of the area, which usually means tons of American Indian decor, so this is really better than what I expected when I heard the location was NM.

Kim January 5, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Sorry to say, but I think this house is ugly. It just isn’t my style at all. If I had this home, I would be embarrassed if my friends or family came to visit.

Beckie January 5, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Not that I have experience in such, but looks like what I envision a rehab facility to be.
I predict that those who register will have a greater chance in winning, since fewer want to win it.

Barbara January 5, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Not my style either; it is too vast, too cold, even though in a warm climate! I’m definitely like Iris Simkins from The Holiday–she had the most fabulous movie house I had ever seen (and her brother, Graham’s is another one to die for too). Anything English!

Lesley @ TheDesignFile January 5, 2010 at 3:26 pm

My favorite pieces are the chandeliers over the bedroom side tables and that bright fireplace tile. The tile looks beautiful with those chairs.

I also like the kitchen.
.-= Lesley @ TheDesignFile´s last blog ..Preview: New IKEA products in stores next month =-.

Pamela January 5, 2010 at 4:12 pm

This house really wasn’t my style. The only thing I would find appealing was the view of the stars at night, which I would imagine is spectacular. Otherwise, the landscape was rather forbiding to me, both inside and out.

Danielle @ Transforming Home January 5, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Not my style, either. I was actually kinda disappointed. And I look forward to the dream home every year.
.-= Danielle @ Transforming Home´s last blog ..Thanks, and take a picture =-.

Pat's Addition January 5, 2010 at 4:36 pm

I was disappointed overall. No details about the building process…I know there clips on With all the sun there is solar potential? I thought I saw panels on the roof but it wasn’t mentioned. Did like tile in the kitchen, but it was overused in general. The casita bath was a turn off, loved the two wing chairs. Views are lovely, but I’m an ocean person.
.-= Pat’s Addition´s last blog ..Green and White =-.

Pam January 5, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Bleh! The windows are nice but the rest does nothing for me. Just very boring. Not my style.
.-= Pam´s last blog ..A Perfect New Year’s Wish =-.

Kim @ Everything Etsy January 5, 2010 at 5:01 pm

It just doesn’t suit me, but I do love looking at all the beautiful building materials. Is this the one with the glass wall separating the master bath and bedroom? I thought that was strange.

Happy New Year!

.-= Kim @ Everything Etsy´s last blog ..Ribbon Collection Inspiration – Let’s Get Organized! =-.

Charlene January 5, 2010 at 5:03 pm

I will enter, but would not keep it, it just isn’t my “home”. The location isn’t for me either. I do appreciate the decor though, it is nice, it just isn’t me. But like you I’ll always enter to win a house!
.-= Charlene´s last blog ..Christmas 2009 =-.

Kelli January 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Nyaaah. I’ll pass. I like what the other commenter said about the house looking like a renovated office space! And where, exactly, are you supposed to store your stuff in that kitchen?

I wonder if a poor response (nationwide) will have any effect on where they choose to build next year’s home…

melissa @ the inspired room January 5, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I didn’t like it either, but I warmed up a little more after seeing it on their HGTV special. Seeing the surroundings made it seem more like a resort to me and I liked it a tiny bit more than I did at first glance. Still, not my style for a home. Not homey.
.-= melissa @ the inspired room´s last blog ..Before & After: A Bedroom Makeover =-.

Sandy Neither January 5, 2010 at 6:35 pm

This is ‘my kind of home’! I love the ‘Desert Look’!

Meg January 5, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Way off-topic, but…
I don’t get the Dream Home concept. Last years middle-class family won a million dollar property in Napa. So, in order to enjoy this home the winners who are likely squeeking by in this recession must leave their jobs and livelyhood. It’s a great gift, but with some serious consequences (and property tax!)

anna see January 5, 2010 at 7:04 pm

i like some of the interesting materials they use, esp the wood and tile. i would prefer a cottage, but to each his/her own!
.-= anna see´s last blog ..Poor Dinner Planning, An Inch of Gray Style =-.

Amber January 5, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Ick. Not my style at all. I hate desert houses. My favorite Dream Home was the Green Home that they did in South Carolina (I thinkt hat’s where it was). I LOVED that one.

…now I want to find pictures…
.-= Amber´s last blog’s that damn heritage of hers! =-.

hookedonhouses January 5, 2010 at 9:17 pm
Nita Hiltner January 5, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Sure, I would love to win it. Then I would sell it and build what I want. You couldn’t afford to pay the taxes on this without the $500K extra they are giving you.

Jeanne January 5, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Not my cup of tea…don’t really like the desert much and a little too modern for my taste.

31everything January 5, 2010 at 10:10 pm

1st reaction to it’s exterior… ewwww! I’m much more traditional than that :) The inside is lovely though.
.-= 31everything´s last blog ..Love At First Gasp =-.

desiree January 5, 2010 at 10:14 pm

I love the sleek look on the outside and the warmth on the inside. I think that is hard to pull off….making something contemporary have a warm feeling. I will definitely enter. If I win I’m having a big party and you are all invited! The link that Carson sent you was very interesting. I love learning the behind the scenes stuff. I also love those blue wing backed chairs! I’d like to win just those!
.-= desiree´s last blog ..Lookiloos: A Peek Back at 2009 =-.

Edwina January 5, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Agreed, it leaves me a bit ‘meh’. I mean, if I won it I wouldn’t be ‘meh-ing’, I’d be screaming with delight. But, you know, meh.
.-= Edwina´s last blog ..Today I have things to do =-.

Jeff January 5, 2010 at 10:27 pm

This HGTV Dream home is a nightmare. Yeah I know bad joke, but come on this house is more like a lame office building in ABQ than a home. The architectural style is very commercial. I love modern and this is not good modern and not really Southwestern either. Whoever designed this house is not in touch with the current modern design movement. However, the interior design is the true disaster. The designer might have talent, but I bet she was so constrained by the sponsors on what she had to incorporate that her vision was squashed. Wait, who am I kidding? She is AWFUL. The color palette is utterly stultifying. The tile, which is completely over used, would be better suited to restaurant bathrooms than an upscale home. It is just too to much. Too much pattern, too much turquoise, ugh. But wait there’s more! I have a degree in Horticulture and studied some landscaping. The Dream Home landscape? Snore. Nothing was said about water efficiency which is paramount in an area like this. The look was very cluttered and not suited to the clean lines of the building. The weeping plants by the entrance don’t make it feel inviting, unless you are a member of the Addams family.

Overall this house is Epic FAIL.

Jen @ After The Alter January 5, 2010 at 10:33 pm

I’m not that excited about this dream home. Although beautiful, I wouldn’t choose new mexico as my getaway destination…I liked the key west one (i think that’s where it was) I enter every time though! i’d love to win! (not sure I could afford the taxes though)
.-= Jen @ After The Alter´s last blog ..The Biggest Loser Family Style =-.

E. George January 5, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Hi Julia – well a lot of houses went up in the new burbs that look just like this one and I must say they don’t look very inviting and if you are in an area where you have snow I just can’t see it having a cosy effect, I do agree the inside is beautiful. Regards Esther from Sydney…

The Little Red Shop January 6, 2010 at 1:12 am

Uh..yeah…I didn’t even watch the entire episode. Sorry creative team. I did enter once, though. “To sell it?” asked my mom. Uh…yeah. Didn’t they build last year’s dream home across from some little 1960′s ramblers? hmm….nothing against ramblers…but I thought the house was out of place. The exterior of the guest cottage on the current “dream home” looks like a maintenance building. It’s so funny that every year they say, “This is the BEST dream home yet!!!”

: )

Julie M.
.-= The Little Red Shop´s last blog ..Dormez Vous? =-.

Pat January 6, 2010 at 1:22 am

Hi Julia
I’m not a big fan of Southwestern design, so it wouldn’t be my dream house. It does have a pretty view out those large picture windows! I would have liked to have won the house they had in Colorado a year or two ago :-)

~ Pat

Why S? January 6, 2010 at 3:38 am

Watching the episode, my immediate reaction to this house was “ugh.” Did they even try to landscape it? The exterior looks like a cliche landed in the desert. I did like the fireplace but the tile in the kitchen was too, too much. It looked like it belonged in a hotel. And while I liked the idea of the exterior entertaining area, those caged stone pillars are going to fill with dust and dirt fast. And am I really expected to drag that table and desk outside all the time?

I’ve never craved any of the Dream Homes but this one was truly the worst one ever!
.-= Why S?´s last blog ..Preparing for a New Decade =-.

Cara @ Live the Home Life January 6, 2010 at 10:02 am

I didn’t think I would be a huge fan of this on either, but after I saw the special on HGTV I fell in love. My husband and I looked at eachother and said “we want a home like that!” Of course, we say that about nearly every home we see…

Kristin@Bouelvard Interior Design January 6, 2010 at 11:35 am

Wow! Jeff, a nightmare? I’m shocked at the comments. Although I don’t love the exterior, it fits the local. I think the interior is far better than last year’s, Sonoma house. I think the color palette is lovely too. FYI they used Pantone’s 2010 color of the year. I wouldn’t consider this to be a modern interior but transitional. I think it would difficult to be constrained by one supplier for furnishings (and not an especially imaginative one). I would hate that. I think the designer did a nice job. Love the wing chairs even though every flipping supplier fabricates that style now.

melissa January 7, 2010 at 11:00 am

Love your site!
Anywho, I’m not crazy about the house – I didn’t watch the special so I’m HOPING there’s more to the kitchen than what’s posted on their site??
I’ll still enter – I enter every year :)
My fave house was the North Carolina house :)

LB January 8, 2010 at 4:58 pm

I recently stumbled on a website dated 12/11/09 named “Dream Turns Nightmare”. This article states that the builder of the HGTV 2010 Dream Home put a $310,000 lien on this home because the developer won’t finish paying him for the work he has done. The article states that there is a lawsuit because of this. The article goes on to state that the residents of Tijeras have risen up against developer fearing the drilling of 4000-ft wells would impact their own water. It is further stated that few lots have been sold in last 2 yrs. and developer looking for new investors. What is that saying, “Be careful what you ask for as you just might get it.”

Paul T January 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm

With out a doubt, this is the ugliest HGTV dream home to date. I started to wonder whether the winner may actually owe money if he or she won the home and then attempted to sell it! The prize is valued at $2M. I’m guessing that there would be ~ 50% in taxes owed on the winnings but maybe somebody could help me out with my calculations.

$2M less $1M in taxes leaves, of course, $1M. You could use the $500k cash to pay half of the tax bill but I think that most winners would also want to sell the home and take the money and run, (away from this ugly house), rather than live in it. Assuming that the home’s value is roughly $1.5M, including furnishings, I honestly believe that the winner would be fortunate to sell it for half of that. It appears to be the first home in the subdivision somewhere out in the middle of the desert with excellent views. I don’t think that in today’s economy, there would be people lined up to buy this thing.

Using the hypothetical $750k selling price less the $500k still owed to Uncles Sam leaves you with a “net” of $250k, but then I started thinking about capital gains on the $750k sale of the home. Since most families would not change their lifestyles dramatically to pack up and move to New Mexico and live in this eyesore, the winner, I would think, would be subject to capital gains on the entire $750k, (since the winner would notbhave lived in the home the required 2 years to enjoy any of the IRS exemptions), whereby the “net” $250k would leave you short of the capital gains taxes owed! I could be wrong, but you may actually owe money if you won this thing!

Lia January 10, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I love the house, as well as the landscaping (I loathe mowing grass so this is perfect). I could easily see myself deciding to move there…except for the job thing. It seems rather cruel to offer a prize like this to the common man since most of us could never afford it even if we were able to find a job with pay similar to our already inadequate wages….

greenie January 12, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Paul T: Your calculations only work if you go by a $750K selling price (which I think is REALLY lowballing it). Without going into all my calculations, I think after selling the home, it’s furnishings and the car valued at 38K (sorry, I think the car is ugly), and paying all taxes, titles, gains, etc etc etc involved, one could potentially walk away from this with around 500K. Of course, it all depends on finding a buyer and at the right price…

alen January 14, 2010 at 2:10 pm

I don’t know what all of you are talking about. This Dream Home is perfect. Beautifully designed, very practicel, both modern and cosy. Plus, the idea of casienda just blows my mind. This is finaly a dream home a winner can afford to keep. Low maintenance outside, not too big for a property and insurance tax to be through the roof. I love every inch of the house and I would be extremely excited if I were to win such architectual and designer masterpiece.

Finaly, a true American Dream to keep!

Pam January 18, 2010 at 9:57 pm

I have to agree with most of you. This is the ugliest dream home yet. It looks as if they ran out of money while they where building this hideous house. There is nothing great about the Great Room. It looks like they forgot about that room and the kitchen, then at the last minute ran out and got any furniture they could find. The outdoor patio is ok, but where is the landscaping?
According to another writer, this house has pending litigation and other legal issues. Doesn’t sound like any prize or dream home to me.

Blessed January 19, 2010 at 6:26 pm

I think the house has some beautiful open styling. But if I won… it would be way too far away from the work I do so I would have to sell. I am very interested to hear from more of you tax experts exactly where the breakeven is. If I had my choice, I would walk away with the cash and a little extra… but my concern is if they gift you furniture that they claim is worth thousands, but you could only sell it for pennies on the dollar… how does that work with the taxes. Do you end up seeing if you could give the contents back to HGTV because it is not worth the headache of selling and paying taxes on it?
It is very possible the person who wants to buy the house does not want the furniture, everyone’s taste is personal.
I would very much like to win, spend the weekend there and then sell it as fast as possible in order to get moved into a million dollar fixer in my neighborhood of choice in Los Angeles (yes starter homes are 1 mil + where I want to live, and those are older fixers… but walking distance to the beach. : >

Dave January 26, 2010 at 7:13 am

Wow, I can’t believe how many people are saying things like, “cold”, “industrial” and “ugly”. This house is unbelievable!! I’s a perfectly warm contemporary home, which is hard to accomplish. The color palette is soothing and the views are to die or!!! It’s a retreat location in one of the most beautiful states in the U.S. Santa Fe and Albuquerque are the most unique destinations with tons of character and local charm. In the winter you can snow ski in the mountains in the morning and golf in the afternoon with 350 days of sunshine each year!!! I’m happy to hear that the majority of you don’t want it because my chances have risen significantly! Thank you, thank you!!

Sarah January 26, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Well, I don’t think I love it as much as Dave, but I think that this IS beautiful. I live in Tennessee so the environment would take getting used to, but the views are still gorgeous – just different. But I do think that the style of the home appeals only to a small minority of Americans… What bothers me the most about the house is the color pallet. It’s not terrible, but I think it’s WAY too dark. All the emphasis on texture and subtle (kind of boring) pattern only does so much. Also I think that some of the decorations REALLY clash with the contemporary style (like those ‘lamp sculptures’ in the great room and that atrocity vine wreath/thing on the kitchen wall). And overall I feel that the decorating is too commercial… it doesn’t feel like a home. But really just bringing in some of your own art and knickknacks would solve that.

I think I could work with it. I would sell a few things… like those terribly out of place wing-back chairs in the foyer and bring in some more vivid color to complement the turquoise. Any Dream Home would require a little modification of the owner so I would just be thrilled to own this. Just imagine the sunset views…

Nancy January 29, 2010 at 1:11 am

The Ethan Allen sponsored furniture seems a bit off. Crazy looking chairs, I must say but each to his own. It might be comfortable but very isolated. If it ain’t within 5 miles of a mall, it ain’t worth buying.

If I won it, it would have to be sold as I could not afford the taxes. Next time maybe they could feature something a little smaller and more affordable for the majority.

Tj January 31, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Sure, it is nice, but you would have to be well off in the first place to be able to afford t taxes and upkeep. After research, I have found upkeep on a house of this value would run about
$2500+ a month, not to mention, property taxes, insurance, federal taxes, etc. With the cash added in, the IRS would be looking at you for about $600,000 or more in taxes, PLUS the closing costs, transfer fees, and all the other related costs of taking possession of real estate. You would come out in the hole, even WITH the cash, so you better have money saved up, especially if you live clear across the country from NM, like I do.

Theresa February 1, 2010 at 5:47 pm

I love the house i relly hope i win because some of my house is broken if i win i would throw a big party.Its relly awesome theresa westwood/boe rember it ok

Miles February 1, 2010 at 7:45 pm

You could put me in a nicely appointed single-wide with a decent barn, but have that scenery, and I’d think I’d died and got off to heaven.

kathy February 2, 2010 at 12:54 pm

To take a beautiful Santa Fe rustic adobe home and turn it into something it’s not suppose to be, is beyond my comprehension. These are not meant to be contemporary and cold. Where is the kiva fireplace? Where are all the kitchen cabinets?Very disappointed. I lived in N.M for years and this is definitely not a local designer, or the interior of this house would have fit in with the land and structure. You do such beautiful work on your home give aways. What were you thinking on this one?! Kathy

Pat February 4, 2010 at 9:41 am

I have entered faithfully daily . I do love it but wish they had more traditional SW touches such as the kiva fireplace. I will add one! (and a pool) I know it has a few acres so when I win it can I bring my horses?

Ms. Zelma Wooten February 5, 2010 at 1:30 pm

I want a house away from the New England area and SNOW!!! I do not like flat-roofs but I hope all precautions have been takn so they won’t leak. I am a Hurricane Katrina Survivor from New Orleans and would like to get as close to the South as possible for warmth and food and fun. To have a dream home like this I could invite folks to visit a warmer and creative area. I would like more trees. That is my only disappontment so far!!

Call me for my Dream Home NOW!!! Thank You verry Much!!

gavin john February 11, 2010 at 3:59 pm

This house will look even better…WITH MY BIG FOR SALE SIGN IN FRONT OF IT! Not my cup of tea but will enjoy touring my home then depositing the money I make (after taxes of course – greedy Uncle Sam) into my son’s college fund. He is 7 months old and it will be good to know his Harvard Medical degree will be paid in full long before he attends!!! LOL

Steve February 12, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Only in America can so many people complain about somthing free! If you took the time to read the rules you would know there is a one year builder buy back and the taxes wont be nearly as bad as what everyone thinks. If you dont like it than dont enter that way you wont have to worry about winning.

smalls February 12, 2010 at 8:02 pm

It would be my pleasure to accept this dream home, I dream of the open views and perfect layout that this home has . yall come on over after we win. we’ll put some meat on the grill and boil some crab’s ,potatoes, corn,(southern style)

Renee February 14, 2010 at 7:54 pm

How true Steve!!

Why would anyone take the time to enter and then bash the home?

I’m amazed at all the negativity surrounding this home.

A ONE YEAR builder buy-back and CASH? You people must be deliriously delusional.

Apparently most of the posters have never been to the southwest to see this is a typical modern-type adobe home and VERY typical low-cost landscaping.

Lush green landscaping pretty-colored water-needy plants cost lots of money to upkeep in the DESERT and regardless of who wins then sells, or keeps the home, it is not how the average southwestern homeowner keeps their yard. Aside from that, mature southwest landscaping is not cost effective – it’s nice hgtv put a budget on landscaping and the landscaper created an ideal starter-scape put in plants that will take years to grow rather than making a new home owner (prize winner) eat the cost of major southwest landscaping in their prize winnings. Hey JMHO.

Either way I think all of the homes hgtv have created have been spectacular this one included.

HGTV has out-done themselves this time making this dream home a reality for the right person who wins with a CASH PAYOUT to pay the tax winnings and a one-year builder buy-back.

I sincerely hope the person who wins loves the home and the efforts of the people who created it and are lovers of, or would become lovers of desert living.


Renee February 15, 2010 at 10:18 am

BTW Julia great site I wanted to post again for those who stumble across this and are tempted to believe the misinformation from some of the posters. where the 2010 hgtv home is located.

The planned community of 173 homes has sites of 3-6 acres each.

The community itself has 600 acres of preserved land and it is part of 4 communities within a 30,000 acre ranch.

A poster TJ wrote the upkeep would be $2400/month. Well last time I checked electricity, gas, property taxes, and other services are not free in any community in the United States. Except for property taxes even renters are responsible for these services as well. Although I am curious how you came to that conclusion where is your backup for that number for that size home, in that part of the country, with some of the newer technologies used?

Further, to state someone would need to be “well-off” is not true at all. Living mortgage-FREE is something that 90% of Americans will never experience in their lifetime even after retirement!! Nobody in America is debt free you can’t be debt free if you are paying your electric bill every month it doesn’t pay itself.

As for a lien on the home by another poster where is the article and source that backs up this claim considering there is a buy-back guarantee?

And stating there is an issue with well-drilling? Wells were built at the development of the land which happened some time ago – you can’t drill for a community well AFTER the homes are built and again where are the sources considering the community is WITHIN a private ranch?

There are 173 sites in this community and one poster is claiming there are “no homes” sold in past two years.

Why do people love posting disinformation?!?

Phase 1 had just over 50 homes there are 3 left to be sold.
Phase 2 had just over 50 homes there are 11 left to be sold.
Phase 3 has the remaining sites of the 173, and will begin building in 2010 – which is why communities are built in phases.


Hopeful February 17, 2010 at 12:22 am

Well I for one, can’t get over the beauty that this home possesses. This home is a “dream” home. It gives one a feeling of hope and fills one with joy to see a house such as this. There are no homes that look remotely like this home does where I live. I am surrounded by low income apartments, and trailer parks. And I’m okay with it. It’s what my family can afford. But just the idea that a home with those colors, textures, views and a complete sense of tranquility that pervades throughout exists is enough for me. Though I may never win a home such as this, I will be the first person to wish the winner the best possible life in a home like that.

Katina February 22, 2010 at 3:54 pm

I am loving this home… I am a little surprise about the comments about the Dream Home… But I personally think it is an amazing home… I live in Texas right now, but I would gladly relocate to New Mexico… Especially since I was born and raised in the State of New Mexico and I have family there!!!

Dagny February 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm

As a native New Mexican, born and raised, I have to say this house is pretty ugly. It represents everything I hate about the trend to “modernize” New Mexico. There is no need to mess with the traditional southwestern style and classic adobe homes. This house, with its sharp edges, industrial feel, and cold tilework do NOTHING for the warmth and coziness that are what a southwestern adobe house is all about.

I wish builders would stop trying to convince New Mexicans this type of house is what we want, and I wish the people who like this kind of house would just keep it where they are instead of dropping this kind of eyesore in the middle of our beautiful desert.

The ugliest thing by FAR is that tilework in the casita. Holy cow talk about awful!

Amy Knittel February 26, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Married to a builder I have great appreciation for the home and construction. I own a real estate company and my husband and I could move and would be crazy not to live there for a min. Of 2 years. I would be in a position to be happy to bein a home like this mortgage free. It would be inyeresting to experience the new culture for us. It would be a perfect time for our family to live there as our current home is on the market in New England. I suffer from winter SAD and need to get to somewhere sunny.A builder and realtor can pick up and live anywhere. I agree with the pool thing it definitely will have one if I move in. I design anddecorate all our homes and have appreciation for the work involved. Now if they would only call me most of my boxes are already packed.

Thanna Cline February 28, 2010 at 10:09 am

This home and the site are to die for, actually I can’t believe anyone would take the time to bash something “Free” and then say they want to win it…Amazing. Some of us are praying daily that we win, move there, figure out a way to pay the taxes (stay employed) and thank HGTV daily for giving us the opportunity for a deal of a lifetime. I’m looking forward to 360 days a year of sunshne which is more than we have in Oklahoma.

Benjamin Long March 2, 2010 at 1:01 pm

I agree Thanna Cline! This is a free home!!! I know, I know, people have their preferences but I WOULD NOT COMPLAIN ONE LITTLE BIT about it. I’m sure with the $500,000 you could start up a descent business there to pay for the taxes and other bills. I hope and pray this home goes to somebody that needs it and the money….myself and my fiance included! hahahaha. GOOD LUCK! Semper Fi

Carolina March 4, 2010 at 7:03 pm

I’m waiting for the ambush…it’s mine, all mine!

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