What to expect
People selling and buying houses for a lot, and I mean a lot, of money. It’s true, Sydney’s eastern suburbs is one of the biggest markets in the world, on par with London and New York. We’re talking a two-bedroom unit for $3 million, an auction that reaches over $17 million, and properties in Point Piper that sell for $100 million.
While the show does have down-to-earth moments, often handed to us by D’Leanne Lewis, the sheer wealth of some people featured in this show is completely eye-watering. However, the luxurious lifestyles of the vendors, the buyers and the estate agents makes for a level of escapism you won’t get anywhere else, especially since you’re only escaping to Bondi.
Where to watch
Luxe Listings Sydney airs on Amazon Prime, kicking off this Friday, July 9.
Who you’ll meet
If you’ve watched Selling Sunset, you’ll know that the cast of characters behind the businesses are what bring the drama and intrigue. Luxe Listings Sydney has its own rotation of charismatic agents who share a dynamic that really makes the show.
Gavin is the founder of The Rubinstein Group (TRG), which came to be in 2019 after years of working as a solo agent within the Ray White company. He was awarded the number one salesperson across NSW for seven consecutive years based on commission, and continued this success with TRG – they sold more than $350 million worth of property in their first year of operation.
Gavin is a born entrepreneur – fast-talking, slick, and always available to his clients, whose priorities he puts above his own. He believes that one should ‘continually be better than yesterday’.
D’Leanne Lewis is a Principal at Laing+Simmons Double Bay, where she has been a top agent for the past 27 years. No stranger to hardship, D’Leanne migrated to Australia from South Africa with her family at age 10, settling with them in Blacktown, in Sydney’s west. She moved to Bondi at age 20, starting in real estate as a PA to the Director of Sales and built her way up from there.
D’Leanne prides herself on being disciplined, genuine and giving no less than 100% to everything she does. She is also a mother to two adorable young girls, and has said that motherhood is ‘the most important thing I have ever done.’
Simon is a buyer’s agent, meaning he will bring the property to the buyer, rather than the other way around. He co-founded Cohen Handler, the largest Property Buyer’s Agency in Australia. He is the highest-grossing buyer’s agent in the country, and he prides himself on making the process of buying property one that is “simple, fun and rewarding for the buyer.”
Simon is a family man – he works closely with his parents at Cohen Handler – and seems to have adopted colleagues Tammy and Liam into his tight-knit circle as well.
What makes it stand out?
The local angle of this show is what sets it apart from the likes of Selling Sunset and Million Dollar Listings. While the cut-throat nature of expensive real estate is still there, the shots of Sydney’s eastern suburbs add a level of familiarity. Also, we’re all pretty well across the nature of home ownership and real estate in the heart of Sydney, making the concept itself pretty relevant to local audiences. Come for the opulence, stay for the reminder that we do own some pretty spectacular views here in Australia.