Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval have been seen in their new home throughout the first couple of episodes of the new season of Vanderpump Rules, but there seems to be discussion amongst fans as to who actually bought it.
On Twitter earlier this week — after a sneak peek of a new episode featured Lisa Vanderpump hesitating to give Madix her bartending job back at SUR Restaurant because of things Madix had previously said about Vanderpump behind her back — one Bravo viewer suggested that Vanderpump should not re-hire Madix. The viewer then pointed out that Madix has a new house she has to pay for and labeled her a “snake.”
“Tom bought the house,” another fan replied.
Madix and Sandoval moved into a $2 million home nearly one year ago. According to Madix, however, Sandoval didn’t pay for it alone. Rather, the couple both contributed money to purchase their new home.
“He did not. We pay for everything equally,” Madix explained.
Their new five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom, farmhouse-style home boasts 4,500 square feet of living space and includes a number of fancy features, including a Butler’s pantry, a Viking range, and indoor/outdoor comforts. The home even has a pool with a waterfall.
During last night’s episode of Vanderpump Rules, Madix was seen requesting her job back at SUR Restaurant. Unfortunately, Vanderpump wasn’t initially on board. Meanwhile, Madix’s longtime boyfriend — Sandoval, who was fired from SUR by Vanderpump last season so he could focus his attention on their bar, TomTom — admitted that he had already returned to the venue. His reasoning? He stated he likes the “instant gratification” he gets from bartending, and in walking out with a wad of money in his pocket.
In February of last year, during an interview with Bravo‘s Home & Design, Tom’s realtor and longtime friend, Douglas McFarland of Redesign Properties, revealed that he had helped Sandoval find the perfect home.
“We grew up together in St. Louis and this was a really great experience for us to share together,” McFarland said. “We explored a lot of options in a lot of different areas (both fixers and new) and ultimately found that the quality and detail of this property was far superior than your typical turn-and-burn mc-mansion. I can’t put into words how proud I am of Tom and how much he deserves this for himself!”
McFarland also confirmed he was working with Kristen Doute, who purchased her own home in The Valley a short time after Sandoval and Madix moved to the area.