Cambria meets reality TV, sort of, on Thursday when the FYI Channel’s “Waterfront House Hunting” episode will feature local houses and a North County family acting out the home-search process, according to owner/broker Bob Kasper of The Real Estate Company of Cambria.
“Bill and Maleika Lacy are the actors who are the ‘buyers of the house’” in the show, Kasper said in an email interview.
And even though the couple and their young daughter look pretty well ensconced in the home at the end of the show, they didn’t actually buy it.
Kasper also appears “for about seven seconds of fame” in the episode titled “Coastal Cambria Cribs,” which features three houses, one of which was the home of Michael Thompson, former director of the Cambria Community Services District.
According to the promotional blurb on the episode, “Bill and Maleika are searching for the perfect home in the seaside town of Cambria, California. They want their daughter Kyla to grow up with the same lifestyle as they both had as children, which means being as close to the ocean as humanly possible.”
As Kasper said, “The whole thing is slightly less than ‘reality,’ but it’s a fun show and shows off our town well.”
Maleika Lacy said, “It was a great experience … a lot of fun over the three days of shooting. When we had to go into the different houses, we were to make these faces, like we were surprised, but not say anything.” They did the entry set-up two or three times at each house, and “afterwards, we’d break up laughing.”
The Lacys used to own an outdoor-goods store near the Bank of America ATM in West Village. They now live in Paso Robles.
The episode, which first aired on Jan. 18, can be watched online through the FYI website and through a variety of providers.
Kasper said the episode will air at 6:30 p.m. Thursday on Direct TV (probably because it’s airing there on Eastern Standard Time). Spectrum/Charter lists the airtime as being 9:30 p.m., which matches what is on the network’s schedule page at www.fyi.tv.
FYI broadcasts locally on DIRECTV Channel 266, Kasper said. On Channel 126 on Spectrum/Charter, the network is identified by an abbreviation for its former name (The Biography Channel) at BIOHD.