Nashville Area Woman Named HGTV Dream Home 2018 Winner

Dated: 04/04/2018

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by TJ Anderson

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All photos from, by David A. Land

Generally, I’m the most happy when I get to be the one to help a Nashville homebuyer find their dream home. But I can’t deny how thrilled I am for Nashville-area resident Emily Muniz, who got her hands on the big dream-iest of dream homes, without my help.

Muniz is the big winner of the 2018 HGTV Dream Home in Gig Harbor, Wash., a waterfront town right on Puget Sound, close to Tacoma.

The total dream-home haul for our lucky neighbor: the 4-bedroom, 3 1/2-bathroom, 3500-square-foot waterfront home (totally furnished, too), a brand new Honda Accord and $250,000 from Quicken Loans, with the total package adding up to more than $1.8 million in value.

The 29-year-old wife and mom is no stranger to TV, as an executive producer at FOX 17 here in Nashville. But when the network airs her you’re-the-winner ambush (the HGTV Dream Home Giveaway Special, premiering Friday, May 25, at noon Central), she’ll move out in front of the camera, with her husband Kevin and 3-year-old daughter. And I can't wait to cheer her on (with, I'll admit, a significant bit of jealousy).

Why the HGTV Dream Home 2018 wows

I’ve had some HGTV Dream Home favorites — the Urban Oasis in Knoxville from 2017 is definitely high on the list — but Muniz and her family really lucked out with this bright and sunny Washington home.

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Not to pin it to my tastes, but I think its attributes fall along the lines of what most homebuyers fall for: open, high-end kitchen with cool statement lighting; huge great room with windows that let sun (and views) in; ample entertaining space (it has its own cocktail lounge)…

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The dark exterior paint sits at the forefront of home style, too. All around, as a home design fan, I'm wowed by this one, and I imagine most Nashville homebuyers are too.

Own your own waterfront dream home in Middle Tennessee

So, our Middle Tennessee neighbor already has dibs on the Dream Home, but if you’re drawn toward waterfront living, there are gems to be found right here in Middle Tennessee. None of the properties below are free (and they don’t come with a new car or $250,000 bonus), but they do include beautiful views, and a shorter commute to Nashville than Gig Harbor, Wash., offers.

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1012 A Alice

Nashville, TN 37218


Waterfront living and in-the-city living, all in one — this new-construction home is about seven miles from the heart of downtown Nashville, just over the river from Metrocenter, so you’re also close to Germantown, close to East Nashville and more, and waking up every morning to that riverside view.

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6035 Bluewater Dr

Lebanon, TN 37087


Right on the river in Lebanon, this home could use a little cosmetic updating, but it already has big windows looking out over the water, boat dock in place, cool pool with poolhouse and a downstairs kitchenette that could definitely serve as a cocktail lounge.

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1148 Safety Harbor Cove

Old Hickory, TN 37138


A spacious home (6773 square feet) overlooking Old Hickory Lake, with a boat slip, this one’s breathtakingly sunny like the Dream Home, and includes a salt water pool overlooking the water.

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941 Sunset Ridge Dr

Franklin, TN 37069


Luxury living in Franklin: This waterside Mediterranean Villa is already stocked with a custom sauna, wine cellar and a slew of other high-end extras. The two-story waterfront views from the great room, and the covered patio overlooking the water, though: particularly priceless.

If you’re looking for something on the water in the Nashville area, I’d love to help you find your (non-HGTV) dream home. Call or email TJ Anderson Homes, and tell me about what you’re looking for.

Properties are listed with their own respective real estate firms, and not under agreement with TJ Anderson and/or Benchmark Realty, LLC, except where noted.

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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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