Have you been watching Drew and Jonathan Scott remodel their own place in Las Vegas on HGTV’s Property Brothers at Home?
The 5,000-square-foot house was in foreclosure when they bought it. Jonathan says, “It’s a nice house. It was built in 2008. It was just boring.”
They spent 5 months turning it into a place where their family could gather for holidays and vacations.
They recently gave a fun interview to the Daily Beast and said the biggest misconception about them is that they’re gay (nope). I had to laugh because one of the top searches on my blog each week is “Property Brothers gay?”
The other question they hear a lot: “Are they single?” Answer: Jonathan is, but Drew has a girlfriend (sorry, Ladies).
They’re originally from Vancouver.
According to an article in the Las Vegas Review, Jonathan moved to Las Vegas seven years ago to renovate foreclosures and further his secondary career as a magician. Drew followed two years later.
They bought this house together in 2011 but were working and traveling too much to do anything with it before now.
How Scripted Is Property Brothers?
BTW, since I wrote about how scripted Property Brothers is, I heard from someone working behind the scenes who confirmed it:
Like House Hunters, Property Brothers is also a completely forgone conclusion IN EVERY EPISODE. For The Unsellables we even find the alternative homes, the agents don’t do anything, they just connect us with the buyers and we feature them as a thanks. The nature of all ‘reality’ TV is highly contrived — ‘real life’ is often just too boring.
On Property Brothers the home has already been purchased in advance. They cast people who have access to both the old home and the new property simultaneously. It’s true that some episodes don’t end with a purchase but there are other episodes where a selection/purchase is implied but in actuality never takes place. Furthermore, often times listing prices are altered for the audience from the agent’s actual listing price.”
For more information about “Property Brothers at Home,”
visit HGTV and the Las Vegas Review.
Photos by David Tsay.
About a month ago, something went wrong with our cable, and we could no longer see several channels, including HGTV. I haven’t missed that channel enough to do anything about it yet. I stopped watching the Property Brothers because I couldn’t stand watching them cut up one more house to make it “open concept”! This Vegas house is not to my taste at all, but in the spirit of Christmas, I’ll say that the brothers seem like nice people and I wish them well.
HGTV used to be one of my favorites (5+ years ago). I just can’t stand watching it anymore. Don’t they only have like four or five shows that they just reply ad-nauseum? Like Laura (commentor above), if they cut that channel from my lineup, I wouldn’t miss it. Sorry HGTV.
Carrie S G says
Well regarding the house, it’s all very nice and somewhat masculine (which is fine, since hey they **are** bachelors). DO NOT LIKE that “herringbone” crazy stripes around the fireplace – bad choice, distracting. Looks like the stripes around a cartoon radio indicating someone is speaking. But the pool is gorgeous and this is Vegas – so that’s the most important thing.
I still watch HGTV, scripted or not. I love the last 5 minutes of every show – particularly Love It Or List It Two and Flip or Flop. The design ideas are right up my alley.
Love your description of the herringbone and can’t disagree with you, Carrie. Thought they were painted on at first but then realized they were actually tile, so not as easy to change.
The last 5 minutes! That’s all you really need to see. Sometimes when another show has ended I used to turn to HGTV to see the reveal. The constant pre-commercial previews and post-commercial recaps are too tedious to sit through on these shows.
Watched the show. Love everything except the hideous ‘herringbone’ wall crap over the fireplace. That 2 story wall unit is amazing! As is the backyard.
I don’t watch this show but I do like their pool and the sliding wall of windows. Although Vegas may actually be TOO hot much of the year to use it. I’m guessing the kitchen wasn’t a bit priority, since there are there so few days out of the year.
Yeah, I think they mentioned that their mom is the only one who really uses the kitchen when she’s in town. In which case I kind of think they should have let her have some say in how it looks. 🙂
They look like Charlie Brown’s stripes! Awful, and they take away focus from the amazing built-in.
Charlie Brown stripes! I can totally see that now that you mentioned it. LOL
I LOVE this entire house! The before was okay but the after is freakin incredible!
I’m a little surprised they didn’t change out the island sink with an under mounted sink and very surprised they didn’t change out all that granite backsplash with glass tiles or something. How fun is that pool slide must be. Long time reader, first time poster. Julia love your website.
I was surprised they didn’t at least change the backsplash, too. Nice to hear from you, Zoe — thanks! 🙂
I’ve been watching this show and one of my favorite things is that light fixture in the great room. It’s so cool and unique.
All the HGTV shows are the same, with predictable, scripted fake drama.
Even Sarah Richardson’s newest show follows the mold!
Alie B says
This place is pretty spectacular, but what else would we expect, from these guys? My daughter was in the “they’re gay” camp, so I’ll have to let her know that she was WRONG, and I was RIGHT! Anyone with a 14 year old knows it’s hard to be right, as a parent…ever! 🙂
Yes, I agree with what’s been said, about the predictability and scripted drama of these shows. It’s getting a bit much. I also think it’s silly when the homeowners are asked to “help out” with the reno, to save costs. They do about 5 token minutes of work, then they’re off to shop for accessories, furniture, appliances, etc. My husband won’t even be in the same room with me anymore, while I’m watching HGTV. He is soooo sick of design TV!
I have to say I agree with other posters about hgtv. I’ve been watching it less and less. I do however like these brothers, and follow them on facebook. They are very much into their fans and interacting with them. I like the house, not exactly my style, but it seems to suit them. And I’m guessing that they may have enough money to pay someone to dust the 2-story high wood shelving system above the tv? Is it sad that, that was my first reaction? lol
Too funny. Yeah, dusting up there could be a challenge! I always wonder about stuff like that too, Debbie. 🙂
Alie B says
PS: About their older brother looking like Harry Connick….you’re right, Julia! I used to be such a huge fan of Harry’s. I loved him in Hope Floats. However, after watching him last season on American Idol, and witnessing his diva ways, I now dislike him. What’s really sad is that he seems to have lost his ability to carry a tune. The last few times I’ve heard him perform, he’s been terribly off key! He’s still gorgeous and is still fantastic on the piano, though. 🙂
Glad I’m not the only one who sees the resemblance! I got to see him in concert and actually got my photo taken with him years ago (sort of — I was in a group pic with several others crowded around, so I doubt he remembers me, ha) and he seemed very nice. I haven’t been watching AI so I didn’t know he was a diva on it — I wouldn’t have guessed that!
Alie B says
Lucky you, Julia. You got to see Harry in concert when he could sing! 🙂
I can see the resemblance, but I think he looks
like Jon Bon Jovi too!
I hadn’t thought of Jon Bon Jovi — too funny!
Jill B says
I watch HC, JR on AI last year and loved him. I didnt think he acted like a diva at all. In fact, I liked the fact he tried to teach them a little something about music. But I disgress, I like HGTV. I’ll agree a lot of the shows seem to be the same but its what people are watching and we all know, ratings drive TV.
Country Girl says
Thanks for this info on the PBs. I don’t have cable and see HGTV very rarely, but as scripted and fake as they all obviously are, these guys are at least pleasant.
Now ….. can you feature that guy who puts income apartments in people’s homes? His show would be harder to fake, and besides, he seems really **nice** .
I agree, Income Property with Scott McGillivray has been my favorite HGTV show for quite a while. The episodes are only a 1/2 hour, which makes them feel not quite as drawn out. Plus, having met him he’s one of the nicest people. Although it is still “scripted” reality TV, there’s just something different about it that keeps me tuned in.
I don’t know why it seems that HGTV runs the same shows ALL the time. Whenever I turn it on it’s either Property Brothers or Love It or List It. Ugh. As for this house, it’s certainly an improvement over the boring original, though not my style at all. I think that’s one reason I don’t watch Property Brothers – their style is very contemporary and trend oriented. The times I have watched I’m distressed when they tear out the only bits of charm or character the house had so it can have a contemporary flair. I think it will all be dated in ten years, if not before. With this bland contemporary house, their style is actually well suited, and I like some of the more classic furnishings (the bar stools, for instance). I can’t figure out why anyone wants a two-story living room any more other than they love the drama – which would be understandable here. I agree with you about the kitchen cabinet doors – seems like a waste – and I wondered about the original sink in the island. So, not my style, but they seem like nice guys.
I don’t mean to be offensive but I think the whole place looks tacky.
Uh yeah, that stripe around the fireplace is not a good design choice. I do love the built in, but like another reader I wondered how it gets dusted. Sad my head goes there whenever I see open shelving everywhere. Life is too short to constantly spend it dusting LOL
The outdoor area is amazing!
I like it but it is rather “masculine.” I’m more of a rustic-country-and-flowers kind of girl.
However, I think it is tastefully designed and even like the fireplace and scroll work. I do not think it is hideous but interesting and modern looking.
I watch them sometimes and like them.
Sue T. says
Merry Christmas, Julia… always love your blog. Not my style. I like “homey”. The brothers seem like nice young men & love their family. I have to agree with many of the comments, HGTV isn’t what it use to be. Too much “drama”. I do like Before & After, hope the producers don’t “tweek” it in season #2.
Hi Julia, I am so excited to see that you did post the Property Brothers. I love those guys & this show really got to see them being themselves.What a nice family they are. While their decorating style isn’t mine I still do so appreciate all the beautiful things (sans that zig zag) that they did. What nice sons to do this so they can all be together. I don’t really care how fake HGTV shows are ( you can tell cause they all have the same outcomes)Its great to see the repairs & improvements in all. I too have contacted HGTV & told them I want to see the old type shows when they taught you how to decorate & make & repair things, but I think this younger generation just wants to’ gut it all the time’ & make it their “non style” (I call todays decorating that)
OMG I nearly DIED when I saw the Home Alone house today. So So Sad, I cant unsee that..Thanks alot for that.. But in my heart it will always remain as it was in the movie as I still like that kind of cozy colors & clutter, homey feel & its personality. Todays decorating has none of that plus its always in cool colors. not 4 me!
As always, great job Julia for all you do. Thanx & Happy Holidays to you & your Family,
I think many of the HGTV shows seem so staged but recently found the show the Fixer Upper. Who knows that couple maybe nothing like they appear but I’d like to think they are the real deal. Great couple that do amazing things will run down properties.
Love that show!
I hadn’t seen this – great post. I love The Property Brothers and think they’re adorable in an old lady way. 🙂
I like most of what they did to the house, but particularly building their parents the guest house. Very sweet.
Yes HCJ could be a fourth brother!
I don’t like that they have two armchairs behind the couch. In that one picture one can see that they don’t belong to a second seating area or anything.
Yeah, that’s a little awkward, isn’t it?
Fencing in Orange County says
Merry Christmas, Julia I LOVE this entire house! The scenery is so gorgeous along with its fencing that has created a secured and jovial environment for merry Christmas. I appreciated your link. Nice sharing.
Linda G says
It’s always interesting to see what choices are made in a reno or remodel. I feel that there seems to be too much storage in this house now! Rather, I think the way the built-ins and shelving were done is too heavy-handed.
The tall, dark wall of cabinetry in the family room off the kitchen feels oppressive. There seem to be three heavy- looking statues up high, ready to tumble at any moment, and a giant sword to impale you. Scary. The kitchen cabinet doors are a head-scratcher. I wonder why they changed out the doors. I also fthonk that room do feels too heavy with so many dark doors. I’m glad the doors are not white, but something feels “off” to me. Maybe I’ve just become accustomed to seeing open shelving in kitchens.
The wall of shelving around the bedroom tv also looks too busy. I love the other bedroom photo, though! That looks like a magazine shot. Even the lighting seems different.
The pool house seems too light, in my opinion. I wouldn’t mind the contrasting styles of architecture if the color palette was a better match.
To each his own!
I absolutely LOVE the pool. We purchased our first ever home here in Vegas after 20 years in the military and want to upgrade our pool area to include a slide. I haven’t been able to find anyone to install a slide. Any help is greatly appreciated!!!
I got sucked in for a while and then noticed it was scripted and same demolishers appeared from different programs Seems to me it could be made more honestly as real people can be interesting. You shouod let people know it is scripted otherwise it is such a fake
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what happens to the items that you take out of the house when you do a makeover on them? I live in McCreary Co in Ky and a lot of people here could use some of the stuff that you throw out I know I could so is there a way we can get it at little to no cost our country is one of the poorest in the U.S. so every little bit does help