“Under Deck” star Eddie Lucas is hanging up his stripes and leaving the excessive seas to quiet down in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.
Lucas, 37, purchased his first house at the beginning of the yr within the hip neighborhood of Hampden. To snag it, he needed to pay over the $330,000 asking value.
However for the veteran of the hit Bravo collection — presently in its ninth season — his journey to seek out that good dwelling was not all sunshine and roses.
“The objective has at all times been to quiet down, put some roots down, purchase a home,” Lucas instructed The Publish. “Nevertheless it’s been troublesome to have the ability to attempt to do this and for lots of people my age and my technology, with housing costs the best way they’re, scholar mortgage debt at an all-time excessive, it’s troublesome.”
Life on the water did assist somewhat, although.
“The yachting trade that I did gave me extra of a basis to have the ability to attain these objectives, however I nonetheless have scholar loans to repay,” Lucas mentioned with amusing.
Nevertheless, regardless of being a actuality star on Bravo’s top-rated collection — with ratings that can surpass even the “Actual Housewives” franchise — Lucas defined they don’t precisely receives a commission the identical as the opposite actuality stars. He additionally weighed in on why, for therefore many within the yachting trade, shopping for a home on this market has been burdensome.
“There’s any individual monetizing off of the present, but it surely’s positively not us,” Lucas claimed. “‘Under Deck’ — no matter it being the most well-liked present on Bravo — we’re the lowest-paid forged members.”
Lucas defined that though they put in labor and have to get hold of specialised licenses for what they do, it has been “irritating” watching different actuality stars earn tens of millions.
“Whereas we do receives a commission higher than a standard yachtie, after all, we’re nonetheless not getting paid what individuals just like the ‘Housewives’ are making, which is somewhat irritating, as a result of they’re not likely working — they’re simply going out to dinner and combating,” Lucas mentioned.
So as to add to the frustration, Lucas — who has appeared on six seasons of “Under Deck” and earned his first officer position on the newest season — was stunned he didn’t get a name to signal on for one more season.
“I used to be not invited again to do one other season,” Lucas revealed. “I really didn’t even get a cellphone name from them saying they employed another person — which type of goes to point out what the manufacturing entails. Everybody on ‘Under Deck’ is expendable.”
The Publish has reached out to Bravo for remark.
Nonetheless, Lucas mentioned there may be at all times a risk for a future return. Within the meantime, he’s excited to settle into his new dwelling and design it to his liking.
“I used to be fairly aggressive in my provide in shopping for the home as a result of the market is simply wild. It’s so loopy,” he mentioned. “We took some critical losses in attempting to accumulate property and so after I lastly discovered this home, I didn’t waste any time.”
Lucas mentioned his provide on the house expired by midnight — and the homeowners accepted.
Made up of three bedrooms and one toilet, the row dwelling spans 1,400 sq. ft.
Lucas, who’s now a full-time tugboat operator, mentioned he fell in love with the home as a result of it got here with loads of character. His girlfriend, Natalie Inada, was the primary to identify the house inside hours of it hitting the market.
“It actually ticked the containers of being massive sufficient. It’s a really previous home. It has unique hardwood flooring. It has unique stained glass home windows,” the proud, new house owner mentioned. “It has loads of character to it. Lots of character.”
Options embrace an up to date kitchen with a pantry, a screened-in rear porch that overlooks a totally fenced yard with a fig tree, a bed room with a walk-in closet, and a big basement — a rarity for the Baltimore space.
“It’s in a extremely cool spot and it’s been various enjoyable making it a house and making it mine. It’s a gradual course of but it surely’s actually rewarding,” he added. “I feel I obtained actually fortunate additionally. Luck was positively on my aspect for this home.”
Lucas additionally likes that he will get to reside someplace that’s near his household, who reside in Ruxton.
“I grew up in an ideal home. My father is an architect. I actually obtained a love for the realm and the structure that’s right here, and it was very very particular.”
As for his profession in yachting, Lucas mentioned due to a two-weeks-on, two-weeks-off schedule, there are many alternatives for brand spanking new adventures.
“There’s at all times that drive, that draw to have the ability to get again out to open waters, in comparison with what I’m doing now, which may be very localized harbor work,” he mentioned. “There’s that need to get out of the harbor and get these sea breezes.”
“The yachting trade was actually only a means to an finish for me,” he defined. “And I feel that’s the similar for lots of people who spend loads of time in that trade. Lots of people get into that trade at first due to the draw of it — the exoticness, the glitz and glamour of it, with the ability to journey, with the ability to see elements of the world and receives a commission for it. It’s improbable.
“However individuals who actually keep there for 5, six, 10 or extra years notice the advantages of what that trade can provide you,” Lucas mentioned. “Proper now I’m simply attempting to be right here with my household and settle right here.”