You remember Vanilla Ice? The white rapper famous for the 1990s hit “Ice Ice Baby”?
Well, who knew the rest of the story? Vanilla Ice, whose real name is Rob Van Winkle, has become a very savvy home builder and investor during the past decade in South Florida, where he lives with his wife and two kids. Even in a weak market, Rob has done well, buying distressed foreclosures and short sales, fixing them up, and selling them for great profit. Read the story in the New York Times.
The Vanilla Ice Project follows Rob and his crew as they fix up a gutted 7,000-square-foot mansion in Palm Beach. I’ve seen two episodes (ah, the reporter’s life) and it’s a really terrific show. It’s like Monster Garage meets Miami Ink (for the tattoos) meets Extreme Home Makeover.
Rob is a hands-on guy and really knows his subject. Plus, he’s beyond charming. Tune in Oct. 14 and let me know your thoughts.
By the way, Rob is enjoying even more renewed success as two teen brothers in the U.K. — John and Edward, known as Jedward — have become wildly famous for their mashup of Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” and Queen’s “Under Pressure,” where Rob got the original beat for his song.