Cindy Ambuehl

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San Vicente Grace and Beauty

Winding from Wilshire Boulevard through Brentwood and out to Ocean Avenue, San Vicente is one of the most bucolic thoroughfares in the city. With its long lines of mature coral trees and lushly planted central divider, it doubles as the Westside’s unofficial exercise track, with joggers and bikers sharing space with glistening SUVs and late-model sports cars.

This road’s beauty is matched by its prestige; many of the most coveted meeting places in this part of town are located on this stretch, from the award-winning restaurants and shops along its eastern point to The Brentwood and Riviera Country Clubs, to the exclusive shops and cafes of the Brentwood Country Mart and the restaurants that border the ocean.

More importantly, perhaps, is that it serves as the touchstone for the most desirable properties in the area, the owners of which have the ability to park the car and simply stroll: to brunch or the beach, maybe down to the grocery store or window shop with friends. It’s no wonder that the homes near San Vicente are considered among the most covetable in Santa Monica, especially those tucked along the surprisingly quiet western end of the Boulevard, where the street makes the slight curve south to reach the Pacific. This is where one finds the home at 808 San Vicente.

Rising from a quiet corner, the home plays peekaboo with lush landscaping and a fence of thick gray stone. Shielded from the eyes and noise of its neighbors, the home’s tranquil setting is enhanced by the perfumed air that rises from lilac and lavender bushes. It casts a spell that stepping through the front door and into the two-story front entryway underscores. This generous welcome confirms the home’s graceful street appearance, authenticating the initial perception of expansive luxury.

Distinctive black and white tiles set it apart and offer a playful contrast to the dark American walnut wood flooring that spans the rest of the home, grounding its light, airy rooms. Learning that, unlike their counterparts in other homes, those found here were finished on-site for quality assurance, substantiating one’s initial impression: that this is a home where attention to detail—a hallmark of builder GAIA Construction—is of paramount importance.

That feeling is further reinforced when one takes stock of the surroundings: In the dining room, a coffered honeycomb ceiling layers the room with elegance; the main-floor guest room’s French doors open to a private garden; and the home office, perfectly situated across from the front door, is set off by dark wood paneling, built-in shelving, and an intricate parquet floor pattern. The formal living room, meanwhile, sports its own detailed ceiling treatment and a fireplace punctuated by a dark marble surround. Everywhere one looks, Old World details abound, from chair railings and paneled walls to crown molding and ceiling beams.

These elements do not stop with the formal rooms that pivot around the front door. They’re in the butler’s pantry, with its grill-front cabinetry, marble countertops, and custom cabinetry. They’re in the powder room, with its textured wallpaper and sleek black marble sink basin. And, they’re a substantial component of the great room’s appeal. This area, which includes the open-plan eat-in kitchen, sprawls across the entire back of the house.

The kitchen’s Calcutta gold marble countertops, capacious island and gleaming stainless steel appliances confer a sublime elegance that elevates this most casual of the home’s spaces while a fireplace and elegant built-ins confirm its elegance. Paned LaCatina doors, opening the great room to the grassy backyard and celebrating that most coveted hallmark of SoCal living: the indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Mirroring the room’s sophistication is the backyard’s outdoor kitchen (existing architectural plans easily place a pool within this area), cementing this place as the center of family life.

Grace and beauty continue their reign with both the ascent to the home’s bedrooms on the second floor and descent to the expansive entertaining area on the lower levels, which one accesses via an elegant staircase and by an elevator that services all of its generous three floors. Upstairs, four light and airy en-suite bedrooms continue to tender the home’s attributes of affluence and quality with finished ceilings, large custom closets, marble tiling and private outdoor balconies (including one that juts off the master bedroom). Tucked into a substantial space on this floor is one of the home’s two laundry rooms.

Downstairs is a testament to true success: a temperature-controlled walnut wine room, which is sure to satisfy the most indulgent oenophile, with plenty of space for over two dozen cases of wine. A fully-appointed Miele kitchen supports entertaining in the family and guest room and offers guests the option of independence from the family upstairs (a boon when hosting long-term visitors or live-in assistance).

Whether one’s pleasures are football intense weekends, a weekly poker night, video gaming tournaments, an in-home music studio, gym, art or yoga studio, here is the spacious backdrop against which to orchestrate one’s dreams.  For, if there was ever a home in which dreams might come true, you’ve found it. Some people dream of castles in the air. You’ve gone one better. You’ve found a slice of heaven on Earth.

 

Presented by:
Cindy Ambuehl of the Agency | 424.321.4947
List Price: $7,695,000

PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAUL JONASON

Top-Tier Vistas at Tigertail

This stunning new contemporary abode is sleek and sexy as it is warm and comfortable

“This home is truly a haven where the owner will wake up each morning and go to sleep each night feeling peaceful,” says Cindy Ambuehl, who is co-listing 800 Tigertail Road in Brentwood with Dan Urbach, both of The Agency, for $10.899 million.

“It has everything that encompasses both comfort and today’s lifestyle, checking all the boxes without feeling typical. There is no detail spared…nothing was compromised in the design and build of this one-of-a-kind masterpiece.”

 

Constructed by Huntington Estates Properties in 2018, the seven-bedroom, eight-bath residence features 7,890 square feet of bright and open living space. Expect high-end details, including Ipe wood; backlit floating ceilings; automated, floor-to-ceiling glass Fleetwood pocket doors that open to a massive deck overlooking a private backyard and endless city and canyon views; a 10-foot mahogany front door; three-story floating staircase; and custom lighting fixtures. Not to mention a smart-home system.

Highlights include an expansive living room emphasized by a towering fireplace; a sleek chef’s kitchen with top-of-the-line Wolf appliances and a butler’s pantry; an elegant dining room with a seven-foot-long onyx bar with lavish waterfall edge; impressive master suite with a duo of walk-in closets, steam shower, fireplace and balcony; a fully sound-proofed media room with a 130-inch screen; glass-encased wine cellar; and gym.

 

Outdoors, an 1,100-plus square foot rooftop deck sports a spa, fire pit and 360-degree views from downtown to the Pacific, while the 13,020-square-foot lot boasts a cascading infinity-edge pool and spa, built-in barbecue and putting green.

“Usually, with upper Tigertail, you have to trade off having a yard for having a view,” says Ambuehl. “This property gives you both! It has 360-degree city and ocean views, as well as a huge yard. It has the best of both indoor-outdoor living.”

Written By Wendy Bowman | Photos Courtesy Of Sky Photography LA

Presented By

Cindy Ambuehl & Dan Urbach, The Agency
List Price $10.899 Million

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Real Estate Market Influencer: Cindy Ambuehl

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Cindy Ambuehl

COMPASS

DIGS dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best real estate professionals. Market Influencer weaves a narrative journey about agents, entrepreneurs and influencers—and what drives them to succeed. This week we tell Cindy Ambuehl’s story, a social media maven at COMPASS.

 

Cindy Ambuehl, the LA real estate star points out the power of social media and the forever power of caring for your clients.

Cindy Ambuehl was already accustomed to high-profile success when she hit her stride as a real estate agent. “I had a 22-year run,” she says her former career in front of the camera. “I was very blessed as a sitcom actress, then I ended on JAG for three years. It was fabulous. But while they were all taking their studio bonuses and buying matching motorcycles and jet skies and Aston Martins, I was out buying real estate.” Ambuehl credits her pragmatic streak to a modest upbringing in Orange County with a police officer father and housewife mother. “I was raised that the simple things in life are the important things. I didn’t need all that to make me happy.”

Nowadays, Ambuehl is now at Compass, formerly partner at The Agency and sells top-tier real estate mainly on the Westside, where she creates much of her business due to a robust social network. “My clients seem to hug Sunset Boulevard,” she says with a chuckle, referring to the ultra-luxe corridor running from Malibu to Beverly Hills.

When clients are following my stories and my posts—I do funny videos with my kids and my husband—people feel like they know me. It creates a feeling of familiarity and trust. 

Much of her approach to real estate involves a smart melding of new and time-tested practices. “In 2018, it’s done differently and we love that,” she says, referring to the practical benefits of technology. In the process, she points out, sometimes the focus gets blurred on a real estate agent’s most important function—to help shepherd one’s client through an important, often deeply personal purchase. Don’t let that happen is her advice, particularly to newer agents. “Don’t ever attach yourself to the outcome, because then you’re not honoring the process that gets you there,” she notes. “If you honor the process, the outcome will happen.” The process in this case: “Caring for our clients, period.”

Ambuehl’s media acumen can be seen in one of her current listings, a glossy Brentwood showcase. Listed at just under $11 million, and a few minutes north of Sunset on North Tigertail Road, the home has piqued the interest of pop-rock royalty Justin Bieber, who Ambuehl hosted a showing for in early May. The Los Angeles Times pointed out its “It” factor when they listed it as Home of The Week. Much of this is documented on her Instagram feed, along with her live clips from the fun shindig thrown to premiere the home.

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Cultivating client relationships is where Ambuehl shines. Her nearly 40,000 social media followers get to know her via frequent postings spanning real estate business, travels and a full and animated home life that includes her husband, actor Don Diamonte, and their seven boys. “Social media gives buyers the chance to put a personality to the name,” she says. “When clients are following my stories and my posts—I do funny videos with my kids and my husband—people feel like they know me. It creates a feeling of familiarity and trust.” Social media was a tool she was initially egged on to use by her sons, and her faith in its business value was cemented when a single post led to a referral from Dallas and a subsequent sale. “He saw one of my posts and within 21 days I had sold the guy a $10 million house.”

 

Cindy Ambuehl

COMPASS
310.321.9148 | cindyambuehlgroup.com

 

Written by Constance Dunn

 

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