Seeking reality TV stardom of your own in the Midwest? Step into former Bachelor Chris Soules' shoes: The renovated loft that played the role of "Chris' apartment" in Des Moines -- sorry, Bachelor Nation, Soules didn't actually live here, but he did spend a one-on-one with bachelorette Becca Tilley in the loft -- is on the market for $495,000.
"They needed a place to film him while in Des Moines," says listing agent Mark Charter. "They called the current owners and put them up in a hotel for a few days."
We understand why the producers of ABC's ceaseless reality spectacle picked this particular bachelor pad. At 2,153 square feet, the two-bedroom loft is the largest on the market in downtown Des Moines, as well as the most expensive.
They're not the only reality-TV producers who've fallen in love with this open, industrial-style space. Many of its modern accents come from an appearance on "West End Salvage," which worked with the loft's previous owners to create reclaimed pieces that complement the industrial aesthetic.
You can still spot the influence of "Salvage" throughout the loft, from the eclectic wood-and-rope archway dividing the office from the main space to sconces crafted from old baskets flanking the kitchen entry.
Originally part of a warehouse and hardware company, this loft still has many details from its 1924 construction, including brick, stone, and concrete throughout. Also, its open floor plan provides the "loft look that people want when looking for this type of space," says Charter. "While there are new materials, it combines new and old very well."
If you're looking for further evidence of the past, go no farther than the lower-level bedroom, which is conveniently located in the building's former loading dock -- the bumper pads that used to buffer the onslaught of unloading trucks are still in place.
And although Tilley and Soules couldn't make reality TV romance come true, we're sure someone will eventually step up and present an offer for this lovable loft that played a pivotal role in Season 19. Including a rose with your final offer is optional.