Real Estate

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

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.”


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.”


5,266 SQ. FT.

Listed by Ben Belack & Blair Chang of The Agency

List Price
$5.9 million



A French Style Home In Brentwood Park

This custom French Mediterranean-style estate built in 2010 offers prime high-end living—from the moment one enters the gates and is greeted by picturesque gardens and then passes through an impressive front entry and into a grand foyer boasting soaring ceilings.

The rest at this stunning showpiece situated on an extra-large, flat lot in one of Brentwood’s most coveted enclaves is simply the cherry on top.

“Brentwood Park is the most prestigious part of Brentwood and the Westside” ~Santiago Arana of The Agency

“who is listing the property for $18.98 million. It offers very large lots and incredible mature trees that give you the park feeling and therefore comes the name. This is very centralized and close to restaurants, grocery stores and the best schools on the Westside.”

Found at 321 S. Bristol Ave., this three-level residence boasts 13,000-plus square feet of open living space. Among the highlights is a light and bright professional chef’s kitchen with a circular, glassed-in breakfast nook that leads into a large-scale formal dining area sporting a fireplace, as well as a formal living room and family room with a bar.


The home also features five bedrooms—including a spacious master suite outfitted with his-and-her walk-in closets, dual master baths and a private balcony—while an elevator leads to a basement level that serves as an entertainer’s paradise with a plush media room flanked by a glass-enclosed wine cellar and tasting area.

Outdoors, the 27,616-square-foot lot is showcased by an expansive grassy lawn, alluring patio, pool and spa, pool house cabana, built-in barbecue, and open-air dining area perfect for entertaining. Rounding out this home’s undeniable pull? A four-car garage ideal for a car enthusiast.


Santiago Arana of The Agency

List Price
$18.98 million


Large Architecture's $300M Luxury Apartments in Koreatown featured in DIGS Magazine

Large Architecture’s $300M Luxury Apartments in Koreatown

Proving its viability as one of Downtown L.A.’s top neighborhoods, Koreatown is set to welcome yet another mixed-use development to meet the ever-increasing demand for more homes and retail options in one of the city’s most highly desirable locales. Enter a yet-to-be-named project at 2900 Wilshire Blvd., a $300 million luxury high-rise tower designed by Large Architecture that’s slated for completion in early 2021. 

“As Koreatown’s housing market continues to flourish, 2900 Wilshire provides a golden opportunity to revive an otherwise longtime vacant site, bringing much-needed housing to the community,” says W. Scott Dobbins, president of Hankey Investment Company LP, which is developing the project with Jamison Properties LP.

Situated at 2900 Wilshire Blvd.—on a 2.9-acre site near the recently completed 3033 Wilshire apartment tower and the historic Bullock’s Wilshire building, which now houses Southwestern Law School—the 25-story development will offer more than 15,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. Living options, meanwhile, will include 644 studios to three-bedroom, two-story penthouses, with rental prices ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 per month. A distinct floor shape will avoid casting shade on the two parks that flank the project, while providing unobstructed views of Downtown L.A. and the Hollywood Hills.

Among the amenities: a 1-acre rooftop deck atop a 1,000-space parking podium offering a separate gym and clubhouse, along with a business center, pool and spa, private open-air dining areas, barbecues, fire pits, dog park, Zen garden and viewing deck. Expect floor plans and pricing soon.




$300 million Luxury Tower
Designed by Large Architecture


Secluded Haven & Contemporary Farmhouse

Secret Sanctuary

A secluded haven where Steve McQueen lived after filming The Getaway is now listed for $2.425 million, replete with a half-plus acre of land offering sweeping canyon and valley views. Expect 2,000-plus square feet of coastal-style living space on two levels showcased by four bedrooms, including a downstairs retreat that opens via with French doors to an outdoor dining area with a hillside waterfall, as well as a master suite with vaulted ceilings, custom built-ins, dual walk-in closets, a window seat, and fireplace.

An updated kitchen features Wolf and Miele appliances, while the backyard holds a heated pool. “From the 180-degree views to the designer finishes to the magical waterfall and meditation area, this meticulously reimagined hideaway offers remarkable seclusion and privacy,” says listing agent Jennifer Shor of Compass. “It has the kind of vibe you can’t quite conceptualize until you walk through the door, and a sense of serenity just envelopes you.


2,256 SQ. FT

Listed by Jennifer Shor of Compass

List Price
$2.425 million

Farmhouse Flair

A brand-new, contemporary farmhouse-style residence has hit the market for $7.675 million, complete with high-end finishes, full home automation, and seamless indoor-outdoor experience. Set at 1062 Maroney Lane—on a quiet cul-de-sac, just moments from Palisades Village—the six-bedroom dwelling features more than 7,000 square feet of chic, open living space on two levels boasting natural oak plank flooring with chevron details throughout.

Among the highlights: a professional chef’s kitchen with a spacious island, top-tier fixtures and appliances, and butler’s pantry; large master retreat sporting a fireplace, plus his-and-her baths and walk-in closets; temperature-controlled wine storage for 250 bottles; plush movie theater; and game room with full bar.

“This strikingly, well-balanced home is as gracious as it is good-looking,” says listing agent Anthony Marguleas of Amalfi Estates. “Surrounded by beautiful majestic and mature trees, your clients will love the resort feel with a gorgeous pool and adjacent cabana.”


7,597 SQ. FT.

Listed by Anthony Marguleas of Amalfi Estates

List Price
$7.675 million


Eco-Friendly Design Home in El Segundo

A new modern coastal residence is soon to be unveiled in the beach community of El Segundo. Designed and built by HH Design and Kole Strebel of 4 Eco Living—known for its expertise in green home remodeling and construction—the custom creation aims to reduce its environmental footprint by incorporating sustainable amenities such as solar power, energy-efficient appliances, and an electric car-charging station, along with a unique roofline and plentiful skylights to allow for an abundance of natural light.

“When we started this project, we knew it would be spectacular,” says Amie Schneider, who is co-listing the property with Alex Abad, both of Palm Realty Boutique, for $2.55 million.

“Kole and his team not only have a high-end eye for design and functionality but more so eco-friendly. Kole and his team build homes that organically blend modern lines with traditional farmhouse inspirations.”

Situated at 719 Maryland St.—on one of the most coveted streets in El Segundo, within walking distance to award-winning schools, parks, shopping, restaurants and beaches—the two-level abode will feature 3,000 square feet of Anne Collard-designed living space highlighted by wide plank hardwood flooring throughout, custom tile in the baths and high-end appliances.

Among the highlights: five bedrooms (including a luxe master suite with dual walk-in closets and a spa-like bath featuring Kohler and Brizo fixtures, as well as a stunning Vieux Quarter crystal chandelier), along with a professional chef’s kitchen boasting KitchenAid, Thermador, Viking and Bosch appliances.

Topping it all off? The property’s 3,300-square-foot grounds, which will be outfitted with a built-in barbecue, beverage center, and mounted gas heaters.

“This house is not cookie-cutter; it’s completely custom,” says Schneider. “There is no other home in town like it. Not to mention the views from the second-floor reading nook and the incredible sunsets from the balcony, which makes the location of this home even more special. Let’s just say the new owners of this house will be very happy to live here!”




3,000 SQ. FT


Amie Schneider
Alex Abad
of Palm Realty Boutique

List Price
$2.55 million



Santa Monica Contemporary Home on 526 23rd St - Westside DIGS Magazine

Santa Monica Contemporary Family Home

No expense was spared in the design of this warm contemporary home nestled in the tree-lined streets of Santa Monica. Think a true piece of art bathed in comfort and luxury, complete with high-end details including floor-to-ceiling Movi doors; Italian-made bathroom cabinetry by Rexa Design and Novello Bagno; a chef-caliber kitchen boasting the highest-tier of Blum hardware, as well as and Miele and Zephyr appliances; and engineered European white oak flooring throughout. Not to mention a swoon-worthy yard showcasing a sparkling pool and spa.

“In town, there are so many similar builds that are all interchangeable, but there isn’t anything like this on the market,” says Cindy Ambuehl of The Agency, who is listing the property for $8.25 million. “It is current to the demands and desires of today’s buyers, designed to appeal to both family and entertaining, and the location…oh, the location!”

Found at 526 23rd St.—North of Montana Avenue, just minutes from the Brentwood Country Mart, and a bevy of shops and restaurants—the six-bedroom abode was custom built this year by GAIA Construction, along with Desai Architects and Italian interior designer DI Group.

Expect almost 7,000 square feet of open living space on three levels featuring sophisticated design elements such as soaring ceilings, plentiful natural light, an elevator, and a showpiece of a striking floating wood-and-glass staircase.

Among the highlights: the previously mentioned kitchen boasting a center island with waterfall edges, Binova cabinetry from Italy and a porcelain backsplash stretching from the countertops to the ceiling, along with a spacious master retreat showcasing an expansive closet and luxe bath.

Adding to the home’s glam factor is a lower-level entertainment area featuring a theater, wine cellar, wet bar and game room, as well as delightful grounds sporting an outdoor dining area with barbecue, and a pool house with bar, bath and outdoor shower. Finally is a Control4 smart home automation, top-of-the-line security and camera system, and solar energy setup.


Cindy Ambuehl of The Agency

List Price
$8.25 million


Manhattan Beach Double-Lot Complex

This Santa Barbara-style home custom built for professional soccer player Landon Donovan in 2007 got an extra boost in acreage when the athlete purchased the lot next door to create a spot where he could enhance his training and recovery.

Today, the one-of-a-kind setup includes a remodeled masterpiece consisting of a main house connected via a lushly landscaped tropical oasis with a saltwater lagoon pool and cascading waterfall to an additional dwelling replete with a sauna, 20-seat theater, bar, guest room with bath, and even a gym with roll-up garage doors.

“It’s rare to find a home that offers a complete oasis of mind, body, and spirit while maintaining the convenience of city living,” says Giovanni Altamura of Altamura Real Estate, the listing agent for this exclusive compound. “3305 Pine Avenue is that—offering not one, but two dwellings that work together in harmony with amenities you’d find at a world-class resort.”

Found in the Tree Section of Manhattan Beach—on a 9,282-square-foot double lot just minutes from white sandy beaches, shopping, award-winning schools and LAX—the main house (at 3305 Pine Ave.) offers 3,300 square feet of living space on two levels with high-end details throughout including reclaimed barn wood flooring, coffered and groin vaulted ceilings, French terra-cotta tile, custom wrought iron and handmade reclaimed wood doors.

Among the highlights: a striking two-story foyer; four bedrooms (including a spacious master retreat with a fireplace, private balcony and spa-like bath with dual vanities and a soaking tub); formal dining room; and family room that adjoins a gourmet kitchen outfitted with coastal-chic cabinetry, an expansive center island ideal for dining and entertaining, Viking and Sub-Zero appliances, and a butler’s pantry with wet bar.

Accessed via a charming walkway, the adjacent two-story companion home (at 3301 Pine Ave.) features sliding Fleetwood pocket doors that open to reveal a billiards room and fully equipped gym. Yet other touches here include a sauna, revamped movie theater, custom walk-in bar and guest suite with bath.

“The ‘wow’ factor would be the double lot and orientation of the property that is unquestionably hard, to almost impossible, to find these days,” says Altamura.

“A main house with an open floor plan, leading to private outdoor space, and a walk to the guest house with pool, sauna, cold plunge, gym, bar, theater, and a guest room just does not exist. Most would have to acquire two lots and custom build. This would take years to complete, where this house has it all and is in ready-to-move-in condition!”

Bedroom in Trousdale Estates featured in South Bay DIGS Magazine

A Jaw-Dropping Trousdale Estates Home Asks $15.8M

When Baron Steinbrecher attained his real estate license in 2012, his first order of business was to find and purchase a property that he could re-develop and sell. His prayers were answered when he walked into a broker’s open for an architectural home set in Beverly Hills, at the coveted Trousdale Estates neighborhood.

Feeling special energy about the house, he quickly pulled together some investors, purchased it, and two years later sold the fully renovated residence for a record price on the street of $12.9 million. Today, the reimagined abode is once again on the market, complete with distinguished details including high-end finishes, a seamless indoor-outdoor flow, and jaw-dropping vistas.

“The most amazing thing about the property is that possesses the complete package,” says Steinbrecher, who is co-listing the home with Mauricio Umansky, both of The Agency, for $15.8 million.

“It’s private, set back from the street with a large driveway, and although it’s modern, the Mid-century architectural integrity remained intact. The floor plan is open but also flexible with all the pocket doors, and the rooms all have great volume and space that overlook the incredible city and ocean views.”

Found at 521 Chalette Drive—behind gates on one of Trousdale’s most coveted thoroughfares—the four-bedroom, five-bath dwelling was completed (using some existing foundation) by architect Christ Light of C.J. Light Associates and Gordon Gibson Construction.

Expect 5,638 square feet of sexy, Josh Brown-designed living space on a single level highlighted by a soaring, open great room with a Portoro marble fireplace, and a dining area lined with Fleetwood walls of glass that open to attractive grounds spotlighting grassy lawns, a zero-edge infinity pool with floating spa and cabana with a fire feature.

Yet other standout attributes a professional chef’s kitchen with Calacatta gold counters and backsplash; plush screening room; and a spacious master suite and spa-like bath offering direct access to a private patio and pool terrace.

“This property perfectly blends the authentic, Mid-century Trousdale Estates vibe with a modern but timeless design,” says Steinbrecher. “There is a special energy people feel when they walk through the door that is only magnified by the incredible views.”


Baron Steinbrecher and  Mauricio Umansky of The Agency
List Price
$15.8 million



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