Daniel Island ‘House Hunters’ episode debuts on HGTV
Daniel Island was the star of a “House Hunters” episode that premiered on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
The timing was perfect as the episode followed Air Force veteran Sherri Ginger and her real estate agent, Coastal Luxury Homes co-founder Rachel Urso, in their search for the perfect home on Daniel Island.
As an island resident, Urso was eager to have her best friend move back to the area. Ginger wanted a turnkey, coastal-chic penthouse condo with a water view, but Urso thought a single family home on Daniel Island was a more practical purchase. With the cameras rolling, the friends worked together to find the perfect place at the perfect price.
Ginger purchased her first Daniel Island home 10 years ago when she was flying C-17s out of Joint Base Charleston. After retiring from the Air Force, Ginger became a pilot for Delta Airlines and was based out of Atlanta. Even though she relocated, Ginger kept her Daniel Island property as a rental. As an airline pilot, Ginger could work anywhere and she longed to return to Daniel Island.
The episode filmed earlier this year, but the two women had to keep the final home choice under wraps until airtime. After months of waiting, the secret was out, and more than 100 friends, family, and neighbors gathered to celebrate at a red carpet viewing party in Ginger’s newly remodeled property.
Although Ginger was hesitant to take on a remodeling project, Urso promised to co-pilot her through the renovations, and the decision was made. After some updating, her Daniel Island water view condo became the stunning chic bachelorette pad of her dreams.
Before the show debuted on HGTV, party-goers admired Ginger’s new digs and sipped on local favorite, Pixie Bubbles. The champagne was created by Daniel Island resident “Pixie” Paula Dezzutti — owner of Local Choice Spirits and publisher of Skirt Magazine. “The show was an opportunity to celebrate two amazing women whom I’m proud to have as colleagues and friends,” said Dezzutti.
After viewing the episode for the first time, the two were thrilled with the outcome. “The whole episode was a pleasant surprise since we had no idea how the footage would be edited … I did love when I told Sherri to ‘penny up’ if she wants it all,” laughed Urso.
“I thought the episode was very empowering for women. It showed us that you can reach for the stars on your own,” Ginger said.
Ginger’s biggest surprise of the evening came from the reaction of the crowd to her fur baby. “I had more compliments about her being a little star from everyone,” she said. “Watch out, Daniel Island, Lula Bear, the ‘movie star’ is in town!”
Shooting the piece was an exhausting experience, with daily filming often lasting 12-14 hours, but both women said they’d do again. “We were living on Starbucks the entire time, but it was well worth it,” said Ginger. “The shots around Daniel Island were spectacular … Overall our island looked phenomenal,” she added.
Urso agreed, “My experience was great and I cannot wait to find my next ‘House Hunters.’ Are you ready, neighbors?”