Shuqualak native, St. Jude Desire Residence winner excursions residence

When Mary Greer lastly laid eyes on it, the 2020 St. Jude Desire House was outside of nearly anything she could have anticipated.

“Well, this is my Xmas existing,” Greer explained.

The 2020 Tupelo St. Jude Aspiration House Giveaway winner toured the dwelling with spouse, Henry Greer, and relatives Mary Intelligent and Russell Good Sr.

The dream household, located in Dunbarton Oaks and built by Legacy Construction, attributes an estimated 3,100 sq. feet and is valued at somewhere around $450,000. The residence has 4 bedrooms, 3-and-a-fifty percent bogs, a full visitor suite upstairs and a grasp suite with spa-like bathtub, standalone shower and a double walk entry stroll-in closet.

As they toured the sprawling property, the relatives admired specifics these as a fire that was noticeable both of those within and outside, archways, a 3-car garage with a washer and dryer, an open up chef’s kitchen area with a big heart island and wander-in pantry, and stairs that light-weight up as they wander upstairs.

“You could not ask for a much better on the lookout property, and a good locale and almost everything,” Greer explained.

She explained to her spouse how they “would get dropped in (their) personal house” if they lived there. Afterwards, as she was admiring the kitchen’s dishwasher, she jokingly informed her partner that he “won’t have to wash dishes no far more.”

“All I can say is thank the Lord for almost everything, since it is a blessing,” she reported.

In lots of approaches, profitable the residence felt like a desire for the Greers. The retired AT&T communications technician was born and raised in Shuqualak, a tiny city in Noxubee County with a populace of less than 500 people today. Greer said the home was “outrageously lovely,” but was happiest about the variety of little ones who were being assisted by the St. Jude Desire Home Giveaway and the different fundraisers all-around it.

“They want the enable, and I’m so happy they acquired it,” Greer said. “It’s just like a Xmas current for the little ones at St. Jude and us.”

Mark Simpson, proprietor of Legacy Design, said this was the fourth dream house his organization has concluded. It took just about 7 months to make the household, with COVID-19 slowing down the time it took to get elements.

“This year, with almost everything going on, it was a small more durable than the previous yrs, but I usually assume that rough to me and tricky to my family members is not genuinely tough to what the family members at St. Jude are likely via,” Simpson reported.

Nevertheless, the community even now arrived collectively to total the property for St. Jude, Simpson reported. Each and every St. Jude home is largely crafted with donated labor and materials. This year was no diverse, even with the pandemic.

The St. Jude Aspiration House Giveaway, 1 of the biggest one-occasion fundraisers for the Memphis-centered St. Jude Children’s Investigate Clinic, raises proceeds to assure households under no circumstances get expenditures from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or foodstuff.

To day, the Tupelo industry has lifted more than $7 million for St. Jude.

“To be able to raise (income) for St. Jude is normally, that kind of outweighs the headaches of building,” Simpson mentioned.

Greer mentioned she was grateful for the perform Simpson and his staff did to make the property. She options to go back dwelling and discuss with her family members about what they will do with the residence.

Regardless of what takes place to the dwelling, its present proprietor hopes the St. Jude Desire Giveaway can carry on to assist St. Jude with its mission.