In episode 708 of THE BACHELORETTE, Ashley Hebert travels to...

In episode 708 of THE BACHELORETTE, Ashley Hebert travels to Long Island, New York, where J.P., left, surprises her with a retro trip back to a roller skating rink. Credit: ABC

Roslyn's J.P. Rosenbaum, who successfully proposed to Ashley Hebert on Monday's finale of "The Bachelorette," plans to stay in his Manhattan apartment until his fiancé finishes dental school in September. Then, he says, "We'll look for a new place and move in together."

The two already had something of a honeymoon in Fiji, where the finale was taped. "After we were done [shooting] and got engaged, we spent four additional nights there together," Hebert, 26, said Tuesday in a Newsday interview with the lovebirds.

Rosenbaum, 34, who edged out Sonoma, Calif., winemaker Ben Flajnik for Hebert's hand, says going on the show had been out of character for him. But when a friend signed him up to audition, he went with it.

"I felt like I was in a rut and needed a change in my life," he says. "A close friend of mine nominated me online and then told me after she did it. I never thought anything would come of it." Yet, after an interview in New York and then being flown out to California for the final casting, "I got a call two weeks later saying I was going to be on the show."

The 1995 Herricks High School graduate was born in Manhattan but moved to Roslyn with his parents, Ilene and Peter Rosenbaum, when he was about a year old. He attended the University of Michigan, and majored in communication "kind of by default. I didn't know what I wanted to do after college and communication left it open."

After working briefly as a commercial real estate broker, he became an Internet advertising salesman. When the dot-com bubble burst, he backpacked in Australia for two months, still undecided on a career.

Fortunately, his brother Roy, who works in real estate financing, and their father, a former Columbia University linguistics professor and later a financial adviser, "were doing some real estate deals in Brooklyn, and they needed a guy on the construction site they could trust." Rosenbaum worked for his family during the day, while at night earning a master's degree in construction management at New York University's Schack Institute of Real Estate.

And though he declined to name the company for which he works, he's grateful that his bosses gave him the roughly 10 weeks off he needed to be on the show.

"Theoretically," he says, "they're responsible for me falling in love!"

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