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Visionary Home In Rancho Palos Verdes

The architectural masterpiece at 2822 Colt Road in Rancho Palos Verdes stretches far beyond the modern aesthetic. State-of-the-art, the almost conceptual structures, elements, and water features of this compound demonstrate a functionality that is both forward-thinking and deliberate. “This home is meant for someone that has amazing taste in architecture,” offers Greg Geilman of The DOMO Group – RE/MAX Estate Properties.

To that end, contrary to the natural order of the home-seeking experience, whereby a buyer proceeds with a checklist for the perfect property, this imaginative wonder keeps its own checklist for what constitutes its ideal inhabitant. Top of the list: one who is well-traveled, possibly with celebrity status and, above all, an astute eye for design and a fervor for architecture. This person is also keen to entertain yet demands privacy.

Given these demands, this home, which boasts 5,900 square feet of living space (including five bedrooms and seven and one-half baths), was cleverly designed with multiple structures surrounding an oasis of water to complement the shape of the land, showcase unbelievable views, and form a completely private estate that does not encroach on its neighbors. Including over 2,000 square feet of outdoor living space, as well, this three-structure compound is made up of a main house, guest house, and pool house. Just outside an impressive pivot gate, which foreshadows the massive glass front door in the main house, is housekeeping quarters with a kitchenette, and a three-car garage.

Each structure is wrapped floor to ceiling in walls of sliding, German-engineered Schuco glass that open to promote a flowing and organic indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Modern elements of cement, Gold Mangaris wood, porcelain, and stainless steel create a harmonious foundation made brilliant via natural light flooding through skylights and the endless glass that also reflects a beautiful environ. At the heart of the compound, Baja wading reefs and a heated spa flank a massive lap pool. The bridge connecting the main house and the pool house offers the opportunity for a friendly dive competition.

Water features play a big role here: an ankle-deep reflection pool with a resort-style moat and scattered soothing waterfalls trim the main house. Meticulously groomed grassy lawns nod to the homes’ minimalist quality with just hints of indigenous ice plant in built-in cement planters that do not disrupt the natural habitat. Views beyond the premises are grand too. Bordered by treetops from the neighboring property far below, scenes of the ocean stretch clear to Long Beach and the San Gabriel Mountains, and, with only a canyon to the other side, the property remains private and protected.

With an acre of land, the goal to showcase stunning views in every direction, keep the pool warm and house cool, and ultimately provide seclusion is beautifully achieved. The result is a property that, from the inside-out, offers complete privacy yet full visibility.

The main house is a seductive complex. From provocative glass walls that open completely to the outdoors, surrounded by astounding views, to gleaming porcelain floors, the pure aesthetic is sensual in nature. A sunrise is never sweeter than from the master bedroom: Imagine waking to see a sky radiating vibrant colors from floor to ceiling. The master suite also features a private outdoor viewing deck connected by a dual-sided fireplace, private entry, and glass-shrouded master bath with a Carrara marble steam shower and, center stage, an infinity tub built for two. All is complete with the ultimate custom-designed closet with built-ins.

The balance of the main house includes a guest bedroom suite and main living areas designed with an open floor plan. One instantly envisions a chic dinner party with guests dining among city lights and gorgeous ocean vistas, or an occasion even more grand, easily catered from a sleek gourmet kitchen featuring two prep islands and an eat-in bar, a professional-grade butler’s area, wine refrigerators, Miele appliances and Pedini cabinetry.

The second structure holds the guests’ quarters to grant friends a visit in style. The bright, oversized suites are streamlined, with sky-high ceilings and well-planned kitchenettes. The two guest rooms in this structure overlook the ocean and canyon, as well as offer the best close-ups of the main pool. Nearby, a wide viewing deck surrounds the glass and concrete pool house which opens onto the inviting heated pool.

Even from inside the pool house one can see across the pool to the ocean and through the glass walls of the main house. This space is ideal for playing host to memorable parties year-round. Inside, a full kitchen with eat-in bar is conveniently located for serving guests. A large living space with gas fireplace is wonderfully suitable for watching sports or perhaps to place a pool table as the anchor of a desired game room. Attached is a hot sauna and two changing cabanas with full baths.

“An architectural task such as this was a long time in the making,” states Geilman. “This property couldn’t be reproduced today for this price because the property value alone has increased so dramatically since the purchase of the land.” Considering every convenience, this luxurious modern compound emerges, with unmatched value, as the ultimate resort-style retreat.

PRESENTED BY

Greg Geilman | 310.504.3630
& Rob Freedman | 310.291.7779
of The DOMO Group – RE/MAX Estate Properties
and Tim Smith | 949.717.4711
of The Smith Group

List Price
$4,495,000

An Ocean Apart Get Away

A True Jewel

A cherished get away once owned by a young Montecito couple has been reborn as Rosewood Miramar Beach, the only five-star hotel in California offering guestrooms perched directly over the sand. Owned and developed by Caruso, Rosewood Hotels & Resort’s first property in Southern California exudes a residential feel in keeping with its iconic ancestor.

Think relaxed coastal environs boasting 161 guestrooms paired with a modern approach to the resort experience. Among the highlights: the centerpiece Manor House with a trio of signature suites; ocean-front beach accommodations; seven restaurants and bars; a new wellness shop for Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand goop; and a 600-piece art collection showcasing original works by the likes of Norman Rockwell.

“Combining Rosewood’s signature residential style with intuitive and engaging service, the resort offers a truly unique experience that makes guests feel as if they are visiting a private home,” says Managing Director Seán Carney. “Rosewood Miramar Beach offers the perfect place for all of life’s moments.” 

ROSEWOOD MIRAMAR BEACH

1759 Jameson Ln. Montecito, CA
805.900.8388

 


Charm Redefined

On the heels of a $6.5 million renovation and rebranding in 2014 that included updated guest rooms and suites, the 286-room Hilo Hawaiian Hotel on the Big Island is tackling the redo of its lobby. The $1.6 million project, set to debut at the iconic ocean-front property in April, will include a new contemporary and open yet intimate space inspired by the surrounding beauty of Hawaii.

Expect organic textures, colors and materials, along with natural wood flooring and trim complemented by coral stone and warm, dark wood accents. Updated technology also is on the roster, including the addition of touch-screen directories, monitors and charging ports.

“The Hilo Hawaiian Hotel is an award-winning Hawaii icon on Hilo’s famous and historical Banyan Drive,” says Castle Resorts & Hotels President and CEO Alan Mattson. “We are proud to be highlighting the cultural and contextual charms of the property in fresh, modern and inviting manner.”

HILO  HAWAIIAN  HOTEL

71 Banyan Drive Hilo, HI

877.367.1912
castleresorts.com

 

PHOTOGRAPHS: ROSEWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS (TOP) AND DEZIGNS INTERIOR PLANNING LLC (BOTTOM

Cranbrook Creative Laboratory For American Modernists

Considered now, when so much of the country’s innovation and enterprise is the sole property of big cities on both coasts, Cranbrook—a creative epicenter in America’s heartland—is not the oxymoron it might seem. It’s further proof of the Midwest as a seat of progressive design, not only in Michigan, but also Wisconsin, where one finds at SC Johnson, iconic buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Before that, Wright’s Prairie School style transformed the suburbs of Chicago, much like his mentor Louis Sullivan changed the city’s skyline with steel high-rises. One could go on, to Minneapolis, and the Guthrie Theatre, to St. Louis, and the Gateway Arch.

A great deal of those responsible for this stunning physical environment come from Cranbrook Academy of Art—just one part of the larger 319-acre Cranbrook Education Community for graduate students studying an array of creative disciplines from architectural to industrial design.

Founded in the early 20th century by George and Ellen Booth, Cranbrook was envisioned as a kind of artist colony modeled after the American Academy of Art in Rome, meant to attract pioneering talents in their fields, like Gere Kavanaugh, who went from Cranbrook to the all-female design team at General Motors, to her own firm, to the Julia Morgan Icon Award from the Los Angeles Design Festival.

 

Of all the big names associated with Cranbrook—Florence Knoll and Charles and Ray Eames, among them—none looms larger than Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen (whose University of Michigan architecture students included the Booths’ son Henry). Inspired by the traditions and moral implications of the Arts and Crafts movement, the Booths appointed Saarinen as Cranbrook’s chief architect. He also helped developed the institution’s loose, student-designed program; with no conventional grading system or classes, Cranbrook brought the Bauhaus to Bloomfield Hills.

Unlike the International Style that governed the Bauhaus, however, Cranbrook was never so ideological, which one sees in its blend of modern and traditional buildings. Structures from its earliest years showcase Gothic Revival style, while others, like the Kingswood School for Girls, built in 1929, expresses the era’s Art Deco influence. Many agree that the best of Saarinen’s buildings is his last—the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum and Library. With a central arcade joining its two wings, the building resonates a kind of abstracted classicism.

Cranbrook’s latest acquisition—Frank Lloyd Wright’s Smith House, one of the architect’s Usonian projects—is another jewel in a crown that is practically blinding at this point. Completed in 1950, this coup for Cranbrook is a pristine example of 20th-century residential architecture that, despite Wright’s Usonian promise of building modest homes for those of modest means, stunned its public schoolteacher owners with a final price tag of $20,000 that blew Wright’s initial proposal of $8,000 out of the water.

Mr. Smith actually served as contractor on the project to manage costs. But considering the home’s place today—a gem exquisitely fixed to one of the most important architectural treasures in the nation—we’d say that’s pretty priceless. cranbrookart.ed

PHOTOGRAPHS (PREVIOUS PAGE): 2D AND 3D DESIGN STUDIOS BY PD REARICK; (FROM TOP) CRANBROOK SCHOOLS CAMPUS BY PD REARICK. COURTESY OF CRANBROOK ACADEMY OF ART AND ART MUSEUM.

Bradley Bayou Creates A Personal Refuge In Hollywood Hills

Bradley Bayou is far from a typical interior designer. Before establishing his studio—based in both Los Angeles and New York City—in 2010, the Texas-born designer worked as a real estate developer, artist, and actor. For years, he evolved in the world of fashion, first helming an eponymous couture collection (and dressing celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Geena Davis, Beyoncé and Anne Hathaway) before becoming the creative director of Halston and, finally, launching a ready-to-wear line with QVC. This rich and eclectic professional path not only allowed Bayou to acquire experience in construction but also helped train his eye and understand the importance of colors, textures, and balance.

Located in the Bird Streets, Bayou’s house is a testament to his multidisciplinary background. Built on a lot of over 15,000 square feet, the 7,500-square-foot ground-up construction “is close to the happenings of the city but feels private,” says Bayou, who designed every detail and imagined every inch of the house to suit his personality, while using sophisticated materials and focusing on craftsmanship.

“The floor plan revolves around indoor/outdoor living—most of the walls are either stone or retractable glass,” says Bayou, who moved in last October with his partner and their dog. “The house is our sanctuary and is completely representative of my ‘world modern’ aesthetic.”

The main living space, which comprises the living room, dining room and expansive chef’s kitchen, connects with the exterior areas where the infinity pool and gardens offer unparalleled city views. In the master suite adorned with a fireplace, a spa bath with a custom sunken tub, heated floors, glass walls open up to a koi pond and a private Zen garden with yoga deck. The lower level hosts an office, a lounge and a bar area that leads to a screening room/theater. “I used stone and glass to blend into the hillside and open up the home to the outdoors,” Bayou says.

“I always wanted to build a house using the same stone that was used for the Alamo (in San Antonio, Texas). I finally got the opportunity!” While he spends most of his time outside to enjoy the warm weather of Los Angeles, Bayou keeps some of his most treasured items inside, such as a Joel Shapiro sculpture, which was created for the Central Park Conservancy utilizing parts of a Central Park bench. Several design pieces were specifically created for the space, including the custom dining table by Bayou; others reflect the owner’s love of vintage such as the pair of 1930s-era lounge chairs.

After designing homes for many of his friends, Bayou finally created a space that is uniquely his. “Having extreme privacy in the middle of the city is the ultimate luxury,” he says. “This is my dream home, but I’m always more excited about the next house I’m building.” bradleybayou.com

Peter Vincent Architects’ Home Revival

The road to Venice was not so straight for the young owners of this modern urban farmhouse on Flower Avenue. Like many parents with children, they envisioned for themselves a rural environment with lots of land for a similarly styled home. What they got, however, were busy careers in Los Angeles and an inadequate residence on the corner of a much smaller lot—but one with potential.

Maximizing its possibilities required careful calculation by Hawaii-based firm Peter Vincent Architects. The design, according to PVA, “capitalizes on the property’s corner location by breaking the building’s mass into separate structures that creates a three-sided courtyard, which incorporates the adjacent street into the sense of space.” More broadly, the property expresses the current mood and largely pedestrian lifestyle of its Los Angeles neighborhood.

“Venice is experiencing somewhat of a rebirth, particularly from people seeking a pedestrian-friendly environment and many, like our clients, who work from home, can walk to nearby shops and restaurants,” says Peter Vincent, FAIA, NCARB—Managing Partner of Peter Vincent Architects. “In terms of architecture, it seems that anything goes and many trendy new homes have replaced older, nondescript tract housing.”

There is nothing freewheeling about the architecture of this property, however; it is a showpiece of deliberation and understanding of the local lifestyle on the part of PVA. The design, notes Vincent, “wasn’t about being trendy or outlandish, but rather breaking the massing into several smaller elements, which create outdoor ‘rooms,’ much like we do in Hawaii.” To this end, he adds, “it was very much about opening the interior to private outdoor spaces to take maximum advantage of the relatively small lot, as well as the favorable climate.

It was great that there was an alley behind the house, so the garage could be located in the rear, rather than being an imposing element at the front of the house. This allowed the front yard to become usable space, which included a vegetable garden.” On top of the garage is a work/flex space that, for couples like this client, is becoming an increasingly alluring asset for Los Angeles’ growing contingent of telecommuters.

Simple in both materials (concrete floors, locally fabricated aluminum doors and windows) and form, the finished property reflects a Scandinavian Modern and Shaker influence, and many would argue, is all the more beautiful for this reserve. The palette, which strives to be striking and unassuming at once, is as contemporary as it is timeless. “The client liked black,” explains Vincent, “so we went with black-stained wood siding, but broke it up with contrasting warm wood tones.” The result is a sustainable, locally responsive, humanly scaled home. A storybook dream remade modern—in the middle of the city. pva.com

Jean de Merry: Craft Of An Era

Before starting his adventure in the United States, Jean de Merry was a French novelist working in his country of origin. Naturally curious and always seeking inspiration, de Merry learned about the techniques used by his family for four centuries to operate a leather tanning business in a small town of France.

Then he discovered the work of design icons and, in particular, Eileen Gray. All of this knowledge encouraged his new career and led to the launch of his eponymous furniture line in 2001 with his partner, Christian Darnaud-Maroselli. The duo chose Los Angeles to open their first showroom and atelier.

Since the beginning, their objective was clear: “uphold the craft of a bygone era.” Comprising seating, lighting, case goods, and decorative art, the Jean de Merry line is created with old French techniques that are adapted to rich materials such as woods, leathers, shagreen, parchment and bronze. “It’s all in the method,” de Merry says.

“We are applying very special methods to our materials.” Quality and craftsmanship are at the heart of everything that Darnaud-Maroselli and de Merry do. “What appeals to us most is the balance of male and female characteristics in the pieces,” explains Darnaud-Maroselli, who sees a yin and yang quality throughout the Jean de Merry collection. Indeed, while the richness of materials gives the creations a feminine touch, the sleek lines add a masculine look.

“The end results are wholly new designs rooted in older forms and based on traditional ways of manufacturing,” describes de Merry.

In addition to the three exclusive lines by Jean de Merry, Dylan Farrell and Jean-Louis Deniot, the brand also represents Atelier d’Amis, Callidus Guild, Natasha Baradaran, Kimberly Denman, Patricia Roach and Philip Nimmo, among others.

The beautiful yet functional pieces of design adorn interiors all over the planet, from high-end residential projects to commercial ones such as BG Restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman in New York; Peninsula hotels in Chicago and New York; The Beverly Hills and Bel-Air Hotels in Los Angeles, one of the Crown hotels in Melbourne, Australia, and luxury fashion boutiques Dior and Tiffany & Co.

In summer of 2016, Jean de Merry’s Los Angeles flagship moved to a 10,000-square-foot space located in the Pacific Design Center. Featuring 40-foot high ceilings, subtle colors and sophisticated finishes, it showcases the different collections in a harmonious atmosphere.

“Pacific Design Center was particularly appealing to us with its dynamic showroom space, which allows us to curate an exceptional buying experience while engaging the brand with new demographics,” Darnaud-Maroselli says. Jean de Merry also has boutiques in New York, Chicago and Dallas, and is represented in other U.S. cities, as well as in other countries.

A few months ago, new pieces were added to the collection, including the Duna sofa, Eaton sideboard, Gali & Gao side tables, Hanna wall sconce, Capsula mirror and Ceara armchair, to name a few. Every creation by Jean de Merry follows the same ethos: “Never modish but always stylish and relevant, these pieces are the heirlooms of the future.” jeandemerry.com

PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF JEAN DE MERRY

Vibrant Palette: Farrow & Ball’s Rich Paints & Wallpaper

The history of Farrow & Ball is as colorful as its vibrant palette of paints—and storefront on La Cienega. John Farrow was a trained chemist who spent the Second World War working for Agnew Paints in Ireland; Richard Ball, an engineer captured in France and held as a prisoner of war. At the end of the conflict, each man returned to Dorset, and met, without ceremony, at a local clay pit.

Discovering a shared passion for quality ingredients and traditional methods, the men founded Farrow & Ball in 1946—a passion “we still uphold today” and “ in the very same place where the Farrow & Ball story started,” explains Charlotte Cosby, the company’s head of creative.

The austerity that impacted Britain in the years following the war also impacted Farrow & Ball, but by the early 1950s, the company was supplying paint to the Admiralty, Raleigh bikes, and the motor industry. Years passed largely without incident, until a fire destroyed the company’s original Verwood factory in the 1960s, prompting the operation to move to a site in Wimborne, where its paints and wallpaper are still produced.

Midway through the 20th century, Farrow & Ball’s intrepid stewards retired from the company they forged by stepping away from cheaper acrylic paints with high levels of plastic to stick with original formulations and natural ingredients for their efficacy. “This is something we’ve stuck to for over 70 years,” says Cosby. “Even in the 1970s and 1980s, when many brands were creating acrylic paints with added plastics and fewer pigments,” Farrow & Ball was doing it their way, switching to its eco-friendly water base in 2010, but not before a raft of changes in the 1990s—its first independent stockist, a flagship in Chelsea, and the company’s acquisition by Tom Helme, an advisor on historic interiors, and Martin Ephson, a corporate financier.

Under their leadership, the company focused on restoring heritage properties with colors that were sympathetic to their era and manufactured its first rolls of wallpaper. That was in 1995. Now this fantastically popular part of the Farrow & Ball range will embrace the first line of 25 metallic wallpapers—100-percent recyclable and made with responsibly-sourced paper and eco-friendly water-based paint—this spring.

For all its advancements, the Farrow & Ball of today is a lot like the Farrow & Ball of yesterday—same quality, same ingredients—but the luxury brand that admirably keeps in lockstep with its cornerstones has not forsaken the needs of the modern consumer, developing its technology, and collaborations with kindred businesses like The Rug Company, which teamed with Farrow & Ball in 2017 to launch the latter’s first collection of beautiful, high-quality, responsibly-made rugs in colors that complemented the company’s richly pigmented palette.

For Los Angeles consumers, Farrow & Ball—in addition to finding it in international cultural institutions including the Museum of Modern Art and Musée Rodin—has its West Hollywood showroom, quite a colorful store where so much is neutral territory.

But Farrow & Ball’s School House White No. 291, Shadow White, Shaded White and Drop Cloth, each created to look like white when used in deep shade, fits the local aesthetic. The brand’s neutrals have remained enduringly popular through the years, says Cosby. But, as people move away from grays “in favor of something bolder and more dramatic,” she recommends the brand’s darker blues.

Regardless of the tone of the moment, Farrow & Ball is here, doing what it’s done for 70 years, painting—and papering—the town, from Dorset to Los Angeles. farrow-ball.com

 

PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF FARROW & BALL; LA STOREFRONT IMAGES BY LAURE JOLIET

Buyer’s Dream Home New Beverly Hills Flats Home

Newly built, this European-style villa designed by noted architect Hamid Gabbay not only is found in the prestigious Beverly Hills Flats, it is also equipped with almost every over-the-top amenity imaginable. Think lavish conveniences such as a commercial-grade elevator; gym with sauna and steam shower; sleek wine storage; a restaurant-sized bar with alabaster back-lit countertops; 12-seat movie theater; and large covered loggia that opens onto an inviting grassy lawn leading to a sparkling pool and spa, just to name a few.

“This is a home that buyers are looking for . . . brand-new construction with all the bells and whistles,” confirms Steve Frankel of Steve Frankel Luxury Estates Group, who is co-listing the residence with Linda May of Hilton & Hyland for $15.9 million. “Buyers are looking for homes they can move right into and that don’t need remodeling or rebuilding, and the majority of the homes in the Flats are older and in need of work.”

Nestled on a 12,532-square-foot parcel of land at 603 N. Bedford—within walking distance to a bounty of shops and restaurants—this contemporary, six-bedroom abode features 10,000-plus square feet of open, voluminous and light-filled living space on three levels. Expect dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, designer lighting, intricate crown molding and soaring ceilings throughout, along with retractable doors to provide a seamless indoor-outdoor experience.

Show-stopping is a grand two-story foyer with spiral staircase sporting ornate wrought-iron railings; main-floor office/study with built-in bookcases and a fireplace; formal dining room with herringbone flooring and a wine room; and an elegant living room with a martini bar and fireplace. The gourmet eat-in kitchen boasts high-end appliances, a large center island, and butler’s pantry, while the master suite is resplendent with a seating area with fireplace, dual closets and marble baths, and an expansive terrace overlooking the grounds.

“This home sets a new standard in Beverly Hills with its grand proportions and clean interior lines,” says Frankel. “It’s the unique and gorgeous property that today’s buyers are seeking.”

 

Offered by:
Steve Frankel of Steve Frankel Luxury Estates Group
and  Linda May of Hilton & Hyland

List Price:
$15.9 million

Photographs courtesy of Simon Berlyn

Ed Kaminsky - DIGS Premier Partners

Keeping Up With ED Kaminsky

Ask Ed Kaminsky what’s exciting these days, and it’s expansion. “We’re fine-tuning what we’re doing for our clients,” says Kaminsky from his firm’s new office, a sunny spot along Pacific Coast Highway in Hermosa Beach. The change in location is just one of several moves for the entrepreneur, who entered South Bay real estate in the 1980s after moving from Ohio and leaving behind a career as a jeweler.

For success to be sustained, it must always evolve. At Kaminsky Real Estate Group, the agent’s longtime base camp, there’s been a beefing up of marketing staff. “It’s to better serve our seller clients,” Kaminsky says, “but it dovetails into taking care of our buyer clients. It will snowball into really great things for both sides.”

Things have changed mightily in the South Bay since the days when a three-line ad placed in the Daily Breeze could get an agent’s phone ringing. “To stay ahead of the curve you have to have the right people in place,” Kaminsky explains. “People who understand technology, and know how to get into the eyeballs of our client base.”

THREE-PLUS DECADES
Kaminsky has been a real estate agent since 1987

ENTREPRENEUR
SportStar Relocation, Conserve Development and Premiere Estates Auction Company are among Kaminsky’s business ventures

SUPER AGENT
He is a top-producing agent at Strand Hill, Christie’s International  Real Estate


 

Ears too. Kaminsky’s podcast, The EdZone, has expanded with him interviewing local real estate experts in key U.S. and Canadian markets. The goal is to tap into vital details of these communities, everything from schools and the social scene too, of course, real estate. It’s available to all but began as a value-add for Kaminsky’s clients at SportStar Relocation, a concierge moving company for professional athletes he founded.

A community that Kaminsky’s been intensely focused on of late is just a short drive from his new office. “People think of me as the beach agent,” he points out. “But we’re really making headway on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.” It’s an area currently abuzz among Beach Cities’ residents for its value and quality of life.

“A lot of our Beach clients are moving up there now,” he explains. “So we’re really serving the Hill in a wholly different manner, and are able to identify buyers who see it as a value as opposed to the beach, which looks so darn expensive.” For Kaminsky, at the fountainhead of all his ventures is information—what he knows and how it can help others.

“I’m a constant sponge of information,” he says. “You have to be. The only reason clients come to you anymore is because of your inside knowledge of certain things that you can’t find on the Internet. If you’re not staying ahead of the game with information, you’re going to die in this business.”

To that end, he’s been venturing into specialized areas of real estate consulting. His first sector: the medical community. Here, Kaminsky acts as a guru for doctors and such, taking them through buying first homes as interns, to then advising on how to channel earned income (highly taxable, he notes) into real estate investments. “The purpose,” Kaminsky says, “is to allow them to advance their success and create wealth outside of their practice.”

Finding opportunities to capitalize on, problems to solve are part of Kaminsky’s DNA. A voracious reader who works long days for the sheer love of it, he’s keen to the power of keeping a disciplined mind that clings to positivity. “If I get caught up in all that negativity, cloudiness or grayness,” he says, “it doesn’t improve my ability to do what I need to do for my clients.”

 

( from top) A 5-bedroom Sand Section home for sale (232 16th Street, Manhattan Beach, $6,795,014); Sold by Kaminsky: 1204 The Strand ($17.4), the highest priced sale in Manhattan Beach for 2018

LA Top Properties Wilshire corridor & West Hollywood

Sky-High Style

“The Wilshire Penthouse”—an elegant and modern property perched atop the Wilshire Corridor—is now for sale at $4.85 million, complete with views from Santa Monica to Catalina. Expect 5,000-plus square feet of fully remodeled living space highlighted by a grand living room boasting a Calacatta marble fireplace and terrace; kosher kitchen with a breakfast nook, marble countertops, dual sinks, and Viking, Miele and Sub-Zero appliances; and swank master suite sporting his-and-her baths, a massive walk-in closet and separate cedar closet.

An added perk? On-site staff offering round-the-clock security and service. “Rarely does an expansive penthouse with this much square footage come available on the Wilshire Corridor,” says listing agent Alexander Ali of Hilton & Hyland.” The views from every room welcome you and your guests home the moment you enter, and you’re in the center of the city just moments away from luxury properties like the Waldorf Astoria, the newly remodeled Westfield Mall, Eataly and Beverly Hills.”

10660  WILSHIRE BOULEVARD, PENTHOUSE 1801

WILSHIRE CORRIDOR
4 BEDROOMS
5,553 SQ. FT

Listed by Alexander Ali & Drew Fenton of Hilton & Hyland
and Joseph Elian of Propelian

List Price
$4.85 million

 


Score by Sunset

Spice Girl Mel B’s redesigned residence in West Hollywood has hit the market for $5.9 million, replete with a wealth of modern amenities and a plum site in the coveted Bird Streets. Featured is 5,000-plus square feet of living space outfitted with a Control4 Smart Home system, along with Baccarat fixtures and soaring ceilings throughout.

And the highlights? Think a master suite with four TVs, a refrigerator, microwave and dual baths (both with walk-in closets and terraces); a home theater; chef’s kitchen; recording studio; gym; and game room.

Outdoors, a pool and spa area is outfitted with a TV, fire pit, built-in grill, beer tap, ice maker, sink and refrigerator. “The home has enormous value, being under $10 million in this neighborhood,” says Ben Belack, who is co-listing the property with Blair Chang, both of The Agency. “And it certainly does not lack in luxury, views or quick-access to all the action on the Sunset Strip.”

CORDELL DRIVE

MODERN BIRD STREETS
5,266 SQ. FT.

Listed by Ben Belack & Blair Chang of The Agency

List Price
$5.9 million

 

PHOTOGRAPHS: CHRIS STINNER PHOTOGRAPHY (TOP) AND THE AGENCY (BOTTOM)

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