When we watch HGTV (we all do, quit lying to yourself), part of the point is that we’re looking at homes and items within homes that we could never afford in our wildest dreams.
Homes often going over $1 million, featuring a marble-topped island in the kitchen that’s the size of my bedroom, you name it, and it’s been on HGTV for us to fantasize about.
But now and again HGTV will air episodes of shows that relate to the common person. Maybe it’s an episode of house hunters in Atlanta where the budget is *only* $130,000. Or maybe it’s an episode of Fixer Upper where their all-in budget is somewhere around $200,000. They’re few and far between, but they do exist, and it sort of helps to keep (most of us) grounded on what we can really afford.
Which brings us to Lakefront Bargain Hunt, which airs Sundays on HGTV.
When you see the word “bargain” you would think you are watching a show where the houses are affordable, and everyday people are looking for these places along the water.
You would be wrong.
Most of the time these bargains are north of $300,000 and are not even a permanent home for the people looking, but a weekend getaway spot where they can play with their boats, jet skis, and whatever other rich person toys they might own.
Just this past Sunday the episode on had a max budget of $380,000 and the lake they were looking at was man-made, and essentially a gated community that had a pool and clubhouse, basically a resort to keep the poors out. And like I mentioned earlier, this was not going to be a permanent home for this family. $380,000 for a weekend lake house in a gated community, some bargain.
And then they start to complain, as is the rules of every HGTV show.
Oh, this deck is too small. Oh, this weekend house that we’ll only go to in the summer doesn’t have an updated enough kitchen. Oh, there are trees in the way of the view of the lake, even though we can still see the water. Hmm, the water is only 3 feet deep here off the dock, we really wanted to be able to jump in off the dock. Shit like that, which are really the ultimate first-world problems when you’re buying a weekend house.
And then sometimes they don’t even buy a house on the lake!
One episide this couple bought a house that had lake views, and was a 10-minute walk to the water. That’s not lakefront! That’s near a lake, or has lake views. You’re lying about the name of your show if the couple picks this house! I want my 30 minutes back.
I get these people have worked to buy this place, or maybe they just had parents die and got lucky, but to insinuate the homes they are looking at on this show are a bargain, is insulting to 99% of the world.
Yes, they might be a “bargain” to someone who has almost $400k to spend on a lake house, but to those of us who are looking at a regular full-time house for under $100k, that’s not a bargain at all.
Long story short, what I’m saying is that I’m mad at all these mayonnaise looking people on HGTV who can buy a lakefront house on a “bargain” and get a TV show made about it.
OVERALL RATING: 7.5 out of 10. Would watch again.