A new home-buying show on FOX Business Network will feature Key West and the Florida Keys in its premier episode, which airs at 8 and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21.

In the first episode of “American Dream Home,” a couple, Ty and Shelly Rogers, take a leap of faith, deciding to sell everything and move to the Keys from Los Angeles after a cross-country RV trip with friends had ended in the Southernmost City. The empty nesters were seeking an oceanfront dream home, and found it in Key West, although the episode also shows them looking at homes on Sugarloaf Key and Marathon with Realtor Matt Baldwin.

On Tuesday’s premier of ‘American Dream Home’ on FOX Business Network, homebuyers Ty and Shelly Rogers look at homes on Sugarloaf, Key West and Marathon. FLORIDA KEYS NEWS BUREAU/Contributed

“They now live the island life in their dream home, with iguanas that roam the property, and dolphins and fish right in their backyard,” show host Cheryl Casone told the Keys Weekly. “This home is their forever home and the Rogers love the floor-to-ceiling windows and amazing views. They enjoy the island lifestyle of paddleboarding, boating, fishing, jet skiing, and watching the sun come up with their toes in the sand.

This is their first home in the Keys, and they plan to live here full time, Casone said, adding, “The view from their backyard is to die for.”

Key West is featured in Tuesday’s debut episode of ‘American Dream Home’ on FOX Business Network. FLORIDA KEYS NEWS BUREAU/Contributed

The Florida Keys episode was filmed over three days from June 29 through July 1, said Casone, who joined FOX Business Network when it launched in 2007. She has anchored coverage spanning the 2008 financial crisis to the real estate boom.

Casone told the Keys Weekly she was thrilled to return to Key West to film the premier episode of “American Dream Home” after spending “a sun-soaked weekend” here a few years ago. Casone said she fell in love with the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum and its resident cats during her first visit, and enjoyed “a few very large, slushy cocktails.”

“American Dream Home” will air Tuesdays at 8 and 8:30 p.m. on FOX Business Network.

The subsequent 19 episodes feature dream home seekers in locations that include: Blue Ridge, Georgia; New Smyrna Beach, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Destin and Gulf Breeze, Florida; Breckenridge, Durango and Vail, Colorado; Virginia Beach; Livingston, Montana; Captain Cook, Hawaii, Big Bear and South Lake Tahoe, California; Tucson, Arizona, North Topsail Beach, North Carolina and Sevierviille, Tennessee.

“American Dream Home” is just one in a series of new, primetime programming on FOX Business Network that “celebrates American industry and ingenuity,” said Lauren Petterson, president of the network. “Starting Sept. 20, the new long-form series lineup will showcase FOX News Media talent, including FBN’s Stuart Varney and Cheryl Casone as well as FOX Nation’s John Rich and Kacie McDonnell, all of whom will host new weekly programs for the network, while veteran television personality Mike Rowe will narrate.”

 “We are thrilled to introduce a new engaging and inspirational primetime lineup focused on success stories across key American industries to our loyal viewers,” Petterson said.


Mandy Miles drops stuff, breaks things and falls down more than any adult should. An award-winning writer, reporter and columnist, she's been stringing words together in Key West since 1998. "Local news is crucial," she says. "It informs and connects a community. It prompts conversation. It gets people involved, holds people accountable. The Keys Weekly takes its responsibility seriously. Our owners are raising families in Key West & Marathon. Our writers live in the communities we cover - Key West, Marathon & the Upper Keys. We respect our readers. We question our leaders. We believe in the Florida Keys community. And we like to have a good time." Mandy's married to a saintly — and handy — fishing captain, and can't imagine living anywhere else.