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The last season of Shahs of Sunset welcomed back one of the original cast members of the show. Viewers got a glimpse of Season 1 cast member Sammy Younai during Mike Shouhed's party to celebrate the launch of his new shoe line.
Though that moment may have seemed like a pleasant surprise to viewers, being back onscreen with the Shahs cast was nothing out of the ordinary for Sammy. "You know, I'm still with the cast quite a bit," Sammy told The Daily Dish by phone. "I see MJ [Mercedes Javid] all the time, still friends with Mike. I bump into Reza [Farahan] every now and again and GG [Golnesa Gharachedaghi] as well. So it's not like we don't see each other."
That is so much the case that many of Sammy's Shahs cast members attended his wedding on June 4 at the Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue, including Mike, MJ and her fiancé Tommy Feight, and Reza and his husband Adam Neely. "It was awesome," Sammy said of his nuptials. "We got married right off the water, beautiful wedding, 600 people, it was gorgeous."
Sammy had a reputation for being a bit of a ladies' man during his time on Shahs, but he said now was the right time for him to settle down. "Everything has its time and place. Once you hit 40, it's, all right, how much of that sh** can you do?" Sammy explained. "You don't want to be the oldest guy in the club, you know?"
Sammy and his wife, whose mom is Persian and dad is American, also hoped their marriage would be the first step in starting a family of their own. "She's awesome. [We've] been together for a while, and it was time. We wanted to take it to the next level, have a family, start having kids. So we wanted to get married and start getting that process going," he said. "My brother just got married three years before me, and he had twins, and it's just so nice to be around them and play with them. It was definitely a good wake-up call for me to see that. So it's definitely time."
Not only is Sammy having some major success in his personal life but his real estate career is also booming. "Since you last saw me on the show, I probably built and sold somewhere close to about $40 million worth of real estate," Sammy said.
Sammy is still a real estate developer in L.A., and he recently completed one project we saw him working on in Season 1, a 7,000-square-foot mansion in the Bird Streets neighborhood that is currently on the market for nearly $13 million. "The location's badass, the house is amazing," Sammy gushed. "It took a while to build, but I'm really happy about my latest project."
Sammy's latest project at 9145 St. Ives Drive in L.A. is a masterpiece. Photo: Courtesy of Sammy Younai
The interior of the mansion is just as spectacular as the exterior. Photo: Courtesy of Sammy Younai
Cooking in this kitchen will make you feel sleek and sophisticated. Photo: Courtesy of Sammy Younai
Airy and bright, this bedroom brings the great outdoors in. Photo: Courtesy of Sammy Younai
Who wouldn't feel positively radiant while chilling on this sundeck? Photo: Courtesy of Sammy Younai
Sammy said he couldn't help but get some gratification out of completing the project after Reza had talked some smack about it during Season 1 of Shahs. "It's kind of funny to see a house that Reza was talking all this sh** about finally get done and see it on the market for 13 mill," he said.
The Shahs alum still keeps in touch with his fellow luxury real estate developer Mohamed Hadid, who we saw him work with on the show. Though the two have busy schedules, Sammy said he appreciates his meetings with Mohamed whenever they are able to get together. "He actually helps me out a lot. The guy's really brilliant at what he does," Sammy said. "I can go to him for advice, and he gives me a lot of help on how to build something or how to do something, kind of how to navigate my way around. He has a great eye for things, so it's always great to have him as someone to go to if I'm ever stuck."
All in all, Sammy couldn't be happier with where he's at in his life and career post-Shahs. "Life is great," he said. "It couldn't be better. It takes a lot of my time, but it's definitely worth it. It's worth it to see something to go from nothing and build a beautiful house for someone. Just to build something, just to see that process, it's beautiful."
Relive more of Sammy's stint on Shahs, below.
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