Home Improvement TV star Bob Vila downsizes with $12.5 Palm Beach purchase

America’s home improvement teachers are downsizing.

Just one month after putting his Palm Beach spread on the market for an eye-popping $53 million, DIY deity Bob Vila bought a more manageable $12.5 million property in the enclave last week, records show.

The 77-year-old former host of “This Old House” nabbed the 4,300 square foot Georgian Revival residence with 5 bedrooms and 3 and a half baths for $2.5 million under its original $15 million asking price.

The property had been listed since September, according to the Palm Beach Daily News.

The villa’s acquisition came after he and his wife, former Harvard professor Diana Barrett, put their longtime Palm Beach residence on the market — a 7-bedroom waterfront property the couple renovated in 2006.

Listed by Vila’s son, Chris, the home on Everglades Island features a private dock and 175 feet of water frontage.

Bob Vila bought a $12.5 million home in Palm Beach last week. Zelle
The purchase came after he and his wife put their former Palm Beach property on the market for $53 million. Zelle
Bob Vila shot to fame as a TV home improvement expert. Bob Vila / Facebook

Built in 1949, the compound originally belonged to Barrett’s parents, who bought it for just $375,000 in 1975, according to Mansion Global.

Barrett and Vila later purchased it from her mother’s estate for $6.1 million.

The villa’s newest acquisition was designed by noted Palm Beach architect John Volk and built in 1940.

The Palm Beach mansion’s kitchen. Zelle
One of three and a half bathrooms. Zelle
One of five bedrooms. Zelle
The houses’s staircase and hallway. Zelle

The area has seen stratospheric appreciation in recent years, with the global elite stamping into Palm Beach and signing record-breaking contracts.

Speaking to Mansion Global, Vila said that even he found it difficult to maintain upkeep on his former home.

“In terms of doing little home improvements around here, that’s always part of the deal,” he told the outlet last month. “It’s an older house, so there’s always something.

A living room in Vila’s house. Zelle
A sunroom facing the mansion’s backyard. Zelle
The dining room in the Florida home. Zelle
Another living room in the house. Zelle

“You get to a point in life where you want to simplify things,” he said.

A former spokesperson for Craftsman at the height of his notoriety, the Cuban-American was born and raised in Miami.