Set amid the famed Hollywood Hills, 1814 N. Doheny Drive is an ultra-sexy contemporary residence crafted by L.A. architect Paul McClean, offers expansive living space side by side with amenities that characterize the ultimate in luxury and relaxation. The coup d’état? An abundance of soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, all facing breathtaking views overlooking the mesmerizing skyline below and sparkling Pacific Ocean beyond.
“Being a Paul McClean, the entirety of the home is always a work of art,” says Aaron Kirman of Pacific Union International, who is listing the property for $17.495 million. “But the water feature that begins at the entry of the home and travels the complete expanse of the home, both upstairs and down, really sets the mood of tranquility and luxury throughout.”
Situated at 1814 N. Doheny Drive, the dwelling was built in 2016. Expect approximately 8,290 square feet of seamless indoor-outdoor living space boasting high-quality finishes and touches all around, from marble slab walls to Thassos marble flooring. Yet other standout features of the five-bedroom, seven-bath home include an entertainer’s living room; screening room; full bar; office/library; and gym. In the master bedroom, a private terrace bestows an exclusive vista of a zero-edge infinity pool running the entire length of the house.
“One of the features about this home that really sets it apart is the pool that has been built overlooking the famous Bird Street View,” says Kirman.
“The master bedroom and master bath, as well as the master private outdoor space, all sit behind floor-to-ceiling pocket glass doors that directly overlook the pool and view. It really does feel like the most luxurious, comfortable and private master bedroom in the city.”
Photographs: courtesy of Matthew Momberger
Written by Wendy Bowman
Feel like taking the ultimate resort-style sabbatical, where entertaining and relaxation are top of mind—without ever leaving your personal abode? This new, chic, ultra-modern, farmhouse-style estate fits the bill both inside and out, complete with a 43,855-square-foot lot boasting a massive pool, spa and Baja shelf feature with color-changing LED lights, a custom pub room sporting a 200-bottle wine wall and duo of big-screen TVs, and much more.
“I love the developer’s playful use of modern and farmhouse, with a grand open floorplan that’s ahead of the design curve,” says Aaron Kirman of John Aaroe Group, who is co-listing the property with Drew Fenton of Hilton & Hyland, for $12.5 million. “It’s perfect for a single person or a family, because it’s ultra-private yet still very accessible to all that Los Angeles has to offer.”
Situated amid a private and serene setting at 1281 Stone Canyon Road—in an exclusive neighborhood within lower Bel-Air—the attractive white brick, six-bedroom home was designed by architect Steve Wunderlich of 4C Design Group and built by developer Justin Barth of Barth Partners. Featured within is more than 9,000 square feet of glamorous custom Hancock Design-crafted living space on two levels highlighted by rich hardwood flooring and designer lighting throughout. A grand entry features a double staircase that ascends to the top floor, which contains the guest bedrooms and a loft master suite including a fireplace, balcony, spacious walk-in closet, and spa-like bath with a soaking tub and stylish Brizo fixtures.
Yet other standout attributes of the property include an iPad-controlled smart-home system that operates climate, security, music and lights, as well as seamless indoor-outdoor living from the family room, living room, kitchen and pub room via fully retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to reveal a private, expansive backyard. There, one finds a long rectangular pool, spa, barbecue and patio with fire pit—all boasting eye-catching mountain and canyon views. An added bonus: all of the furniture—as well as an extensive holding of artwork by artist Marcello Pozzi—can be included with the sale.
AARON KIRMAN OF JOHN AAROE GROUP AND DREW FENTON OF HILTON & HYLAND
LIST PRICE $12.5 MILLION
As a young boy growing up in Los Angeles, in a family of modest means, real estate entrepreneur Aaron Kirman used to ride his bike to an upscale neighborhood in the Valley just to glimpse all of the expensive homes for sale. He also begged his parents to take him to open houses. Despite suffering from severe learning disabilities—including dyslexia and a speech impediment that prevented him from saying the letter “R”—he entered the real estate ranks at age 18 while attending USC and never looked back.
Fast-forward to today, and the 39-year-old is one of the most successful real estate agents not only in L.A., where he is based, but across the globe as well, amassing an exclusive client roster rife with CEOs, celebrities and royalty, selling $3.5 billion in homes to date. He also appears regularly on CNBC’s Secret Lives of the Super Rich, and was named the 12th top real estate agent in the U.S. by The Wall Street Journal in 2016. Here, Kirman, president of Aaroe Estates, the luxury property division of the John Aaroe Group, divulges to DIGS how he got into real estate, his personal abodes, the secret of his success and more.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE REAL ESTATE BUSINESS?
I put myself through college selling real estate. When other kids were in school and partying, I was working and obsessed with real estate and doing deals. I fell into a cool niche selling architectural homes by R.M. Schindler and John Lautner, and people started to recognize my name. Then I was an executive and ran the architectural division at Hilton & Hyland for about nine years, and shifted into the estate division at John Aaroe Group about five years ago. Now, we have the largest market share of the most expensive homes in country.
WHAT IS YOUR REAL ESTATE FOCUS NOW?
It just continues to grow with some of the country’s most expensive estates. We recently sold the Danny Thomas estate for $65 million, which was the second-highest sale in Beverly Hills. I now have about $650 million in active inventory. We have five estates above $50 million; I like to specialize in uber-high-priced and very unique homes. I’m also working on building my team, which has been a fun challenge. We have about 30 on our team. I’ve been selling solo for many years, and now have the dynamics of a team. I like to call them my kids, even though some are 60 years old. I like to watch their careers grow; it’s been inspiring for me. They need me, and my portfolio and contacts, and I can teach them.
TELL ME ABOUT SOME OF THE HOMES YOU HAVE IN YOUR INVENTORY RIGHT NOW. Some of my actives include the Edie Goetz estate in Bel Air for $79 million (where the socialite lived and hosted extravagant parties), and an $85 million mansion in Beverly Hills that both Cher and Eddie Murphy lived in at one time. From there, I have a stunning $60 million compound on the ocean that was in a TV show and has been leased by some of top celebrities in the country, and a gorgeous, uber-modern $49 million house owned by fashion designer Charles Park of Sugarlips. I also have a bunch of beautiful moderns priced from $20 million. I still love listing some of my old stuff, like a beautiful [Richard] Neutra in Hollywood Hills. It has significant architecture, and I’m looking for the right buyer who’s going to restore it.
WHO ARE SOME OF THE MOST MEMORABLE PERSONALITIES YOU’VE WORKED WITH?
I’ve worked with sheiks from the Middle East, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia; celebrities from Orlando Bloom to Rihanna to Nicki Minaj; and fashion designers like Jeremy Scott. Everyone is so interesting, and they all have a unique story. What’s fun is the diversity, from royalty to celebrities to CEOs to just ordinary people. I also love helping my friends buy their houses and seeing the growth of some of my friends. I’ve represented some friends who were buying starter homes 20 years ago and now they’re in $15 million houses.
IS THERE ONE TYPE OF ARCHITECTURE THAT PARTICULARLY APPEALS TO YOU? I’m personally a big fan of Mid-Century homes. Houses done in the 1960s, and sometimes ’50s, were so advanced and ahead of their time, with walls of glass and indoor-outdoor spaces. Some of those architects were masters at figuring out the right house to put on the right site. Lately, I’ve been a fan of transitional architecture, where you have a traditional style and more modern interiors. I’ve seen a lot of that during my travels in Europe.
WHAT IS THE HOT AREA RIGHT NOW?
Los Angeles is the hottest real estate market on the planet; it’s crazy how hot our market is. There is so much wealth all over and so many people from across the globe—from Europe, Asia and the East Coast—are pouring money here. L.A. is hotter than New York and other markets that used to be bigger. We have some of the most expensive sales in the world right now in Bel-Air, Beverly Hills and the Hollywood Hills. The price increases we’ve seen to date are astronomical. We have had four sales of about $100 million, and that’s crazy. We never would have been close to demanding those dollar amounts 10 years ago. It’s amazing, and it’s only going to go up. L.A. is cheap, according to the world market. You get so much bang for your buck here for whatever your budget is: more land and space, and that’s what’s driving our market to be so good.
WHAT ARE THE MOST VALUABLE AMENITIES PEOPLE ARE SEEKING?
One is privacy, which is the most important desire for people with wealth, and the second is grounds or view. We have sold homes with almost every amenity possible—from theater-sized media rooms to wine cellars that could hold 80,000 bottles—but, primarily, people want land, privacy and a view.
DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM PROPERTY?
I sell really big, gorgeous, opulent homes…and I like simple, beautiful homes. I live in a high-rise, and I just bought a house in Beverly Hills with walls of glass. It’s a modern house with a pool, great indoor-outdoor flow and an open floor plan, and it’s great for entertaining and living a happy life. I personally don’t have a desire to live in a huge house, although I do love to sell them.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR HOME?
I love my master bedroom; it’s my retreat—my space where I have my privacy and my time alone. There’s nothing like being able to go home and rest in your room at night. In my high-rise, I love my view. I’m on a high floor and can see the entire city—from Downtown to Century City—and that’s also pretty great.
WHAT DOES LUXURY MEAN TO YOU?
Being able to live the life I choose to live. That doesn’t necessarily come in the form of material objects. I’m blessed to have pretty much any material object I desire, but it really means to live a great life and to spend time with friends and family, to eat well, and to travel and see the world. I live a very wonderful life that is well-rounded, and I’m proud of that. It’s not easy to do that at the level of real estate I do. I take time for family, friends and myself.
TO WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE YOUR SUCCESS?
In general, successful people are very strategic; you have to be. You have to be ahead of the curve, and able to make the curve. You have to be creative. Successful people don’t want to follow the pack, but they have to be ahead of the pack. Strategic alliances, partnerships and team work also are important. Marketing and advertising are super important as well. Even print; people say print is dead, but I disagree. People still love to read, and that’s what sells. Tech is uber-important in the national and international world; we’re spending more energy and money on that. Social media is super important, and continuing to develop contacts and the networks we have. Taking time to tell stories about the properties and clients, even ourselves, is important. I always like progressing and finding bigger and better ways to do something.
WHAT’S YOUR BEST PIECE OF REAL ESTATE ADVICE?
The world has changed, and it’s a really competitive business. But, if someone wants to get in it, they need to be passionate and prepared to work super hard and find what is going to make them different so they will stand out from the crowd. The main piece of advice is you should specialize in something and be unique, and if you do that, you will have a great chance at success. For me, I like to tell the story of someone with a modest upbringing who had challenges growing up, and for the grace of God and luck, has sold $3.5 billion of homes to some of the most famous people in the world. I like people to know that they can do whatever they want to do with hard work. It’s not always based on who you know and having a privileged background. I look back and I’m super grateful, and sometimes I pinch myself and say, ‘Wow, I did it.” But I always knew I would and I feel like we’ve just begun. I’m not sure where we’re going, but we’re just beginning.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN YOU AREN’T WORKING?
I love to travel and explore the world, and I mediate every day. I love dinners with friends; I just spent a Sunday by the pool with lots of friends. I love to be by the water, whether it’s a pool or the beach. I also love to bike ride. I just like to live.
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR YOU?
We’re doing a lot of TV these days. I’m a spokesperson for CNBC’s Secret Lives of the Super Rich. I love getting interviewed on TV about where the market is and where we’re going. I also love building a team that’s already one of the most knowledgeable and successful in the country, and getting bigger and better every day. I’d like to expand our market share. We have the best inventory in L.A. and abroad, but I would like to develop more international and national alliances.
Photography Courtesy of Matthew Momberger and Michael McNamara
Always wished you could live like the Kennedys—complete with your very own collection of homes where you can while away the days playing tennis or head to the nearby resort for a round of golf? Not to mention the resort-style grounds and breathtaking views of the Santa Rosa Mountains. Now’s your chance with this five-home Coachella Valley compound that has hit the market for the first time ever for $5.5 million.
Situated on a 1.83-acre parcel at 49200 Avenida El Nido in La Quinta—within the gates of the exclusive La Quinta Country Club—the residential complex was built more than 40 years ago as a desert getaway by Lloyd’s of London exec Bud Buettner and features a quintet of fully furnished residences boasting more than 11,000 square feet of living space (including 14 bedrooms and 13 baths). Affectionately known as the “Tennis Oasis,” the property is highlighted by a lighted, regulation-sized court where the owner would vie against the likes of tennis pro Jack Kramer, NFL Coach Chuck Knox and USC’s Pat Haden.
Other high points include a welcoming pool and spa; an outdoor kitchen with a built-in barbecue; a large playing lawn ideal for a game of croquet; and a wealth of citrus and palm trees. Also notable is the design of the homes, which was largely completed by noted Palm Springs interior designer and artist Donald Lloyd Smith (who worked on Liberace’s nest and many high-end resorts). Smith’s artwork even can be seen gracing the walls of each abode. The entire property is listed by Jeff, Vicky and Kevin Botsford with Partners Trust, and Kathy and Charlie Coulter of Coulter & Assoc.
photos courtesy of Robert Caldwell and Jason Speth
Aaron Kirman of John Aaroe Group has sold the former Beverly Hills estate of late comedian and philanthropist Danny Thomas for $65 million. Situated at 1187 N. Hillcrest Road—on a 2.5-acre promontory in the sought-after Beverly Hills community of Trousdale Estates—the palatial seven-bedroom, 10-bath property features 18,000 square feet of living space.
Highlights of the Moorish-inspired residence include sweeping 360-degree views of the entire L.A. basin and the ultimate in designer details (including $2.5 million in Baccarat chandeliers, gold-leaf crown molded ceilings and hand-woven carpets), along with a ballroom, media room, and opulent dining and living rooms.
As for the private grounds, they are showcased by a pool, along with dining and viewing pavilions ideal for entertaining and enjoying the city scenery. Rounding out the property’s special appeal is a motor court with parking for 20 automobiles.
photos courtesy of Simon Berlyn Photography
A gated Colonial mansion belonging to film producer Anton Lessine—son of Mikhail Lesin, Russia’s former minister of media and mass communications—has been listed by Aaron Kirman and Neyshia Go of John Aaroe Group for $29 million. Found at 10 Beverly Park—along a ridge line on more than 4 acres in the exclusive guard-gated community—the residence boasts 13,500-plus square feet of living space exhibiting opulent design details including parquet flooring, and imported marble and hand-carved woodwork.
Among the show-stopping amenities: seven bedrooms (including a master suite with his-and-her closets and bathrooms, plus a separate sitting room with stunning canyon and city views); a gourmet chef’s kitchen with a large walk-in pantry; a 16-seat movie theater; a gym with sauna and steam room; a billiards room; and luxe grounds complete with a pool and gazebo, as well as a collection of intimate gardens.
photos courtesy of Matthew Momberger
Travis Barker of Blink-182 fame has placed his contemporary Cheviot Hills residence on the market for $4.75 million. Found at 2706 Club Drive—just south of Century City—the custom-built, two-level home features more than 4,000 square feet of living space highlighted by cutting-edge design.
Included are four bedrooms (most notably, the stylish master suite with three walk-in closets and a bath sporting ceramic and walnut finishes and a built-in vanity), along with a living room that features 13-foot ceilings and 10-foot-tall windows; an open-plan kitchen with a lengthy island that extends to an outdoor terrace via retractable walls of glass; a media lounge; an al fresco dining area with built-in barbecue; and a heated saltwater pool. Steve Frankel of Coldwell Banker is the listing agent.
photos courtesy of Jeff Ong for exteriors, Berlyn for interiors
Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond has purchased a Malibu retreat at 33330 Pacific Coast Highway for $7.25 million. Situated in the Encinal Bluffs community—in a private cove overlooking the beach—soaring ceilings and walls of glass easily capture the stunning coastline views.
“The scale and volume of the home is very impressive, which allows for lots of natural light and amazing ocean views from almost every room,” says Sandro Dazzan, who co-listed the home with Irene Dazzan-Palmer, both of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
“The most special part of the property is the access to one of the most secluded and private coves in all of Malibu.”
Featuring more than 4,000 square feet of open living space, the five-bedroom, seven-bath property offers a massive great room, a gourmet chef’s kitchen and a master suite with dramatic ocean views, along with an office, gym and sauna. Outdoors, one will find an infinity pool and spa, barbecue area and direct beach access.
photos courtesy of Simon Berlyn Photography
If this new modern home were a garment, it definitely would find itself not only gracing the runway during L.A.’s Fashion Week, but also creating some well-deserved buzz. With its six-foot Moooi chandelier, floating staircases and original Andy Warhol artwork adorning the entry, this showpiece with $1 million-plus in furnishings under its roof was created by L.A. fashion mogul Charles Park and is indeed the catwalk’s meow when it comes to chic abodes.
Known for the popular California clothing brands Pure Sugar, Sugarlips, Cream & Sugar, and Jonesy, Park collaborated with Samuel and Paul Oh of L.A.- based The Parks & Associates LLC on his foray into the world of custom home building. Situated at 1231 Lago Vista Drive, the seven-bedroom, 11-bath residence is a study in impeccable design featuring the finest in materials and furnishings.
Now on the market for $43.9 million, the 13,500-square-foot home combines a brilliant floor plan on a sensational lot that is perfectly designed to fit the Southern California lifestyle, according to Aaron Kirman of Aaroe Estates, who is co-listing the property with Drew Fenton of Hilton & Hyland.
Among the highlights: furnishings by B&B Italia, Minotti and Gandia Blasco; 33 floor-to-ceiling Rimadesio Italian glass magnetic doors; Delta Lighting from Belgium (400 at $1,000 per light); custom hand-knotted carpeting; and a Crestron automation and environment system that controls audio-visual, lighting, shading, IT, security and HVAC.
This residence is the epitome of haute couture. Yet other standout features include an oversized elevator fronted by custom L’Invisibile bank vault doors; a 600-bottle floating, backlit wine cellar that opens via thumbprint access; cutting-edge home theater featuring a Sony 4K projector and Dolby Atmos sound system (one of only 30 in the country); and gym outfitted with Precor fitness equipment. The glitz and glam continues outside with a 50-foot zero-edge volleyball pool; Baja shelf; five in-water chaises; and a multi-section barbecue patio.
“My goal wasn’t to impress a buyer walking through for an hour,” says Park.
“Each decision was made to delight the buyer who will live in this house for a lifetime.” Not only has Park created a home that’s totally in vogue, but one that also represents his classic and timeless appeal.
AARON KIRMAN of AAROE ESTATES, THE LUXURY PROPERTY DIVISION OF JOHN AAROE GROUP and DREW FENTON of HILTON & HYLAND
List Price $43,900,000
1231 Lago Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Photography Courtesy of Matthew Momberger