Chic and charming, this traditional Cape Cod-style home designed and built by noted architect Clark Remington is now available in Pacific Palisades for $3.935 million—complete with a welcoming front porch, canyon and ocean views, and even the sound of waves crashing in the distance.
Situated on a quiet, highly coveted cul-de-sac at 581 N. Marquette St.—near Palisades Park, Palisades Village and beaches—the two-story residence was built in 2000 and has since been updated. Expect 4,000-plus square feet of open living space featuring soaring ceilings, abundant natural light, newly refinished hardwood flooring on the main level and a spacious entry foyer with a striking spiral staircase.
Among the highlights: five bedrooms (including a sumptuous master suite with a separate sitting room with TV, and a spa-like bath with a soaking tub, walk-in shower, dual vanities and a makeup area), along with formal living and dining rooms. A gourmet kitchen stuns with an updated backsplash and granite counters, high-end stainless-steel appliances, a breakfast nook with built-in work station and large center island.
An attractive family room with a fireplace opens via sliding glass French doors to a 12-foot heated pergola with a TV and built-in barbecue area, while the 6,697-square-foot grounds are ideal for entertaining and relaxing with a sparkling pool and spa, and a patio sporting a fire pit. Rounding out this home’s exceptional appeal is a three-car garage.
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF SHAWN CORDON REAL ESTATE PHOTOGRAPHY
581 N. MARQUETTE
LOCATED ON A CUL-DE-SAC
4,000+ SQ. FT.
Anthony Marguleas of Amalfi Estates
One of Buff & Hensman’s final masterpieces has hit the market in Pasadena for $2.749 million. The modern home perfectly captures the architectural team’s classic style with dark wood details, soaring ceilings, seamless indoor-outdoor environs and floor-to-ceiling windows allowing for natural light. Nestled on a cul-de-sac, the exclusive property offers 5,000-plus square feet of opulent living space on two levels.
Among the highlights: five bedrooms (including a sizeable master retreat with balcony); an atrium boasting lush greenery, sculptures and a fountain; and a living room with wood-burning fireplace. The handsome library has built-in bookshelves and a view of the front garden, while the terraced, park-like backyard overlooks the San Gabriel Mountains.
“Buff & Hensman are brilliant at bringing the outdoors in,” says listing agent Chris Reisbeck of The Agency. “The unique placement of windows throughout the home does just that, allowing buyers to feel the peaceful surroundings and enjoy the abundant oak trees.”
1405 AFTON STREET
5,150 SQ. FT.
Listed by Chris Reisbeck of The Agency
A rare, front-row bluff property in the Rancho Palos Verdes neighborhood of Oceanfront Estates has hit the market for $5.75 million, complete with far-reaching views of the Pacific, Catalina, Santa Barbara Island and Malibu Coast via panels of large picture windows and French doors, as well as a duo of balconies.
Built in 2005, the exquisite Mediterranean-style residence offers 6,000-plus square feet of opulent living space on more than a half-acre of usable lot with a huge, flat grassy backyard. Among the highlights: four bedrooms; six baths; two family rooms; a sizeable master wing with a fireplace, and an oversized bath with vanity, spa tub and dressing room.
A chef’s kitchen boasts Viking and Sub-Zero appliances, a custom granite island with breakfast counter and nook, butler’s station, and an open bar area and walk-in pantry. A private entrance leads to a landscaped center courtyard boasting a loggia with fireplace and built-in Viking barbecue ideal for entertaining.
31 VIA DEL CIELO
BLUFF PROPERTY IN OCEANFRONT ESTATES
4 BEDROOM SUITES
6,008 SQ. FT.
Listed by Stephen Haw of The Stephen Haw Group
PHOTOGRAPHS: THE AGENCY (TOP) AND EMILY CRISTIANO (BOTTOM)
“I have a very casual way about me,” says Dan O’Connor. “I think it has a lot to do with growing up in a family where real estate was the lifestyle.” While growing up in Manhattan Beach with a successful mother and stepfather, both in the business, real estate was all around him. Later, it was the place to which he would happily return.
“My mother, Lorie O’Connor, got into the real estate world in her early 20’s, and her career just took off from there,” he recounts. “Watching her go to work every day, weekends included, and having a passion for what she does, really inspired me.” After college, her son moved back to the Beach Cities with a business degree in hand, and a job offer from his mother.
Familiarity links hands with comfort, and O’Connor was blessed to start his career with plenty of both. This combination of confidence and experience was an additional boost that, in a short period of time, helped his business boom.
“I am drawn towards homes, design and construction” he says. “All aspects of residential real estate.” O’Connor loves the fact that as an asset class, property is tangible. Not surprisingly, his company is comprehensive, from residential sales and leasing, to property management and finding plum lots for builders whose homes he then sells when completed.
But what cinches it for O’Connor is the human element. The connection that happens when you find a home for a client that they’ll spend their days in, raise their family in, and experience the big and small moments of their lives. “I get to be a part of that,” he explains. “It really draws me in, and appeals to me on so many levels.”
Because of this, O’Connor purposefully keeps his business small. He is with Strand Hill Christie’s International Real Estate, chosen for its global support and embrace of the changes in the industry, particularly with technology. But when it comes to his office, it’s just O’Connor and a full-time assistant at a welcoming office on a corner of Manhattan Avenue.
“We have never gone in the direction of having a real estate team,” he explains. The reason is simple: “I want people to use me because they want to deal with me directly and because I add value. It’s important to me, and it seems to be important to my clients.”
The result is that nearly all of O’Connor’s business—85 percent—is either from existing clients or referrals. People who won’t do real estate with anyone else. “That’s our core group,” he says. His marketing is a combination of traditional and new: Each month he checks in with his clients, sending a postcard or an email, while also managing a social media presence (Instagram is a focus), along with a slew of O’Connor-hosted videos, including a five-part series that chronicled his home remodel project.
The power of likability is not lost on O’Connor, whose lifelong real estate expertise is supplanted by a magnetic calm and affability that brings clients back, and summons like-minded new ones. “I attract people who have similar values,” he says modestly. “Am I the biggest agent in town on a numbers or volume basis? Probably not,” he says. “But I might have the happiest client base out of anybody.”
DAN O’CONNOR PROPERTY GROUP
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF DAN O’CONNOR PROPERTY GROUP
Marketers love shiny new objects.
And in today’s attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) marketing world, this just adds to the noise, confusion and eroding trust that consumers have with brands.
It’s also why so many brands are unsure and frustrated with their marketing efforts and results. Marketing at the highest level has become a race to nowhere.
Did you know the average tenure for a Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) is about four years? Why? Shiny new objects.
Churn. Burn. Repeat cycle.
While it’s easy for me to sit on my throne and pontificate, I’m actually fascinated and passionate about marketing, building brands and how the continued disruptive landscape makes the challenge to get right infinitely harder.
As an entrepreneur, it’s also what keeps me up at night as I try to better understand and reconcile the evolving marketing narrative.
Sadly, much of today’s marketing is vapid and lacks empathy.
“Even on the highest throne, we are all still sitting on our asses”
Michel de Montaigne
Well that’s not true actually, it’s the estimated population of the world in 2019. But the absurdly high number I’m using to illustrate my point is that in today’s connected world, everyone has the ability to produce content and distribute at scale.
Therefore, in theory, we’re all media companies – producing posts, images, messages, tweets, videos, blogs and so on.
The end result – we’re all competing for attention, not just brands…everyone with a Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/YouTube/Pinterest account, a blog, website and an email address.
With an unlimited capacity and potential to fill the world with content comes limitless ways to market and distribute it, which is why there are over 402 million results when you google “best marketing strategies.”
Thus, the marketer’s paradox.
The best professional athletes in every sport all share a common trait – they’ve found an ability to “slow the game down” and in doing so are able to compete at an entirely higher level than their peers. (Think Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant and their ability to take over games and score at will – to always be one step ahead because the game was moving much slower for them.)
This is precisely what businesses and marketers need to do today to break through and have a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Today’s marketers want to be magicians, snap their fingers and magically the ace of spades appears in their hand. The real world doesn’t work this way.
So, what should you do next?
First, take a deep breath, go back to the very beginning and reset. Revisit and get clarity of why you exist, your purpose and what problem you’re trying to solve for consumers and what unique value you bring to the market.
Next, clearly articulate and understand the story of your brand. Remember, good stories connect us to our purpose, our vision and allow us to celebrate our strengths and creation journey – how we got from there to here.
Simply stated, your marketing should be a projection of that.
Slow down and shift your business mindset back to its core origin – as Seth Godin likes to say, “people like us do things like this.” ‘There is no more powerful tribal marketing connection than this.’
Don’t chase shiny new objects.
Don’t start with a distribution channel. (“What’s our Facebook strategy?”)
Don’t constantly react to the marketplace.
Don’t play “intellectual tennis” with blathering marketing buzzards.
Don’t try to be the smartest marketing guy in the room.
There are no absolutes in marketing. Play the long game. Slow down, it’s not a race.
The ultimate marketing outcome is that your brand is sought out versus being found.
That your brand attracts and magnetizes like-minded people and gives them a story to tell and a community “tribe” to be part of.
Brands need to develop a marketing mindset versus a product mindset.
Before you spend your precious marketing dollars, remember this:
Market buzzards are tactical and one-dimensionally focused on selling products and services.
Market wizards are strategic, multi-dimensional and obsessed with articulating and amplifying your story-driven brand purpose and unique value proposition.
Perhaps, Peter Drucker said it best…
“The purpose of marketing is to make selling irrelevant.”
Until next time ~
I’ve been having all kinds of interesting marketing conversations lately, which got me thinking. Today’s marketing dialog has changed for the worse.
I call it “intellectual tennis.” Back and forth the ball goes, no clear outcome, only monotonous boredom, mental fatigue and finally exhaustion.
In the marketing world, everyone has something to say and a “pitch.” After all, to be a marketing expert today one merely has to amniote themselves with the title.
My personal marketing worldview can be defined in a single word…
:: talk long-windedly without making very much sense
:: to talk foolishly at length
:: voluble nonsensical or inconsequential talk or writing
But I’m not giving up, there is hope and an opportunity to educate and inform here – it’s become a personal passion for me, so much so, that I feel a “fiduciary responsibility” as an entrepreneur in this space.
Marketing terms and proclamations are everywhere in the digitally driven world we now live in.
If you have talked to a marketing expert in the last 5 years, you have likely heard some or all of the following “must be true” statements.
…It’s all about digital.
…It’s all about social media.
…It’s all about video.
…It’s all about content marketing.
…It’s all about SEO.
…It’s all about #HashTags.
…It’s all about Influencers.
…It’s all about Blogging.
…It’s all about retargeting.
…It’s all about podcasts.
…It’s all about Facebook/Instagram
…It’s all about (insert favorite social platform here.)
…It’s all about SMS text messaging.
…It’s all about audience targeting.
…It’s all about geofencing.
…It’s all about apps.
…It’s all about landing pages.
…It’s all about lead generation.
…It’s all about (I could go on and on here but let me get to the point!)
Please excuse my vulgarity in advance, but my response is…
…”It’s all bullshit.”
Are you surprised to see that there are about 413,000,000 results?
I’m not. These days, everyone is a marketing expert, which only means that no one is a marketing expert.
Think about the “best marketing strategy for 2019” question for a minute. At its premise, the question assumes that the answer is the same for everyone. The local dry cleaner, Walmart, Procter & Gamble, hair salons, fitness centers, plumbers, car dealers, Starbucks, etc.
Let’s be real.
If the world operates as American novelist Thomas Berger states “The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge,” – we may have a problem here!
If I may, allow me to riff off of French philosopher Voltaire’s famous quote, “Judge a marketing man by his questions rather than by his answers.”
You may have heard of the expression, “garbage in, garbage out.” This perfectly captures the spirit of the moment – in marketing, as in science and mathematics, the quality of the output is directly determined by the quality of the input.
The best marketers don’t sell anything. They don’t start with an input. They start by asking intelligent questions and search to find the authenticity and value propositions that exist in the subject brand.
The best marketers ask “why do you exist and why should people care about you?” Once fully understood and articulated, they tell stories that engage, connect and resonate with an intended audience.
Today’s worst marketers are like shoe salesmen – “here’s our shoes, what’s your size?” They start with products and services to sell. They specialize in shoe sizes. Their purpose and mission is to sell shoes. The end results are no surprise – garbage in, garbage out.
If you want to sell financial securities, you need a stock broker’s license and must pass a series 6 or 7 exam. If you want to be a Nurse you need an RN license. If you want to drive a bus you need a Class B commercial drivers’ license with a “P” endorsement.
Should marketers need a license to market?
After all, marketers are responsible for billions of dollars spent annually on marketing services.
This may sound absurd, but so is the current state of marketing.
Consumers and brands deserve better.
The question is, are you giving them better?
That iconic American architect Frank Lloyd Wright eventually found work in Los Angeles feels a bit like prophecy—he remains one of the most colorful characters in architectural history. Opinionated and flamboyant, a swashbuckler, he was a personality perfect for these parts.
Practically, the West Coast promised the architect a shot at big-budget projects and reliable paydays, along with proximity to his son Lloyd Wright, who served as general contractor on his father’s now-famous series of textile-block houses in the L.A. area, including the beautifully restored Ennis House, which is back on the market, a big ticket and better than ever.
Listed for $23 million by Coldwell Banker and Hilton & Hyland and located in the Los Feliz neighborhood of L.A., Ennis House has long been a star in this town, having appeared in a slew of television and film projects throughout the years including Blade Runner, the sci-fi classic, an acute reminder of the home’s experimental nature, particularly when it was first built, in 1924, when concrete still was a mostly new material in residential construction.
Now nearly a century old, the landmark residence is still making headlines, most recently for the feverous, multimillion restoration efforts by its current owner Ron Burkle, which has taken the already high-profile home to yet another level of renown.
The last of Wright’s local textile-block homes built in Southern California, the Ennis House is his most extravagantly imagined here. The clients who commissioned the house, Charles and Mabel Ennis, proprietors of a men’s clothing store, are somewhat shadowy figures in the sense that not much is known about them.
They had some degree of affluence, but prior to their collaboration with Wright, the Ennises’ homes were largely sensible. One assumes, not unreasonably, that as the couple rose in the ranks socially, their ambition widened as well. In Wright, the Ennises had an architect to design a house to meet the moment, a place where they could entertain.
Wright’s vision for the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home, which is composed of roughly 27,000 blocks, each one hand-cast in a custom mold, is equal to its expansive view of Los Angeles.
The property also features a self-contained, one-bedroom guest house. Later, as part of a 1940 remodel, Frank Lloyd Wright designed the pool. The home’s living spaces are more intimate than its public spaces, which are quite grand, even a bit showy.
“The way it’s perched on the hill is on stage. There is definitely a theatrical component to the house,” says John Waters, AIA, LEED AP, preservations programs manager of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, pointing to such aspects as the architect’s beautiful glass mosaic fireplace, columned corridors, and custom art-glass windows.
“While it is not unusual for Wright to dramatically reveal once space after another, the visceral effect of movement through the house is particularly theatrical here,” Waters adds. “The various spaces create a stage-like feeling inside. The Storer and Freeman [Houses] are more intimate in scale and the way the spaces work. Ennis is theatrical.”
While it is certainly true that the Ennis House has the flavor of the Mayan Revival style, it is more accurately perceived less aesthetically and more about Wright’s attempt to create a useable system of building. “Because it’s conceptual, it took more than he anticipated,” says Waters of Wright’s experimentation with the system.
“But it wasn’t a willful attempt to spend a lot of the Ennises’ money, but about his curiosity to see if the system would work.” Still, the Ennis House is highly ornamented, as was Wright’s way. “He loved to get his T-square and triangle working,” Waters notes. “The patterns are not always directly related to the work at hand. His work can be extremely decorative, a lot more than people really think about it being.”
The Ennis House is a testament to Frank Lloyd Wright’s remarkable ability to see three-dimensionally, but also his affinity for California. He did return to the Midwest eventually, but presumably, he was attracted to the energy of a Los Angeles as well as its regional characteristics, like natural light, which played well into his ideas of organic architecture.
It also fit with Wright’s flair for presentation; he did, after all, dub the Hollyhock House his “California Romanza” and in a letter to the Ennises, he wrote, prophetically in fact: “You see, the final result is going to stand on that hill a hundred years or more. Long after we are all gone it will be pointed out as the Ennis House and pilgrimages will be made to it by lovers of the beautiful—from everywhere.”
Ron de Salvo
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Branden and Rayni Williams
Williams & Williams Estates Group at Hilton & Hyland
PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARY E. NICHOLS
“Sexy, functional and fun” is how listing agent Ben Bacal of Rodeo Realty describes this one-of-a-kind, Alex Pettas-designed property at 1172 N. Doheny Drive, nestled behind black obsidian gates in the exclusive Lower Bird Streets of Hollywood Hills. What exactly leads to such a bold statement? Perhaps it’s the modern, Vanina Alfaro-designed living space highlighted by an abundance of light, water, glass, Italian stone, cedar and European oak flooring throughout.
Or maybe it’s one of the eye-catching features—like the biometric, oversized door that opens to a cascading infinity-edge pool and bonsai trees; soaring great room with disappearing glass doors and floor-to-ceiling Italian marble fireplace; and decadent master suite with its own living room and designer showroom closet.
But no doubt it all hinges upon the ultimate highlight: a 1,000-square-foot rooftop deck with a built-in bar and Jacuzzi that is, Bacal says, simply “off-the-charts cool.”
1172 N. DOHENY DRIVE
LOWER BIRD STREETS
6,485 SQ. FT.
Listed by Ben Bacal of Rodeo Realty
Coming to the market soon is this brand-new coastal contemporary masterpiece custom built by Hermosa Beach architect Luc Berne, complete with high-end finishes and features, and plenty of seamless indoor/outdoor living space.
Found in the sought-after Sand Section of Manhattan Beach, the five-bedroom property will feature 4,150 square feet of living space on three stories upon completion. Among the highlights: a gourmet kitchen sporting Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances; tea room that opens to an expansive terrace; and luxe master suite with a walk-in closet, and bath with soaking tub and private deck.
There’s a convenient surfer’s bath, mudroom and wine cellar too. Perhaps the best part? A prime location just a few short blocks from nearby beaches and the popular downtown district of Manhattan Beach. “It’s rare in Southern California when you get to check almost all of the boxes when shopping for a home,” says listing agent Ed Kaminsky. “This home checks them all.”
409 3RD STREET
SAND SECTION OF MANHATTAN BEACH
4,150 SQ. FT.
Listed by Ed Kaminsky of Kaminsky Real Estate Group
PHOTOGRAPHS: SEAN GORDON LUXURY IMAGERY (TOP) AND KVI360 (BOTTOM EXTERIOR)
World-famous architect Tony Ashai has a distinct design philosophy, one that is steadfast to all things classic and timeless. That is to build a client’s dream home tailored to their individual lifestyle, and in a way that never goes out of style. For the property at 67 Paseo Del La Luz, Aisha—working with general contractor Josh Herbst, who is well-known for building premium homes in Beverly Hills—applied his classical stance and commitment to visual balance to create this elegant retreat reminiscent of a luxury seaside European villa.
Commanding views from a secluded neighborhood in Rancho Palos Verdes, this particular home is one of the newest properties built in the Oceanfront Estates community. Here, gorgeous private estates are surrounded by large manicured lawns with deep setbacks and wide streets. The slight gradation of land allows one to truly enjoy the cliffside locale and still enjoy 180-degree ocean vistas. With this neighborhood also near to some of the town’s hotspots like Terranea Resort and Trump International Golf Course, dining out or playing a round of golf is the norm.
The beautiful limestone colonnades at the entry create an almost piazza feel with cloistered ceilings along the hallways that are perfectly symmetrical, true to Ashia’s philosophy. Along with this visual balance, the grand, almost palatial, spaces feel surprisingly intimate and comforting. “The entrance to this home and its common areas feel like the lobby of a five- or six-star hotel in Europe,” describes Lily Liang, Realtor for Strand Hill Christie’s International Real Estate Group.
The attention to detail is unmatched, evident not only in the classic European wrought iron that wraps the dramatic and curved dual-sided staircase but in the individually carved marble stairs and floors that run throughout the common areas and hallways too. Hardwood floors, meanwhile, warm the bedrooms. “Those with a keen eye and understanding for architecture can see the value in the curved lines of the marble stairs and the authenticity of the colonnade pillars and fireplaces being hand-carved from French limestone,” adds Liang. Clearly, no expense was spared for the sake of quality and pure form.
Boasting just over 8,300 square feet, the tremendous volume of the space is highlighted by dramatic coffered ceilings that vary from room to room with clean lines so as to not feel overdone. Spaces seamlessly blend due to a flowing floor plan and creamy monochromatic color palette that yields a streamlined yet intricate aesthetic. One always finds delightful surprises in a home like this one: a regal study, custom wine cellar built directly into the dual staircase, and posh home theater, along with dedicated space for a gym or reading room.
All of these unique spaces are only steps away from outside access through a multitude of arched French doors leading to lovely grounds. The ultimate feature for the gourmet cook is the home’s second kitchen, sometimes known as a kosher kitchen, where a self-proclaimed chef can engage in the messier side of cooking, discreetly and out of the way of the main kitchen. Anchored by a huge slab of cream marble on the island and furniture-style cabinetry, this space also is appointed with a six-burner Wolf range, including griddle, indoor grill, and a professional grade ventilation system, tucked under a classic French-style hood.
Meanwhile, refined wooden panels mask doubled-sided Sub-Zero refrigerators, as well as dual dishwashers and other storage. This home was definitely built for a family or an owner who enjoys throwing a good party too; there’s a multitude of entertaining space, including two grand living rooms, one at the entry and the other downstairs with pool access, as well as a more intimate family room. Adjacent to the family room is a classic full-size wet bar with counter seating for enjoying a cognac after a dinner party in the formal dining room. Both upstairs and downstairs entertaining areas open up to gorgeous scenes from various balconies and patios.
The lavish master suite is one of the four bedrooms. Bordered by two balconies—west and southwest facing—one may enjoy vistas to Catalina right from bed. In the master and throughout the balance of the bedrooms, finely crafted built-ins with trim details create ample storage, as well. A swoon-worthy closet fit for a king and a massive master bath with a silver-tipped clawfoot tub complete the master suite. The balance of the bedroom-suites are very generous in size, each with a full bath and closets with built-ins. Each of the six baths, which include two powder rooms, one with a richly-done chrome sink, are individually designed with fresco-style tilework, furniture-like vanities and unique features.
A unique advantage to this home is that has two separate backyards. Perfect for families with small children, and completely gated, there is a large grassy lawn for playing sports or housing a pet on one side, and meticulous landscapes wrapping the lovely pool, with waterfall feature, and the spa on the other. Here, plenty of outdoor seating is available on the covered patio draped by colonnade-style pillars, as well as in the outdoor kitchen area with built-in barbecue grill. Sitting on just over a half-acre of land, the home’s exterior offers abundant grassy space for kids to run and play.
The property’s outdoor environment paints a transcendent classical picture via its dramatic colonnades, pillars of limestone, wrought iron-wrapped balconies, and smooth stone finish. Combined with its exquisite interior, this home translates to a life spent on permanent vacation in a seaside villa where stunning views and privacy abound—beautifully.
Strand Hill Properties
Christie’s International Real Estate
PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAUL JONASON
This exquisite custom estate raises the bar when it comes to luxurious Southern California living. Think a meticulously built home with a wealth of luxe amenities—like a billiards room, professional gym and Western-style saloon with a theater—along with an unrivaled setting on its own private knoll within the admired and guard-gated city of Rolling Hills, complete with breathtaking ocean, city, mountain and canyon views from Malibu to Newport Beach.
“We sold this client this property in 1998 as a small farm house that the previous family had maintained for 60 years,” says Bill Ruth, who is co-listing the residence with Charlie Raine and Carissa Wright, all of Ruth and Raine. “It took the current owner four years to create, design and build this current masterpiece of a home.”
Found on a 3.45-acre parcel of land at 60 Eastfield Drive—atop the Palos Verdes Peninsula, just 25 minutes from Downtown L.A.—the six-bedroom, nine-bath, ranch-style abode features 9,000-plus square feet of open living space on two levels. Expect a dramatic entry with soaring ceilings that leads through a main level outfitted with a formal dining room and spacious living room with massive stone fireplace, as well as a country kitchen boasting high-end appliances, a center island and countertop dining, and a sumptuous master suite featuring a seating area with fireplace, his-and-her walk-in closets, and large master bath fit for royalty.
Topping off this lovely home is an attached guest suite highlighting a full kitchen, living room, laundry room, bath and fireplace, plus a flat grassy yard perfect for enjoying the panoramic views from a variety of relaxing enclaves.
Bill Ruth, Charlie Raine and Carissa Wright of Ruth & Raine
Designed in 1926 by legendary L.A. architect Paul Williams—and on the open market for the first time—this classic Hancock Park residence has since been extensively restored by its current owner using Sonny Ward of June Architecture. The goal? Maintain as many of the existing characteristics as possible while still delivering up-to-the-minute conveniences.
“The preservation of original details allows you to experience the home the way Paul Williams intended, and in the much the same manner as the family that lived there for over 70 years, while simultaneously delivering modern finishes in all the right places,” says Jenna Cooper of Compass, who is listing the property for $7.249 million. “The moment you walk through the door, you can feel the warmth and depth of this happy home.”
Set on a tree-lined block at 148 S. Las Palmas Ave. (in a centrally located and historic locale amid high-profile neighbors such as Mindy Kaling, George Takei, Natalie Cole, and designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent), the five-bedroom, Mediterranean-style residence features 6,127 square feet of light-filled living space on two levels.
Among the luxe trappings: a spacious master suite boasting dual closets; a gourmet kitchen with Miele and Sub-Zero appliances, and a high-performance French Lacanche range; and smart-home devices including iPad-controlled Lutron and Nest systems, a multizoned Sonos sound system and security cameras.
Yet other show-stopping attributes include the original chandeliers, oak hardwood flooring and steel-frame windows; a grand staircase with the original banister; custom-made French doors on the first level to allow for optimum air and energy flow throughout; and ample wall space ideal for an art aficionado’s prized collection. Last, but definitely not least? A brand-new pool gracing the attractive 11,878-square-foot lot.
Jenna Cooper of Compass
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF LAUREN MOORE
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.”
Kaminsky has been a real estate agent since 1987
SportStar Relocation, Conserve Development and Premiere Estates Auction Company are among Kaminsky’s business ventures
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
“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
5,553 SQ. FT
Listed by Alexander Ali & Drew Fenton of Hilton & Hyland
and Joseph Elian of Propelian
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.”
MODERN BIRD STREETS
5,266 SQ. FT.
Listed by Ben Belack & Blair Chang of The Agency
PHOTOGRAPHS: CHRIS STINNER PHOTOGRAPHY (TOP) AND THE AGENCY (BOTTOM)