June 9, 2013

TV appearance is "Surreal"


---- — MALONE — Tim Coughlin said his surreal moment came while standing on a rusty, metal grate about 150 feet inside an abandoned missile silo, looking up into another 150 feet of nothingness.

“And they had me leaning out over this old metal railing while they were taking pictures — oh, my God,” the Malone native said, laughing.

Coughlin and his partner, Shon Parker, are part of the premier episode of a TLC Network television show called “Surreal Estate,” which is scheduled to air at 10 p.m. Monday.

But viewers should check their local listings to be sure that broadcast slot is accurate.

Coughlin and Parker are one of three couples from around the country looking for a home who visit an out-of-the-ordinary site that local Realtors have available.

According to the “Surreal Estate” listing on TLC, the show “tells the true stories of one-of-a-kind properties, the Realtors that want to sell them and the desperate buyers in search of a uniquely different house to call home.”


Coughlin said the series shot for two days in March in Malone, including the childhood home where he lived with his parents, Jim and Betty Coughlin, at Pine Crest Farm; Village Furniture on Main Street with owner Debbie Cox; and at the sugar house at Titus Mountain Family Ski Center.

Realtor and family friend Jim LaValley of LaValley Real Estate is also featured in the show and was the one who got the couple their brush with fame, he said. 

The rest of the episode was filmed in Saranac with Coughlin and Parker touring the Silo House, a Cold War-era Atlas F nuclear-missile site co-owned and co-developed by Bruce Francisco and featured on the website.

Buying the silo home itself would cost $1.995 million.

But if you want the log cabin, private air strip and hangar and roughly 200 acres of Adirondack land that could go along with it, the asking price goes to a little more than $3 million.

The other two couples on the show visit sites in their home states, too.

One will see a Dr. Seuss-themed loft in downtown Denver, Colo., and the other will visit a pyramid house in the desert of Maricopa, Ariz.


Coughlin and Parker are interior designers with Shon Parker Design Inc. in Atlanta, Ga.; they have a number of clients in the Adirondacks, as well. 

They were given no preview of the missile silo before the episode of “Surreal Estate” was shot, Coughlin said, and so viewers will see the bewilderment and shock they experienced upon seeing it.

“What would you do with it?” he said.

“That’s the same kind of feeling I had of the show,” he continued. “There is a shock factor to reality TV that makes you pay attention.”

Coughlin has heard of other strange homes where people, fearing a doomsday event, live underground in caverns.

“But I could never live underground — especially in the Adirondacks,” he said, laughing. “It’s too gorgeous.”

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