“Queer Eye for the Straight Man” inside designer Thom Filicia has offered his Skaneateles, New York, residence in an off-market deal for $4.6 million.
The TV host not solely discovered a purchaser for the five-bedroom upstate lakefront unfold, however a purchaser who’s a longtime good friend.
“They individually purchased about 60% of the furnishings they usually need to reupholster and replace some items,” Filicia, who hails from close by Syracuse, advised The Put up. The client, who requested anonymity, additionally needs to work with Filicia on renovating the boat home, making the house extra child-friendly (they’ve a younger daughter) and customizing an outside cooking space.
Filicia bought the property, the place he spent weekends when away from his Chelsea condominium, for $965,000 in 2008, Syracuse.com reported. He came across it whereas driving again from a good friend’s wedding ceremony and recognizing a “For Sale” signal.
“I used to be not out there to purchase the home,” he mentioned — a theme for Filicia, who additionally simply purchased a Sag Harbor residence after discovering a property by happenstance.
“My brother was in search of a brand new home within the Hamptons and asking me my opinion,” he mentioned. Filicia discovered a home he favored — on the water, gated and with three trendy barns — and advised it to his sibling.
Then, a couple of weeks later whereas in Los Angeles, his telephone rang. It was the childhood good friend, and she or he wished to know if she might purchase his home and enlist his experience for personalizing it.
“I made a decision that as a substitute of getting two properties in Skaneateles, I’d work out one thing else, and I assumed, ‘Wait a minute, there’s the home I discovered with my brother in Sag Harbor. Possibly I ought to see if that’s obtainable,’” he mentioned.
It was, and now it’s his. (His brother went with one other residence within the space.)
“It was type of like this storybook” of natural coincidences, Filicia mentioned of the collection of real-estate offers.
He now plans to separate his time between fixing up the Sag Harbor residence, spending time in New York Metropolis and persevering with to take pleasure in Skaneateles, the place he nonetheless owns a federal-style mixed-use constructing he’s within the means of changing into flats.
As for his extremely good luck with property acquisition processes, all he can provide by the use of a proof is just that “[rescue] canine and homes at all times discover me.”