6 Ways HGTV Gets Ann Arbor

Sep 30, 2016

Starting on October 4, 2016 - you can enter to win the amazing HGTV Urban Oasis home in Ann Arbor, Michigan! We were lucky enough to tour this amazing home, and realized HGTV totally gets Ann Arbor. Here’s what we mean:

1. HGTV picked a house in the Water Hill Area

A beautiful neighborhood just outside of the Downtown Ann Arbor, the Water Hill Area perfectly embodies the life of a typical “Ann Arborite”. The streets of Water Hill are lined with beautiful trees, and gorgeous houses. This area is home to the Water Hill Music Festival - an annual celebration of local music, held on the porches and/or yards of the Water Hill homes. The lucky winner of the Urban Oasis Giveaway is sure to fall completely in love with this neighborhood!


2. The house is a renovated 1920’s bungalow

What’s old is new in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Scott Branscom and Brian Patrick Flynn had the right idea when they chose to renovate a historic home into something unique and modern. Other renovated gems can be found throughout Ann Arbor such as the Gandy Dancer - a decadent eatery housed in an 1886 train depot! You can also travel back in time at the Michigan and State Theaters, which are historic venues from the early 1900’s that showcase trendy movies, performances, and festivals. Just around the corner is Nickels Arcade - a 261-foot-long mosaic-tiled corridor from 1927 that houses coffee shops, clothing boutiques, jewelry stores, and more. 


3. The outdoors were greatly considered when designing the home

Photo courtesy of HGTV

The HGTV Urban Oasis home has a fabulous screened-in porch that is perfect for outdoor lovers. The porch overlooks the beautiful landscaping in the backyard, which also houses a chicken coop for fresh eggs! In addition, the front of the porch comes with bikes and kayaks that can be easily stored for a quintessential outdoor adventure in Ann Arbor. Take the kayaks down the mighty Huron, and the bikes on the 35-mile Border-to-Border trail!


4. Beautiful art is displayed throughout the house

Ann Arbor is known for it’s creative culture. Opportunities for artists are endless with Ann Arbor staples such as the Ann Arbor Art Fair, The Ark, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Sonic Lunch…the list could go on and on! HGTV took the time to find unique pieces such as a portrait of a wolverine, a vintage-automobile painting, and framed historic photos of Ann Arbor! (Fun fact: HGTV actually selected one of the pieces from 2016’s Ann Arbor Art Fair!)


5. All of the appliances are high-tech

It’s no surprise that HGTV considered state of the art technology when designing the Urban Oasis house in Ann Arbor. Home to one of Google’s headquarters, tons of tech-startups, and innovative programs at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor has the potential to be the Silicon Valley of Michigan. The HGTV house has a high-tech refrigerator, kitchen appliances, and shower! 


6. There’s a guest room!

Now that we have told you all of these amazing things about Ann Arbor, the lucky winner of the HGTV Urban Oasis home is sure to have tons of visitors coveting a stay at their beautiful masterpiece! Be sure to enter to win the contest, or make friends with the person who wins!


Are you ready to win? Click here for the link to the sweepstakes which officially opens on October 4. In the meantime, check out our Facebook and Twitter to let us know what you think of the house!

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