The PNE Prize Home showcases brand new house full of bells and whistles, but it also shows off a neighbourhood and a builder.
This year, both are in Langley.
Built by Langley’s Lanstone Homes in a joint venture with Wesmont Homes, the new building sits in the 7500 block of 197A Street in Willoughby, not far from the border with Surrey.
“It gives us some recognition of what we can build,” said Lanson Foster, head of Lanstone Homes.
It’s the firm’s first time building for the Prize Home contest, after partner Wesmont build last year’s home, also located in Langley.
The house is one of eight larger homes built as part of a development overseen by the firms.
It’s described as a Craftsman home with a bit of a Nordic influence, although Foster said it could also be described as French Country style – a lot of oak and light woods throughout.
“I’m really happy with how it turned out,” said Foster. “We’ve paid special attention to the PNE Prize Home.”
He also said that after many years of Prize Homes being built on the Sunshine Coast, it was nice to see them coming to Langley in recent years.
The reason this is the second prize home in Langley is because of the tremendous response to last year’s raffle, said Laura Ballance, speaking for the Prize Home Lottery.
“This home appeals to so many types of buyers,” she said.
Langley is a place a lot of people can imagine moving to and staying with their family, she said.
Ballance noted that the PNE Prize Home Lottery goes back to 1934 and is the oldest draw of its kind.
“It was a bizarre concept at the time, raffling a home,” she said.
But the creators of the first draw wanted to showcase B.C. builders and materials, a trend that has continued through to today.
The house is 3,773 square feet, with five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms, a rec room, and a listening lounge with a record player and collection of vinyl LPs.
It also comes with a one-bedroom, one-bathroom legal basement suite. Every room is fully furnished, from beds to chairs to the desk for the home office.
“Everything that you see in the house, comes with the house when you win,” said Cynthia Kwon, the PNE’s manager of fair festival operations.
The home is built to be energy efficient, constructed to Step 3 BC Energy standards. Everything is electric, with a cold-climate heat pump system.
“It has an EV charger, too,” Kwon said.
In addition to the house, the home comes with Fisher & Paykel kitchen appliances and a Husqvarna landscape package including an Automower.
The entire prize home package is valued at $2.3 million.
Those wishing to see the Prize Home up close will be able to visit via public tours from July 15 to Sept. 4, with free tour tickets available starting this month from TicketLeader. Opening tours will be on Friday and Saturday, followed by all Saturdays until Labour Day weekend, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In addition to the Prize Home itself, the lottery has prizes that include cars, cruise vacations, a travel trailer, a hot tub package, and cash.
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