ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys -- Many repeat visitors to the Florida Keys often dream about owning a vacation or permanent residence in the subtropical island chain.
That dream is to become a reality for someone when Home and Garden Television awards a luxury residence in Islamorada to the winner of its 2008 HGTV Dream Home Giveaway contest set to begin Jan. 1.
The three-story, three-bedroom, 3,500-square-foot custom designed and fully furnished home is situated on a private shallow-water beach in an enclave called The Shore at Islamorada, off U.S. Highway 1 at mile marker 86.7 bayside. The home and its associated prizes, including a hybrid vehicle and an HGTV Doggie Dream Home, are valued at more than $2.2 million.
People can register to win the home online at www.hgtv.com
. Beginning Dec. 3, HGTV's Web site is to offer 360-degree virtual tours of the home and details on its construction.
The home will be showcased on an HGTV special program scheduled to premiere at 9 p.m. ET Jan. 1, with additional airings until the contest's conclusion Feb. 19.
The dream home's architecture and landscape design was inspired by the Keys' traditional small waterfront fishing villages, and the elegant residence even has a room dedicated to Islamorada's sportfishing tradition.
The dream home's winner isn't the only one to benefit from the giveaway. The property is to be open to the public for tours from Jan. 3 to March 2, with proceeds from the $20 per person ticket cost slated to benefit the Florida Keys Children's Shelter.
The contest winner is to be announced March 16 on an HGTV special live program.
For information about Islamorada, including area accommodations, contact the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce at (800) 322-5397 or (305) 664-4503, or visit the Florida Keys & Key West Web site at www.fla-keys.com
Photo Caption: (c) 2007, HGTV Dream Home 2008 at dusk
The Shore at Islamorada