Peek Inside The YMCA Easter House, And Buy Those Tickets For Your Chance To Win The Indiantown Home
It’s that time of year again. The 29th annual YMCA Easter House is now open to the public for walk-throughs.
Each year, YMCA of the Treasure Coast holds a fundraiser in the form of a raffle for the chance to win a custom-built home. From January to March, the public can tour a model of what the winner's home will look like.
This year’s home encompasses 2,105 square feet, featuring four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a two-car garage and gourmet kitchen.
It’s the first time the nonprofit’s annual promotion features a home located in Indiantown, an area that has a “small-town, country feel,” said Robin Sutherland, the director of special projects for the YMCA of the Treasure Coast.
In fact, the house’s covered porch is even perfect for sitting outside and chatting with neighbors.
“In this day and age, a lot of people don’t even know who their neighbors are,” she said.
The grand opening for the model house, which is valued at $200,000, was held Jan. 16, but it has actually been open for tours since Jan. 2.
Tickets for the annual raffle are $10 each. Winners will be announced March 24, the Thursday before—you guessed it—Easter.
People from all parts of the country flock to the designated Easter House each year for a chance to win their own piece of paradise on the Treasure Coast. Many snowbirds hope to make the property their retirement home, Sutherland said.
So far, she said she’s received good feedback on both the layout and decor of the house, which is located in the Sandy Oaks development. The furniture, much of which is reused from past Easter House stagings, is meant to help those buying raffle tickets picture themselves living there.
“[It] kind of makes it a home, as opposed to a house,” she said, adding that people often comment on the themes in each room.
She pointed out that a room decked out in “Star Wars” paraphernalia has been quite popular among children—and many adults—who have toured the house this year.
Although the furnishings and accessories aren’t part of the prize package, Sutherland said if someone really fell in love with a piece, a deal could be arranged.
Still, the winner of the drawing doesn’t have to take the house at all. Instead, he or she can choose to walk away with a $100,000 cash prize. (Not too shabby, right?)
But for those looking to settle in, Martin County is the perfect place, said Sutherland, who has lived in the Stuart area for 25 years.
"We’re not a big-box kind of place. The stores that we have are locally owned so you find unique things, and we obviously have great beaches," she said.
So far, the YMCA has sold 23,000 tickets for the raffle, though Sutherland expects to sell 62,000 by the time the contest ends this spring.
Take a look at the home in the photos below, and visit the YMCA Easter House website for more information on the raffle.
(Photos by Liz McKinley)