Allie and Jordan Darr would watch the television show House Hunters nearly every night when they dated, and it continued to be their favorite show into their marriage.
On Sept. 5 at 10 p.m., the couple and their three children will be the stars of the HGTV network's House Hunters for an episode.
In November and December, the family moved from a rental in Sylvania to Perrysburg. The film crew of House Hunters followed them and their real estate agent. In all, the show next month will show the three Perrysburg homes they visited, with the one they bought highlighted..
"We watched it every single night. I never imagined we'd be on it," Mrs. Darr said.
The storyline of the show is to follow a family and real estate agent go through three homes and at the end of the episode, viewers get to see which house they picked. Although the Darrs have been in their home for almost nine months, they had a distant family member joke about how they "spoiled" the ending.
"What's really cool about the whole thing is it was able to capture our family at that time," Mrs. Darr said. "We can always look back to see where we've been and are now."
The Darrs' three children are Vincent, Luke, and Jude. There is another one on the way, and Mrs. Darr thinks it will be another boy.
With Mr. Darr being a salesman who travels throughout Michigan and Ohio, the home's location is ideal. Mrs. Darr said Perrysburg was good because of it's activity.
"Perrysburg is so family oriented and there's always activities and things going on...," Mrs. Darr said.
To make sure the featured family purchases a house, HGTV first waits for that to occur and then has the family and real estate agent reenact the review of the three houses.
"I think it is realistic. The family goes through and weighs out the pros and cons," said Kathy Willis, the family's real estate agent from Danberry Co. "It was awesome to do, as a real estate agent, it is like a dream to be on HGTV's No. 1 show."
For the Darrs, the big issues in picking a new home was room for their growing family, getting a room for a closed office for Mr. Darr, a studio room for Mrs. Darr's photography. Also, the neighborhood mattered.
Of the three houses, one was in a neighborhood northeast of town, one was located in downtown Perrysburg, and another was south of Levis Commons in a new development area.
The family and agent are interested to see how they are depicted on the show. Mrs. Darr said she'll cringe, curious how the footage is edited. Ms. Willis wants to see the side-interviews with each person to see what they said about each other.
With three boys and school starting at the same time, Mrs. Darr hopes the family will be able to watch the show together.
"It's going to be really, really cool," Mrs. Darr said. "It is a once and a lifetime opportunity and I'm glad we did it."