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Thom Filicia sells upstate New York home to friend for $4.6M

“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” inside designer Thom Filicia has bought his Skaneateles, New York home in an off-market deal for $4.6 million. 

The TV host not solely discovered a purchaser for the five-bedroom upstate lakefront unfold, however a purchaser who’s a longtime friend. 

“They separately bought about 60% of the furnishings and they want to reupholster and update some pieces,” Filicia, who hails from close by Syracuse, instructed The Post. The purchaser, who requested anonymity, additionally desires to work with Filicia on renovating the boat home, making the space extra child-friendly (they’ve a younger daughter) and customizing an out of doors cooking space.

Filicia bought the property, the place he spent weekends when away from his Chelsea condo, for $965,000 in 2008, Syracuse.com reported. He came across it whereas driving again from a friend’s wedding ceremony and recognizing a “For Sale” signal. 

“I was not in the market to buy the house,” he stated — a theme for Filicia, who additionally simply purchased a Sag Harbor home after discovering a property by happenstance.

“My brother was looking for a new house in the Hamptons and asking me my opinion,” he stated. Filicia discovered a home he preferred — on the water, gated and with three trendy barns — and instructed it to his sibling. 

Filicia bought the lakefront upstate home off-market.
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The new proprietor — who requested anonymity — paid $4.6 million for the home.
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Filicia nonetheless plans to spend time in Skaneateles, the place he has one other property.
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A jewel box of a powder room.
A jewel field of a powder room.
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Filicia bought his former Skaneateles property in 2008.
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Space for dining with a view of the lake.
Space for eating with a view of the lake.
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A cozy woodburning fireplace.
A comfy woodburning fire.
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Filicia plans to work with the brand new purchaser on personalizing his previous home.
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The upstate property abuts a lake, and is a well-liked vacation spot in Central New York.
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Then, a couple of weeks later whereas in Los Angeles, his cellphone rang. It was the childhood friend, and she or he needed to know if she might purchase his home and enlist his experience for personalizing it. 

“I decided that instead of having two properties in Skaneateles, I’d figure out something else, and I thought, ‘Wait a minute, there’s the house I found with my brother in Sag Harbor. Maybe I should see if that’s available,’ ” he stated. 

It was, and now it’s his. (His brother went with one other home within the space.) 

“It was kind of like this storybook” of natural coincidences, Filicia stated of the collection of real-estate offers. 

He now plans to break up his time between fixing up the Sag Harbor home, spending time in New York City and persevering with to get pleasure from Skaneateles, the place he nonetheless owns a federal-style mixed-use constructing he’s within the means of changing into flats.

As for his extremely good luck with property acquisition processes, all he can provide by the use of a proof is solely that “[rescue] dogs and houses always find me.”

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