Martin County Will Be Highlighted On HGTV's 'We Bought The Farm' Episode That Airs This Weekend
There's a new family in town, and they'll be starring in an HGTV episode about house hunting in Martin County that airs this weekend.
The new TV series, called "We Bought The Farm," focuses on urban families who are looking for open spaces and searching for the farmhouse of their dreams. The Martin County-centric episode will debut Saturday, April 9, at 11 p.m. and air again a few hours later at 2 a.m. on Sunday, April 10.
Entitled "Farming the Florida Way," the episode follows the Reese family—Sid, a Miami firefighter; wife Melinda; and their eight children—as they are looking to move to Martin County ahead of Sid's retirement.
Four local homes were featured, three of which are now sold and closed, according to realtor Stefani Hughes, who represented the buyers. One of those, of course, is the family's new household.
"My gift was to be able to work with this great family of 10 and move them and familiarize them with Martin County, which is where I've lived all my life," she said. "Then really the icing on the cake was me taking this call from HGTV."
Hughes had previously worked as an agent for one of Sid's friends, another retired firefighter who wanted to move to the Treasure Coast. She had already connected with the Reese family when they gave her the heads up that HGTV would be chronicling their farmhouse purchase for a program focused on "city slickers moving to the farm."
Hughes, who works with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Realty, was also asked to introduce the HGTV crew to Martin County when they came to town in November. The culminating experience included six days of filming, which consisted of "long, hard hours in between raindrops," she said.
The Reese family looked at properties in local areas including Stuart, Palm City and Indiantown. The homes Hughes chose to show them had to meet their criteria—spacious for the 10-person family, enough land to raise farm animals, near I-95 for Sid's commute to Miami until he retires—and she was limited to working with sellers or agents who were willing to appear on national television.
"They wanted a lifestyle which included land, being close to town and the water," Hughes said.
One of the homes, located in Palm City Farms, featured a brand new pool and landscaping. At the same time, it also offered rustic elements, with John Deere tractors and a log fireplace, according to listing agent Stacey Hetherington of Sailfish Realty.
"That particular property had a beautiful, beautiful landscape, you know, tropical, cool, so you don’t even know you’re in the country," she said.
For those who can't catch the episode live this weekend, there will also be a watch party at Sailor's Return in Stuart—where a scene was filmed—on Thursday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m.
"It will kind of be my way to share with others and allow the people of Martin County to be part of it," Hughes said.
Watch this episode of "We Bought the Farm" Saturday, April 9, at 11p.m. ET on HGTV
For more on "We Bought the Farm," visit HGTV.com.
Here's a look at some of the Martin County homes featured in the episode:
Courtesy Sailfish Realty
Courtesy Sailfish Realty
(Lead photo courtesy of Sid and Melinda Reese courtesy of HGTV)