Real Estate Porn: Why We Love Realty Reality-Based Shows

Oppenheim Group

There’s nothing more satisfying than taking a tour through a $40 million dollar mansion. From luxurious pools, multiple bathrooms, hidden staircases, spacious libraries, rooftop views and boundless space, it’s easy to get swept away in the grandeur.

But maybe you’ve never actually stepped inside one of these mansions, maybe you’ve only ever seen one through your TV screen — nitpicking at the decor (because if you had that type of house, you certainly would not use that particular hand-tufted wool rug) and dreaming about what it would be like to lounge by the pool that sprawls across the back garden.

Lucky for us, streaming services like Netflix have brought the world of luxury homes to us with TV shows like Million Dollar Beach House and Selling Sunset — two series that not only boast excellent real estate but also have enough drama to fill a ten-tonne plunge pool.

The cast of Selling Sunset are actual realtors who sell some of the most luxurious homes in LA with The Oppenheim Group. And if you’re put off by their wild drama, just remember these people are making a profit of upwards of $75,000 in commission per house — so really, they can afford to behave like this.

Houses on their website go for a minimum of $3.2 million USD all the way up to $75 million USD and while that’s pocket change for some, for the rest of us, we’re still paying off last Sunday’s bottomless brunch.

“A sprawling Beverly Hills contemporary estate on over one acre of land, recently completed with meticulous attention to design and detail,” the description for this home reads on their official site.

“Developed by Sen Properties, the 7 beds, 10 baths main residence boasts 15,605 sq. ft. of stylish living spaces including an elegant foyer, top-of-the-line chef’s kitchen, sleek dining and living areas, state-of-the-art movie theatre and gym, wine cellar, a lavish owner’s suite with his-and-hers walk-in closets and bathrooms.”

When else would you be able to even breathe in the direction of a place this expensive, let alone take a peek inside?

Selling Sunset
The Oppenheim Group.
The Oppenheim Group.

Over on the East Coast of America, Million Dollar Beach House follows realtors from the Nest Seekers office in the fabulous Hamptons.

Not as glamorous as Selling Sunset, and in my humble opinion, definitely less-likeable people (if that’s even possible — we’re looking at you, Davina!) — the cast are once again real employees of the real estate game. Although this time, they only make up a small percentile of the actual team that work in the company.

To give you a little idea of what types of houses these guys sell, you’re looking at up to $9 million USD with a few to purchase just under a million.

But don’t be fooled by the lower prices, because cast member Peggy Zabakolas has earned herself a cool $2,379,700 in overall commission on the first series of the show alone.

Nest Seekers also give you the option to rent, so if you’re looking at renting a house with eight bedrooms and 11 bathrooms in the Hamptons, you’ll need around $100,000 USD a month.

The house in question, an Extraordinary Waterfront Mansion in Port Jefferson, is being rented out by Noel Roberts, arguably the most unlikeable cast member.

Here’s the house in question.

Nest Seekers
Nest Seekers.

“With over 300 ft of beach frontage, this newly remodelled 20,000 +/- sq ft estate features 8 Bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, an elevator, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis + basketball court, gym, 2 saunas, separate cottage, and much more. This estate has its own private helipad, where you can commute back and forth to Manhattan in 25 minutes. Schedule a tour of this spectacular compound today,” the description reads.

View’s not bad either.

Nest Seekers.

While magnificent, it’s not just the fascination with other peoples homes that have captured audiences around the world.

The lives of the realtors make for some insane viewing. From lavish weddings to petty arguments, hair extensions, brightly coloured claws, heels and Chrishell Stause being dumped via text by her former husband (actor Justin Hartley from This is Us), these shows really have it all.

And if you’re not interested in the drama, there are the houses — and that’s enough.

Catch Selling Sunset and Million Dollar Beach House streaming now on Netflix.

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