HGTV's Smart Home in Roanoke, Texas, is a sweepstakes. Anyone can win it.

HGTV's Smart Home in Roanoke, Texas, is a sweepstakes. Anyone can win it.

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Editor's note on July 10, 2019: HGTV announced that this house has been awarded to Maureen Rustrian, a New Jersey resident. If you're not Maureen, well ... sorry. Read on to see photos inside this $1.2 million home in Roanoke.

A fabulously designed HGTV home in Roanoke looks like a million bucks. It's worth even more. This home — which HGTV fans have seen during TV specials aired at least eight times in April, May and June — is valued at $1.2 million.

The house is one of the TV network's annual giveaways, handed over to one lucky person who enters his or her name online in a sweepstakes. That winner will receive not just the 3,400-square-foot, three-bedroom home but also a 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE sitting in the driveway, worth $61,000, and the check sitting inside for $100,000 from LendingTree.

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The home went to Maureen Rustrian, a credit analyst from Basking Ridge, New Jersey. 

According to a press release, Rustrian is "a self-proclaimed HGTV addict" who entered the giveaway twice a day, every day. She's never been to Texas and hasn't even visited the home yet.

Rustrian will be required to pay property taxes on the home plus a 40% tax on the prize — or about $480,000. (That may sound like a lot of money, but it didn't seem to deter people from putting their names in for the HGTV Smart Home sweepstakes in 2018, which saw a whopping 95 million entries.)

The sweepstakes ran April 24 through June 14.

Still want to look, even though it isn't yours? Take a peek inside.

HGTV designer Tiffany Brooks designed the home with what she calls a "modern gothic" sentiment. It jibed with the one-story home's cathedral ceilings designed by Gonzalo Romero, vice president of architecture and market research for Highland Homes. The kitchen-library-living room in the center of the house is a grand communal area, with the master suite, an office, a patio and a media room shooting off of it like spokes on a wheel.

The living area inside HGTV's Smart Home in Roanoke has vaulted ceilings, making the room feel spacious yet communal.

The living area inside HGTV's Smart Home in Roanoke has vaulted ceilings, making the room feel spacious yet communal.

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"One-story homes are tricky," Brooks says. She played on the vaulted ceilings and chose a darker wall paint to "give you that drama — and that 'wow.'" She was able to take more risks, design-wise, because she didn't have a client to answer to: Her future homeowner hasn't even gotten the chance to enter the contest yet. 

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Brooks added some quirky touches she says "came out of a lucid dream."

The master bathroom, for instance, is designed with floor-to-ceiling black hexagonal tile — a tough sell, maybe, but a statement piece that plays nicely with the home's dramatic elements. Paintings of faceless people in several rooms of the house add an artistic touch, as if Brooks was designing it for an as-yet-assigned family.

"It's almost poetic," Brooks says. 

Black walls in a bathroom? It works, says the designer Tiffany Brooks.

Black walls in a bathroom? It works, says the designer Tiffany Brooks.

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And, sure, any home featured on a television show is expected to be expertly designed. This home has the added attraction of being outfitted with dozens of "smart" pieces from HGTV's 14 sponsors. Some of those perks are simple, like a cutting board that can slide over the trash can so that unneeded scraps can easily be whisked into the garbage. The house can also be controlled by a single tablet, an iPad Mini using the Logitech Harmony Hub that handles the lights, the TVs, even the skylights. 

HGTV's Smart Home in Roanoke has a covered patio. The backyard extends around the house, with another sitting area with an outdoor movie screen.

HGTV's Smart Home in Roanoke has a covered patio. The backyard extends around the house, with another sitting area with an outdoor movie screen.

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Outside, a motorized screen rolls down from the top of the covered patio to keep mosquitoes out in the summertime.

Another cool perk is the Automated WardrobeLift clothes rack in the master bathroom that lowers high-up racks of clothes with the push of a button. Ditto the Swash System, an at-home dry-cleaning system stowed inside a closet cabinet.

The toilets act like robots, and they open automatically when approached. Don't ask how we know, but the master bathroom has a seat warmer and plays polite music. 

The media room is a unique feature, in part because movie theaters are more often reserved for larger homes and usually located on the second floor. Here, the giant, 102-inch television showed an episode of Fixer Upper featuring Joanna and Chip Gaines, HGTV's most famous couple. Makes sense.

Rustrian will be filmed visiting her home for the first time soon. Watch that special, called HGTV Smart Home Giveaway Special, on HGTV at noon on Aug. 16.

Tour the home in photos:

Designer Tiffany Brooks picked white floors throughout the home, with tile accents on the floor and painted ceilings for added attitude.

Designer Tiffany Brooks picked white floors throughout the home, with tile accents on the floor and painted ceilings for added attitude.

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The house was built from the ground up, and every room has been designed. The winner will receive the house as-is, with all the furniture and accessories.

The house was built from the ground up, and every room has been designed. The winner will receive the house as-is, with all the furniture and accessories.

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HGTV's Smart Home in Roanoke has three bedrooms, an office and (pictured) a game room. This room shares a jack-and-jill bathroom with one of the smaller bedrooms.

HGTV's Smart Home in Roanoke has three bedrooms, an office and (pictured) a game room. This room shares a jack-and-jill bathroom with one of the smaller bedrooms.

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The center of the house is here, in HGTV's Smart Home kitchen.

The center of the house is here, in HGTV's Smart Home kitchen.

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The home includes a walk-in pantry as well as another area with a wine fridge and more storage.

The home includes a walk-in pantry as well as another area with a wine fridge and more storage.

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The theater room inside HGTV's Smart Home in Roanoke has three recliners and two loveseats.

The theater room inside HGTV's Smart Home in Roanoke has three recliners and two loveseats.

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This room could have been designed as a breakfast nook. Architect Gonzalo Romero, of Highland Homes, says he loved that designer Tiffany Brooks chose to turn it into a library instead.

This room could have been designed as a breakfast nook. Architect Gonzalo Romero, of Highland Homes, says he loved that designer Tiffany Brooks chose to turn it into a library instead.

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The master bedroom is dramatic.

The master bedroom is dramatic.

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The master closet has plenty of storage.

The master closet has plenty of storage.

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The 'modern gothic' motif in the HGTV Smart Home extends into the master bathroom.

The 'modern gothic' motif in the HGTV Smart Home extends into the master bathroom.

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In the HGTV Smart Home garage, its new owner can use a golf simulator. There's also a storm shelter in a back corner. The garage has room for three cars.

In the HGTV Smart Home garage, its new owner can use a golf simulator. There's also a storm shelter in a back corner. The garage has room for three cars.

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HGTV's Smart Home sweepstakes includes a 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE and a $100,000 check. In all, the prize package is worth $1.2 million.

HGTV's Smart Home sweepstakes includes a 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE and a $100,000 check. In all, the prize package is worth $1.2 million.

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