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Baltimore woman wins $750,000 HGTV Urban Oasis

HGTV's Vern Yip surprises Deborah Robertson, the winner of HGTV Urban Oasis Givaway 2011, at her home in Baltimore.
HGTV's Vern Yip surprises Deborah Robertson, the winner of HGTV Urban Oasis Givaway 2011, at her home in Baltimore. (Edwin Remsberg, Baltimore Sun)

One Baltimore woman has found her urban oasis — in Chicago.

Deborah Robertson, 57, is the winner of the 2011 HGTV Urban Oasis, a luxurious, furnished one-bedroom residence on the 35th floor of Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago.

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The home, designed by Vern Yip — a judge on HGTV Design Star, offers views of the city skyline and a contemporary look with eclectic furnishings. It has one and a half baths, a gourmet kitchen and floor-to-ceiling windows. Amenities for Trump residents include a spa, fitness center, indoor pool, restaurants and 24-hour concierge.

"So excited," said Robertson, who works for the Social Security Administration and has never visited Chicago. She was surprised with the news during a visit from Yip to her Baltimore home on Monday. "I feel like I'm going to faint. I never in a million years expected this!"

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Robertson's name was randomly drawn from nearly 14 million entries. She said she entered the online contest twice a day, seven days a week throughout the sweepstakes, which ended earlier this month.

The residence is the grand prize in a giveaway that is part of HGTV's series of sweepstakes, including HGTV Dream Home Giveaway and HGTV Green Home Giveaway.

The network said the entire prize package is worth more than $750,000. A check of real estate listings shows one-bedroom apartments at the Trump Tower in Chicago starting at around $550,000 with association fees of at least $500 per month.

HGTV said sweepstakes winners are responsible for all taxes.

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The network plans to fly Robertson to Chicago for a tour of the home in November. She will be featured in the HGTV Urban Oasis Giveaway 2011 special that will air Thursday, Dec. 29 at 8 p.m.

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