Couple, lottery winners, find dream home in Massena
MASSENA, New York (WWNY) - A Connecticut couple won the lottery - and found their dream home in northern New York.
Brianna Valeriano and Kyron Holley will be featured on HGTV’s “My Lottery Dream Home” show at 8 PM Friday. They call it “Border Town Bonanza.”
But why Massena? The couple gets asked that question a lot. They think the answer should be obvious.
“Very charming community and people and everybody seems to be so nice. It’s very family oriented,” Brianna told 7 News.
They came to buy their Massena home this year in an unusual way. They won the lottery – literally – in Connecticut. They wanted their children to grow up away from the hustle and bustle there. So they went shopping. on-camera for the HGTV show, for a new place to live.
And the house they bought?
“I just walked in the door. I got the chills. I said, ‘This is the house,” Brianna said.
Kyron called it “a picture perfect moment.”
Realtors say the couple is part of a larger trend, spiking demand - and prices - for homes in northern New York.
“It went crazy. It went through the roof. We’re still very, very busy,” said Kim Scharff-Snyder, a realtor with America 1 Realty who helped the couple find their home.
She’ll also be on Friday’s show, helping expose the north country to home buyers everywhere.
“It’s kind of a little secret. A lesser known part of New York State,” she said.
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