Cooperstown got national attention last week for more than baseball as a local couple’s search for a house in the village finished on an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters.
Jesse and Denise Hollis, a doctor and lawyer, respectively, had been renting since they moved to New York from Florida a couple of years ago so Jesse could take a job at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. Their episode, “Not Another Victorian,” aired for the first time Tuesday, July 16, and ended with them purchasing an 1890s Victorian in Cooperstown at 14 Pine Blvd.
The couple had been searching for a home with local real estate agent, Denise Page-LaCava of Stack-Page Properties, for much of the time they had been living here, she said.
“I had been showing them houses for about two years,” Page-LaCava said Friday, July 19 in an interview with The Daily Star. “Anytime a house came up in the village, we were there.”
She said she showed the couple at least 12 houses, but in the episode, Page-LaCava shows the couple three homes, including two outside of Cooperstown. The other two houses are still for sale.
The first house in the episode was a 120-acre property on Stone House Road in Fly Creek, which is listed at $1.2 million, the top of the Hollis family’s budget. They seemed to like the house, which had the pool and guest house they wanted, but deemed it too much work to maintain.
The third house shown was on Reiss Road in Pierstown and listed for $849,000. It was a contemporary craftsman, which Denise Hollis liked, on two acres overlooking Otsego Lake. The episode teased the couple picking this house before revealing they went with the village location, which listed for $725,000, but the episode revealed they bought for $645,000.
The Cooperstown house, shown second, needed significant upgrades, including floor restorations, a new kitchen and the conversion of a small bedroom into a master bathroom. However, in reality, Page-LaCava said she knew it was probably going to be the house for the Hollis family as soon as her partner, Amy Stack, got the listing.
“I knew they wanted to be on one of two streets, Pine or Nelson (Avenue),” she said. “If a house came up on Pine or Nelson, that was what they wanted. He wanted a Victorian, and it already had a pool. It had a guest house. It just checked so many of their boxes.”
The episode was originally scheduled to air in January, but it got pushed back six months. Page-LaCava was bound by a non-disclosure agreement since the episode filmed, but she said she never minded or had trouble keeping the show’s secrets.
“We’re very private about business anyway,” she said. “It was kind of exciting to keep it all a surprise.”
The episode will air in repeats, but HGTV has not announced a schedule for it to re-air. It should be available for viewing on systems with on-demand services.
A few days after the air-date, Page-LaCava said little has changed for her business-wise, but everything she has heard about the episode — which features glimpses of Kingfisher Tower, The Otesaga Resort Hotel, Brewery Ommegang, and Main and Pioneer streets, among other views — has been positive.
“It has been great,” she said. “Everybody is very happy with how they promoted the area.”
Greg Klein, staff writer, can be reached at email@example.com or 607-441-7211.