Tuesday, May 1, 2012

House Hunters


Way back when, in one of my Friday / happy weekend posts, I casually slipped in that House Hunters was filming one of the houses Nate built in Manayunk, PA... 

For those of you not familiar with the show, the premise of House Hunters is this: Each episode, a realtor takes the potential homebuyer(s) through 3 homes.  After each showing, the homebuyer comments on what he/she/they liked and disliked about the property.  And in the end, they make a decision and put an offer on the one they like best. 

(Spoiler alert - the potential buyers / show contestants must already have a house under contract to take part in filming!  And likely they've already purchased their home before filming begins!)

Anyways, one day back in December a local realtor whose clients were going to be featured on the show stopped by while Nate was outside working on the house.  He took her through and she not only loved it, she thought it would be perfect for the show!  So, she submitted his house along with 4 others to be considered for the two additional options (in addition to the one her clients were buying)...and his was ultimately picked!

The production company came and filmed in February...and the episode aired this past Friday night!!

So why did I not tell you all this before?  Well, I wanted to respect my husband's wishes.  While the house is absolutely gorgeous (!!!), we had literally no idea what the prospective couple would say about the house or how House Hunters would spin their comments / reactions.  We got to be there the day of filming - it was SO exciting! - but couldn't stay in the room (for sound reasons) when they filmed the couples responses.  And you know reality TV - they'll take one extreme comment, good or bad, and run with it!  So I understood why Nate wanted to wait and see the episode before adding the tag line "as seen on House Hunters" to his resume / network.

Anyways, he had NOTHING to worry about, because the show was amazing!  The couple loved the house and it showed beautifully!!  I really couldn't have been more proud of my oh so talented husband for his 5 minutes (literally) of fame!

For those (or all) or you who didn't watch, here are some pictures:

This stylish, 21' wide, brand-new contemporary town home with 2-car parking offers unbelievable value! Open and spacious with energy-saving windows, hardwood floors and recessed lighting throughout. Corner lot with windows on 3 sides. High-ceiling, open plan main floor combines living/dining area with a sleek kitchen w/large pantry closet, huge island, double sink with gourmet faucet, quartz counters, under-cabinet lighting, mosaic tile backsplashes and energy-efficient stainless steel appliances, including wine fridge. Sliding glass doors lead to grass back yard. 2 large bedrooms with tons of closet space, laundry and modern bath with custom tile and quartz counters on 2nd floor. Spacious 3rd floor master suite includes spa-like bath with dual vanity, vessel sinks with wall faucets and shower with frameless glass enclosure, and bi-level deck with access to huge roof deck with fabulous views. Fully carpeted basement with powder room. Close to Manayunk shopping, dining, movies & entertainment; short walk to Wissahickon Regional Rail station.
3734 Sharp St. Manayunk, PA

Open 1st floor plan

Gorgeous kitchen

Master Bath

Master bedroom

Master closet

Finished Basement

Amazing roof top views

And this is the official episode description from the HGTV website:

Summer camp director, Josh, and his wife, Natalie, are hoping to buy their first home in the Philadelphia area. But while he dreams of the ultimate backyard, she dreams of low maintenance condo living. In a search that takes them to the city, the burbs, and everywhere in between, Josh may find himself outgunned by his vocal and opinionated wife.

The episode pretty much played out just like that...  Natalie wanted a new construction town home close to Philadelphia.  She loved Nate's house so much she said "If I work my magic I'll be able to convince Josh this is the one."  Amaze!  (She also complained about the possibility of having to mow her own lawn so many times I almost slapped her through the TV)

Josh, on the other hand, wanted a single family home with a backyard....and to stick to their budget.  In the end, they "compromised" and bought a relatively newer town home 40 minutes outside of Philadelphia with a shared backyard.  (Marriage at its finest people!)

So, I apologize to those who may have wanted to tune in...but this post will just have to do!  I promise to give you a heads up the next time it airs or is available online!

Congratulations, Nate!  I love you!

P.S. How lucky am I to have this guy building our new house?!  The luckiest!

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