A construction worker has won his £3,000,000 dream home in North London – as part of a charity prize draw that raised £2,000,000 for the British Heart Foundation.
Kevin Johnson (34) has won the latest Omaze Million Pound House Draw – a four-bedroom, Victorian London townhouse in the desirable borough of Islington – less than half an hour from where he currently lives.
Kevin will also be given £100,000 in cash to help him settle in – the house also comes mortgage free, with all stamp duty and legal fees covered. He is free to either live in the house, rent it out or sell it.
If Kevin does decide to rent it out, local estate agents estimate that the property could achieve a rental value of between £6,000 – £7,000 a month.
Mr Johnson, a construction site manager, who bought his £3,000,000 winning entry for just £50 – has been working in the building trade in London for ten years, starting out as a carpenter – his wife Dee (44) has worked in childcare and education for the past 24 years.
The lucky couple have been married for 12 years and have lived in their rented 3-bedroom flat in East London since 2011. They share four sons together.
When Omaze first contacted Kevin to tell him he’d scooped a prize, he was on his way home from work and had no idea he’d won the Grand Prize, until the Omaze team arrived at his doorstep to reveal the good news.
A stunned Kevin said:
“When Omaze first called me, I recognised the lady’s voice from the TV adverts, so thought it must be genuine – but I didn’t for one second think we’d won the actual house! When the team arrived at my doorstep to tell me the good news – I was so shocked my knees almost gave way!
“My wife was on her way home from work so I video-called her straight away – she didn’t believe me at first, but when she saw the camera crew the penny finally dropped. She screamed and turned her phone around to tell the packed train that we’d just won the Omaze house – all the other commuters started clapping – it was crazy.
“We’ve always wanted to own our own house one day, so this really is a dream come true for us – we’ll be moving in as soon as we can. I won’t need to use any of my carpentry skills on the house as it’s absolutely perfect – the kids are going to love it.
“We’re still pinching ourselves, whatever we decide to do long term, this is going to give us so much security as a family, it’s truly life-changing for all of us.”
“My wife’s grandma had heart complications in later life, so we’re really pleased that the draw raised so much money for the British Heart Foundation.”
Situated just a stone’s throw from central London, the three-storey, 3,400 sq ft, Victorian family home has been refurbished and extended to the most exacting standards. The beautiful property strikes the perfect balance between cutting-edge contemporary design, whilst still retaining its traditional features.
The heart of the house is the expansive, open living space arranged over the entire ground floor, including a reception room featuring oak flooring, and a wealth of period features, such as deep-set ceiling cornices and cast iron radiators.
The reception room leads directly into a beautifully bright and airy kitchen and dining space – with the bespoke kitchen featuring a marble centre island and marble-topped work surfaces – complete with top-of-the-range appliances. Full-height bi-folding glazed doors lead into the garden, which becomes a further extension of the living space in the summer months.
The four bedrooms are arranged over two upper floors, with the main bedroom occupying much of the first floor. Filled with natural light by two large south-west facing sash windows and with ceilings of almost three metres, there is an open en-suite bathroom with a freestanding Corian bath, double basins and an oversized marble enclosed shower in one corner. A substantial walk-in wardrobe runs parallel.
There is a further en-suite bedroom on this level with a mezzanine, together with two further double bedrooms on the top floor, both with ample built-in storage and sharing a luxury family bathroom.
The landscaped, courtyard rear garden is incredibly low maintenance and its positioning means it captures the sun for much of the day.
A purpose-built garden studio sits against the far wall and comes complete with a fully fitted kitchen and separate WC, providing a useful office space that could also be used as further guest accommodation if required.
The house also offers superb views overlooking the neighbouring park and local cricket pitch – and comes with off-street parking for three cars.
Just minutes from all the excitement that central London has to offer – the well-connected Finsbury Park train station is a short walk away, with the Victoria line taking just 10 minutes to reach Oxford Circus.
As well as making Kevin a multi-millionaire – Omaze’s third London House Draw also raised £2,000,000 for British Heart Foundation (BHF) – the biggest single raise by Omaze to date.
The money raised will help the BHF fund lifesaving research into heart and circulatory diseases. With 7.6 million people living with these conditions in the UK, research funded by the charity aims to find new cures and treatments to help save and improve more lives.
This was the second time the BHF has partnered with Omaze. They were the fundraising platform’s second charity partner back in 2021, with that campaign raising £1,000,000 to fund urgent research into heart and circulatory diseases during the most uncertain of times. The latest donation brings the total raise for British Heart Foundation by Omaze Million Pound House Draws to £3,000,000.
Dr Charmaine Griffiths, Chief Executive at British Heart Foundation, said:
“We’re delighted for the Johnson family and are absolutely blown away by the £2 million raised by the Omaze London House Draw.
“This incredible amount of money will help fund ground-breaking research, which will transform the lives of people living with heart and circulatory diseases in the UK for generations to come.
“At the BHF, we could not do what we do without the incredible support from the public and fantastic partnerships like Omaze.
“Combined with our first successful partnership, the Omaze community have surpassed all our expectations by raising a tremendous £3 million for the BHF.”
James Oakes, Chief International Officer at Omaze said:
“We’re thrilled that Kevin and his family have won their dream home – and that he was able to contribute towards our biggest charity raise ever. We’re incredibly proud that the Omaze community raised a staggering £2,000,000 for the British Heart Foundation in such a short space of time.
“Omaze is a win-win for both charities and entrants. By offering incredible prizes, such as this beautiful townhouse in London, we give people the chance to win the house of their dreams, while also introducing charities to audiences they wouldn’t usually be able to reach. This method of fundraising has already raised £11,150,000 for good causes across the UK.”
Draw entries for the current Omaze Million Pound House Draw in Cornwall are available now at www.omaze.co.uk. The draw closes on Monday 1st May 2023 for online entries and Tuesday 2nd May 2023 for postal entries.
For full terms and conditions, see www.omaze.co.uk. No purchase necessary to enter. Over 18s and UK residents only.