The Millionaire Designer Home

Today, both John Chow dot Com and The TechZone were under a Digg, Fark and Delicious all at the same time. With that much traffic coming in there really is not much you can do with the sites other than to make sure they stay up under the load. Since the servers were doing fine, I decided to take the family out to White Rock to check out the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation’s lottery home.


The $3.2 million 6,588 square foot luxury home is the grand prize of this year’s lottery. Located in the heart of White Rock, the grand prize home overlooks the waters of Semiahmoo Bay with the Gulf Islands off in the distance. The view from the home is breathtaking.

The interior of the home was design by nationally acclaimed designer Sarah Richardson. You can see her Design Inc show on HGTV – assuming her show is available in the US market. Sarah Richardson outfitted the home with $350,000 of furnishing and décor from her own designer collection. I assumed that was why all the sofas and chairs had “Please do not sit” tags on them. At those prices, I wouldn’t let people sit on them either!

The Dream Kitchen


Miss Richardson really outdid herself in the kitchen. Look at the sinks. There are no seams. That is because the counter top was made from one solid piece of stainless steel and the sinks were stamped in! You’ll never have to worry about a leak with this kitchen.

The custom design touches even extends to the kitchen drawers. Watch the video and you’ll understand.

As fancy as the kitchen is, Miss Richardson didn’t really go all out. She went cheap on the fridge and stove. Instead using Sub-Zero, she used Kitchen Aid. Don’t get me wrong. Kitchen Aid is good stuff, but it isn’t Sub-Zero!

If you wish to try your luck at winning the home, tickets are $100 each, three for $250 or four for $300. The winner of the home also gets two cars, one motorcycle and $250,000 of cash. That cash will come in handy since the property tax is $15,000 a year.

11 thoughts on “The Millionaire Designer Home”

  1. Eli says:

    Nice house. If they sold all those tickets then they’d still make a fair profit of course..

  2. John Chow says:

    Well, all profit goes to the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. So it’s for a good cause.

  3. Ian says:

    Yes, nice house, although why is there a fence right across the front door (or so it looks)? And that countertop is sweet!

  4. Gdog says:

    I’ve purchased tickets in the past but never won anything. The good thing is the money goes to a good cause.

  5. Vik says:

    Wow, that’s a nice place, John! It looks kinda scary though. Are you sure it’s not haunted 🙂

  6. John Chow says:

    Ian – The fence is actually 20 feet in front of the door.

    Vik – I hope it’s not haunted. 🙂

    Gdog – The only thing I’ve ever won is a watch.

  7. Is it possible to give me the link to the YouTube video..i can’t load in in Firefox and i don’t have IE on my PC. TQ

  8. John Chow says:

    There is a link to the video right in the post. 🙂 But since you asked:

  9. Ian says:

    The drawer-closer is pretty sweet. I’ve seen similar for kitchen cabinet doors. You can get them at Ikea.

  10. Mark says:

    Just about to say, there’s nothing amazing about the drawers, they’re available in most kitchen shop’s in the UK, and they’re not really that expensive.

  11. dang..i didn’t see the link…Thanks btw

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