HGTV features an annual contest in which the network chooses a city, boldly renovates a house within city limits, then offers it up to one lucky entrant. Past cities they've visited include New York, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Atlanta, Asheville, Ann Arbor, and Knoxville. For this year's contest, they've added Cincinnati to their HGTV Urban Oasis portfolio.
Specifically, they added Oakley. The Dutch Colonial-style home they picked to renovate on Hyde Park Avenue sits just a few blocks from Oakley Square, a mile from MadTree Brewing, and a half mile from Rookwood Commons. Situated in a quiet part of the neighborhood, the house is perfect for those who want a walkable community with shops, restaurants, nearby events, and more.
And it's also perfect for those who want a fully furnished, traditional home with a twist that's valued at $750,000 for the low, low price of merely entering a contest. As if that deal wasn't Aglamesis-level sweet enough, Quicken Loans will throw in an additional cash prize of $50,000.
The network describes the 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom, 2,000-square-foot home as "flirty and playful" with a "sizable modern kitchen, magnificent master suite, and an open floor plan with a new living room addition." Each room is strikingly colorful and thoughtfully decorated with complementary furnishings. Loads of natural light, vaulted ceilings, and an open floor plan give the relatively modest-sized home the illusion of grand dimensions.
Upon stepping across the threshold of the house's fire engine red front door, you instantly feel its coziness and warmth. This wasn't a flip job designed to showcase the latest in Midcentury modern-inspired furniture; the house is a carefully arranged marriage of comfort and aesthetic.
And you should also know the 2018 Urban Oasis project wasn't a situation where HGTV only invited fancy NYC and LA talent to redevelop a little home in the Midwest. The majority of the work was done by local contractors and designers, making this project largely Cincy-made.
The English Contractor (in Fairfax) built the home using blueprints created by Platte Architecture + Design (in Over-the-Rhine). Atlanta-based interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn and Urban Oasis 2018 Project Manager Dan Faires provided their expertise to finish the project.
A special about the home is scheduled to air on Wednesday, October 3rd at 7:00 p.m. on HGTV. But you don't have to wait to see the house for yourself. Check out the gallery above to see it right now.
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You can enter a chance to win the home twice a day starting on October 1st and until November 21st. A link to entering the contest can be found here.