Looking ahead to summer, Oakwood Homes is at work on its St. Jude Dream Home in Green Valley Ranch, to be given away

While all of us are staying close to home, waiting out the national emergency, Oakwood Homes is looking ahead to summer when thousands of Coloradans will tour the St. Jude Dream Home at Green Valley Ranch Aurora — to be given away to some lucky family on Sept. 3.

Green Valley Ranch Aurora by Oakwood

What: 10th annual St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway House by Oakwood Homes in Green Valley Ranch Aurora, 3 new collections of single-family homes, new pool and parks planned, some homes for early move-in.
Where: 4794 North Picadilly Road, Aurora; take Peña Blvd north to E. 48th/Green Valley Ranch Blvd., head east 3 miles, just past Picadilly Road; or from E-470, exit E. 56th Ave, turn west 1 mi to Picadilly, then south 1 mi.
Price: From low $300s, move soon $357,045
When: By appointment
Phone: 303-486-8507, 303-486-8549
More Info: OakwoodHomesCO.com; DreamHome.org

Oakwood’s 10th annual Dream Home is a way of supporting St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis, where kids diagnosed with cancer are accepted into clinical trials without their parents ever getting a bill. Denver is one of 44 markets nationally that carry out an annual St. Jude Dream Home, with 549 homes given away as of last year.

“The St. Jude Dream Home is something we’re very passionate about,” says Oakwood’s Allyson Greenberg, who with Kara Svendson, Leah DeFelice and Ritchie Kotschau show three collections of homes in Green Valley Ranch’s newest area, east of Picadilly Road in the city of Aurora. “It’s our way of giving back to cancer research and the families affected.”

Over the years that Oakwood has partnered with St. Jude on Dream Home Giveaways, success rates against childhood cancer continued to climb — now at around 80%, due in part to treatments researched at the hospital.

St. Jude, the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center devoted solely to kids, hopes to take survival rates closer to 90%. Insurance companies get bills from St. Jude’s, but families never are charged, even for travel and accommodations, thanks to sponsors and donations.

The Dream Home, a Dillon plan from Oakwood’s Horizons collection, is already taking shape at 4507 N. Quatar Court. It will deliver four bedrooms and 3-1/2 baths, 3,600 feet of finished space in a ranch floor plan that has a great room with fireplace, a pet spa in the laundry room, and a finished basement with wet bar, along with an extended two-car garage.

Oakwood estimates its value at $745,000. To get in the running for that, visitors will have the option to buy a $100 drawing ticket; all visitors can register for some free giveaways including a 2020 Lincoln Corsair being donated by Landmark Lincoln, a $10,000 shopping spree at Furniture Row, and a $3,500 Visa gift card from Laser Lounge Spa.

The Horizon and Meridian Series are two of three collections Oakwood is introducing to Green Valley Ranch Aurora after the stay-at-home order ends. Oakwood also has fast-selling Carriage House single-family homes on low-maintenance cul-de-sacs priced from the low $300s.

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Green Valley Ranch Aurora will have its own amenities, parks and trails. Coming into the emergency, some sales were coming from families in apartments, taking advantage of low mortgage rates to make a first purchase, and to buyers from older parts of Green Valley Ranch waiting to move up. The neighborhood offers good commuter access to DIA, Buckley aerospace campuses, Anschutz Medical Center and Gaylord Rockies Resort.