A Lorain native, along with her husband and daughter, will be showing HGTV viewers what it’s like to purchase a home in the Netherlands on an upcoming episode of “House Hunters International.”
Jaclyn Bradley Palmer said her family relocated to Europe for her husband’s job and after four months, they began looking for somewhere more permanent to live.
“We had friends that had done the show before and they loved their experience,” she said. “And the show is constantly looking for people who are interested, and we thought it would be a great memory for our first home here.”
Palmer said one of the main things the family was looking for was a family-friendly neighborhood near Groningen, especially near the city center because not many people use cars.
“It’s all biking during the day instead of cars,” she said. “So if me and my daughter wanted to go to the city and participate in the day-to-day stuff there, it had to be close enough that we could bike to.”
Palmer said there was a bit of controversy while she and her husband, Oliver, checked out listings, though.
“Oliver’s much more practical than I am,” she said. “I was looking for something unique like a houseboat or something that had a lot of Dutch style with it but a lot of that is dream versus reality. The houseboats are gorgeous sitting along the canals and really some of them are gigantic.”
Palmer said filming for the show, which took place in April, was “warm and exciting” and allowed the family to get to know their new city while saying goodbye to their Lakewood home.
“It’s scary to leave your family and your comfort zone,” Palmer said, as she and Oliver are both from Northeast Ohio. “But we really wanted to take this opportunity. We’re really excited to see how the show comes out because we haven’t seen it all together yet.”
The episode featuring the Palmer family will air at 10:30 p.m. Jan. 24 on HGTV.