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Cape Cod Brentwood Residence for the Extravagant

Party Perfect

Nestled far beyond towering hedges and a gated entrance at 530 S. Westgate Ave. in Brentwood, this glamorous Cape Cod-style residence is geared toward intimate gatherings and extravagant soirées alike. “Westgate is best described as luxurious, charming, warm and welcoming,” says Cindy Ambuehl of The Agency, who is listing the property for $6.6 million.

“The open floor plan living is perfect for entertaining or family gatherings.” Originally built in 1959, the home was remodeled in 2015 and features almost 5,000 square feet of designer living space on two levels. In addition to hardwood flooring, crown moldings, high-end appliances and top-quality finishes throughout, there are five bedrooms (including a master suite boasting vaulted ceilings, dual closets and a large master bath), an elegant living room with fireplace that opens to the family room and a gourmet kitchen with large center island. Outside, the spacious yard is showcased by a pool, fire pit, outdoor kitchen and lounge area. 


4,751 SQ. FT.

Listed by Cindy Ambuehl of The Agency

List Price
$6.6 million

A Home of  Distinction

A brand-new modern architectural estate designed and developed by Phillip Braunstein of L.A.-based Colossal Properties Inc. is now on the market for $12.5 million, complete with awe-inspiring city, mountain and ocean views from atop a private knoll in the hills of Brentwood. Expect a six-bedroom dwelling offering 10,000 square feet of sophisticated and open living space highlighted by a gym with sauna, theater, wine-tasting area, yoga room, lounge and library.

A professional chef’s kitchen opens to a 32,000-square-foot lot showcasing a striking zero-edge pool and spa, lounge areas, a fire pit and 5,000-plus square feet of decking. “If you want a wow-factor house with a private compound feel, this is the most perfect home with all of its views,” says listing agent Marco Rufo of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “Not only do you get unobstructed, panoramic views of the ocean as far as the eye can see, you get the city lights at night that makes it absolutely magical.”


10,000 SQ. FT.

Listed by Marco Rufo of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

List Price
$12.5 million



Architectual Exterior Home in Brentwood

Architectural Brentwood Showstopper

When it comes to the inspiration behind this newly completed trophy estate, the architectural team including interior designer Jason Sweeny of JMS Design captured many of the elements and highlights of the South African “Glass House” created by noted architect Nico Van der Meulen.

Think a horseshoe-shaped dream home with all-glass exterior walls that allow the modern abode to blend seamlessly into its verdant setting, along with a stunning central water feature, and plenty of welcoming and glamorous indoor and outdoor spaces ideal for relaxing and entertaining alike. Bottom line: This spectacular muse came together to create a one-of-a-kind showstopper in coveted Brentwood Park.

“This is an Architectural Digest-quality house,” says Ron Wynn of Wynn Sawaii Aston, Coldwell Banker/Previews, who is listing the exclusive property off-market for $17.8 million.

“No expense was spared, and meticulous attention to detail has produced a state-of-the-art, contemporary masterpiece with extraordinary volume and disappearing walls of glass, all to bring the outdoors inside.”

Securely nestled behind gates on the prestigious North Cliffwood Avenue, amid numerous celebrity-owned properties, the private, three-level abode features 8,900 square feet of spacious, light-filled living space highlighted throughout by floating ceilings with rift-sawn wood beams; massive floor-to-ceiling Fleetwood doors and windows; Terrazzo and hardwood flooring; and beautiful wood finishes.

Among the highlights: seven bedrooms (including a luxe master suite with a sitting room, book-matched Nero Marquina marble fireplace, walls of glass and elegant dual closets); 10 baths; a professional chef’s kitchen with Miele appliances; a custom office; and spacious family and formal dining rooms.

Yet other stand-out features in this unrivaled residence include a full day-lit basement sporting a gym; full, commercial-sized theater; two en-suite bedrooms; and a dance floor with nightclub lighting.

The basement leads to a duo of outdoor spaces—one sporting a waterfall wall and the other a three-story-tall open Skycourt to bring in natural light—while the manicured 1.3-plus-acre Randon Garver-landscaped grounds include reflection pools and a statement silver quartzite curved wall in the front, as well as a pool, spa, and barbecue in the lush backyard.


Ron Wynn of Wynn Sawaii Aston,
Coldwell Banker

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List Price:
$17.8 million


Lebron to be Neighbors with Co-Owner of Lakers Jesse Buss

Lebron to be Neighbors with Lakers Co-Owner Jesse Buss

Superstar Lebron James’, $23M Mansion in Brentwood will be close neighbors with Lakers Co-Owner Jesse Buss who just bought a $10M pad down the street from Bron. According to TMZ, the 6,500-square-foot home has three stories, six bedrooms, 8 baths, a home theater, a yoga room, and an infinity pool.

Ari Shram and Jen Beron of The Agency helped him acquire the residence, which also offers a stellar view from the backyard. Other Lakers in the past have sold their homes and been on the cover of Westside DIGS Magazine, such as Byron Scott

Listing Agent: Ari Shram and Jen Beron of The Agency
List Price: $10,000,000
Details: 6 Bed | 8 Bath | 6,500 SqFt

About Ari Shram 

“Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ari Shram boasts an in-depth understanding of the Westside residential housing market. His background in construction and development, coupled with his unique experiences in investment and capital markets, makes him a skilled advisor to his clients and an invaluable member of The Agency team. Ari has repeatedly been ranked among the nation’s top real estate agents by REAL TRENDS as advertised in The Wall Street Journal. Since joining The Agency just a few years ago, Ari has proudly represented some of the finest luxury real estate west of the 405-freeway. His in-depth understanding of land use and development have made him an invaluable resource to some of the Westside’s top luxury developers. 

Prior to joining The Agency, Ari worked for George Smith Partners, a commercial real estate investment banking firm based in Los Angeles. At his GSP post, Ari was responsible for utilizing market knowledge and financial modeling expertise to determine ideal capital sources, and underwriting packages for a wide variety of real estate. Recently, Ari played an important role in the underwriting and closing of a $185 million recapitalization of four Class A shopping centers in Southern California.

Whether dealing with commercial investments or residential properties, Ari is fastidious in his work, always going the extra mile to achieve his clients’ goals. He prides himself on making transactions as efficient and stress-free as possible, and he always makes himself readily available to his clients.

Ari is a graduate of Babson College, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a concentration in Finance. While at Babson, he was involved in several charities including the Jimmy Fund, an organization dedicated to raising funds for cancer patients and the fight against children’s cancer. In addition, Ari was also involved in teaching Entrepreneurship to underprivileged children in South Boston. He remains active with a number of organizations, including the Urban Land Institute Young Leaders Group, M Street Association, Stand With Us, the Jewish Federation, and the Israeli Leadership Council.”

About Jen Beron 

“A Southern California native with more than a decade of real estate experience, Jennifer is widely recognized as a knowledgeable and trusted real estate professional in the competitive Westside marketplace. Known for her caring and supportive attitude and capable management of details, she joined The Agency in August 2016 and is thrilled to be a part of the team.

Jennifer entered the real estate world in her early twenties, becoming one of the youngest realtors in Palm Desert. She later aligned herself with two of the largest developers in the area, working in new home development in the desert cities. With a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of

California, Santa Barbara and previous experience in entertainment PR, Jennifer understands firsthand the importance of detail in every transaction. She recognizes a marketing plan is not just a piece of paper but a way of demonstrating the true character of a property to potential buyers and agents and extends this expertise to her clients. She prides herself on her ability to offer her clients a perspective untethered by emotion, helping buyers see the true value behind the curb appeal and sellers see their property through the eyes of a prospective buyer.

For Jennifer, real estate is a passion; she loves architecture, touring new and historic properties, and finds nothing more gratifying than sharing in her clients’ excitement and joy when she helps them find their dream homes.

When she’s not buying and selling real estate, Jennifer serves as a mentor with empowerHer, P.S. I Love You Foundation and Loaves & Fishes. She enjoys golfing, cooking, reading and travel, and counts yoga and spin among her favorite ways to stay fit.”

European Style Villa In Brentwood Park

Few properties offer such a high level of design and quality features, in addition to a location that provides both tranquility and access to the city, making this six-bedroom, eight-bathroom house a rarity. Situated at 321 S. Chadbourne Ave., south of Sunset near the Brentwood Country Mart, and spread over almost half an acre, this gated Spanish-style estate offers the best of prestigious neighborhood Brentwood Park. Just a few steps from coffee shops, restaurants and boutiques, however, it remains a peaceful haven thanks to minimal traffic.

Born from the imagination of the current owners—a couple with three daughters—the house was custom built in 2010 in a European Villa architectural style, differentiating itself from the East Coast/Cape Cod properties characteristic of the area.

Originally painted in a more traditional Mediterranean color, the home now features white walls on all its facades and interior spaces. The fresh, clean walls help to subtly convert its Mediterranean aesthetic into a more contemporary Spanish look. The decision to leave the precast in its original tone was to give the home depth.


Immediately upon entering the front gate, one walks under a canopy of greenery, transporting them to a kind of European villa. The owners invested a lot of attention in the landscaping, creating inviting outdoor areas that are very private and ideal for entertaining at the same time. Offering plenty of options to enjoy the sunny and warm weather all year long, the backyard comprises a covered loggia with a fireplace and hanging lights, a built-in barbecue with an outdoor counter and seats, a fire pit, a large pool, and an alfresco dining area right off the inside family room.

“There are really multiple areas to hang out outside,” says Griffin Riddle, who is co-listing the home with Santiago Arana, managing partner at The Agency, for $13,950,000.

“That was the goal the owners wanted to achieve: an outdoor area perfect for entertaining whether one is eating, cooking, sitting by one of the two fires, or swimming in the pool.”

The interior of the home, meanwhile, features an open layout, expansive rooms, and soaring ceilings that offer a sense of airiness and grandeur. “A custom home always has a different feel when compared to a spec home that is built with the intention of selling,” notes Santiago Arana. “The homeowners handpicked all the finishes and imagined the house for themselves, so there is always more personality put into it.”

The reason why this particular property is currently on the market is simple: “The owners have loved every second of living there,” says Arana. “Their kids are now grown and out of the house so they do not need this much space anymore. They are ready for the next chapter in their lives and now present the opportunity for another growing family to take over and create their own memories in this stunning home.” 


Walking down the entry, a grand, wraparound staircase with floor-to-ceiling windows offers calm views of the vegetation while bringing color and life into the house. This sculptural element is clearly the centerpiece of the foyer. Sophistication and attention to detail and finishes characterize every square foot of the two-story home, which also has an elevator. The blend of wood and stone adds warmth to the elegant atmosphere.


“You can tell that there was a lot of thought and passion when designing this home,” notes Riddle. The ground floor is also home to a chef’s kitchen with a wine cellar. In the massive scale formal dining, with French doors that bring the outside in, a 10-chair table leaves plenty of additional space for bigger events or parties. The spacious living and family rooms both lead to the outside area, highlighting the seamless connection between indoors and out.

With its double-height ceilings, woodwork, and moldings throughout, a fireplace and doors that open to a private patio with a water fountain, the home office is spectacular. “It is one of the most impressive home offices we’ve ever seen,” Riddle and Arana confess. “With its tremendous volume, it is much more than just a room with a desk.”

The upper floor is dedicated to the private spaces where wellness and quietude prevail in a serene ambiance. Each of the five complete bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom and closet of its own. The master suite has both duel bathrooms and dual closets, complete with an upstairs balcony revealing views of the backyard.


With a driveway that fits up to five vehicles and a two-car garage, a total of five fireplaces, a full range of appliances—including a freezer, washer, and dryer, among other conveniences—this family house epitomizes the best of Southern California living with a charming European feel.

LIST PRICE $13,950,000


Winston Pies in Brentwood Capturing Small Town Feel

Upon moving to L.A. a few years after graduating from law school, Brianna Abrams missed the down-home warmth she experienced while growing up in North Carolina—especially the tradition of sitting down with friends and family to enjoy each other’s company over a slice of pie. Trying to capture a bit of that small-town feel, the full-time attorney began baking pies as a passion project in her home kitchen.

After spending almost two years building a customer base via orders for everything from weddings to corporate events, Abrams left her law firm and opened the first brick-and-mortar of Winston Pies in Brentwood in 2017. Now, just one year later, she’s branched out with a second retail spot on West Third Street in West Hollywood.

“Baking has always been an integral part of my life, something all of the women in my family have done together,” says Abrams, founder, CEO and ChiefPieSmith of Winston Pies.

“While there are a lot of incredible bakeries in L.A., there aren’t any true all-dessert pie shops, and I wanted to fill that void. Winston Pies is my ode to the special brand of Southern hospitality that is synonymous with my hometown of Winston-Salem, right here in the City of Angels.”

Set between the Original Farmers Market and reimagined Beverly Center, Winston Pies’ newest locale is highlighted by a cozy blue, white and copper space featuring banquette seating and terrazzo-topped tables, a large menu board of available flavors, central counter showcasing freshly baked pies and custom woven art piece created by local artist Laura Stewart.

A plant-filled back patio is outfitted with Adirondack chairs and a teak sofa. As for the pies, expect varied sizes—from small bites to extra-large options for families—with popular selections including Dixie Classic Cherry, Blue Ridge Blueberry, Harvest Apple, Key West Lime and Chocolate Cowgirl. Special rotating, monthly flavors (including vegan and gluten-free choices) also are available, with Classic Fall Pumpkin, Classic Southern Pecan and Cranberry Orange Chess pies planned for the upcoming holidays.


“Each Winston Pie is handcrafted and made from scratch with the finest, all-natural ingredients using my trusted and treasured personal and family recipes,” says Abrams. “The result yields pies bursting with flavor, and heart-warming satisfaction down to the last bite. I hope to continue growing into new neighborhoods, so I can keep sharing my love for pies.”


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Brentwood Average Sales Price Up 47.3% Since 2013

The average sales price for single-family homes in Brentwood this year is $4,459,588, up 47.3% since 2013 when the average sale price was $3,028,045. The average price per square foot paid for single-family homes this year reached a new high at $1,128.44 and is up 31.4% versus 2013 when the average price per square foot was $858.53.

Check out the 5-Year market overview below for Brentwood.


French Chateau designed by Richard Landry

Formerly owned by New England Patriots Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen, then next by Hip Hop Mogul Dr. Dre, the estate is the highest recorded sale since 2013, this incredible European country estate sits on just under 4 acres and is covered with imported limestone.  Old World European architectural design with quintessential indoor/outdoor living, the estate includes 5 bedrooms, 9 baths, and 18,298 square feet of living space, with an infinity pool, spectacular lawns, and gardens.

Original List Price: $50,000,000
Closed Sale Price: $40,000,000

Listing Agent: Stephen Shapiro, Westside Estate Agency
Co-Listing Agent: Kurt Rappaport, Westside Estate Agency

Haute & Cool with Studio Life.Style

A posh pool house in back of a Brentwood abode reflects the California cool aesthetic of the L.A. design duo behind Studio Life.Style

What does a formerly bi-coastal family do when they permanently settle on the West Coast? Judging by the pool house in the backyard of their contemporary Brentwood home, the smartest thing they ever could: bring on Studio Life.Style to oversee its design. And did they ever take the plunge. Known for its California cool design aesthetic, the West Hollywood design practice approached the pool house in keeping with its creed of creating versatile spaces that blur the line between indoors and out.

“The client wanted to make the most of the California dream,” say Studio Life.Style designers Shannon Wollack and Brittany Zwickl. “The main priority of the design was to maximize the indoor-outdoor potential for the space” and, in doing so, coax the client outside as much as possible. One simply could not find a more effective means of encouragement—the space stuns.

Approximately 500 square feet, this is no typical pool house, all flippers and floatables. It’s a fully functioning aerie, with a 15-foot-long pocket door, a kitchen window that opens to a side bar, an indoor-outdoor shower, and a bar set-up right off the kitchen.

“With moveable furnishings, the intention was to streamline the transition between pool party venue and guesthouse quite easily,” say the designers. This they’ve done. As a quiet getaway apart from the main house for each member of the family to enjoy, the space is a warm-weather retreat and, when needed, a social zone on two floors, “the downstairs being dark and cozy, equipped with a media room for the teenage boys to cheer on their favorite basketball team, and a quiet downstairs for the homeowners to settle in with a bottle of wine or book in hand!” Murphy beds free up space when necessary.

The building’s low profile does not dominate the scene, but adds to it, buffering and completing the pristine poolscape with a modern-chic silhouette. Inside, where it is all clean lines and cool tones, nothing is overdone. Design choices infuse the space with a sense of effortless California flair: woven textures warm the striking neutral palette of dark gray and crisp white, accessories are artfully arranged, and contemporary art provides pops of personality.

The kitchen is especially pleasing, airy and open, with its generous window placing one near the action in the pool, but safeguarded from its splash. Also accessible to the pool area, the shower is a saving grace, negating the need to traipse through the house sopping wet, leaving puddles behind.

In creating a highly serviceable space with a seriously smart look, Studio Life.Style took the ultimate dive into intentional modern design.

Photographs: courtesy of Stephen Busken

Average sales price in Brentwood reaches $4,306,343 in June

The average sales price for single family homes in Brentwood hit a new high of $4,306,343 in June 2018, which is up 4.2% from June 2017. Looking back five years to June 2013 when the average sales price was $2,932,229, home prices in Brentwood have increased 46.86%.

The record sale in Brentwood recorded on the MLS was back in May of 2014, when 12780 Chalon Road in Brentwood Country Estates sold for $40,000,000. In the last five years, a total of (22) homes have sold in Brentwood for over $15,000,000, and (5) have sold in the $20M range. The high sale for 2018 is $26,000,000 for a property located at 2 Oakmont Drive.


Current Market Snapshot Single Family Residence 
*As of 7.3.18


Active listings: 105 
Minimum list price: $1,050,000
Maximum list price: $42,000,000
Average list price: $6,552,884
Average Price Square Foot: $1,346.67
Median list price: $3,722,500
Average days on market: 61
Months of inventory: 7


Closed Sales Y-T-D: 115
Minimum close price: $1,410,000
Maximum close price: $26,000,000
Average close price: $4,512,438
Average Price Square Foot; $1,1131.22
Median close price: $3,170,000
Average days on market: 53
Average sales discount: 0.0387% under list


1940 Georgian Regency Estate | James E. Dolena, AIA.

Currently on the market for $42,000,000, 21 Oakmont Drive in Brentwood sits on two private acres behind gates and retains the original architectural details and interiors by Michael Smith. This timeless estate features 6 bedrooms, 10 baths, 8,618 square feet of living space and attached guest apartment.


Listing Agent: Linda May, Hilton & Hyland
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“This whole world is wild at heart and weird on top.” David Lynch

MRMLS single family residence average sales in Breantwood. Information is deemed accurate but not guaranteed.

Entertainer’s Delight — 248 N. Bowling Green Way

248 N. Bowling Green Way, Brentwood

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This newly built, 4,647-square-foot residence puts the ability to entertain like a celebrity front and center. Now on the market for $5.295 million in Brentwood, the home’s inviting open floor plan introduces a formal living room flanked by a stylish dining area; a gourmet kitchen showcasing Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, custom cabinetry and a large breakfast area; and pocket sliding doors that open seamlessly to a manicured backyard replete with a pool, spa and built-in barbecue.

248 N. Bowling Green Way  |  Newly Built  |  5 Bedrooms  |  4,647 sq. ft. |  $5.295 Million


The home—situated at 248 N. Bowling Green Way, near Brentwood Village—also features five bedrooms, including a master retreat with a balcony, fireplace and spa-like bath, and an attractive library/office space. Marco Rufo of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is the listing agent.

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Photographs Courtesy of

  • Paul Barnaby at (night)
  • Michael McNamara at (day)

Old World Elegance with Brentwood Lifestyle in a Lavishly Historical Locale

An Italianate Renaissance Revival estate bridges Old-World elegance with modern amenities in Brentwood lifestyle locale

Just west of the 405, Brentwood is ideally situated to enjoy the best of what Los Angeles has to offer. Here are some of the city’s best public and private schools; the popular shopping and cafe clusters of Brentwood Country Mart and Brentwood Village; and, along San Vicente, the Brentwood Country Club, among dozens of fine restaurants, trendy boutiques, and upscale markets. With the 405 on its eastern border and the 10 on its southern border, Brentwood is within an easy driving distance of the entire city. In fact, for many Southern California residents, Brentwood is the definition of “living well” in Los Angeles. But not all houses are created equal. Long-time residents know that there’s a secret hierarchy. The addresses that wind up through the Santa Monica Mountains north of Sunset are the most prestigious. Brentwood Heights denotes more than elevation: it bestows stature.

Italian Renaissance Revival Transformed into Brentwood lifestyle in a lavishly historical locale.


Italian Renaissance Revival

The reason for this enclave’s cachet is immediately apparent as one makes their way up the road to a quiet street lined with large lots. The occasional glimpse of a pergola-covered carport, a driveway thick with pea gravel, or a copse of tall trees are clues to the magnificent homes located on the generous acreage found here, like the stately offering at 426 N. Barrington—breathtaking and truly worthy of its classification as an estate, with all of the beauty and bounty it implies.

Historical Highlights from 1925

The emerald green hedge that separates this home from the road is thick, tall and perfectly pruned, telegraphing the Old-World elegance within. The driveway is a graceful curve that sweeps in front of the gleaming white Italianate abode that is at once imposing and welcoming. A triptych of arched windows looks out over the front of the house. A covered portico welcomes guests while shielding them from the sun or Los Angeles’ infrequent but torrential rainstorms. Down the driveway, at the bottom of the property, is a generous three-car garage.

It’s not surprising to learn that this home was built in 1925. It highlights both a gracefulness and solidity rarely found in new construction. An extensive and recently received renovation has graced the property with a fresh design that still respects and maintains the home’s original historic character, impeccably bridging past and future. A myriad of small details—a hand-painted ceiling, finely-carved moldings, cement tile that spreads across the central courtyard, the cool of a California basement (the perfect spot for a wine cellar), thick wooden beams, graceful stair railings, generous balconies and rich wood floors—suffuse the with home with substance and style.

Old World Design, Brentwood Lifestyle

Along with updates including plumbing, electrical and solar heating for the pool, the home’s construction offers a feature unique to residences built in the early decades of the last century: stucco walls that absorb heat during the day and keep the interior cool and breezy, without ever turning on the air conditioning (a boon in a home where the doors to the back will likely be open all day for friends and family to meander in and out—for coffee on the back terrace, a dip in the pool, or a snooze in the afternoon sun). At night, heat is released, warming the home to a comfortable level while one sleeps.


Italian Historical Preservation

The home preserves the graciousness that defined a storied era when life and the movie business were roaring. It’s apparent in the entrance foyer, with its dramatic sweeping staircase. It’s in the grand ball-room sized living room with its double-height ceiling, and in the balcony that sweeps around the living room, overlooking the activity below and connecting the trio of en-suite bedrooms in the junior wing with the luxurious master wing. And it’s in the way that the rooms—the stunning chef’s kitchen that easily accommodates a catering brigade, the aforementioned living room, the den and game room—swirl around the central courtyard. A back stairway connects the sumptuous master suite, with its bountiful walk-in closet, elegant bathroom and sitting area with a large library. The privacy of this room mixes undertaking remote business with the pleasure of a pleasing space.

Though this is clearly homemade to host parties large and small, formal and casual—a grand gala, a wedding on the back lawn, a silent auction, a late-summer cocktail soirée, a raucous barbecue and pool party—its sophisticated flow and well-proportioned rooms give it an intimacy that connects family. Certainly, there is plenty of room for extended family and friends, complete with a bedroom suite at the back of the house near the garage; another on the far side of the house that opens on to the back lawn; and the pool house. All of these spaces have the ability to be completely autonomous from the main house, offering in-laws, guests or household assistance the independence to come and go without disturbing the family. Of course, any of these spaces would make a magnificent home office, gym, or other creative space.


Quiet, even though located within moments of Brentwood’s favorite gathering places, the home’s setting underscores a life of cosmopolitan taste. To be beguiled by its charms is to be forever enchanted. Leave others to a more modern residential romance—this contemporarily updated yet lovingly preserved home casts a transforming, captivating spell that is truly timeless.

Quiet, even though located within moments of Brentwood’s favorite gathering places, the home’s setting underscores a life of cosmopolitan taste.”

Presented by: Hugh Evans III
Pacific Union International
310.500.1331 |
List Price: $16,995,000

Written by: Abigail Stone
Photography by: Todd Goodman


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Number of $1 million homes has quadrupled since 2002

Number of $1 million homes has quadrupled since 2002, now 4.3% of all homes

According to a Trulia research report, $1 million may no longer get buyers into the luxury home market – it’s more like $5 million as the new bar for luxury living. In fact, even $5 million homes are becoming less exclusive, as the number of these homes is five times higher than in 2002. Of all the listings, over 7,000 were listed in the top 100 U.S. metros in 2017 – 0.28% were listed at $5 million or more.

That’s certainly the case on the Westside.

Brentwood had only (7) closed sales in 2017 under $1.5 million, and (73) closed sales over $5 million – that’s 29.2% of all of the homes sold in Brentwood last year. The average closed sale price was $4,277,878 in Brentwood last year.

Comparatively, Pacific Palisades had only (1) closed sale under $1.5 million last year, and (52) over $5 million, which represented 20% of the total market sales. The average closed price for Pacific Palisades was $3,989,789 last year.

On the other hand, Santa Monica had (28) sales under $1.5 million, and (32) sales over $5 million, which represented 12.8% of total market sales in 2017.

Interestingly, of the (758) single-family home sales combined in these areas last year, a total of (24) homes sold over $10 million and the share of $5 million plus homes sold was 20.7% of the total market. The highest closed sales price in Brentwood, Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica last year was $23,000,000. (South Bay had (54) total sales above $5 million in 2017, representing 3.59% of total market sales.)

“Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.”
— Bernard Baruch

Sophisticated Masterpiece

A luxurious home, located on one of Brentwood’s premier streets and balancing state-of-the-art technology with Old-World quality craftsmanship, offers elegant, inviting and comfortable living

Written by Abigail Stone | Photography Courtesy of Paul Jonason

Presented by: Santiago Arana, The Agency

List Price: $30,000,000

Brentwood, which runs as far south as Wilshire Boulevard, is ideally situated to enjoy the creme de la creme of Los Angeles. Here, you’ll find some of the city’s best public and private schools, the popular Brentwood Country Club, dozens of fine restaurants (where regulars quickly become family) and plenty of trendy boutiques. With the 405 on its eastern border and the 10 on its southern border, the entire city is within easy driving distance of almost everything.

In fact, for many, Brentwood is the very definition of living well in Los Angeles. Within this enclave, the streets north of Sunset that wind up through the Santa Monica Mountains are the setting for many of the area’s most coveted properties. Of these is a lower Tigertail address considered among the most prestigious. It’s here that Santiago Arana and David Herskowitz of Cutting Edge Development, Inc. created one of the most vibrant homes currently on the market.

Pooling their combined experience in the luxury home market, Arana (who has the distinction of being named the premier agent west of the 405, fourth in California, and 11th in the country by The Wall Street Journal, as well as an elite top agent five years in a row by both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety) and Herskowitz (who has built homes all over the area, including that of E! host Giuliana Rancic and her husband Bill) incorporated everything one might wish for in a new build.

From quality materials and craftsmanship to five-star amenities, like a 10-car garage, pool, roof deck, elevator, front and back staircase, and service entrance, this eight-bedroom and 11-bath house easily tips over the line from outright beautiful to downright breathtaking.

Of course, a great home begins with a great location. Perched above nearby houses and accessible via a long majestic driveway, the home offers stunning, unobstructed views from each of its three levels.

Here, sight lines to the ocean and Catalina. There, an outlook of Downtown L.A. and Century City’s glittering towers. Every space—from the expansive roof deck, to the lushly landscaped backyard, to the bedrooms, to the courtyard at the top of the driveway— seems to frame a view tailor-made for sharing on Instagram.

“From quality materials and craftsmanship to five-star amenities … this eight-bedroom and 11-bath house easily tips over the line from outright beautiful to downright breathtaking.”

A home of this magnitude is often the setting for lavish parties, so Arana and Herskowitz have designed it with grand and frequent entertaining in mind, from casual parties to black-tie events. You might welcome guests at the front door and send them upstairs to the roof deck via the home’s elevator to enjoy aperitifs while the sun struts its daily drama; then, when its descent into the Pacific is complete, direct them down to the dining room for a sophisticated, chef-prepared supper.

The kitchen is outfitted with everything a professional might need to serve up a sumptuous feast, including two Sub-Zero refrigerators, multiple dishwashers and a capacious marble island, ideal for rolling out pastries. No worries if guests linger over a course. Warming ovens and an entire walk-in refrigerator area in the pantry ensure that every morsel is maintained at the ideal temperature. A wine cellar holds over 140 bottles and a butler’s pantry keeps behind-the-scenes preparations hidden from view.

If informal entertaining is on the calendar, consider an afternoon barbecue by the pool. There’s plenty of room for lounging on the large lawn and enjoying the afternoon rays. Sun-shy guests can escape the heat and still feel a part of the party, hanging out in the den that abuts the exterior. Later, when most of the guests have said their good-byes and only the inner circle remains, invite them downstairs for a cocktail.

A full bar is the centerpiece of the lower entertainment level. The moniker “game room” seems too diminutive for this expansive space, while “recreation room” seems too archaic a term to christen an area that boasts not only a state-of-the-art gaming system with a larger-than-life monitor, but also a ventilated cigar room; screening room; sauna, steam and massage room; gym; and more than enough TVs for watching multiple games at once.

Thoughtfully, Arana and Herskowitz have even provided a full-size regulation pool table. A laundry room, complete with two washers, two dryers and a pet bath, as well as two fully finished suites, ideal for live-in assistance, makes up the rest of this floor.

The third floor houses the bedrooms, including the spectacular master suite. There are few luxury hotel rooms in the world that can rival its amenities.

A fireplace, sitting area and vast deck that mimics the sweeping view of the ocean and downtown seen from the main floor are expected. What’s not: his and her dressing and powder room areas. His, which includes a spacious steam shower, also features abundant room for an extensive sneaker collection and sports equipment, as well as a full year’s worth of both casual and formal clothing.

Her quarters are even more generous. A freestanding spa tub sets the tone, harkening back to a time when getting dressed was a lesson in self-care. Smart glass windows, which frost at the touch of a button, offer an extra note of privacy during morning ministrations while a built-in vanity and a closet rivaling the finest boutique in Beverly Hills astounds. Created by Häfele, the foremost name in closet design, it includes sophisticated details from cold storage for furs to soft close drawers and closet lifts.

In a house of this caliber, where even the most mundane details have been created with meticulous care, such luxury is a given. You expect the best in life. Why should you expect anything less in your home?

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