Gus Mattox Still Working with Wood, and Building his Future


The New York Times looks at how Tom Judson, who many of you may know as porn actor Gus Mattox, leapt from his adult film retirement in 2005 to a career in house-flipping in upstate New York, renovating homes with a talent he learned using his own handiwork skills and some books:

Judson“Mr. Judson’s new business, Acme Housing (slogan: ‘Yesterday’s Homes … Today!’), came about accidentally. He bought a 700-square-foot cottage in Cairo, N.Y., in 2005 for $50,000, renovated it and moved in before realizing that he could not really keep two houses in the area. So he sold the Cairo cottage for $110,000 and headed back to the woods. ‘Seeing the profit I made from the sale was my Aha! moment,’ he said, and he realized ‘that this hare-brained scheme might just be something to make money from.’ The Cairo project was followed by a bungalow in Coxsackie, N.Y., which he bought in late 2006 for $72,000, quickly gave a quaint Arts-and-Crafts-inspired makeover and sold the next spring for $161,000. Much of the pleasure he takes in the work, he said, has to do with ‘taking a house that most people consider not worth saving and giving it a new life.’ He went on: ‘I’ve passed on quite a few houses because, even though there was money to be made, I didn’t think I’d enjoy working on them. You know, if being responsible were a priority of mine, my résumé of the past 30 years would be totally different.'”

Sure beats traveling the country doing local theater productions of “Making Porn” which seems to be the route of other gay adult film stars.

Acme Housing [official site]
Now Rated R (for Resale) [nyt]
(via fleshbot site NSFW)


  1. FizziekruntNT says

    LMAO. That’s awesome! Pornstar goes legit. Good for him…and hella more profitable. I’m was even more impressed however, that “hare-brained” was spelled correctly.


  2. ggreen says

    I’m sure many of Tom/Gus’s divine home creations can be seen on One of the scariest statements a neighbor can hear is “we’re gay and we want to do home improvement”. Hot pink shutters, painting rooms with colors so dark the feel like coffins or whorehouses, “window treatments” right out of Zsa Zsa Gabor’s boudoir. Leave it to the professionals girls save your time to worship, Brit, Paris and the Beckhams.

  3. Derrick from Philly says

    Wonderful story. He should talk to Matt Sanchez into following his route instead of loosing his soul (and dingdong) to the Conservatives. I still say there’s hope for Matt…did he marry that gal yet?

  4. FizziekruntNT says

    I’ve gotta say it again…


    Check out Gus’ personal site. I had NO friggin’ idea who he really is, and house-flipper isn’t even the tip of the iceberg.

    …writing my wishlist to Santa right now.

  5. crispy says

    Uhh, ggreen, that was one of the more ignorant comments I’ve read lately on Towleroad. And this week has been a doozy!

    It has been widely reported that gays improve neighborhoods with their little home remodeling projects. Gentrification… perhaps you’ve heard of it? I imagine most of Tom/Gus’s neighbors are happy to see their property values rise.

  6. Adam says

    “Mr. Judson said he chose the D.I.Y. route for financial reasons and the satisfaction of it. He has found that some tasks, like Sheetrocking, are too onerous to take pleasure in, but he has learned, he said, to “truly enjoy the sensation of driving a nail home to connect two pieces of lumber, or installing a hardwood floor and watching it slowly grow to completion across the room.”

    I love watching things grow slowly then the sensation of driving home to connect two pieces of wood, too.

  7. ggreen says


    I live in a neighborhood that was gay gentrified 30 years ago. My gay neighbors change constantly and almost all with out exception want to bring a little bit of the Ozarks, the Appalachia’s or Tired Town USA (where ever they are from) to the Castro. It’s starting to look real tacky. Lay off the name calling, this is a public forum where everyone can have an opinion.

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