Alison Victoria Biography
Alison Victoria is an American interior designer and television personality. She hosts Windy City Rehab on HGTV alongside lead contractor, Donovan Eckhardt. She previously hosted Kitchen Crashers on DIY Network.
Alison Victoria Age
She was born on October 31, 1981 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
What is Alison Victoria Last Name?
Her full name is Alison Victoria Gramenos.
Alison Victoria Height
Alison stands at a height of 5 feet 1 inch tall.
Alison Victoria Ethnicity
Victoria belongs to Greek-American heritage.
Alison Victoria Nationality
She is an American national.
Where Did Alison Victoria go to College?
She attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas where she graduated at designer school.
Alison Victoria Parents
Alison has not revealed the names of her parents. She however said in an interview with Roku, she said that her admiration of Chicago homes was inspired by her father who would take her and the rest of the family on long car rides around the city.
“I would see all these houses and I just would like dream of living in one of them one day. It’s an even bigger dream to be rehabbing a ton of them now.”
Alison Victoria Father Death
Her father died in January 2021. he worked as a federal judge up until he was 84 years old.
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Alison Victoria Siblings
She has three siblings; two brothers and a sister.
Alison Victoria Husband
Alison was married to Luke Harding, a businessman who owns an insurance agency. The couple met through a dating website Match.com and met physically after a month of talking online. Alison bought a house near Luke to be close to him. They got married in 2013 in a private wedding held in the French Room in The Drake Hotel. The couple has since divorced.
Alison Victoria Daughter
She has a daughter although she has not revealed her name.
Alison Victoria Boyfriend
Alison is in a relationship with Michael Marks. It is not clear when the two began dating as Alison keeps her personal life private. Michael is the managing director at Cushman & Wakefield and a co-leader of the firm’s Chicago Retail Investment Sales practice. He specializes in urban retail properties with a focus on assets located across celebrated high streets and along thriving neighborhood retail corridors.
He has been in the commercial real estate industry for over a decade and has transacted or advised on aggregate sales approaching $3 Billion.
Alison Victoria Interior Designer
After graduating college, Allison worked for Christopher Holmes, a service design and building company based in Las Vegas, becoming their youngest ever designer. She later launched Alison Victoria Interiors, a consulting firm that has two branches; one based in Chicago and the other in Las Vegas.
In 2011 she was awarded the Rising Stars of Business Awards by the Las Vegas Business Press.
Alison Victoria Kitchens
In 2011 Alison was the host of ‘Kitchen Crashers’, becoming the first female host, which aired on Discovery Inc’ HGTV spin-off, DIY Network. She would go to home improvement stores where she would convince unsuspecting shoppers to let her go home with them and remake their kitchens for free.
She was previously a ghost designer for House Crashers, which meant she designed episodes but didn’t appear on-camera.
Alison Victoria Windy City Rehab
Alison is the host of Windy City Rehab on HGTV, alongside lead contractor Donovan Eckhardt. The two buy and renovate vintage fixer uppers in historic Chicago neighborhoods to sell for a profit.
Alison Victoria Net worth
She has an estimated net worth of $4 million.
Windy City Rehab Sued – Alison Victoria Lawsuit
On December 30, 2019 James and Anna Morrissey filed a lawsuit in Cook County circuit court suing Alison Victoria and Donovan Eckhardt, along with Eckhardt’s Greymark Development Group, Alison Victoria Interiors Inc., two other related business entities and contractor Ermin Pajazetovic. The couple alleged defective and shoddy work, breach of contract, breach of warranty and consumer fraud.
This was after the couple bought a $1.36 million home featured on the HGTV reality show “Windy City Rehab”. They alleged that an upper-floor shower leaked gallons of water into the kitchen ceiling below. The suit adds that it got worse with a leaky roof, poorly installed windows and other issues.
The lawsuit demands the reversal of the sale, plus $80,000 the Morrisseys say they paid for upgrades and landscaping. It also seeks unspecified damages for emotional distress and punitive damages.
The allegations on the lawsuit included;
- A promised new roof was never installed, and the existing roof failed, causing “leaks and water penetration” into the masonry, walls, windows and through the ceiling.
- Within two weeks of the sale, water was coming in through windows in the master bathroom, master closet and at the top of the second-floor stairs, “causing substantial damage to the surrounding structure, masonry and interior walls.”
- Over the next several months, windows in three of the bedrooms began leaking. “Nearly every window throughout the property was not installed correctly,” an inspector found.
- Large areas of masonry and mortar are crumbling on the outside of the house, “allowing water to seep into the interior walls and windows and further weaken the structure.”
- The front door wasn’t installed correctly. “It’s crooked.”
In April 2020 Windy City Rehab was sued by buyers Shane Jones and Samantha Mostaccio naming Alison Victoria and Donovan Eckhardt along with their companies and contractors.
The lawsuit focuses mainly on a garage behind the property that the couple wanted renovated so that Mostaccio could do individual pilates training and film videos to stream for her fitness business. In the lawsuit the couple claims the garage work was never properly completed and the and the work that was done was without a building permit, leading the city to shut down the site.
The garage was left exposed to the elements and had rotting wood, damaged drywall and damaged electrical wiring, among other issues. In addition, the couple found various other problems on the property, including electrical outlets in the kitchen not up to code, water infiltrating the exterior walls of the home and garage, poorly pitched landscaping, cracked concrete load-bearing columns on the corner of the house and a “sewage” odor and mold in the basement, the suit said, citing close to $102,000 in needed repairs. The lawsuit claimed Victoria and Eckhardt, who paid $780,000 for the property and sunk another $520,000 into renovations, were desperate to unload the home.
Victoria’s attorney, Daniel Lynch, said the garage contractor “was in the process of finishing his work when Mr. Jones called it off and ordered the contractor out of his home. Mr. Jones then decided to make unwarranted demands for money” including a longer list of repairs. He added: “They had an inspection before they purchased and were fully satisfied at the time. Their claims against Discovery Inc./HGTV have no legal merit and appear to have been added simply to sensationalize the pleading, not because they have any real hope of prevailing.”
In June 2020 Windy City Rehab was sued again by Michael Ward Jr. and his father and brother who alleged that Alison and Donovan ran a “deliberate and fraudulent scheme to misappropriate” $3 million in funds.
The Ward Family claimed it deployed $3 million for a 50% stake in Alovanward LLC, which funded seven projects in all. The Wards say they’re owed nearly $2 million as well as punitive damages. Eckhardt didn’t comment, but Allison repeated her claim that Eckhardt was the licensed developer and contractor on the projects and she merely did design work.
Ward Jr. in the lawsuit challenged Alison’s claims “Alison has claimed that she was caught unawares by Donovan’s fraud – notwithstanding her own secreting of funds from closing proceeds.”