A Sarasota native could soon transition from real estate mogul to television star. Andrew Greenwell, CEO and principal of Venture Sotheby’s International Realty, will serve as the face of Million Dollar Listing San Francisco, a reality show premiering at 10pm tonight on Bravo. But before the world gets to watch the show, Sarasotans can get a sneak peak of at a red carpet event being hosted by Community Youth Development at Lakewood Ranch Cinemas at 6:30pm.
Greenwell said he has been in talks with Bravo for two-and-a-half years and started filming the show in October. The show will follow transactions being handled by the Venture Sotheby’s office by Greenwell and fellow brokers Justin Fichelson and Roh Habibi. The show centers around the work being done in the office, but also touches on the brokers’ real lives, so cameras have been following Greenwell constantly. “It is a lot of work, but a lot of fun,” Greenwell said. “It is definitely a life changer.”
The show serves as the most recent installment of Bravo’s successful Million Dollar Listing franchise, this time following luxury real estate in one of the most expensive markets in the country. See a clip about Greenwell and other brokers here:
As fas as show content, Greenwell promises the drama captured on camera will not be of the semi-staged Real Housewives style seen on other “reality” shows. “Our deals are very real. You can’t fake a real estate deal with today’s technology,” he said. “But it’s not that hard to have a dramatic show when you are dealing with someone selling a home, and when dealing with one of the major transactions of their life. Emotions run high. When we entice a seller to get into the show, we don’t know what it’s going to be like. There is already a camera in our face. You deal with the real emotional things in someone’s life.”
Greenwell cannot attend the Sarasota event because he has been doing press on the West Coast in anticipation of the premier. But he feels honored CYD will host the event. Greenwell was a part of the CYD program himself, serving on its board while he was in high school. “It’s important to get some recognition for them, have a fun party and raise some money at the same time,” he said. The work there led to significant success for Greenwell in his professional life. He founded a brokerage firm at 19 while still in college and eventually grew the firm to have three offices. He was named in 2007 to Realtor Magazine’s “Top 30 Realtors in America Under 30,” becoming the youngest agent ever to do so. After success under a Keller Williams shingle, he founded Venture Sotheby’s in 2014.
The Venture Sotheby’s team hopes, of course, that Bravo will continue following the office for multiple seasons, and Greenwell does not expect to start moving outside the San Francisco market. He stressed this show is a great opportunity to do what he loves, real estate, and not a chance to jump into TV hosting. “I’m just a real estate guy with a television crew following him around.”