Jason Oppenheim holds the title of having sold the most expensive home in the brokerage’s history…much to the delight and dismay of fellow agents. The humble home, which was listed at a cool $40 million, was a point of contention and competition throughout the show as each agent tried their best to land the sale and the rather hefty $1.2 million commission.
The buyers of the mega-mansion with 360-degree views of the Hollywood Hills, a wrap-around infinity pool, spa, and an entire entertainment level weren’t revealed on the show. However, it later came to light that the new homeowners were the co-founders of Quest Nutrition. (Aka, the PDAing couple pictured above.)
Old Hollywood Gems
The Hollywood Hills are not only jam-packed with showbiz royalty but architectural gems as well. A couple of these masterpieces even appear on the show.
Take "Selling Sunset" star, Maya Vander's listing at 8448 Harold Way all the way back in season 1. The triangular triumph was designed by famous architect Harry Gesner in the 1950s and was on the market for a casual $5.49 million. Another uhm...gem... of a listing on the show was the infamous "Versace House" located at 2223 Queensborough Lane. The house earned its name due to its floor-to-ceiling Versace design. From the wallpaper to the couch cushions, everything. Is.Versace.
Don't let the high prices fool ya! Being a real estate at the Oppenheim Group doesn't necessarily mean you'll be rolling in the dough. The Oppenheim agents don't earn a salary which means all their income is commission-based. Sure, the 5% commission on a million-dollar sale is certainly a pretty penny but the agents don't get the whole pie!
Maya Vander revealed that the commission is split between the buyer's agent and the seller's agent. Then that is further split 70/30 between the agent and the brokerage. That means Jason and Brett got a cut of every deal!
"Selling Sunset" smashed Netflix records by becoming the streaming platform's most successful reality show hit.
It's so successful that Netflix keeps renewing the show for more seasons and it's already spawned two spin-offs called "Selling Tampa" and "Selling the OC." That means there are many more stilettos and over-priced homes in our future. Yay!
The Selling Sunset Seed
In a 202o interview with "Vanity Fair" magazine, show creator Adam Divello revealed just what sparked the "Selling Sunset" show idea in his mind. He was flipping through a magazine and came across an ad for the Oppenheim Group which features the notorious twins surrounded by glamourous real estate agents.
Divello divulged, "I ripped it out and gave it to my development executive…and I said, ‘Call these people. Get me an interview with them...’ It was pretty remarkable that it’s like an all-female ensemble cast, and these two twin brothers were running it. To me, it seemed like a no-brainer.”