Prairieville couple featured on new TV show 'Buying the Bayou'

Larry and Amber Douglas
Larry and Amber Douglas

PRAIRIEVILLE, LA (WAFB) - A couple from Prairieville has gone Hollywood, again.  Larry and Amber Douglas were stars in TLC's program, "Ultimate Cleaners."  Now they're being featured in a house shopping show on Destination America which spotlights homes for sale on the bayou.

The Douglas lives have been anything but dull. The couple, under their business, Xtreme Cleaners, spends hours on end cleaning after crime scenes, meth labs and even hoarders. It's not the kind of thing that comes to mind when you think "millionaires." But their special skill set has landed them a unique opportunity to spotlight their business and new found fortune.

"I feel like I'm on a movie set," Larry said.

They are, indeed. The Douglas were cast in Destination America's "Buying the Bayou." It's a reality show that takes its viewers along for a one-of-a-kind house shopping experience in the swamp.

Larry and Amber were placed with a realtor and hit the road to the New Orleans north shore.

"It's close to Mississippi and the beaches, yet an hour or hour and a half to (LSU) Tigers and New Orleans, 35 minutes to New Orleans," Larry said.

The Douglas, like most, had a wish list. It included a boat, a pool, and a nice yard to entertain their guests. But they soon realized going from 2,500 square feet to 10,000 has its challenges.

"We weren't raised in homes like these. It was hard to wrap my head around the fact that I might have to fill these spaces and how am I going to do that," Amber said.

"They just had some real neat amenities that you wouldn't even think of having in a home," Larry said.

"They had an air conditioned doggie house that was probably larger than most people's living rooms. It was huge," Amber said.

In just four days, the couple toured three houses. They could only pick one. The task was not easy, especially with television cameras crews in tow.

"You're constantly being followed around. The only thing Amber and I were thinking is maybe eliminate a landscaper and hire a fashion consultant or something," Larry said.

"People say, oh reality TV that's so easy. It's not," Amber said.

But the hard part is over. The Douglas have taken the load off and they hope others will take something form their journey.

"We want people to see that there's a lot more in Louisiana to offer than what people see all the time," Larry said.

"There are homes like this that are right in the middle of the bayou,' Amber said.

After all, it's where they found their piece of paradise.

You can see which house the Douglas picked on "Buying the Bayou" which airs Saturday, October 26, at 9pm on Destination America.

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