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2015 St. Jude’s Dream Home at Culpepper Landing

Monday, April 20th, 2015
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2015 Dream Home by Stephen Alexander | Photo Credit: L. Todd Spencer/The Virginian Pilot

Article By Joanne Kimberlin  | The Virginian-Pilot  |  ©

CHESAPEAKE

You can’t raffle off your own house – that’s illegal. But for $100, you might win one – a $475,000 Deep Creek beauty being raffled to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (charity = legal).

Odds of snagging the keys are 1 in 13,000 (number of tickets being offered) – which is better than the lottery (recent Powerball: 1 in 175 million).

Win the house, though, and you’ll have to come up with a lot more cash before you move in. Taxes are due up front, about $100,000 worth (the fly in the ointment).

On the upside, plenty of banks will be eager to help you out, since 3308 Dodd Dr. in Chesapeake’s Culpepper Landing will make fine collateral.

The 3,100-square-foot house – three bedrooms, media room, screened-in porch, top-shelf appliances and a to-die-for master bath – is one of 30 being raffled across the country for the annual St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, the hospital’s biggest fundraiser.

Builders in Hampton Roads have been participating for 15 years. This year’s house is the sixth built by Stephen Alexander Homes & Neighborhoods.

Stephen Quick, who owns the company with his two sons, says his outfit has funneled $6 million to St. Jude over the years. Dozens of local and national contractors donate materials or labor, while Quick and his folks work for free.

The result: A home built for about 40 percent of its usual cost, which is covered by raffle proceeds.

Tickets usually sell out; St. Jude gets the rest.

Read the full story on Pilotonline.com.