Seth Nelson, aka "Dollar Store Ryan Gosling," on viral Uptown condo video: Haters gonna hate

sethnelson.jpg
Nelson pours himself a martini in "Date Night."
Seth Nelson, star of the bro-larious "Date Night" video that swept across the internet like wildfire last week, isn't bothered by all the attention he's receiving these days, even if much of it is ridiculing.

In fact, since Nelson is the Realtor selling the EdgeWater condo advertised in the ad, the clip's newfound viral-ness could help line his pockets.

See also:
Uptown apartment company erects "Benghazi" billboard over Franklin/Hennepin [PHOTO]

"I've certainly had positive feedback asking for more details about the condo, asking more about what we do as a real estate group and what kind of services we provide," Nelson, 34, tells us from California yesterday. "We've definitely gained some nice traction... we haven't sold it, but since the video we've had lots of interest and had offers, but it's a pricey unit and we've yet to find the perfect fit."

Nelson says the condo featured in the ad -- unit 503, which overlooks Lake Calhoun -- is on the market for about $2 million.

"It's more of an affluent crowd [in EdgeWater] with the price points in the building -- the lowest-price units are in the $500,000s to over $3 million for penthouses," Nelson says. "People have made certain comments about the lifestyle. Am I a proponent of the old-school Uptown hipster punk scene? Absolutely. I lived around the the lakes and love that about Uptown, that it's a cultural mecca."

"But in doing a video, I can't appeal to the masses, can't strike a chord with hipsters, punks, and business professionals," he continues. "So I had to roll with what I perceived to be the demographic of who is looking at a condo of that price point."

Many of the higher-priced units in EdgeWater were sold as nothing more than concrete shells, with owners bringing in their own architects for custom build-outs, Nelson tells us.

Nelson says the idea for "Date Night," which was filmed last September, stemmed from his observations of real estate trends in other markets.

"I practice real estate on the west coast, in Orange County -- it's more of a supplemental practice -- and I've always seen that trends, whether it be marketing trends or anything else, seem to trickle in [to the midwest] from the coasts," Nelson says. "So I took a lot of influence from what I saw in LA, Orange County, New York, Australia, Miami, places where people are going outside the box with unique and fun marketing techniques."

(For more, click to page two.)


My Voice Nation Help
44 comments
Bill Ranfranz
Bill Ranfranz

Not a fan of the concept of condo living, nor the lifestyle presented by the video.. Though you've got to admit this guy is good. 1%ers need a place to live too.. Glad somebody, somewhere is looking out for them. P.S. if you had a Maserati, you'd probably want to drive it every chance you got. #narcissism

Ben Bakunin
Ben Bakunin

Nobody owns anything, we are all renting. We are only playboys in the house of the dead.

Angie Blanco
Angie Blanco

Who would wish cancer on anyone you a hole...

garyhilgers
garyhilgers

I am a real estate agent and also made this a short video of a “typical” home buyer’s experience of buying a home in Minnesota.

Click here:  http://youtu.be/kNRmtOA2Srs

I hope you enjoy it.  Feel free to share.

And, if you want to see more - here are some scenes that were also kind of fun - but didn't make the final cut due to time constraints:

Click Here: http://youtu.be/YCo27Wr0n_g

Cheers,

Gary Hilgers

RE/MAX Advantage Plus

612-325-3175

GretavonOtto
GretavonOtto

In that location, at that price, the place would have to come with a stud-muffin who cooks, cleans, and hauls the ashes, if ya know what I mean!

Leah Zabowski
Leah Zabowski

It was very American Psycho to me and creeped me out

KennyX
KennyX

It may be nice, but it is NOT worth $2 million, especially since it's only a 2-bedroom. You could build an ultra-modern mansion on Lake Minnetonka for that much.

Jane Gallagher
Jane Gallagher

Haters gonna hate. I think it was an innovative idea.

barbertj23
barbertj23

"Am I a proponent of the old-school Uptown hipster punk scene? Absolutely. I lived around the the lakes and love that about Uptown, that it's a cultural mecca."

... but business is business, amirite fellas? (high fives all around the meeting room)

My definition of proponent is different than his.

Joel O'Brien
Joel O'Brien

I hope he gets cancer from the building materials

Jamie Grimm
Jamie Grimm

But you still don't really own the place you're paying for unless you own the whole building.

Rick Miller
Rick Miller

With this building you got a pretty awesome location, various amenities, no yard work, no snow removal, no home repairs-more time to either work, relax, travel-whatever

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

No Jeanne - I don't like people who worship $ and step over anybody in their quest for more of it - especially trust funders.

Lex Lambent
Lex Lambent

"..two miles in heels". ??? um, two blocks at best!

Jamie Grimm
Jamie Grimm

Owning a house with an HOA is equally stupid.

Nick Hannula
Nick Hannula

It's more or less the same as owning a house with an HOA.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

I'd rather own my own home (and do) than follow aggregate rules set forth by losers like Seth from their offices in California.

Jamie Grimm
Jamie Grimm

When you buy an apartment, you really don't own anything because somebody else owns the building you live in and makes dumb rules you have to follow.

Nick Hannula
Nick Hannula

The same reason people buy houses, probably

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Seth knows his markets dude. It takes brains and ingenuity to be a trust fund baby who was bankrolled into real estate via nepotism. ;)

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

He was a rich kid who bullied the poor. I don't like wealthy bullies who are bankrolled by their parents - in 1997 or 2014.

John Carlson
John Carlson

Dam City Pages, why can't you let this one go .....

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

Hey. Hand it to the guy for handling the laughter at his expense in as classy a way as is probably possible. 


And he's right, the person to whom that ad would appeal is exactly the person you'd imagine buying a $2 million, 2000 sq ft condo with, I would guess, a $1000/month association fee, within spitting distance of a $2 million, 5000 sq ft house.

Dan Krzykowski
Dan Krzykowski

I'm sure the hipsters and punks are praising their deity of choice for the privilege of having this guy as an ally.

Eugene M Flynn
Eugene M Flynn

Hahaha his Facebook picture with half of Ryan Goslings face! Okay buddy. Keep inflating that "punk rock-hipster" ego some more.

Jackson King
Jackson King

Can this dudes 5 mins of fame just be over already?

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@KennyX Wow! A respectful, non-attack post from KennyX. And no references to uteruses or abortions. I'm impressed - good job - stay on those meds!

TruDat
TruDat

Yes, but you can still sell for a profit and have the money for your next house. You can also get involved with making the rules, unlike when you live in a house with crappy neighbors.

TruDat
TruDat

You mean like Mark Dayton? Yet the libs vote for him!

Now Trending

Minnesota Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...