Luxury Home Market

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?

Real Estate Insider: Scott Moore, BBS Real Estate

Real Estate Insider: Scott Moore, BBS Real Estate

When Scott Moore graduated from college at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1995, he took a different path than that of his real estate-driven father. He enrolled at University of the Pacific’s illustrious McGeorge School of Law and went on to pursue a profession as an entertainment lawyer in LA. His interests soon reverted to thoughts of his father’s successful real estate career, however, and today, Moore has emerged as a visionary in real estate, financing, and construction. As head of the full-service residential firm BBS Real Estate, he offers his clients a one-stop resource to buy, build and sell their projects. Here, the accomplished real estate expert speaks with DIGS about the Westside luxury market, the upcoming “BBS Luxury Home Builder Showcase and Workshop” and more.

When and how did you first develop a passion for real estate?

I come from a family that has always been involved in real estate and construction, whether it was our primary residence or properties my family was working on for clients. When I graduated from law school, I immediately got my California Real Estate Brokers License and assisted friends and family in the buying and selling of their homes. I’ve had a passion for buying and selling real estate for the past 16 years. Nine years ago, my passion for development began when we were subdividing a four-acre estate on the original Lynn Ranch residence.

What prompted your decision to leave the legal world and start your own real estate company?

While I was an entertainment lawyer, I was still simultaneously active in real estate, helping friends and family buy and sell homes. In 2003, I left the [entertainment] industry to join my father and brother in creating and building a large business and wealth-management company, Financial Specialists Inc. As COO of FSI, my responsibilities included running the day-to-day operations of the marketing, legal and real estate divisions. After six successful years at FSI, I redirected my sole focus on BBS Real Estate.

How have you translated what you learned as a lawyer to your work in the real estate industry?

Every single transaction I do involves my legal hat. With every contract I review, deal I negotiate, and especially during the due diligence process on each project or home, I am applying my legal expertise.

What is your goal at BBS and in what areas of Los Angeles is it most active?

BBS Real Estate primarily focuses on properties and developments in Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, and Santa Monica, with some work in Beverly Hills and Bel-Air. Our goal is to be known as a high-end construction and real estate company, with a focus on luxury properties that we can add value to anyone buying, building or selling a home.

What is your specialty at BBS?

I personally handle client management and guide them through the entire process [to] ensure their expectations are being met with everything we are doing for them at each [step] of the process.

Describe the specific services you offer clients?

Buying, building and selling luxury homes and properties…we can help our clients with all or part of the process.

How has the Westside luxury market changed since you’ve been in business, and where do you see it headed in the future?

I’ve seen the best and the worst in the housing market. We are starting to see record highs in certain areas and fewer opportunities for development. You have to be extremely selective in the projects you take on. Clients are now focused on schools and locations where amenities are easily accessible. In the short term, since there has been such a large run-up in values, I think the market will stabilize, but good areas will continue to rise and be stable. Developing areas, such as Culver City and Mar Vista, continue to get better and better.

Talk about the upcoming “Luxury Home Builder Showcase and Workshop” event BBS is hosting in Santa Monica. What can we expect?

The “BBS Luxury Home Builder Showcase and Workshop” is a two-part event for Westside agents and homeowners. Most notably, the venue is a newly completed home that exemplifies the cutting-edge of residential real estate design in every aspect. The house will display the work of the construction arm of BBS Real Estate, So Cal Custom Construction & Design. On Thursday, August 25, from 4-7 p.m., homeowners will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the high-end vendors and artisans BBS selects to customize each house they build and renovate.

Why is it important to offer these types of events?

For the first time, people can hear from the vendors what makes BBS an extraordinary firm in such a saturated market.

To what extent is BBS involved in philanthropic endeavors in the community?

We volunteer for Meals on Wheels, support the Boys & Girls Club of Venice through charitable donations, and are an active member of the Al Malaikah Shriners.

What do you envision for the future of BBS?

We want to achieve continued success in terms of development and client representation. Since 2009, we have succeeded solely on referrals from former clients and business partners. Now our goal is to continue our focus on the LA area and to reach out to new clients and opportunities.


Scott Moore of BBS Real Estate As told to Wendy Bowman | Photography Courtesy of Paul Jonason

DIGStv | Looking Ahead to Design Trends in 2016 at West Edge Design Fair

DIGStv | Episode 8

Looking Ahead to Design Trends in 2016 at West Edge Design Fair

DIGStv was invited to the West Edge Design Fair this year, a place where anyone can wonder and get thousands of great ideas for a home remodel, talk to furniture and appliance makers, and get design tips directly from high end professional interior designers on a potential project. DIGS talked to several of each and got our selection of great products, new trends, and what you can look out for in 2016.

DIGStv | Top Ranked Realtor Raju Chhabria

DIGStv | Episode 5

Top Ranked Realtor Raju Chhabria

DIGStv met up with Raju Chhabria of Shorewood Realtors in the South Bay of Los Angeles at his Torrance office to discuss his success and a couple active projects.

In 2015, Raju Chhabria was nationally ranked in the Top 15 Realtors by sales volume, selling nearly $300,000,000 in home sales in the Southern California real estate market. Raju talks what helps him stand apart from other agents. Then Raju Chhabria takes DIGS through a couple of his recent listings listings in Palos Verdes Estates and Manhattan Beach.