Vanilla Ice’s Home Show Gets a Second Season on the DIY Network

Posted by at 3:51 pm on January 20, 2012

The home improvement show hosted by 1990s rapper Vanilla Ice is set to premiere its second season with the remodeling of another South Florida home.

During the 13-episode run of “The Vanilla Ice Project” on the DIY Network, the artist, whose real name is Rob Van Winkle, and his crew will take a dilapidated Palm Beach County mansion along the Intercostal Waterway and bring it into the 21st century with technology that isn’t on the market yet.

Van Winkle’s passion for real estate and renovation took hold in the early 1990s, after his hit “Ice Ice Baby” made him an international star with millions in the bank. He first bought a home on Miami Beach’s exclusive Star Island. He subsequently bought homes in the Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles, New York’s Greenwich Village and Snowbird, Utah, a skiing and snowboarding destination.

“I went on tour for three years and never saw any of those houses,” Van Winkle said.

Fearing they may have been a waste of money, he decided to sell them — and a new career was born.

“I literally made millions of dollars on them,” Van Winkle said. “I was like, you gotta be kidding me. It can’t be that easy. Let’s go buy some more.”

After Van Winkle’s early 1990s stardom faded, he became more heavily involved in real estate. While he acknowledges that the housing market is different than it was 15 years ago, Van Winkle said he’s been able to make money over the years by educating himself, studying markets and taking advantage of short sales and foreclosures. The longtime Miami resident estimates that he’s bought and sold more than a hundred homes, most of which were in Florida.

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