In 2012 for the first time in “The Bachelor/Bachelorette’s” lengthy span on ABC (since 2002), the popular reality show did not debut at the Spanish-style estate “Villa de la Vina” located in the Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California, but rather in Charlotte, NC.
Why the change in venue? One reason: Charlotte is the hometown of new Bachelorette, Emily Maynard.
We were lucky enough to be let loose on the property and bring the “Aspire” touch to a sexy photoshoot on the amazing property.
Since Maynard was a single mom and she didn’t want to take her daughter out of school, the producers were challenged with finding a home in Charlotte that needed to look good on TV and can hold up to the strain of housing a minimum of 25 eligible bachelors.
They ended up selecting a $5.89 million dollar estate in a gated community in Charlotte. Not only is it private, set on 5 acres, but it has all the romantic trimmings for creating romantic reality show moments.
And, as the listing agent Nick Peters of Peters and Associates points out, it has a ballroom.
“There are beautiful houses all over,” Peters said, “but this one has an official grand ballroom with a 20-foot-high fireplace made of solid marble. The room also has gold-glazed mahogany trim, silk window treatments and gorgeous lighting.”
An ideal place, if you watch the show, to host the dramatic rose ceremony in which The Bachelorette eliminates potential suitors.
The Bachelorette home is a European-style mansion with stucco and stone exteriors. Boasting 12,000 square feet of living space, the 6-bedroom, 8.5-bath home has plenty of room for filming the reality TV show. The home features high-end finishes, and specifically a two-inch thick marble floor that runs from the home’s entrance down its main hallway.
Although the home’s interiors are spectacular, most of the first episode of the show focused on the grounds of the property — from an enormous lawn, big enough to land a helicopter, to a slate courtyard with benches, intimate gardens, fountain and fire pit. The Charlotte home also includes a salt-water pool with mosaic-tiled waterfall.