Alexis Bellino, Hannibal native and "Real Housewives of Orange County" star
The reality TV personalities on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Orange County” got a healthy dose of, well, reality this past season. Many of the wealthy matriarchs on the original “Real Housewives” show, which finished its sixth season in June, discovered they weren’t immune to the financial and real estate woes that plague many American families who don’t routinely have camera crews in their kitchens.
Among them was Hannibal native Alexis Bellino, who joined the cast of characters about two years ago. Alexis is best known on the show for her outspoken love of Jesus and her line of what she characterizes as sexy mom wear.
Last year, John E. Miller writes on the website Business Insider, the family faced foreclosure after evidently falling behind on payments on their palatial home in Newport Beach, Calif. According to Miller, Bellino claims that the family hastily sold the $3 million home, and the foreclosure never went through.
After that harsh reality check, the Bellinos apparently have a new home that sounds … well … a little closer to the Real Housewives’ version of reality.
Miller writes that Bellino and her husband, Jim, have moved with their three young children into a more than 7,000-square-foot home in Dana Point, Calif. The house has five bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, an ocean view and an open floor plan perfect for the parties the Real Housewives love. Their new turf, Dana Point, is another glamorous seaside enclave in Orange County. (A friend of mine from college grew up there; his childhood friends included a star of MTV’s “Laguna Beach.”)
The new home’s cost? Good question, Miller writes. He speculates, in light of the short sale on their Newport Beach home, that the home is a long-term rental that the family has not yet purchased.
Regardless of the circumstances, kudos to Bellino and her family on their new home. We hometown folks can see it on Bravo next spring, when Season 7 of “Real Housewives of Orange County” is expected to premiere.
Click here to read Deborah Gertz Husar’s story about Bellino when she joined the cast in 2009.