QEII Home Lottery has grand prize in Chester

Home estimated to be worth $675,000

KELSEY POWER PHOTO The cottage is currently under construction but it will be ready for viewing by March 28.

The cottage is currently under construction but it will be ready for viewing by March 28.

Chester has a new attraction — a show home on the seaside.

The $675,000 cottage in Chester is being built as a QEII Home Lottery grand prize.

It’s one of two homes up for grabs this spring; the second is located in South Bedford.

“We regularly talk to our ticket purchasers and others about what areas are the most attractive to them, especially when it comes time to decide where the cottage would be,” said Bill Bean, CEO of the QEII Foundation, which runs the lottery and raises money through a variety of other initiatives year-round for the QEII Health Sciences Centre.

“Certainly Chester, Chester Basin, the whole South Shore was identified as a prime area for the cottage, which is the second grand prize.”

The 1,828-square-foot home is located in Skipper Hill Estates and Marina, which overlooks the beautiful Chester Basin. It is the first residence to be built in the development, which holds 19 lots.

“Skipper Hill has a lot to offer. It’s deeded access to the ocean, the wharf and slipway, deep protected anchorage, western exposure, and it’s a beautiful setting within minutes to the village of Chester,” said Jon Dimick, the landowner and developer.

Everything related to the lottery must remain Nova Scotian, from ticket purchasers to the contractors who win these larger projects, as the hospitals themselves are located here.

Destiny Homes Incorporated’s Greg Hammond was chosen to lead the construction of the cottage. He, in turn, employed local tradespeople and suppliers.

“Everything is tendered. It’s competitive, and we ask people to submit to us how they would participate in the lottery and their very lowest prices at the highest quality, and then we go through the process,” said Mr. Bean.

“Greg Hammond, who owns Destiny Homes, is a fine man who is very community minded, socially conscious, and provided us with an outstanding opportunity, so we decided to work with him.”

The cottage is very consistent with Chester’s architecture. The team of Kenneth McRobbie and Colin Blanchard of 31 Westgate donated their time to design and furnish the cottage.

“We really set out to do something that was classic Chester in suit with that sailing style. We chose light shades of white throughout most of the house,” said Mr. Blanchard, who also mentioned a Maritime vernacular was important and that they were set on doing a shingled style house, with a crisp white trim and striking door colour.

“It is the first house we’ve built in the development, so that was really crucial. We wanted to set the tone and use natural materials.”

The two usually operate on Agricola Street in Halifax, but they opened up a second shop on the South Shore last summer, located on Queen Street in Chester. It will reopen mid-May.

The QEII Home Lottery has had two lotteries a year for the past 12 years. After expenses, the lottery has raised close to $50 million in that amount of time. This money goes towards equipment and research education for the QEII Health Sciences Centre.

The winner of the home is under no stipulation to live there. “Fifty per cent of the people move in and 50 per cent sell,” said Mr. Bean, noting lottery winnings are not taxable in Canada.

A cheque for $10,000 also comes with the house, along with a year of unlimited tee time at the Chester Golf Club. “They can do anything they want with it,” said Mr. Bean, who said awarding these homes is one of the most satisfying days of his year. “It literally changes their life.”

Right now, money is being raised for the neurosciences, the first academic neuroscience program in Atlantic Canada, the rehabilitation centre, two assisted daily living units, a simulation learning centre and palliative-care research. The foundation hopes to raise about $3 million, but Mr. Bean said the capital equipment needs of the hospital right now are closer to $60 million.

The cottage should be open for viewing March 28.

As originally published in LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin

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