The Colemans wanted to find their “dream home” on Sanibel Island. Now a Fox Business TV show is telling their story — from how the couple met to how they bought their multi-million-dollar house.
A film crew from “American Dream Home” followed Lisa and Keith Coleman on a freezing January weekend as the Ohio couple visited three houses and talked about their love story and their search for a dream home.
Lisa Coleman, 50, says she loves how the show is as much about the people as it is about the houses.
“I would never have done this if it was HGTV or something,” says Coleman, a commercial interior designer in Columbus, Ohio. “But it’s nice, because it doesn’t just focus on the house. It focuses on how we met, how we got to where we are now and are able to achieve our American dream.
“Because it kind of tells our story together and how we ended up here. … That’s what was kind of sweet.”
Sanibel realtor Tony DiBiase helped the Colemans find their previous house on Sanibel, and he also helped them find their new house when they wanted to upgrade. The couple wanted a bigger house with a boat dock, access to deep water, privacy and lots of bedrooms for their visiting family and friends.
With the film crew recording everything, DiBiase and the Colemans visited three island homes in January — each worth $2 million or more.
“They were all gorgeous homes,” says DiBiase, a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway. “And, honestly, the show only wanted gorgeous homes.”
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The film crew took some getting used to, Coleman admits. But that didn’t take long.
“It was actually fun,” she says. “We were lucky: We had the best crew ever. We were having a good time and laughing and working at the same time. It was a great experience.”
Sanibel is important to Coleman and her husband, who owns a construction company that builds office space and industrial warehousing. They spend most of their time in Ohio, she says, but they vacation on Sanibel whenever they can.
“I’ve been coming down here since I was a baby,” she says. “We used to come down here all the time for holidays, or just for summer vacation, with my grandmother, my sister. So I’ve been coming here since I was a little kid.
“It’s been nice, because my husband and I were able to come back here and buy our own home.”
Wednesday’s episode is part of “American Dream Home’s” second season. The show tells heartwarming and inspirational stories behind how people found their “forever homes.”
Learn more about the show or stream Wednesday’s episode at foxbusiness.com/shows/american-dream-home.
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