Big Brothers Big Sisters Dream Home Lottery Aims To Enchant In St. Albert

The grand prize winner of the 38th Big Brothers Big Sisters Dream Home Lottery will have two St. Albert homes to choose from, with each valued at $1 million

 Veneto Custom Homes crafted a galley-style kitchen and open-concept living area on the 1,681-square-foot main floor for its Big Brothers Big Sisters Lottery dream home.

Veneto Custom Homes crafted a galley-style kitchen and open-concept living area on the 1,681-square-foot main floor for its Big Brothers Big Sisters Lottery dream home.

It’s an enchanting prospect for prospective homeowners.

In St. Albert, on Enchanted Way (yes, that is indeed the actual name of the street) two captivating and luxurious lottery homes are set to cast a spell on unsuspecting visitors.

Valued at $1 million each, one of the homes will go to the grand prize winner of the 38th edition of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Dream Home Lottery. That person gets to choose which home he or she actually wants — and just like finding out whose foot fits the glass slipper in Cinderella, this won’t be an easy task.

Both builders — Veneto Custom Homes and Alves Developments — have used their cauldron of skills to come up with fanciful homes that will leave ticket buyers in a quandary as to which one they should select. Whether they added mystical potions or dashes of pixie dust is unknown, but these two homes dazzle.

Winner’s choice dream home number one is Veneto’s 2,113-square-foot bungalow with a loft. Spacious and bright, the house is modern and elegant while bringing in mid-century modern hints. The 1,681-square-foot main floor is almost totally open, save for a separate dining room and a distinct area tucked away as a master bedroom wing.

Seven-inch white oak hardwood floors enhance the bright feel of the space, with one zone blending into the other. What appears to be an overly tall cupboard space off the foyer is actually a beverage/bar centre hidden away behind decorative doors. Adjacent to it is the long, galley-like kitchen, framed by an almost 16-foot island that includes an induction cooktop and a specialized galley workstation (think prep sink with sliding cutting boards, in addition to an undermount sink on the far counter looking out to the backyard) and an attached seven-foot table that easily seats six.

Entering the master wing, the house’s modern elegance gets a bit of glam added in. The white and wood tones of the main floor give way to black, gold, grey and cream colours that are reminiscent of an upscale Las Vegas feel. Enter the ensuite and white is predominant, with touches of gold and black for an oversized bathroom that befits an Architectural Digest spread. Rounding out the master wing is a large walk-in closet equipped with its own mini laundry room.

Upstairs, the 431-square-foot loft is set up as a den. Forest-like wallpaper murals in shades of grey and black give the room an entirely different feel, as it was designed to be a sanctuary space separate from the rest of the house. To achieve that goal, it also has its own wet bar and a bathroom.

Head all the way down to the finished basement and there are two more bedrooms, as well as the home’s entertainment zone: an open concept theatre space highlighted by LED strip lighting, a full wet bar, and a tastefully done laundry room that doubles as crafting/hobby space. And in the garage there’s a full pet station, including a dog wash area.

“We took comments and feedback from clients and past home lottery visitors on what they are looking for in a home,” said Veneto’s Adrianna Chiumento. “More and more people are looking for ease of living and open concept with the master bedroom on the main floor, which is what we are showing.”

Next door, the elves at Alves were kept busy on their way to completing a fabulous 2,310-square-foot one-and-a-half storey home.

“With our new dream home we wanted a family-friendly home, but with lots of space set aside for a private owner’s retreat,” said Lisa Alves-Antunes. “People are spending more and more time working, so to have a special place to wind down was important. We always start with a bold house. Windows and light are intrinsic to our home designs, and this one is no different. We also tried to give this house a touch of old-world glamour with distinctive black and gold accents throughout.”

The 1,615-square-foot main floor captures your attention with charcoal hardwood floors and soaring vaulted ceilings finished in a herringbone pattern. An open-concept great room and kitchen are finished with quartz countertops. There’s also a large pantry equipped with a coffee station. Next to the kitchen, a three-season sunroom with a fire pit can keep things warm on cold fall or winter days.

Done in a style of old-world glamour, the house has a modern yet somewhat traditional feel to it. The den off the entry has a feature wall with dark, textured wallpaper that offers a different take on animal-style hide finish. The main floor also contains two bedrooms, a full bathroom and a laundry room.

Upstairs, the half-storey is completely devoted to the master suite. At 686 square feet, the master bedroom has a Hollywood touch to it — think Audrey Hepburn and accents of black and gold. A huge walk-in closet with an island and seating bench sits in between the oversized ensuite, which includes a custom steam shower and bench and a freestanding tub. Even with the shower and tub, this ensuite is still bigger than most bedrooms and could easily compete with the Veneto ensuite for that Architectural Digest spread.

Down in the 1,349-square-foot finished basement there’s an open-concept home theatre space and board game table framed by a large dandelion wallpaper mural, in addition to a wet bar. Two more bedrooms and a full bathroom finish off the floor.

“The Dream Home Lottery is our largest fundraiser every year,” said Danisha Bhaloo, fund development manager for the Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area. “Last year we raised over $1 million, and that money went directly to support our 5,300 kids.”

This year Bhaloo is hopeful they will raise as much with the funds supporting access to safe places, positive relationships, healthy meals, homework help and enriching experiences for these children. “Our goal is that they have the supports they need … and become successful adult leaders in our community,” added Bhaloo.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS DREAM HOME LOTTERY 2018

The 2018 edition of the lottery offers $1.29 million in prizes and a Win 50 Add-On Draw.

Edmonton-area dream home details: The dream homes are located at 82 and 84 Enchanted Way in St. Albert. Visiting hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. The homes are closed on Fridays.

Tickets: $25 each, four for $60, 10 for $100, or 30 for $200. Win 50 tickets are $5 each, 10 for $25, or 30 for $50.

Early Bird Draws: The second Early Bird draw is March 2, with a ticket purchase cut-off date of February 16. The third Early Bird draw is April 13, with a ticket cut-off date of March 30. The fourth Early Bird draw is May 4, with a cut-off date of April 20. The purchase deadline for the first Early Bird draw was January 26 at 11 p.m.

Grand Prize and Win 50 Draws: The Grand Prize Dream Home draw — which also includes an additional $150,000 in cash — and the Win 50 draw will be held on May 28. Please note that ticket sales cut-off dates are earlier than the actual draws.

Purchase Tickets: Order online at www.bigbrothershomelottery.org or call 1-877-483-8832.

WHY BEING INVOLVED IN THE LOTTERY IS IMPORTANT

“Children’s charities are our focus at Alves Development, so the Big Brothers Big Sisters Lottery is a really natural and comfortable fit for us. We are very proud to be associated with these great people and this great cause.” – Lisa Alves-Antunes, Alves Developments

“This is our fourth year participating and we are happy to always be part of the charity. Every year we learn more about what Big Brothers Big Sisters does for the community and how many children’s lives are positively changed for what they provide them. We are honoured to support their efforts in helping children in their communities.” – Adrianna Chiumento, Veneto Custom Homes