Why we’re sold on Selling Sunset

The heels are sky-high, the house prices are stratospheric - and we're totally addicted

Selling Sunset

by Heat |

Question, reader: are you in the market for a $44m mansion, with a 12-car garage, a home cinema and a TV screen that comes up from the pool? If so, we know just the place for you...

Seriously, though, if you haven’t watched Selling Sunset yet, what are you waiting for? We may have missed it when it premiered last year, but these days, we’re totally obsessed with Netflix’s reality series, which follows the lives of a group of glamazon property agents working at luxury broker firm The Oppenheim Group as they bitch, barter and make big bucks around the Hollywood Hills.

To celebrate the long-awaited arrival of series three, we take a look at why this reality realty show is so damn addictive...

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Why we're sold on Selling Sunset

Justin Hartley and Chrishell Stause
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When the likes of J-Lo and Nicole Scherzinger are on your books, there's no time to be starstruck. But that's not a problem when the brokers have starry connections of their own. Chrishell was married to This Is Us' Justin Hartley (sore point – he dumped her during filming), and was herself a daytime soap actress before getting her realtor's licence, while former NBA cheerleader Amanza dated actor Taye Diggs. Because this is Hollywood, most of the ladies working at Oppenheim are ex-models and actresses, and Heather was a Playboy Playmate.

Selling Sunset Jason and Brett
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You might think it's awkward to work for your ex-boyfriend, but Mary has no such problem with Jason, who co-owns the brokerage with his twin brother Brett. In fact, the cast don't just work together, they play together, and often launch into all their personal dramz during office hours. The scandal of it all! But when they're not hugging and kissing, they're destroying each other with the bitterest war of words. At this point, we've honestly lost count of how many people Christine's fallen out with.

Selling Sunset $40million house
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If that $44m property we mentioned is a bit modest for you, how about a $75m house, with nine bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and, of course, its own helipad? And it's not just the buyers and sellers who are rolling in dough – when the property price is so high, an agent can expect to earn over a million dollars in commission alone! Guess that's how they can afford all those Ferraris and Louboutins...

Christine Quinn Selling Sunset
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All hail Christine, the self-appointed MVP of Selling Sunset. Christine doesn't do subtlety – her couture outfits, cutting put-downs and claws-out catfights are so extra, they deserve their own spin-off series. Let's not forget, this is the lady who said she wanted a very "casual" engagement party... "with a sexual Phantom Of The Opera theme, a zebra, and Cirque du Soleil performers hanging out in the back." She also doesn't bite her tongue when it comes to having it out with her co-workers and making them earn their keep. Remember when she said that new girl Chrishell should "sit on the floor until she proves herself"? We love her and hate her all at once.

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Honestly, zebras are small fry when it comes to Christine's wedding, which included chocolate gargoyle table settings, fake snow falling as she walked down the aisle, and four live swans. But it's not just the private functions that push the invite envelope – imagine going to an open house that offers free burgers and Botox upon arrival.

Selling Sunset clients
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No one has more exacting standards than a client at The Oppenheim Group. And why shouldn't they? They've got money to burn and future house guests to impress. We particularly enjoy Alexandra, the monotone, impossible-to-please app entrepreneur, who gives Chrishell a major ticking off when she doesn't meet the brief, telling her, "My time is important." Special mention goes to Kim Kardashian's frenemy Larsa Pippen, who complains that a walk-in closet the size of our flat isn't big enough. Worse, there isn't parking space for her 12 cars.

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heat chats to Jason & Amanza

First up, how's Chrishell doing since the shock divorce?

Amanza: She’s OK, she’s a tough cookie. It’s very hard to watch one of your good friends go through so much, but she was on the group chat today and she seems just as bubbly as she can be. But we’re here to lift her up and support her in any way that she needs.

How the hell do you guys wear those heels all day?

A: Clearly, I’m not the best at it because I got my heels stuck in the decking on my first day! It’s easy to show a home in heels but, I have to be honest, when we’re sitting at our desks, the majority of the time we’re not wearing them. I bring flip-flops or slippers.

Care to name drop some of your famous clients?

Jason: Well, I sold a house to Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez. My favourite guy that I work with is Orlando Bloom, I’m selling his house right now because he’s going to be a dad. Families and marriages are good for real estate.

We’re tempted to retrain...

J: Some people think you just jump into a brokerage and start making thousands of dollars. The show edits down months of filming into eight hours, so I think people should have a bit of context. It took me years!

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