'Income Property' Star Scott McGillivray Takes Us Behind the Scenes of His Popular Instagrams

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After 10 seasons of Income Property, audiences have come to enjoy watching host Scott McGillivray as he helps homeowners find extra value in their properties. He’s funny, charming and easy on the eyes.

But his appeal isn’t limited to the show. Over the years, the 37-year-old personality has taken to Instagram to give fans a peek at life away from the cameras, often sharing his sense of humor, even funnier throwback photos, and cute moments with his family.

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While McGillivray was in New York City to promote season 11 of the DIY series, which he dubs “Income Property: On Vacation,” ETonline caught up with him to get the backstories of some of his most candid uploads. And we were surprised to learn a few new things about the host.

1. Surfing

When asked about this beachside photo of McGillivray with a surfboard, the host revealed he’s been hitting the waves since he was 19 years old. His first time was in Costa Rica, where he fell in love with the sport.

“I ended up going back two years later and learning how to surf -- and stayed for four weeks,” McGillivray reveals, adding that he jumps at the chance to surf while filming on location -- even on the Great Lakes in the middle of October. “It can get pretty epic. One day, the surf was too big and too rough. There were eight-foot waves, which were well overhead. It was also pretty cold, so I was in a wetsuit, and you don’t last long when the water is 50 degrees.”

2. Vintage Hair

Four years old in the photo, McGillivray was inspired to share the snapshot because his own daughter is currently the same age. “That is an epic throwback,” he says of the 1982 pic. “My mom used to cut my hair when I was a kid and she used to literally put a bowl on our heads. My brother and I had this exact same haircut.  We actually had the same shirt as well.”

3. Like Father, Like Daughter

“This was a fun moment. That was when my daughter was eight months old or so and we went to Aruba,” he says of the vacation pic with his daughter, who actually appears in a handful of episodes this season. “I was just sitting there; I grabbed the bottle and started drinking it. Then she grabbed her bottle and started copying me -- doing everything I was doing.”

“Her gut was bigger than mine,” he jokingly adds. “Now, my gut is bigger than hers. So we sort of traded.”

4. Mudding

Outside his new house, which he’s building for a series, McGillivray reveals he took a break from filming to let off some steam. “It had been a muddy winter,” he says of jumping into his Jeep to take it for a drive through the property. “I just ripped it up in the mud -- just a disaster. I popped a tire. But it was good. I had to let some frustration out.”  

5. The Fabio

When it comes to his hair, McGillivray has no shame -- or at least no shame about owning up to his ‘90s styles. His long hair was particularly epic, akin to Fabio’s famous locks. But the host reveals he was going for more of a rocker vibe. “I wore it in a ponytail a lot, to be honest,” he says. “But you've got to remember, it was the ‘90s. It was kind of like Nirvana days, right?”

McGillivray eventually chopped it all off, ending up with a boy-band look. (The look can also be found on Instagram.) “When you have to get cleaned up, go boy-band style,” he jokes. “I’ve tried a lot of different hairstyles. It’s all an adventure.”

Income Property airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on the DIY Network. And don't forget to follow Scott McGillivray and Entertainment Tonight on Instagram.