Because my social calendar has been wiped clean, torched, thrown into a dumpster and forgotten about—I dedicated 14 hours of the last two weeks to watching the entirety of Selling Sunset. And I want more. It's gotten to the point where I'm consuming Selling Sunset TikTok memes just to feel something.
The show follows the inner-office drama of the the Oppenheim Group's real estate brokerage firm in LA and the women who sell multi-million dollar estates in the San Fernando Valley. Because I'm mostly fascinated with the cutthroat L.A. real estate scene, I find the business side of the show far more interesting than, say, Chrishell's divorce from This Is Us star Justin Hartley.
One of the main narratives that isn't fully wrapped up by the end of Season Three is a listing brought in by Davina Potratz for a Beverly Hills compound that's priced at an astounding $75 million.
As it's introduced in the show, Potratz has been working for two years to build her relationship with developer Adnan Sen, a "real estate mogul," who owns Sen Properties. His LA-based company boasts on its website that it is "one of the Platinum Triangle’s leading ultra luxurious property developers; dedicated to reclaiming Beverly Hills as the most livable and glamorous city in the world."
Thanks to her good relationship with Sen, Potratz has landed his new property in Beverly Hills—a 9 bedroom, 12 bath, 18,000 square-foot estate on one acre of land. It's a beautiful home, but one that all of her colleagues agree isn't worth $75,000,000. Making this listing more difficult is the fact that Sen wants an offer within three months—which is something that's hard enough to pull off with a reasonably priced (?) $4 million home.
But Potratz fights for it, and Oppenheim Group reluctantly takes the listing—which is the largest one in their catalog. Now, a lot fans out there are pretty harsh on Potratz. She's often presented as the show's villain, but you have to respect her hustle on this. And you can't help feel for her when the home hasn't gotten an offer in that three-month window and her entire career is at stake.
Making things even more interesting is this Adnan Sen guy. He comes across in the show like some sort of cold real estate Bond villain type. He also dodges some pretty basic questions, refusing to tell Christine Quinn how much he purchased the land for. According to Potratz, Sen isn't quite that intense in real life. "Is Adnan a really nice guy and not as scary as he seems on the show? A hundred percent," she told ScreenRant. "He is the sweetest guy and I think he hams it up for the camera and I appreciate that." If that's so, give this man an Emmy, because Potratz even admits in the interview that his demeanor threw her off.
But the twist is, even though the third season was filmed in the fall of 2019, the estate is still listed on Oppenheim's website.
Though other luxury realtors have said that the price is outrageous, Potratz maintains that Sen knows the estate is overpriced.
"[Adnan] lives at the house," Potratz told Screen Rant. "He is not super motivated to sell it. Now with that being said, if he gets an offer at $50 million I think he would consider it. He doesn't want to admit it to me that ‘yeah I know maybe 75 is too much,’ but he is not going to say that. No one would. That’s his job. He wants to get the most money out of it. I totally get that. But I also know how this works.”
According to Trulia and Zillow, past listings for this property have only gone as high as $25 million.
So what is going on? As one luxury agent told Vice, "It's fake."
"If I said that to one of my clients in public, I'd be fired," Santiago Arana told Vice. "He went to his client and said, 'OK, we need to create this drama, and that's what's going to sell the house and that's how we're going to get exposure.' Who in their right mind would say that? That's a perfect example of a script."
Whether it's legit or not, that question and that blurring of fact and fiction and what's business and what's entertainment is exactly what makes Selling Sunset so fascinating.
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