A seaside villa? A luxurious mansion? Where was The Ultimatum: Queer Love filmed exactly?
The Netflix series has finally landed on streaming queues as of Wednesday, May 24, and now that we're being introduced to The Ultimatum: Queer Love couples, we're curious where the trial wives are setting up shop for their two-week-long test-run marriage.
For those who are unfamiliar with the premise of the show, couples join the experiment after one partner issues an ultimatum. From there, each person must pair up with someone new and give the faux partnership a go for 14 days. But where does this all take place? Will their lives go in completely new directions, quite literally, when it's all over? Here's what we know.
Where was 'The Ultimatum: Queer Love' filmed?
Filming for The Ultimatum: Queer Love took place in sunny San Diego, California. Although the Perfect Match couples were treated to a getaway at a Panama City villa, half of the reason why the show's success rate was so low was the fact that everyone was so sparsely spread out. Working with couples who are all based in the same location definitely narrows things down and makes things a little easier—even if the reason they're on the show is complicated.
A product of the Love Is Blind universe, The Ultimatum hails from creator Chris Coelen, and as we know from seasons past, Love Is Blind scouts singles from different cities to participate in the experiment. But heck, as we learned from Chelsea and Kwame, even a two-hour commute from Portland to Seattle can seem like traveling to a different world.
Although The Ultimatum: Queer Love has just started, we can already see sneak peeks of the laidback, warm weather hotspot. From beach outings to restaurant hopping, San Diego definitely offers a fun atmosphere for young couples. With 70+ miles of beaches, fun attractions (the San Diego Zoo is renowned) and ideal weather practically year-round, it's a no-brainer.
In addition to the modern complexes where the trial couples are living—which are adorable, by the way—we also get brief looks at different hangouts, though Netflix is not keen on giving location details away too much. We catch the cast at The Yasai, a plant-based Japanese restaurant, Pacific Beach and exterior shots of the Gaslamp Quarter, to name a few.
Judging from the cast members' Instagram pages, it appears they're all located within the California area. However, location is one thing that is seemingly not an issue throughout the series—where the couples are settling down is not in question as much as who they're settling down with (or if they want to settle down at all).
“It’s based in a very real, relatable conversation and situation for many, many people—either you’ve been in that situation or you’ve known people who are in that situation,” Coelen told Variety in 2022. "What’s fascinating is when you actually look at the reasons that people give for not being ready, there are a multitude of reasons."
The Ultimatum: Queer Love released its first four episodes on Wednesday, May 24 on Netflix. Subsequent episodes will hit the streamer on Wednesdays through June 7.
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