"Dollar Store Owen Wilson" stars in video for $2.9 million Lake Minnetonka home

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T Cody Turnquist, aka "Dollar Store Owen Wilson," or DSOW.
Weeks after "Dollar Store Ryan Gosling" took the internet by storm, Spacecrafting productions and Sotheby's Realty are hoping to do it again with "Dollar Store Owen Wilson," as David Brauer calls him.

An actor with a resemblance to the Zoolander star by the name of T Cody Turnquist is featured in a new ad for a $2.9 million Lake Minnetonka home at 2100 Shadywood Road in Orono.

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The clip isn't quite as outrageous as "Date Night," but it's still pretty amusing. It features DSOW, as we'll call him, driving home in a swanky convertible after wrapping up a day at the office. Once there, he changes into shorts in his bedroom, which is adorned with a huge "DRUGS" sign on the wall (WTF?). DSOW and his attractive ladyfriend then cut up a bunch of limes in preparation for a champagne-fueled party they're hosting for two other couples.

One set of friends arrives by cruising across Lake Minnetonka in their fancy boat. The guys and gals segregate themselves, with the ladies having what looks to be a serious conversation outside. (Thanks to the video's new-agey soundtrack you can't hear what they're discussing.) Meanwhile, inside, the dudes share some laughs and a toast while fingering cigars.

The one percenter holiday ends with the men and women reuniting outside for a nightcap. Finally, after everybody leaves, DSOW and his lady share a romantic embrace as these lyrics accompany the Coldplay-on-quaaludes jam: "This waterfall... may be... unwarranted." (Again, WTF?)

Watch it for yourself:



Adam Fonda, the real estate agent selling the home, also plays a role in the video as one of DSOW's friends. He characterizes the property as "a spectacular house -- Malibu meets Minnesota -- and modern, and there's not a lot of modern houses like that around Lake Minnetonka."

"You can find a few around Minneapolis but it's rare to find them on Lake Minnetonka," he tells us. (Read more about the property here.)

Fonda says it's the first time he's used a video to promote a listing, and that's Nelson's "Date Night" clip was an inspiration.

"I like his video," Fonda says. "He was taking the lifestyle video to another level. Sometimes you have to do bold things and good for him."

"It's kinda interesting to see the comments -- some good, some bad," he continues. "But Seth is a good friend of mine and he understood when he did it that it was a little edgy."

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.



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55 comments
Jeff Naumann
Jeff Naumann

Nice work Adam!! You should've had me driving the Ferrari tho...

William Evick
William Evick

Love the background music. Name of song is Waterfall by Bora York. Just found their album on rdio....very impressed.

Mark McKee
Mark McKee

Could this be a byproduct of recent heavy rains and influx of sewage into lake Minnetonka? Oh god!

Jessica Rae Kohl Nielsen
Jessica Rae Kohl Nielsen

Well they had me convinced "Lake Life" is wonderful - I'm in.... Oh wait I do not have $2.9 mill to spare... shoot!

Kelly McBride Clemens
Kelly McBride Clemens

I enjoyed reading the comments. ;) No complaints from me. Beautiful home and property

Karen Watson
Karen Watson

I get that they are selling luxury and lifestyle, but this is so cheesy. Ha ha.

Al McCarty
Al McCarty

To be truly Dime Store Owen Wilson, he needs to get his nose broken.

Trey Christian Peterson
Trey Christian Peterson

Well done! A great way to make looking at Real Estate even more enjoyable. Hope there are many of more of these to come!

lolcitypages
lolcitypages

I don't understand what's wrong with seeing a group of friends hanging out in a crazy beautiful house? If you don't like it, don't watch it. It seems like City Pages has too much time on their hands. 

dave548
dave548


Eek! Not any sort of architecture I could live in.  Interior resembles something more like an office building lobby not a comfortable home.  And, as others have pointed to, You'd think they could afford a decent set of knives to cut up a lime. lol

Dino Brusco
Dino Brusco

The author of this article is such a hater... What's wrong with girls talking with the girls and guys laughing together? Also, apparantly guys can't do a toast and have cigars and women can't have a serious conversation together. And a couple sharing a loving embrace after a great night with friends, god forbid!... what is the world coming to?!.... There are real social- economic issues we need to address and when you blanket jealousy and envy under the banner of the The 99 vs. The 1% it weakens the credibility of an important cause. Please Stop It... #JealousyIsNotAGoodLook

dannybrusco
dannybrusco

The author of this article is such a hater...  What's wrong with girls talking with the girls and guys laughing together? Also, apparantly guys can't do a toast and have cigars and women can't have a serious conversation together. And a couple sharing a loving embrace after a great night with friends, god forbid!... what is the world coming to?!.... There are real social- economic issues we need to address and when you blanket jealousy and envy under the banner of the The 99 vs. The 1% it weakens the credibility of an important cause. Please Stop It...

Jeff55414
Jeff55414

Love the mid-century modern decor. 

Dan Williams
Dan Williams

And most important of all,why is she using a paring knife and "sawing" back and forth?

Sean Genosky
Sean Genosky

And.....why are they selling the lifestyle? The only people that can afford shit like that already live that lifestyle.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

at least these morons dont work at your job

Jordan Ward
Jordan Ward

So a proper size knife and/or a sharpener would make an appropriate housewarming gift?

peterbreitholtz
peterbreitholtz

i suppose if you don't mind living on a puddle surrounded by a bunch of sleazy coke dealers you might buy the video

Patty Eastman Duncan
Patty Eastman Duncan

Well.... IF I were looking for this house to bye I won't know ... because the video about the people got boring and I clicked it off!!

Suzy Q Kangaroo
Suzy Q Kangaroo

so its NOT Owen Wilson, just a look alike and now if we are selling a million dollar home we have to have a high end music video to market it with?? un offing beweavable

Erin Sayer
Erin Sayer

No, the bad comments about the other video were because it bad, not because it's "too edgy" for us. SMH

Sean Genosky
Sean Genosky

Someone has obviously watching million dollar listings. This video does absolutley nothing to sell the home. I would much rather have a narrator telling me about the property and actually SELLING me on the property. This video tells me nothing about the property.

Kara Lien
Kara Lien

It's a vintage porcelain sign from Rexall Drug. I love it.

Luis Rojas
Luis Rojas

Many of us yearn for the "socks optional" lifestyle. A life filled with gorgeous blondes who cut limes with a butter knife, and friends who to suck on un-lit cigars.

David Dyer
David Dyer

Why is she cutting up a lime for wine/champagne? I thought rich people were supposed to know this stuff.

allyourbasearebelong
allyourbasearebelong

What's wrong with just showing slow mo panning shots of the house and let potential buyers add their own imagination as to what it would feel like living there?Why do you have to add this persona on top at all? If I was ever in the market for a home like this, this video leaves a bad taste in my mouth for what i can expect the buying process to be like.  

Jeff55414
Jeff55414

@dave548 This type of architecture is known as "California Modern", and yes, houses like these are actually intended to have an office/hotel lobby/airport terminal type feel. It's not for everybody, but I personally love it. If you think this house is off the wall, check out this one in Vegas: http://www.freshpalace.com/2013/07/22/modern-home-in-las-vegas

Jeff55414
Jeff55414

@dannybrusco The author of this blog (as well as most of the negative commenters on here) are most likely of the "You Owe Me" Entitlement generation. Deep down, it has nothing to do with the house, it's price, or even the so-called "lifestyle" it represents. It has to do with the fact that they feel they are somehow "owed" something from people with money--even if they worked hard for it themselves. They view them as greedy and that their income should be distributed equally among the masses so that no one has anymore than anyone else. 


dannybrusco
dannybrusco

well I had no idea about the place and as a recent Transplant had no idea about the property, location and lifestyle

Jeff55414
Jeff55414

Well don't worry. You'll never have enough money to bye this house.

stfu
stfu

you are a moron and know nothing about marketing

stfu
stfu

shows what you know about champagne


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