Granite Bay home up for grabs in Ronald McDonald House raffle

Win a ‘Dream House’, help sick children
By: Eileen Wilson, Granite Bay View correspondent
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Dream House Raffle

Tickets are $150 each, three for $400 or five for $550. The grand prize drawing will be held June 1.


Everyone knows that Granite Bay is filled with dream homes. This house will really make someone’s dreams come true when a lucky ticket holder wins the grand prize in the Sacramento Dream House raffle.

It makes sense that the dream home would be located in Granite Bay this year. In the five years that Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northern California has held the exciting contest, dream homes have been located in similarly high-end areas, such as Los Lagos, El Dorado Hills and Auburn.

“This home is unique,” said Stacey Hodge, director of community relations for Ronald McDonald House. “The home is not only beautiful, but it’s incredibly family friendly – there is a lot of space, a large yard and a spectacular pool.”

To call the home beautiful is an understatement. The 6,100-square-foot home, valued at $2.4 million, includes five bedrooms and four baths, and is located on a hillside with cascading waterfalls, and features like sweeping staircases and massive balustrades – features reminiscent of a grand Italian villa.

“The home is filled with interesting angles – the homeowners put at least a couple of years into planning the home before they ever started the process, and they were very exacting and particular with what they wanted,” said area Realtor Fran Dixon, of Ellington Properties.

The careful attention to detail is obvious. There is nothing that hasn’t been well thought out, from the built-in buffet and fireplace in the casual dining area to the placement of a mini-fridge in just the right spot for kids to grab after-school snacks and drinks.

Highlights of the home include a tiered-seating home theater and a kitchen that includes top-of-the-line appliances like a Thermador six-burner professional cook top with griddle and Thermador double ovens and rounded center island. The property even includes his-and-hers garages.

While everyone would love to live in a mansion such as this, the raffle includes several additional prizes as well – 1,000 prizes to be exact, which means that one of every 50 entrants will be a winner.

“Offering so many prizes is new this year – and they are really fabulous prizes, too,” Hodge said.

So what’s your pleasure? Would you like a new Ford Mustang? Or maybe a Toyota Prius or Mini Cooper is more your style. How about vacations? Would you prefer an elevator ride up the Eiffel tower  or a sun-drenched session on a Maui beach?

“My favorite prizes are the cars, but the cash prizes would come in handy, too,” Hodge said. “There are lesser prizes as well. Things like tablets, theater systems, jewelry – the odds of winning are really phenomenal.”

But the real winners will be the recipients of the Ronald McDonald House charity. The organization provides temporary housing for families whose kids are being treated at five area hospitals.

“We can house 18 families a night, and we are always full,” Hodge said. “We were working on expanding when the economy went south.”

The organization would like to add more rooms to its facility, which is located on the UC Davis Medical Center campus in Sacramento. 

“Families are here for all kinds of reasons,” Hodge said. “Their kids are having surgery, having daily chemo treatments, for brand-new babies who were born premature. We work with Shriners Hospital, so we also see a lot of kids with burns who have to undergo several treatments.”

A great organization, and a great raffle with a huge payout. The grand prize drawing will be held June 1. Visit for more details.