When Scotland native Chris Rawlins left the military for a career at sea, he and wife Heidi realized they could live just about anywhere in the world. They were searching for adventure for their son Max, and while on holiday in Australia, they stumbled onto to it in the tropical paradise of Port Douglas - the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. But buying in Port Douglas isn't as easy as it looks. Locals must choose between the lush tropical rainforest or the pristine beaches. With a budget of 1 million dollars, Real Estate Agent Travis Schumacher informs Chris and Heidi that their choices are abundant. After seeing options in town, in the rainforest, and on the beach, the Rawlins are overwhelmed. What part of Port Douglas will they call home? Find out when House Hunters lands all the way in Port Douglas, Australia.
Most dream of retiring early, but Will and Janis wouldn't have it any other way! But the reality of kicking back in Will's native Ecuador may actually mean getting their hands dirty. Will the pricey upkeep of oceanfront dream homes and a limited, cash-only budget get in the way of their best-laid plans? Find out when House Hunters rides onto the sandy shores of Salinas, Ecuador with real estate agent Amy Pinoargote.
Samson and Liana Avetian fell in love in Boston but these native Armenians have their hearts set on making a difference back home. Their families left Armenia just after the Cold War ended, but over the past twenty years the country has undergone dramatic changes - Samson and Liana want to move back to the capital city of Yerevan and be a part of the downtown renaissance. But square footage in Yerevan is pricey and larger alternatives lie on the edge of town. With a budget of $220,000, Real Estate Agent Marina Potikyan knows this homecoming won't be easy. Will the downtown dream be realized? Or will space win out? Find out when House Hunters emigrates to Yerevan, Armenia.
Hip Tel Aviv with its hot beaches and shopping meccas is calling Moran's name. With her sister Liad already living in the city, Moran is excited to find her own home there. But for this fashionista, the sparkle of modish digs in the chicest of zip codes can be intoxicating. Will her sister's tough love help avoid a budget meltdown? Find out when Moran returns to Tel Aviv, Israel with help from real estate agent ,Shuli Aviad, and interior designer, Ariella Shneor.
Before contemplating a move down under, Scott and Navine Mackay escaped the hustle of London for the tranquility of Thailand. Life in Southeast Asia was nearly perfect except that Scott commuted between his job in Bangkok and his home in Phuket. He's eager to spend less time on the road, and more time with the family and a move to the Gold Coast of Australia should make things easier. Scott's new job is in nearby Brisbane and the commute won't be nearly as demanding but giving up the lifestyle in Thailand won't be easy, especially for Navine. If she's going to sacrifice paradise for Scott, she wants to make sure she lands the perfect home in Oz. Real estate agent Lucas Wilson knows the Mackays have given up a lot to make the move and is keen to help out. But the realities of the property market down under mean compromise is essential, even with a one million dollar budget. Will Scott get the home with the ideal commute? Or will the ideal commute leave Navine too far from paradise? Find out when House Hunters relocates to the Gold Coast of Australia.
Businessman and former Olympian, Cary Mullen, was used to life on the go, but marriage to wife, Christina, and the birth of three kids made him rethink this hectic pace. After five years of searching, Cary and Christina fell in love with the family-friendly and laid back beach atmosphere in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. They felt right at home and now hope to fulfill their dream of a beachfront property in paradise. With a budget of $1.2 million, real estate agent, Brett Radmin, has no problems finding everything Cary and Christina want. However, the challenge is that in the hot, fast-paced housing market in Puerto, all-cash transactions are the norm. Will Cary and Christina make their dreams come true or will the reality of paying in cash cause them to compromise their wish list? Find out when House Hunters comes ashore in Puerto Escondido, Mexico.
When Greg and Erica discovered their passion for a life in South America, they learned about Montevideo from a Uruguayan friend. When she offered the use of her apartment, they sold their house and belongings and didn't look back. Now 6000 miles from home, they're starting over with a fixed budget. Realtor Patricia Turner takes them through the city and shows them life is good, even if it's not cheap. Will it be something old, something new, or a little of both, and will their budget get them what they want. Find out when House Hunters International takes a leap of faith to Montevideo, Uruguay.
Married for 15 years, avid travelers Eyassu and Shontaye Abegaz always dreamed of living in another country. Though Eyassu was born in Ethiopia, he moved to the States for high school and has been living in the U.S. ever since. Growing tired of their hectic pace in Washington, DC the couple took a trip to Botswana and absolutely fell in love with the country: the culture, the people and the landscape. After Eyassu was offered a teaching job at a university in Gaborone, the couple had their chance to see their dream of living abroad come true. Luckily, Shontaye's job as a travel writer allows her to work anywhere. For Eyassu and Shontaye, Gaborone offers a little adventure and a much slower pace of life. But as the capital city of Botswana, it also has the hustle and bustle of one of Africa's fastest-growing cities and a booming housing market. Testing the waters before committing to purchasing a home, Eyassu and Shontaye have decided to start off renting and are counting on agent Kim Bekker to find them a nice rental encompassing their wish list of 3 to 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a pool within their budget of 1800 U.S. dollars a month.
Lena Stubner and Karin Henriksson are giving up their lives in Sweden to spend the rest of their lives surfing in France. Their dreams are unlimited, but their budget isn't and Hossegor is one of the most expensive areas in France. They are planning to make their living by operating a surf camp in the popular beach destination, so the property they find has to do double duty as both home and business. Real estate agent Joel Vidoudez takes them from the beach and back again with the options. Will they catch the wave or will they hit the deck? Surfs up as House Hunters hangs ten in Hossegor, France.
After 16 hectic years, countless missions, and plenty of uprooting, Andrew Curlewis is calling it quits with Britain's Royal Navy. He and wife Claire are making one final transfer to New Zealand's Royal Navy in Auckland so their family of 4 can set down roots. After years in flux, they're looking for beaches, family atmosphere, and a short commute down to the naval base. They think they've found it in Auckland's North Shore, but real estate agent Debbi Lyons brings bad news: their 1 million budget won't exactly go far in this highly coveted area. The need to spend more creates conflict just when the Curlewis family was hoping to put their life of uncertainty behind them. Will Andrew and Claire give up their hope for a short commute or break the bank to get their dream off the ground? It's all about compromise when House Hunters International immigrates to Auckland, New Zealand.
The Blairs want a drill in all things French and experience is the best teacher. But Franco-mania can produce life's sweetest pleasures and its worst misfortunes. Is the Blair's dream home hiding in the back roads of Europe's dairy land? Find out when House Hunters moves to Normandy, France with the help of property consultant Adrian Leeds.
After warming up to the charms of Krakow, Mike Eden's bank job has the family of eight on the move again. This time, they're transferring to the tropics of Kuala Lumpur. Leaving Krakow so soon is going to be tough and navigating Kuala Lumpur's massive property market will be even tougher. Space for six kids and two dogs is priority number one, but just as important is privacy, especially to Mike's wife, Lisa. Real estate agent Brandon Lim knows that incredible options abound, but with so many stunning properties, hard choices are inevitable and privacy could prove to be elusive in such a congested urban area. Will the Edens go the practical route to get the perfect pad? Or will the wow factor be too good to pass up? Find out when House Hunters explores Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
French stunt woman Karine met her American high wire walker husband Jade when they were both performing with Cirque de Soleil in Orlando, Florida. They got married on a high wire and after relocating to L.A. and living there for six years they decided to move to Gard in the south of France to raise their two sons. Since Karine is French and Jade trained at circus school in France it made perfect sense to return. They packed a twenty foot container and made the move. Their key wishes were to find an old stone house with access to fresh water such as a spring or river, 3 or 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and plenty of outdoor space for Jade's high wire and on which to create an artist's retreat; a dream of Karine's which would allow them to earn money working at home. They also wanted their two young sons to be raised in a more laid-back environment compared to the hustle and bustle of L.A.
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