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Michael Saunders listing wins HGTV prize

Voters on the cable network voted Westway Drive home as the best in the Waterside category.
by: Eric Garwood Managing Editor

A home listed by a Michael Saunders & Co. Realtor has gone Hollywood.

Well, Knoxville, Tennessee, at least.

That’s because Barbara Sassen May’s recent Lido Shores listing was named one of HGTV’s winners in the Tennessee-based cable network’s Ultimate House Hunt 2021 monthlong promotion.

“I am honored and delighted that my listing was chosen from luxurious homes around our nation,’’ Sasser May said in a prepared release from Michael Saunders & Co. “It’s great to see that home enthusiasts around our country recognized the splendor of this truly spectacular home. It truly is paradise.”

More than 1.5 million votes were cast to determine the winners among 66 finalists in eight categories: Amazing Kitchens, Beachfront Homes, Countryside Retreats, Curb Appeal, Downtown Dwellings, Homes with a History, Outdoor Escapes, and Waterside Homes. The Lido Shores home (1435 Westway Drive) was presented in the Waterside category.

The British West Indies style home overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and New Pass with 80 feet of water frontage and a private beach.

Entertaining space is provided with the deeded adjoining lot that includes park-like landscaping and a waterfall. A private dock is part of the property, along with a boat lift and double personal watercraft lift.

The home sold in July for $7.7 million. Built in 2013, it has five bedrooms, six-and-a-half baths, a pool and 5,566 square feet of living area.

The winning home will receive editorial exposure on To view the listing and all winning properties, visit:

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