Remembering ... HGTV's "Vacation House For Free" ~ Sedona Oasis

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty NRDS # 146013739

West Sedona Arizona 86336

HGTV - Vacation House For Free ~ Sedona Oasis

Hosted By Matt Blashaw 

Featuring Joshua Lovell - Joshua Tree Landscape

HGTV - After Reveal Sedona Oasis

This is a photo from after the "Big Reveal"

Before Image of Sedona Oasis

*Before Picture

Concept Drawing of Sedona Oasis HGTV

*Joshua Tree Landscape Design - Artist Rendition 2015

Preface

I saw a reminder from a Facebook post that talked about the "Big Reveal".  At the time Rick did the photo shoot of the episode for Joshua, we were not allowed to post anything on social media until after the "Big Reveal".  The episode did not air until season 2.  Episode 7 first aired in 2016, 9 months after the filming was finished. 

It was very interesting to be involved with this project.  I initially got a call to air one of my listings as a vacation "choice" of the buyers but my sellers did not want to be part of the show.  I found that odd, because it is great publicity for their home. Remember, this was 2015 and a buyers market. Homes were not "flying off the shelves" like 2021-2022! 

Matt Blashaw - refinishing a tabletop...HGTV Sedona Oasis

WEST SEDONA, ARIZONA - Prior to filming this episode, there is a lengthy process of deciding what would go into the show. What areas would the audience like to see or visit. Picking an area that will captivate the audience is only part of the challenge. Other areas such as the participants (e.g. homebuyers), their personality, type of properties, B-roll film, charisma of the host as well as the emphasis on the "Big Reveal" all matter in a successful DIY or HGTV show, like "Vacation House For Free - Sedona Oasis".

Teaser 1 - HGTV - Joshua Treescape Sedona Oasis

HGTV was very fortunate to get Joshua Lovell to help with this particular episode, "Sedona Oasis".  Joshua Treescape Landscaping designed and contracted the landscape project.  Joshua is an actual contractor and has built his own home as well as other projects in the Verde Valley.  His projects are built with quality in mind.

HGTV - Matt Blashaw and Joshua Lovell Vacation Homes for Free

It was Joshua that saw that the drainage on the property was a real problem and had to be addressed.  He was the only contractor who had discussed this with HGTV. It was also his idea to come up with the sliding door addition (not shown in these images) to make it easy to access the backyard paradise that he designed for HGTV.

Completed Fire Pit Day of "Big Reveal" Sedona Oasis

Completed Fire Pit as shown in top image during construction. 

* The "Before" Image and "Artist Rendition" were pulled off video as screenshots. 

HGTV's website page for the teaser of the Sedona Oasis episode.

Rick Sperry Images© - Sheri & Rick Sperry were not compensated by any of the parties for their part in this episode.  

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Comments (30)

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I'm not familiar with this show Sheri but the backyard "After" looks incredible. I read a story written from an Agents point of view a while back and said these types of shows are not as easy to put together as one might think.

Jan 24, 2022 04:50 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Sheri - while FB certainly gets a lot of "hits" for the misfires it may be associated, I do like its birthday reminders and memories that are "shared".  Some of the other stuff -- I simply ignore.  Social media like most - if not all parts - of life is a constant menu of a little of that and some of this.  It's a balancing act.  I juggle the best I can.  

Jan 24, 2022 08:34 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. - Sometimes, we just have to scratch our heads when dealing with clients. Congrats on being in contract in Joshua Tree.  My son, loved to spend off-time hiking there when we lived in CA. Now he has the Red Rocks of Sedona. 

Jan 24, 2022 08:41 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker -I watch a lot of HGTV.  One time I was watching a home remodel show in Chicago, where they have an open house and get comments from the visitors, all of a sudden my brother-in-law and his wife come through the door!  It was surreal, partly because they live in Orange County CA. 

Jan 24, 2022 08:55 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® oh wow, Sheri... how fun! I only check out HGTV when I have nothing else to watch... although I do tune into the House Hunters International when they are showing European countries. I've been through that process personally so it's always interesting to me to see what's happening in real estate in Western Europe.

Jan 25, 2022 05:28 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Brian England - Yes, Joshua does top quality work!  

Jan 24, 2022 08:56 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Joan Cox - Most of us would always take free marketing.  When it is on HGTV that is even better. 

Jan 24, 2022 08:59 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel, It was interesting and fun. You never know what doors will open up. I found out later that my nephew went to college with Matt Blashaw and they were actually at the same real estate firm in Orange County!  It is a small world. 

Jan 24, 2022 09:01 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Ed Silva - You are correct.  The planning for an episode like this starts many months before the actual filming. 

Jan 24, 2022 09:04 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Roy Kelley - Thank you.  Have a great start to this new week. 

Jan 24, 2022 09:04 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - Thank you so much for the feature. Looking back on this experience, I am glad we have images and video to document this memory.  

Jan 24, 2022 09:08 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Laura Cerrano - I have had a professional video team film a commercial for me.  It is always a little surreal to see yourself on TV. 

Jan 24, 2022 09:10 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - They look easy but after being there for just part of the final filming and talking to the production crew, there is a lot of planning and time for an episode like this.  They even brought a staging company all the way from Phoenix to stage the house and backyard for one day of shooting. It was incredible to see. I was on-set for 3 days with my husband who was taking the pics for Joshua, during the final phase of on-site production.  Then there is post-production.  

Jan 24, 2022 09:17 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Michael Jacobs - I am not addicted at all to SM.  I do try to catch up with friends and relatives that I don't see.  I am glad that I got to see this memory pop up. 

Jan 24, 2022 09:20 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Sheri and thanks for sharing this great blog with us here in the Rain.  Have a great Monday!

 

Jan 24, 2022 02:34 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for sharing this episode with us. I hope you’re having a great Monday Sheri 🙂

Jan 24, 2022 02:41 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Sheri - OMG you must have been thrilled.  You really were fortunate to be so close to everything and I am sure the publicity helped your business.

Jan 25, 2022 05:30 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Thank you Will Hamm - Busy week ahead - listing appointment, photo shoot, and inspections.  Have a great week.

Jan 25, 2022 07:49 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - This year is starting out really strong. Which of course is a good thing. Happy Tuesday!

Jan 25, 2022 07:51 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Grant Schneider - It gives you a lot of insight as to how these episodes are made.  there is a lot that goes into one episode. I enjoyed it. Have a great rest of the week!

Jan 25, 2022 07:54 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Sheri:

What fun to be part of that project. The end product was beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I haven't watched HGTV in ages now that we no longer get cable.

Jeff

Jan 29, 2022 02:51 PM