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Celebrity Home Galleries // Inside mastermind behind HGTV’s ‘House Hunters’ $1.8M NYC pad

This “house hunter” pulled the trigger.

Loren Ruch, the mastermind behind more than 200 shows for HGTV, including “Flip or Flop” and “House Hunters,” has scored a $1.85 million modern condo in Manhattan.

Located in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in the full-service Lumiere building, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit spans more than 1,250 square feet and no expense was spared on the details. Ruch closed on the home April 3, records show.

The residence was fully renovated in 2014 by award-winning architect Christopher Rawlins according to an older listing. Modifications were made in the kitchen and second bedroom while new lighting and fixtures by David Weeks Studio were installed throughout.

Features now include all-custom recessed and dimmable lighting and central air-conditioning.

Upon entering the foyer, an abundance of natural lights flows out of the floor-to-ceiling windows, with a large walk-in coat closet off to the side.

The unit is located in Hell's Kitchen in the Lumiere luxury building.The unit is located in Hell’s Kitchen luxury building Lumiere. Brown Harris Stevens

The formal living room and dining area.The formal living space and dining area. Brown Harris Stevens

The family room.The den, which can be converted into a second bedroom. Brown Harris Stevens

The kitchen.The kitchen. Brown Harris Stevens

The first of two balconies.The first of two balconies. Brown Harris Stevens

The newly renovated eat-in kitchen comes with Miele appliances, Caesarstone countertops and a large island with seating for four.

Next to the kitchen is an entertaining space and second bedroom. The second bedroom was previously used as den, and comes with a movable wall that easily opens to create a 30-foot-wide living space with open sky views.

Of the two balconies in the unit, the first one, accessible from the dining area, faces north, offering views of New York landmarks including Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle and Hearst Tower.

The primary bedroom.The primary bedroom. Brown Harris Stevens

The primary bedroom.A bathroom.Brown Harris Stevens

The convertible second bedroom.The convertible second bedroom. Brown Harris Stevens

On the south side of the apartment is the primary suite, which comes with an ensuite bathroom and a south-facing balcony overlooking the building’s private courtyard.

Lumiere, completed in 2005, has seven floors and features a full-time doorman/concierge service, a live-in superintendent, refrigerated storage, a fitness room, individual storage units, bicycle storage and several balconies.

Matthew D. Hughes with Brown Harris Stevens held the listing.

Ruch is the Group Senior Vice President of Development and Production for HGTV and co-hosts the network’s show “House Party,” in which he converses with television personalities and home improvement specialists over cocktails.

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