OSJ: How did you discover St. John?
TP: We spent our honeymoon there is 2007 in a villa.
OSJ: Why did you decide to buy a villa?
TP: We were looking for a warm place that was an easy flight from North Carolina. It was a big plus that it was in the U.S. with the U.S. tax code. We looked at the BVI, but the laws there, as they say, get a little dodgy. St John is a direct flight from Charlotte, and the tax laws were a big consideration. Especially if we end up living there full time.
OSJ: How did you hook up with House Hunters International?
TP: We had been looking at houses in Coral Bay and bought Into the Mystic with Diana Beam at Remax. The contact came from the Remax home office. Diana asked us to send our info and a tape to HGTV/Pietown, which produces the show for House Hunters International.
OSJ: How do you like your new home?
TP: We love it. We like the pace on the Coral Bay side. The house had just been mostly renovated. We renovated the downstairs suite, added more deck, a shower, a hot tub and new furniture. We also added a few plants, although it already had great landscaping and gardens.
OSJ: How much time do you get to spend there?
TP: In the last six months, we have been down six to ten weeks, MOST of the time spent working like hell on the renovations and getting ready to film the show.
OSJ: What was the most surprising thing about doing the show?
TP: The show is not really a reality show. You have to already own the house that gets picked at the end of the show. But the other houses in the show are actually the other houses we considered buying. Shooting the show was a lot of work, but it was mostly fun, once we settled into the routine.
OSJ: How was your REAL house hunting experience?
TP: Diana Beam worked hard to educate us about the different areas on the island. She also understood what we wanted in a villa, that it had to be a good investment and it had to have good vacation rental potential. And it had to be a place that we would want to live. She was also very patient. We looked at a lot of houses in a short period of time. If we didn’t like it, we didn’t waste time and moved on!