Heidi Klum, a reality television host and recent divorcee, is looking for a new home. But will her budget match her lofty expectations?
Heidi: "Moving back in with my mom has been really hard. It's time to get a place of my own."
Helping her in her search is real estate mentor Tim Gunn. He knows he has his work cut out for him.
Tim: "So, Heidi, tell me what you're looking for in a home."
Heidi: "Well, I have twelve children, so I'd really like a place that's out in the country so they have plenty of space to run around. But I also need to be right in the middle of the city so that I can walk to shops and restaurants."
Heidi: "Also, with sixteen children, I need at least two bathrooms. That's a deal breaker for me."
Tim: "of course."
Heidi: "The kitchen is really important. I never cook but I do occasionally look at it, so it needs to be amazing. And I have twenty three children, so I need a walk-in closet."
Tim: "You have a lot on your wish list. What's your budget?"
Heidi: "Thirty million dollars."
Tim: "Well, I'm going to be blunt: you may need to compromise on either space or location. But I have a few places in mind and I'm confident we can find you something you're going to love."
Heidi: "Great, I'm excited to get started!"
The first house they visit is in Massapequa, New York. It's a four-bedroom split-level with a one-car garage. It's on the market for $430,000.
Tim: "This one is not in the middle of the city, but it is a little under your thirty million dollar budget, which will leave you enough money to buy a private jet."
Heidi: "Why would you choose to show me this?"
Tim: "I would have loved to have shown you something else, but I ran out of time. Shall we head inside and take a look? You'll notice it has wall to wall floors."
Heidi: "I love that it has windows in the living room! And you can look through them into the yard!"
Tim: "Isn't that nice? Now, if you'll come through here, this room is the kitchen. You can tell because it's the room with the stove and refrigerator in it."
Heidi: "I've never seen so many desserts in all my life!"
Tim: "Yes, the current owners are Italian."
Heidi: "I see."
Tim: "So, what did you think of this first place?"
Heidi: "Well, there were definitely some nice details, but the overall look was really boring and it was pretty skimpy."
Working mom Heidi is ready for a change and is looking for a new home. The first house she saw was under budget but the location wasn't ideal and it lacked some of the drama she was craving. So her real estate mentor, Tim, is trying something different with a unique house in New York City:
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Tim: "It's a bit of a fixer-upper, but it's really priced to sell."
Heidi: "It's definitely unique. I haven't seen anything else like it. I just wish it were more luxurious."
Tim: "I think you might have to adjust your expectations."
Heidi: "Well, it's something to think about. I'll keep it on the list."
Mentor Tim has shown Heidi two houses so far. House one was under budget but was too far away. House two was right in the city but needed some work. Today Tim is taking Heidi to Jersey City to try to find the best of both worlds.
House three is inspired by organic architecture. It's a bit over budget at one hundred million dollars.
Tim: "I know it's over budget, but that's what you have to spend to live in Jersey City. Besides, it comes with its own shopping mall. And it has those granite countertops you won't shut up about!"
Heidi: "It does tick a lot of boxes. I love the cut-outs and it's obviously very well constructed. I just worry about the styling. Is there maybe too much going on with this design?"
Tim: "Something to think about."
Heidi: "Yep, something to think about."
So, which of these three houses will she choose? Will it be house number one, with ...
Tim: "WAIT! There's one more!"
I'm sorry, that's not possible. There are always three.
Tim: "No, they are all so good we couldn't narrow it down to three. There's a fourth."
Very well, we have a fourth. So, Heidi is a single mom anxious to find a new home for her growing family ...
Tim: "Stop telling us that and just get on with it!"
But I can't introduce the next house without telling you all the ridiculous problems with the previous houses!
Tim: "Well, make it quick."
OK, so house one was under budget, but a microscopic crack on one wall indicated severe structural problems and obviously we were all hoping for a stainless steel refrigerator. House two had a perfect location but the lack of windows and a roof could be an issue. House three had all the space Heidi needs, but it's just plain tacky. For house four Tim is thinking outside the box and taking Heidi to San Francisco to see an under budget charmer that could meet all her needs.
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So, will she pick the skimpy bargain, the quirky fixer-upper, the tacky townhouse, or the Gothic charmer?
Heidi: "Ooh, this is going to be such a tough decision!"
Why don't you start by eliminating one?
Heidi: "OK, let's see ... I can't do it! I'll take them all!"
Well, as we know, she's already picked the house and gone through escrow, but whatever. We'll play along.
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