If you've ever wondered about the domestic lives of Sydney's wealthiest property owners, you're about to get a sneak peak inside their opulent - and expensive - homes, courtesy of an upcoming docu-series.
Touted as Australia's answer to popular US reality shows Selling Sunset and Million Dollar Listing, the series will go to air on Amazon Prime Video in 2021. It will follow eastern suburbs property agents Gavin Rubinstein, D'Leanne Lewis, and Simon Cohen as they trade the city's most luxurious and costly houses.
And it seems Kyle Sandilands is getting in on the property porn. His production company Kentel is working on the unscripted reality TV show in collaboration with Amazon. Just another side hustle for the multimillionaire KIIS FM breakfast co-host, who, as Emerald City has previously reported, is also expanding his sangria drinks business.
We're told that told jaw-dropping mansions in Dover Heights, Rose Bay and Bondi have so far been featured in the forthcoming real estate series, with listings in the $10-30 million price bracket.
While buyers and sellers remain a closely guarded secret, production insiders say drama has already ensued as the agents go to great lengths to acquire listings.
Jacenko foe in bikie scuffle
Bitcoin trader Anthony Hess incurred the wrath of Roxy Jacenko last year after the PR maven's Paddington office was vandalised. Jacenko accused Hess of the damage, but failed in her bid to take out an apprehended violence order against him. Hess denied he was involved.
Now he appears to have made a bigger enemy. The refined streets of Melbourne's South Yarra were the backdrop for an unexpected scuffle during the afternoon coffee rush earlier this month.
Mongols bikie president Toby Mitchell is alleged to have assaulted his friend Hess at Gilson Cafe on October 4, leaving bystanders shocked.
Mitchell was arrested for alleged affray and has been barred from associating with his outlaw motorcycle gang or going within 150 metres of the cafe as part of strict bail conditions.
While it is not clear what sparked the alleged assault, it has certainly caused a headache for the popular Domain Road eatery which has subsequently acquired a large motorcycle presence outside its premises.
Hess is understood to have been given special permission to leave Australia for the US as he waits for the incident to blow over.
High fashion and champagne dinner in Double Bay
It was an influencer-free night on Wednesday for some of Sydney's chicest women who were given a taste of Europe in lieu of their yearly jaunt to the continent.
Belinda boutique owners Joshua Penn and Jackie Yenken, who are responsible for dressing the well-to-do ladies of the eastern suburbs, hosted a luxe evening for their most prized clientele.
Not a penny was spared for the intimate gathering of 14 ladies including Museum of Contemporary Art chairwoman Lorraine Tarabay, Lowes Menswear CEO Linda Penn and event planner Benita Kam at Penn’s Double Bay home.
Emerald City is told the Blanc de Blanc champagne was free-flowing as businesswomen and philanthropic ladies dressed in Oscar De La Renta, Alexander McQueen and Bottega Veneta congregated under the outdoor chandeliers.
Benz brushes off boutique smear campaign
Glamorous Sydney expat Sasha Benz should be celebrating the birth of her third child but instead is grappling with a smear campaign conducted by an Instagram call-out account.
Last month, Emerald City revealed Benz's US designer consignment boutique Wyld Blue had been accused of selling counterfeit goods. Those allegations were never proven, and Benz insists they're false.
Now the anonymous watchdog account has questioned the authenticity of Wyld Blue store reviews that have appeared in recent weeks.
"Sasha decided that in order to try to revive her store Wyld Blue's Google ratings, she would create a bunch of fake people to rate her store 5," a post shared on the wephotoshoppedwhat2 Instagram account read.
Stoking suspicions are the generic stock images accompanying several of the reviews. One of the images that accompanied a glowing review was a photo of former US senator Kay Hutchison whose name was listed as Doris Riley.
The former Bondi local brushed off claims her teams were behind the fictitious feedback posted online.
"The fake reviews, both negative and positive have all been tracked back to a few of the same IP addresses," Benz told Emerald City.
"This is a nonsensical tactic. There was even a review from Donald Trump and Tina Fay with their photos - I laughed so hard, I can't believe the people that follow this account think that was someone on our team."
Having welcomed daughter Haze Heart at Mount Sinai hospital in New York last week, the busy mum hopes to move past the recent allegations. "I know my business and stand by everything in the store," she said.