After working long hours behind her desk, corporate lawyer Emerald realized cooking was her true passion. So, she's giving up a stable job in Perth to pursue a dream in Paris with friend and fellow foodie Wallis. Their plan is to create a business of hosting dinner parties, for paying guests, out of Emerald's home. In addition to a well-appointed kitchen and large dining area, Emerald desires a quintessentially French style home. But Wallis has a stake in Emerald's house hunt too, and reality checking her business partner, has been a challenge. So, Wallis is relying on property consultant Adrian Leeds to make sure Emerald doesn't bite off more than she can chew in the pricy Parisian rental market. Watch when House Hunters International savors life to the fullest in Paris, France.
For Lisa Anselmo, visiting Paris has always felt like home away from home. So when her mother passed away she looked to France for rejuvenation. Now, she's convinced that finding the perfect apartment in her favorite arrondissement could bring her some needed joy. She's seeking la vie en rose but Parisian prices could put a damper on her dream. With space coming at a premium price, Lisa will have to find the sweet spot between size and location when House Hunters International goes to Paris, France.
Hawaii's high cost of living means single mom Nancy has to work constantly to keep the money rolling in. That leaves no time to spend with her five year old daughter Jacqueline. They both love the beach and the surf, and Nancy wants to replicate that lifestyle where the cost of living is more affordable. She decides to sell everything they own, and with the proceeds, return to Costa Rica where she lived years ago. She will hunt for a condo on Costa Rica's Pacific coast where the recovering real estate market challenges Nancy's budget and her need for a location suitable for a young child. Watch as House Hunters International goes surfing in Tamarindo, Costa Rica.
Living a busy, work-dominated life in Silicon Valley finally caught up to Mark and his wife Nelly, and they've decided to leave California behind to raise their daughter in a more relaxed environment. Nelly is from Peru, but it's the Santa Elena Province in neighboring Ecuador where she and her husband have set their sights, as they agree it's the kind of place they want to raise their daughter. But while Nelly is hoping to live in a gated community to make their daughter's transition easier, Mark relishes his privacy and would prefer a stand-alone home. Find out which sensibility prevails when House Hunters International visits Santa Elena, Ecuador.
Australians Sam and Lisa Chiodo have been professionally renovating homes for over 15 years. They look for properties with a story, move in, fix it up, sell it, and move on. In 2005, they took on a renovation in Italy, and it instantly felt like home. But with a young family, a permanent move wasn't in the cards. Several years later, the Chiodo family is finally ready to relocate from Australia's beaches to Italy's mountainous Piedmont region. This time, they're looking to renovate an older property to permanently live in. But with a budget of only 20,000 dollars, and winter quickly approaching, Sam, Lisa, and real estate agent Bruna don't have any time to spare. See if the Chiodo family can find the simple life when House Hunters International explores the Piedmont region of Italy.
A job opportunity has Chandru moving his family from Seattle to breathtaking Barcelona. He hopes this move will bring his busy family closer together. After growing up in the suburbs, Veena is thrilled she and the girls will have the chance to experience the culture of an urban center. But from his roots in India, Chandru remembers how difficult city life can be and is demanding what he had stateside at any cost. And with their modest budget, they'll have to decide what is best for the whole family in Barcelona, Spain.
Hailing from the small, sleepy town of Iroquois Falls, Canada, Shari Denault was hankering for a change. So, she accepted a teaching position in Poland's bustling capital city. But Warsaw's rich culture and remarkable legacy weren't its only draws. Shari is also hoping to track down the relatives her great-grandfather left behind nearly a century ago. Now, with a tight budget and particular ideal, she's searching this humming metropolis for a home that will give her easy access to her new job on the city's outskirts and to the bars and cafes of Warsaw's historic Old Town. House Hunters International uncovers the past and dives into the future in Warsaw, Poland.
Joel and Kate Chury have comfortable lives just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia. Married for three and a half years, Kate is a full-time dietician while Joel works as a freelance business writer. But after the birth of their son Silas, the couple began reevaluating their priorities, valuing family-time over a two-income home. And a work trip to Paraguay showed Joel firsthand just how comfortably his family could live on less money in South America. In pursuit of an easier life, the couple is taking a leap of faith and relocating to the country's capital, Asuncion, with Kate trading in her breadwinner status to become a stay at home mom, relying entirely on Joel's freelance job. But with expats swarming over Paraguay, eager to take advantage of the country's low cost of living and a fast growing economy, the Chury Family will try to find a brand new, 3 bedroom home for 1,000 dollars. Find out if Joel & Kate find an inexpensive home that meets their expensive taste when House Hunters International settles into Asuncion, Paraguay.
The last time that April Cielica lived abroad, she met her husband Kuba, so when her job offered her a position in Bucharest, Romania, April was thrilled. While she's excited to introduce her six year old son Zak to Europe, Kuba would rather stay in Suburban Cincinnati. When he left his native Poland for the U.S., Kuba immediately fell in love with all things American, including spacious and modern suburban homes. April knows it won't be easy to convince Kuba to give up his American creature comforts, even though living in a diverse downtown would be better for broadening Zak's horizons. The Cielica Family has to weigh a suburban or city life when House Hunters International visits Bucharest, Romania.
Cathy and Michael have always loved visiting Punta de Mita, Mexico. They've dreamed of retiring amongst the sun and surf, but when Michael's job hits a bump in the road, they're rethinking retirement. Michael wants to purchase a property to secure their future, while facing an uncertain present, but Cathy thinks investing a nest egg now might be a big mistake. At odds over renting or buying the perfect property, Michael and Cathy must find some middle ground, when House Hunters International goes south of the border to Punta de Mita, Mexico.
Travel writer Liz Carlson is giving up a life of hostels and hotels to make her home base in Wellington, New Zealand. After renting a short term sublet, she looks forward to enjoying her own place downtown, but with her high expectations in the city's fast paced market, sticking to her meager budget means she will have to make a compromise before her options vanish.
Brits Tony and Alison moved to the US 17 years ago. 11 homes and three children later, they have yet to settle down for too long. Now that Tony has been presented with a job opportunity in Melbourne, the Burnsides are considering a move to a nearby area just outside the city called Mornington Peninsula. They've fallen in love with the location, but now they need to figure out exactly what they're looking for in a long-term rental. Tony makes his case for a modern home, while Alison prefers a traditional feel like their last house back in the US. There's a lot hanging in the balance with this decision, not just for Alison and Tony, but for their kids, too.
Drew and Shannon found the perfect home in the perfect town in Ohio, but about a month later Drew received an international assignment to Brussels for work. This will be the third time Drew and Shannon have lived abroad, but this time is different as the kids are older now and require much more consideration as far as where they'll make their new home. Drew and Shannon are also split on the use of space. Drew wants to rock out with the kids in the music room of his dreams while Shannon has visions of a peaceful library where the kids can read and learn. Find out if they rock loud or read quietly as House Hunters International visits Brussels, Belgium.
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