LITTLE People Big World star Matt Roloff is renting the family home on his $4 million farm as an Airbnb, a source has confirmed.
The US Sun can exclusively confirm Matt’s shock decision to turn the famous home into a rental as the famous farmhouse has been on the market for over 160 days.
A Roloff Farm insider told the US Sun that the big announcement was shared with visitors starting last week.
Matt, 60, discussed the exciting news during his Q&A at a book signing.
When curious fans started asking about the fate of the famous family home and land for sale, Matt shared that he made the decision to list the house as an Airbnb rental.
Matt revealed that the house was 26 weeks late from opening to guests due to major delays at the permit office.
Patriarch Roloff hopes Airbnb rentals will be running at full speed by next pumpkin season.
Farm tour guides also gushed about the exciting announcement.
As workers led fans around the perimeter of the big house, they were finally allowed to share last week’s special update.
During the first half of Pumpkin Season, they had to keep the secret under wraps, as the house’s transition to an Airbnb is set to be a major storyline in LPBW’s upcoming season, starting November 1.
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As fans walked past the house on the tour, they could see workers going in and out of the house to freshen it up for future guests.
A giant green sign was posted in front of the house that read: “Available soon, short term rental”.
While the Airbnb is underway, Jacob, 25, and his wife Isabel, 26, have moved into a fifth wheel trailer on a private lot under heavy construction next to the Roloff farmhouse.
The source exclusively told The US Sun: “Jacob and Isabel live on the farm full time.”
“They used to rent accommodation and save while they’re on the farm.”
Fifth wheel motorhomes can range from $36,000 to $135,000 depending on size and amenities.
The source claims the shrewd couple are also considering converting a bus into their temporary home.
At this time, it’s unclear if the construction on Jacob and Isabel’s private land is intended as a future family home for them to settle into, or if Matt’s youngest son is staying nearby until what the farm finds a buyer.
The source continued: “[Jacob and Isabel] live there to save money and help on the farm.
“The rest of the family don’t care because Matt and Caryn get along so well with them.”
According to a second insider, Matt and his girlfriend Caryn Chandler, 53, are helping with the couple’s baby Mateo, ten months, as Jacob works on the farm and Isabel greets fans.
During work weekends on the farm, Amy, 60, keeps her distance from her ex-husband as she greets fans, and her new husband Chris Marek, 60, also helps Mateo.
The insider told the US Sun that Isabel is generous with her time and allows all fans to stop by, chat and meet her adorable baby boy.
During lunch breaks, Isabel goes to the farm to eat on the grass with Jacob, then brings Mateo back to the RV for his nap after the newborn’s hard work to greet the fans.
HARD AT WORK
The LPBW insider also shared that Jacob works hard on the farm and doesn’t take his father’s generosity for granted.
Jacob has been busy chopping wood, managing the pumpkin farm, hauling work tools in a farm tractor and more.
When Jacob turned 25 in January this year, Matt passed on a treasured heirloom from the family farm to reward his youngest son’s hard work around the farm.
Fans thought Jacob inheriting Matt’s bright yellow vintage car might be another hint that he would be the son to take over the farm.
While Jacob fell on his father’s good side, his older twin brothers Zach and Jeremy, 32, refused to show up during pumpkin season – the busiest time of year for the family.
Jeremy has been busy settling into his new $1.5million farmhouse with wife Audrey, 31.
Although their new property is just over a ten minute drive from the Roloff farm, Jeremy hasn’t shown up to help during the season.
Meanwhile, Zach shocked fans earlier this summer with the announcement that he wouldn’t be helping out with the family’s pumpkin season amid his nasty feud with Matt.
The pair clashed after Zach and his wife Tori’s offer to buy part of the family farm was turned down.
On a previous episode of LPBW, Zach revealed during a confessional, “My dad and I couldn’t agree on buying the farm, so with everything that was going on, I made the decision not to work pumpkin season.
“I’m disenchanted with all of this, so, yes. I’m stepping away.”
Although both Jeremy and Zach presented Matt with offers to buy the farm, he declined their offers and instead decided to put the land up for sale.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Matt is asking $4 million for the original family home and bright red barn.
Zach responded to the farm being put up for sale by tearing up his dad, calling him a “bad grandparent” who “doesn’t appreciate his family.”
Amy also fired back and said in the season finale, “I think you’ve gone crazy or something. I don’t know the details of the negotiation with the two boys. For the price it is , children can not afford it.
Matt replied, “The good news is there are 93 acres for this family.”
Amy slammed, “No, there’s 93 acres for Matt Roloff. It’s no longer part of the family.
However, Matt may have intended to sell the farm to his son, but not to Zach or Jeremy.
In April, a source close to Matt told the US Sun, “Matt would prefer that Jacob and his wife, Isabel, take over the farm, but he’s not sure they’re on board at this time.”
The insider continued, “He’s the youngest son, but Matt knows Jacob has potential. They’re on the farm a lot and Matt thinks it’s a good way to teach him a lot of things he needs to. learn.”