High-risk investments, messy renos and big payoffs are the name of the game for designer and real estate developer Alison Victoria in her new series Windy City Rehab. Premiering at 9 p.m. ET/PT during the HGTV All Premiere New Year, the series follows Alison as she spends megabucks to score fixer-uppers in the city’s historic neighborhoods.
Armed with sharp business savvy, knowledge of the local market and a drive to transform the homes with modern layouts and luxurious style, Alison must attract high-end buyers or risk losing it all. Despite the costly structural damage, permit delays, failed inspections and other challenges, Alison is determined to create gorgeous homes and earn top profit.
“It’s my dream to flip houses in my hometown of Chicago, but renovating homes in this price point leaves a ton of money on the line,” said Alison. “These are high-stakes projects that could spiral out of control at any minute. It’s big risks and big rewards.”
The premiere episode spotlights Alison’s full-blown overhaul of a property in historic Bucktown. Nearly derailed with delays from a harsh winter and a surprise water line break, Alison forges ahead to have the property ready for sale by Spring. To create stunning curb appeal, she replaces the facade with salvaged brick from old Chicago buildings and adds dramatic porches to the top two stories. Inside, Alison installs an upscale kitchen, a large master suite and a basement bonus space to increase the property value. She also includes custom touches throughout the home, such as a striking vintage front door, antique mantle and rustic barn wood pantry doors.
On January 1, fans can spend the afternoon with Alison as she hosts the HGTV All Premiere New Year lineup beginning at 2 p.m. Later, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Alison will unveil the breathtaking 2019 HGTV Dream Home in Whitefish, Montana, during the annual home giveaway special. In addition, the day’s lineup will feature several new pilots, as well as premiere episodes of fan favorites, including My Lottery Dream Home and House Hunters.