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Melissa Binshtok bought a house in Suffern, and later found out that it had been renovated for an upcoming episode of the HGTV show, Buying and Selling.
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When Melissa and Eli Binshtok were looking for a new home in Suffern, they had no way of knowing the process would make them local celebrities.

The couple and their two young sons were living in a condo in the village and had outgrown the space.

“So we started to look around,” says Melissa Binshtok.

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The couple drove down Prairie Avenue one day on their way to B-Balls Meatballs, a pizzeria known for its “Busted Balls” sandwiches. “We love the food there,” says Binshtok.

On the way, she noticed the “For Sale” sign at a blue house set back from the street at 18 Prairie Ave. and called the realtor listed on the sign.

“She said, ‘oh, that’s the Property Brothers house,’ and I had no idea what she was talking about,” says Binshtok. “I thought it was the name of the real estate company.”

The Property Brothers, she soon discovered, are Drew and Jonathan Scott. Together, they’re an HGTV juggernaut with several popular home-renovation shows currently on TV, including “Buying Selling.”

The show works like this: A homeowner who can’t sell because of an unsightly kitchen or a 1980s bathroom enlists the help of contractor brother Jonathan Scott, who renovates several key areas on a specific budget. At the same time, realtor brother Drew Scott finds the homeowner their next home, purchased with the proceeds from the sale of the renovated property.

Binshtok’s house is featured on the May 10 episode.

(A Yorktown couple star in the May 3 episode, which features a kitchen renovation, corrected code violations and an enhanced basement family room.)

Binshtok says she has no idea what her home looked like before the renovations, done with help from Bronxville contractor, Artie Lange.

“Not until the show airs,” she says with a laugh. “But I heard it was pretty bad.”

Lange says the work was pretty comprehensive. “We opened up some walls and enhanced the kitchen, did a full gut-remodel of the second-floor hall bathroom and performed a pretty big exterior landscaping job.”

What had been a seriously outdated 1920s colonial with an overgrown yard was transformed by the HGTV stars.

In the episode, viewers meet the former owner, Michelle, her wife Danielle, and their three kids, who have rapidly outgrown the haphazard space, which included a hot tub on the enclosed front porch.

“I don’t know how all of them could have lived here,” marvels Binshtok who has two small kids of her own, Elijah, who is 6, and 2-year-old brother Noah. Her husband is a nurse at White Plains Hospital.

Jonathan Scott renovated the kitchen, living room and the upstairs bathroom. The hot tub was removed from the porch, which was turned into a bright extra living area. Contractors did an extensive overhaul of the property, too, cutting down trees and bushes that hid the house, installing a sod lawn, sprinkler system, and adding dogwood trees.

After filming wrapped, the Binshtoks became the new owners of the updated home, but the family was never shown on-screen or even mentioned for that matter. But they are local celebrities.

“People stop by and say, ‘oh you live in the famous house. What were the Property Brothers like? I have to tell them, I never met them,” she says.

The couple moved into the house in September; filming for the episode that airs at 9 p.m. May 10 took place in the summer of 2016.

“When we looked at it, it was just what we wanted,” she says of her home. “It’s just such a beautiful house; all the things they added, like the recessed lights and a sound system in the kitchen.”

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Behind the scenes footage of “Property Brothers” shows Drew and Jonathan Scott filming a commercial for Chase in its White Plains branch and at a house on Scott Circle.
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Any regular viewer of the show will notice signature Property Brothers touches, like the deep blue lower cabinets, marble counters and patterned floor tile in the kitchen; and the gleaming hardwoods throughout. The upstairs bathroom is very contemporary, with clean lines and a massive, deep storage drawer.

The house was totally staged when the couple looked at it, with the exact furnishings and accessories viewers will see on Wednesday night. Binshtok followed a lot of the design cues and chose similar furnishings and colors from the staged home, including a comfortable orange-hued sofa in the living room.

And as much as the couple appreciates the updates and renovations, one of the unexpected twists of ownership is that the house has become a neighborhood attraction. On May 10, she says the principal at Elijah’s school is making an announcement about the show airing that evening.

She’s anxious to see her house on television, but from what’s she heard about its prior condition, she doubts she would have purchased it without the Property Brothers and their updates.

“What they did here was just perfect for us,” she says. “I wouldn’t change anything.”

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