When it comes to finding homes for the super-rich, Jason Oppenheim knows his stuff. It’s no surprise, then, that the property guru’s £7.5million Hollywood pad is the stuff of dreams.
Jason – the star of reality TV series Selling Sunset – has an outdoor pool so perfect it looks like it should be on the pages of a glossy magazine.
And the sleek, open interior is better than any model home you can imagine.
But where is the TV? “Under your feet,” he says, pointing to the living room floor. “It comes from the earth” Of course it does.
This is a man who has everything money can buy. But one thing that seems to elude Jason is true happiness.
Ask if he’s seen Selling Sunset season five – which stars employees at his elite real estate company The Oppenheim Group – and he looks a little down.
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Though Selling Sunset has increased its business by up to 25%, Jason doesn’t want to watch the new Netflix series when it airs on April 22 because it will document his split from co-star Chrishell Stause.
“Season five will make me relive a lot of sadness, pain and loss,” says Jason, 44.
“I’m not looking forward to that. I’m not ready to talk about what happened with Chrishell, but we just wanted different things.
“I’m usually good with business, but right now I think about her every day. It’s really tough.”
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The couple split in December, just five months after making their relationship official – leading some fans to brand their relationship a “showmance.”
But Jason angrily hits back at the accusations. He says: “It was the most real relationship I’ve ever had, so the idea that it wasn’t real in some way is something I just don’t feel the need to comment on or respond to.
“I will always have incredible love and respect for Chrishell. I appreciate her very much.
“I’m still working through a lot of pain. This can take a while.”
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Jason, a no-nonsense ex-law student, is endearingly honest – and the ladies clearly love that.
Ever since he became famous through Selling Sunset, he’s had more than enough admirers. “Of course I get a lot of nudity … I get sexts and women asking if I want to cuddle,” he says.
“Some even get my phone number and text me. It’s just weird.”
But Jason says he won’t rush back into dating after his painful breakup with Chrishell.
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“I am not looking [for anyone else],” he says. “I’m just not in the right headspace.”
Unusually, Jason went to couples counseling three years ago – with his twin brother Brett, the other half of the Oppenheim gold mine.
“We started walking because we fought a lot,” explains Jason.
“I think that can happen a lot in life … that you take the person you love the most for granted and you can be the cruelest to them.”
Jason admits the counseling “really helped,” and for all his fame and fortune, he seems very down to earth.
“I’m pretty comfortable where I am in life,” he says. “I go to the gym, I like to watch crime documentaries and things like The Tinder Swindler, I like to be with my Chihuahuas, Zelda and Niko…”
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He also loves collecting antiques. Jason is the proud owner of a phone he believes came from a WWII Navy ship – and it has since been linked to his cellphone. And above a gigantic clock in his study sit row after row of tightly bound history books.
“They’re from the 15th and 16th centuries,” he says. “I think I have maybe 150 total, but they’re in Latin, so I haven’t read them.”
In its open-plan living area, a neon wall sign also quotes a poem that has influenced Jason over the years. It says life is a series of choices — and it’s no surprise that such a sentiment resonates with Jason.
When he and Brett were five, their parents divorced and the boys’ behavior only got worse. There were numerous expulsions from school, jail time for fighting — and Jason was even convicted of drunk driving.
He could easily have chosen a different path – one that would see him in prison longer. “It [the trouble] probably put a chip on my shoulder,” admits Jason.
“I felt like I had something to prove and at the same time I felt like I had nothing to lose.
“When you combine those two, I think it results in someone who’s definitely going to go out there and take risks and work really hard.”
Hard work has certainly paid off handsomely for Jason — but he refuses to talk about his A-list clients.
However, since Selling Sunset’s success, some seem to be more in awe of him than the other way around.
Jason says: “Brett and I were at a restaurant a few weeks ago and Jamie Foxx stopped by and asked if he could take a picture, which I found quite amazing. He and his girlfriend are apparently fans of the show.
“I’m also a huge Entourage fan and another time I was sitting near Adrian Grenier, who stars in it, and people were yelling at me.
“He just turned around and said, ‘Who are you?!'”
Jason turns 45 on April 12 and has a few things planned for his birthday, including a pool party, a trip to the Coachella music festival, and parties with employees at his Newport and Sunset Boulevard stores.
Jason is very close to his team and says the future of their hit reality show is ultimately up to them.
“If we make a decision to end Selling Sunset, it’s going to be primarily a group decision, one that we make with our friends at Netflix,” he says.
“But right now I think it brings a lot of joy to the people around me and to see them happy is above all for me.”
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