Chad Carroll, Samantha DeBianchi and Chris Leavitt ()
Botox, bikinis, stretches of beachfront. If the preview’s any indication, Bravo TV’s new reality show, “Million Dollar Listing Miami,” will be a parade of opulence—flashy cars, polo matches, helicopters, some very expensive real estate and drama set to pulse-pounding music.
“We showcase exactly what people come to Miami for—and that’s the sexy vibe,” said Chad Carroll, Douglas Elliman’s top producer in South Florida for 2012 and 2013.
Carroll is one of three Miami real estate brokers headlining the newest installment of Bravo’s hit franchise about the buyers and sellers of high-end real estate, and the brokers who seal the deals for them.
Joining him is Boston-born Chris Leavitt, the broker behind last year’s $34 million sale of a Miami Beach triplex that was heralded as the largest condo sale in the state. His bio says he sold more than $120 million in real estate last year. The previews show he’s a fan of Botox treatments and prefers “options” over a partner right now in his private life.
Rounding out the cast is DeBianchi Real Estate founder Samantha DeBianchi, whose luxury brokerage caters to athletes, entrepreneurs and investors.
“What you’re going to see is a mix of real estate and lifestyle,” said Carroll, executive vice president at Douglas Elliman. “We’re not only selling properties. We’re selling the lifestyle and the dream of living in Miami.”
Cashing in on that dream are Giorgio Armani model-turned-Miami Beach nightclub operator and hotelier Eric Milon, Opium Group CEO and owner of the Strand and Living Room clubs. In one episode, Milon lists his $4 million estate in the gated Old Palm Golf Club development in Palm Beach Gardens, with an 18-hole golf course designed by Hall of Fame golfer Raymond Floyd.
Carroll said the deals shown on the show are real, and Bravo suggests the stakes are high for the cast members looking to close on camera.
“The Miami lifestyle offers amazing views, ridiculous listings and major deals, but can the agents handle the Miami heat?” one preview asks.
If the show is anything like its New York and Los Angeles predecessors, viewers can expect demanding clients, heated negotiations and cast members sorting out their love lives between deals.
“They capture every aspect, from the listings to the negotiations and the actual closing,” Carroll said. “Viewers are going to get a great taste of what it’s like to do deals in Miami.”
The show held a promotional launch party hosted by luxury car dealer Warren Henry Auto Group and Privage condominiums at Pearl, a lounge at the Nikki Beach nightclub in Miami Beach on Wednesday. The series premieres June 25.