“Below Deck” star Eddie Lucas is hanging up his stripes and leaving the high seas to settle down in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.
Lucas, 37, purchased his first house at the start of the year in the hip neighborhood of Hampden. To snag it, he had to pay over the $330,000 asking price.
But for the veteran of the hit Bravo series — currently in its ninth season — his journey to find that perfect home was not all sunshine and roses.
“The goal has always been to settle down, put some roots down, buy a house,” Lucas told The Post. “But it’s been difficult to be able to try and do that and for a lot of people my age and my generation, with housing prices the way they are, student loan debt at an all-time high, it is difficult.”
Life on the water did help a little, though.
“The yachting industry that I did gave me more of a foundation to be able to reach those goals, but I still have student loans to pay off,” Lucas said with a laugh.
However, despite being a reality star on Bravo’s top-rated series — with ratings that can surpass even the “Real Housewives” franchise — Lucas explained they don’t exactly get paid the same as the other reality stars. He also weighed in on why, for so many in the yachting industry, buying a house in this market has been burdensome.
“There is somebody monetizing off of the show, but it’s definitely not us,” Lucas claimed. “‘Below Deck’ — regardless of it being the most popular show on Bravo — we are the lowest-paid cast members.”
Lucas explained that even though they put in labor and need to obtain specialized licenses for what they do, it has been “frustrating” watching other reality stars earn millions.
“While we do get paid better than a normal yachtie, of course, we are still not getting paid what people like the ‘Housewives’ are making, which is a little frustrating, because they’re not really working — they’re just going out to dinner and fighting,” Lucas said.
To add to the frustration, Lucas — who has appeared on six seasons of “Below Deck” and earned his first officer role on the latest season — was surprised he didn’t get a call to sign on for another season.
“I was not invited back to do another season,” Lucas revealed. “I actually didn’t even get a phone call from them saying they hired someone else — which kind of goes to show what the production entails. Everyone on ‘Below Deck’ is expendable.”
The Post has reached out to Bravo for comment.
Still, Lucas said there is always a possibility for a future return. In the meantime, he is excited to settle into his new home and design it to his liking.
“I was pretty aggressive in my offer in buying the house because the market is just wild. It’s so crazy,” he said. “We took some serious losses in trying to acquire property and so when I finally found this house, I didn’t waste any time.”
Lucas said his offer on the home expired by midnight — and the owners accepted.
Made up of three bedrooms and one bathroom, the row home spans 1,400 square feet. Lucas, who is now a full-time tugboat operator, said he fell in love with the house because it came with a lot of character. His girlfriend, Natalie Inada, was the first to spot the home within hours of it hitting the market.
“It really ticked the boxes of being large enough. It’s a very old house. It has original hardwood flooring. It has original stained glass windows,” the proud, new homeowner said. “It has a lot of character to it. A lot of character.”
Features include an updated kitchen with a pantry, a screened-in rear porch that overlooks a fully fenced backyard with a fig tree, a bedroom with a walk-in closet, and a large basement — a rarity for the Baltimore area.
“It’s in a really cool spot and it’s been quite a lot of fun making it a home and making it mine. It’s a slow process but it’s really rewarding,” he added. “I think I got really lucky also. Luck was definitely on my side for this house.”
Lucas also likes that he gets to live somewhere that is close to his family, who live in Ruxton.
“I grew up in a great house. My father is an architect. I really got a love for the area and the architecture that is here, and it was very very special.”
As for his career in yachting, Lucas said because of a two-weeks-on, two-weeks-off schedule, there are plenty of opportunities for new adventures.
“There is always that drive, that draw to be able to get back out to open waters, compared to what I am doing now, which is very localized harbor work,” he said. “There is that desire to get out of the harbor and get those sea breezes.”
“The yachting industry was really just a means to an end for me,” he explained. “And I think that is the same for a lot of people who spend a good a lot of time in that industry. A lot of people get into that industry at first because of the draw of it — the exoticness, the glitz and glamour of it, being able to travel, being able to see parts of the world and get paid for it. It is fantastic.
“But people who really stay there for five, six, 10 or more years realize the benefits of what that industry can give you,” Lucas said. “Right now I’m just trying to be here with my family and settle here.”
According to several confirmed reports, Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory Jr. has been arrested and charged with first degree organized fraud and first degree grand theft. The rising actor of Starz’ BMF series is now facing 60 years in prison if convicted.
The 22-year-old son of famed drug kingpin Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory was arrested in Miami for the charges, but being that the ranking of that type of crime in Florida is so high, it’s likely that the feds will be taking over jurisdiction of his case.
First degree organized fraud carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison. Ironically, Big Meech is currently serving 30 years in federal prison for a controlling and overseeing a national cocaine trafficking ring.
TheSoure.com will provide more updates to this story as details develop.
However, on Wednesday, the band canceled their tour-ending gigs in Sacramento (tonight, May 18) and Las Vegas (May 20) after bassist Jeff Ament tested positive earlier this morning.
“This is horrible for everybody involved and we are especially sorry to those out there who have made plans to attend these shows,” Pearl Jam said in a statement of the “heartbreaking news.”“Our attention to staying inside the bubble has been constant. We have truly done all that we could have to remain clear of infection.”
Pearl Jam will be back on the road one month from today to kick off their European tour June 18 at the Netherlands’ Pinkpop Festival. Following the summer abroad, the Seattle legends will return stateside for the second leg of their North American tour in support of Gigaton, an arena trek that begins September 1 in Quebec City.
After getting his own blockbuster biopic, Elton John will be fêted with an official documentary, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: The Final Elton John Performances and the Years That Made His Legend.
Co-directed by R.J. Cutler and filmmaker — and John’s husband — David Furnish, the movie will be centered around John’s farewell tour, while also looking back at 1970 to 1975, the monumental period when John released 10 albums and scored some of his biggest hits. The doc will also include an array of unseen concert footage from the past 50 years, as well as John’s handwritten journals and present-day footage of the musician and his family.
An exact timeline for the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road hasn’t been announced yet, but the film is expected to hit the festival circuit and get a limited theatrical release. It will then be exclusively available on Disney+.
“What a thrill and an honor it is that David Furnish and I get to create this intimate and unique look at one of the world’s most celebrated artists,” Cutler said in a statement. “As it has for so many others, Elton John’s music has had deep meaning for me for decades, and this opportunity is nothing short of a career highlight and privilege.”
Furnish added, “Elton and I could not think of a better collaborator than R.J. Cutler for a film that represents more than just Elton’s career — it’s his life. From the Troubadour to Dodger Stadium, we knew that R.J. would help guide Elton’s story and its many layers in a way that feels authentic and evocative. We’re ecstatic to be working together.”
John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour will see him traveling through Europe and the U.K. for most of the summer, before he kicks off his final North American leg at the end of July. The run will wrap with three nights at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Nov. 17 through 20. John has additional dates around the world scheduled through 2023.