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Fredrik Eklund has a sprawling new mansion in Bel Air, and luxurious homes in New York City and Connecticut. But for as long as he can remember, the Million Dollar Listing New York agent has dreamed of owning a vacation home in Tuscany.
"To me, it is the most beautiful place in the world," Fredrik recently told The Wall Street Journal. "I feel like I need that beauty right now." So in June, when Italy opened its borders to European Union citizens, the Swedish-American agent traveled to Tuscany to pin down his dream escape — and he found it.
After touring some 10 properties, Fredrik fell in love with a 17th-century farmhouse 40 miles outside of Siena. While leaving the showing, he told the WSJ: "I’m actually crying in the car—super emotional. I’m completely obsessed."
With an asking price of $1.5 million, the 5,000 square-foot house is perched on a hilltop, and it offers sweeping views of the Italian landscape. Decorated in a style that Fredrik called "warm and cozy," the estate has four bedrooms, a kitchen with a large central island, and a pool. (Bonus: Unlike the other properties the super agent explored, this one has central air conditioning and heated floors.)
The dad of two has submitted an offer on the home, but the purchase is on hold due to travel restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Fredrik would like his husband, Derek, to see the home before finalizing the deal. He also might wait until next year to complete the purchase, to see how the market shapes up by then.
But in the meantime, Fredrik's still dreaming of life in the Italian countryside. Though the agent said he might retire there eventually, in the short term he'd stay in the farmhouse in the off season. He'd also like to rent it out in the summertime, and is hoping to entice renters through social media.
That's why it was imperative that whichever property Fredrik settled on had a little Instagram magic. "This might sound a little materialistic, but it needs to have a certain look, like Instagram-friendly,” he said. “It needs to have this ‘I need it, I want it, can’t live without it’ look.”
Speaking of photogenic, check out Fredrik's former Manhattan home in the video above.
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