A Sacramento couple found their dream home on an episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters” that aired last week.
Season 144, Episode 2 of HGTV’s flagship show follows Gisela and Alejo, a teacher and an associate investment manager for a pension plan, as they work their way through a move into Sacramento's city limits.
The parents of two young children wanted to swap their 3,200-square-foot house in an undisclosed suburb for a 1,700- to 2,000-square-foot midcentury modern or ranch residence closer to downtown and worth about $600,000.
“Sacramento, to me, still has a small-town feel, but you get some of the amenities that come with a big city,” Alejo said on the show. “We have some sports teams here now, some good restaurants to eat at, but it’s not crazy like some of the bigger cities or too congested.”
Gisela and Alejo had three main categories they wanted their house to check off: large bedrooms, a prime location within biking distance to their respective workplaces and a pool. Each of the three houses they viewed lacked one of the criteria and varied in asking price from $500,000 to $675,000.
In the end, Gisela and Alejo went for the third home, a four-bedroom, two-bath ranch home with modern influences built by real estate developer Joseph Eichler. The 1,714-square-foot house met Gisela’s desire for large glass windows shining natural light inside the home and providing a clear view of the pool and came with a ready-to-use kitchen.
That was enough to outweigh the small, dark children’s bedrooms and a lack of potential renovations for Alejo to create his own home’s feel. Being 5 or 6 miles from work didn't hurt, either, as he was able to cut down his commute by a half-hour each way.
Listed at $539,900, the home eventually sold for $645,000. Alejo said he and his wife had previously expressed interest in other houses in the same area only to find 20 other offers had already been made and knew they needed to make a substantial offer on the home Gisela said she had to have.
“When I’m here, I don't want to leave,” Gisela said in a post-production interview. “I feel at peace. It's tranquil.”
Benjy Egel: (916) 321-1052, @BenjyEgel