The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened the doors of its first Colorado Dream Home for an early look at the home one lucky winner will own for a $100 ticket.
The hospital’s Dream Home is a modern, farm-style house in The Meadows in Castle Rock, with five bedrooms, touch-sensor plumbing and an attached living space the builder likes to call “Fonzi’s room.” Executives from the Memphis, Tenn., office of the research hospital made the trip to Colorado to join the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce and the Castle Rock Economic Development Council, which hosted the Sept. 21 open house to give visitors a first-chance look at the home.
With more than 30 Dream Homes under construction across the country, the hospital’s experience in Castle Rock has changed the way it will eye communities for future projects, said Chris Boysen, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital senior director of field marketing, and Alan Johnson, director, Dream Home operations.
The Dream Home team is accustomed to picking a project, finding local contractors and managing all of the moving parts. In Castle Rock, they found a welcoming community that helped bring together all the right people to make the project a bigger success.
As of the date of the open house, ticket sales were beyond expectations, bumping the hospital’s first Colorado effort into the top 10 percent of its nationwide fundraiser.
“The way we have been embraced by this community has helped us rethink how we approach this program,” Boysen said. “It’s helped us set the bar higher in terms of finding a community that embraces us and our kids. The research to help our kids is the essence of St. Jude’s. ”
Support of the St. Jude’s Dream Home in Castle Rock began with the Castle Rock Development Company, which donated the land for the house. Joyce Homes pitched in to manage construction of the 3,173-square-foot home, which has an estimated market value of $500,000, said Bob Woodley, owner of Joyce Homes.
Woodley hosted a tour of the house, which features a main floor plan with wall-to-wall windows and glass doors for a seamless transition to the wraparound exterior deck, a kitchen with solid countertops, a massive 6-foot by 10-foot center island, a touch sensor faucet with tub-sized sink.
A “mom’s office” is tucked behind a set of sliding barn doors made of pine beetle-kill lumber and opaque glass and designed by the builder’s brother, Michael Woodley, with the Woodley Architectural Group. The same doors are found in the master bathroom and the laundry room, which is situated near the bedrooms on the second floor.
The upstairs bedrooms include a guest room with a full bath, two bedrooms linked by a Jack-and-Jill bath and a master retreat with vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and double everything, including double sinks, a double-entry walk-in closet and a shower made for two.
Main level floors are made of oak hardwood, stained a dark gray to match the composite exterior deck, which leads to an attached but separate 350-square-foot apartment with a vaulted ceiling, kitchenette, full bath, sleeping and sitting areas and two-sided fireplace.
“This is what we named the ‘Fonzi room,’” Woodley said, referring to the “Happy Days” character that lived in a room over the family garage. “This house was built with more than $250,000 in donations from local contractors, which is pretty incredible these days with this economy.”
The St. Jude Dream Home is at 4418 Fell Mist Way in Castle Rock. Tickets for a chance to win the home are $100 and proceeds support the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which shares its research to fight childhood cancer with the worldwide medical community at no cost.
“With over 200,000 kids diagnosed each year with cancer that’s the best we can do is develop research we can then distribute freely throughout the world,” Boysen said. “I like to quote a doctor, Michael Debackey, who once said ‘A life saved at St. Jude’s means a thousand lives saved throughout the world.’”
Tickets can be purchased at the home, which is open for free tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 6. From Nov. 7–10, the final week for ticket sales, the home will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information or to buy tickets online, visit the website at www.dreamhome.org. The winner will be announced Nov. 11.