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Invisible House Lists for $18 Million

Inspired by the sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, a home in Joshua Tree, California is a 5,500-square-foot mirrored box that reflects back the surrounding desert scenery and seems to blend into the landscape, according to the press release. The Invisible House is for sale and featured this week at www.TopTenRealEstateDeals.com. The home reflects back to the surrounding desert scenery and seems to blend into the landscape. Heat reflecting Solarcool glass gives the home its unique look and keeps the interiors temperate, despite the harsh desert weather, and filters out harmful UV rays. An eco-friendly foam roof and solar-electric system make the house a model of sustainability. Sitting on 67 acres of tranquil desert, the home provides seclusion and oneness with nature. With cameos in numerous film projects and more extensive coverage on Netflix’s The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals, the home has been available as both a film location and a luxury Airbnb stay with a per-night price of $2,500. A good mix of home and nature, the property is bordered by national parkland and a gated tortoise reserve, but it is only ten minutes from Joshua Tree’s downtown. Other nearby options for entertainment include the Noah Purifoy Art Museum and truly limitless hiking trails. The listing is held by Aaron Kirman and Matt Adamo of AKG, Christie’s International Real Estate. For more information, celebrity home news, and celebrity home video tours, visit www.TopTenRealEstateDeals.com. https://nbcpalmsprings.com/2023/02/02/invisible-house-lists-for-18-million/

Aaron Kirman Taps Davis Saadian Group to Lead AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate’s New Commercial Real Estate Division

This Game-Changing Partnership is Poised to Shake up the Industry and Boost the Success of the Esteemed Luxury Brokerage LOS ANGELES, Jan. 31, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Aaron Kirman of AKG | Christie's International Real Estate, one of the nation's top-performing luxury residential sales brokerages, is thrilled to announce that Davis Saadian, and his impressive team at Davis Saadian Group, have partnered with AKG. Davis will lead the company's new commercial real estate division. Davis, who specializes in the acquisition and disposition of Multifamily Investments & Developments, will be responsible for leading and growing the new division's presence in the market as well as identifying and developing new business opportunities in the commercial real estate sector. "We are thrilled to have Davis and his world-class team join us," said Aaron Kirman, CEO of AKG | Christie's International Real Estate. "This partnership reflects the growing trend towards mixed-use buildings, which will allow us to offer a wider array of investment opportunities to our influential and discerning clientele. This new division also offers countless avenues for growth and expansion, both within the new division and for our company at large." Davis's move to AKG comes on the heels of a very impressive period of success with his team. They closed over $285 million in sales in 2022, reaching a total career sales volume of over $1.2 billion. They also made a splash with the all-cash, 30-day sale of an 11-property USC Student Housing Portfolio for a record-breaking $28.5 million in Downtown Los Angeles, where Davis represented both the seller and buyer. In addition, Davis also expanded into high-end residential sales with a $33 million listing coming to market in Bel-Air, co-listed with Kirman. As Davis looks to the future, he and his team are excited to implement strategies that will help diversify AKG's current portfolio, providing a range of potential investment opportunities to clients. They will be focusing on highly specialized, luxurious sales in the exclusive neighborhoods of Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Hollywood Hills, Malibu, and Downtown Los Angeles. "Partnering with Aaron will allow our team to deliver a more robust commercial real estate portfolio to our highly exclusive network of clientele, while also expanding our team into the high-end residential real estate side of the business," said Davis. "As the #1 team in Los Angeles, the sky's the limit, and we are excited to take our business to the next level. Davis began his real estate career over a decade ago at Marcus &Millichap, where he was consistently recognized as a top producer. Davis's vast experience in commercial real estate as a real estate broker and investor has allowed him to play an active role in the marketing, negotiating, and sales aspects of the industry, and has built a successful platform based on transparency, trust, rapport, and market knowledge. Each member of Davis's team brings a unique skill set and in-depth knowledge of the commercial and high-end residential real estate markets of Los Angeles. Petra Sebestyen brings 10 years of business operations experience and has worked on transactions at all levels of the marketplace. Damaso Lara, who specializes in high-end residential properties, leverages a seller-focused approach to provide an exciting and valuable experience for all clients. Nicole Sakhai, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Beverly Hills native, is reputed for her scrupulous white-glove approach in working with high net-worth clients. Lara Alnaser is one of LA's expert realtors and brings a wealth of knowledge about West Hollywood and Hollywood Hills, two areas in which she is highly specialized. Davis's team brings an unparalleled edge to the growing commercial real estate and luxury divisions at AKG. Founded by Aaron Kirman and headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, AKG | Christie's International Real Estate is one of the nation's top-producing residential sales teams with a total of over $14 billion in luxury real estate sales and over $1.6 billion sold thus far in 2022. Dedicated to infusing innovation and disrupting the traditional real estate sector, AKG | Christie's International Real Estate is consistently ranked among the top 10 producing teams by Wall Street Journal and Real Trends, setting price-per-square-foot records throughout Southern California. To learn more about Aaron Kirman, AKG | Christie's International Real Estate, and Davis, please visit www.akgre.com. Davis can be reached at davis@akgre.com or 310.402.8958. About AKG | Christie's International Real Estate Founded by Aaron Kirman and headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, AKG | Christie's International Real Estate is one of the nation's top-producing residential sales teams with a total of over $14 billion in luxury real estate sales and over $1.6 billion sold thus far in 2022. Dedicated to infusing innovation and disrupting the traditional real estate sector, AKG | Christie's International Real Estate is consistently ranked among the top 10 producing teams by Wall Street Journal and Real Trends, setting price-per-square-foot records throughout Southern California. To learn more about Aaron Kirman and AKG | Christie's International Real Estate, please visit https://akgre.com and follow us on Instagram at @akg.re. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/aaron-kirman-taps-davis-saadian-group-to-lead-akg--christies-international-real-estates-new-commercial-real-estate-division-301733732.html

Davis Saadian Group partners with Aaron Kirman’s AKG brokerage

Aaron Kirman of luxury residential sales brokerage AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate, a top L.A. real estate broker who starred in CNBC’s “Listing Impossible,” has partnered with Davis Saadian’s team, the Davis Saadian Group. “Partnering with Aaron will allow our team to deliver a more robust commercial real estate portfolio to our highly exclusive network of clientele, while also expanding our team into the high-end residential real estate side of the business,” Saadian said. Saadian’s team will join Kirman’s team, which currently has about 160 agents and 14 full-time support staff. The goal of the partnership is to diversify AKG’s portfolio to include investment opportunities for clients. The group will focus on luxury listings in areas like Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Hollywood Hills, Malibu and downtown Los Angeles. Saadian, who specializes in in multifamily investments and developments, will lead the commercial real estate division and the company expansion. “This partnership reflects the growing trend towards mixed-use buildings, which will allow us to offer a wider array of investment opportunities to our influential and discerning clientele,” said Kirman. “This new division also offers countless avenues for growth and expansion, both within the new division and for our company at large.” AKG has a total of $14 billion in luxury real estate sales and closed more than $1.6 billion in sales in 2022. The company ranked fourth in California in the 2022 RealTrends America’s Best rankings in the mega team by sales volume category. The Davis Saadian Group closed more than $285 million in sales in 2022, with a total sales volume of more than $1.2 billion. The group recently sold an 11-property student housing portfolio in downtown Los Angeles to the University of Southern California for $28.5 million. It also co-listed a $33 million listing in Bel-Air with Kirman. Saadian started his career as a commercial real estate broker at Marcus & Millichap. He later held the role of senior vice president of commercial real estate at BRC Advisors prior to founding Saadian Investments, Inc. in 2012, where he oversaw the acquisition and repositioning of multifamily and residential investments and developments. This partnership comes a week after Morgan Trent, president of Trent Luxury and former NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals cornerback, announced his departure from Compass to join AKG. Trent’s team has more than $8 billion in total sales. Last November, Kirman and his team also left Compass to launch their own firm in partnership with Christie’s International Real Estate. https://www.realtrends.com/articles/davis-saadian-group-partners-with-aaron-kirmans-akg-brokerage/

Mansion built on 60-foot-high stilts lists for first time in 20 years

This home is not for the faint of heart. A Los Angeles mansion built on 60-foot caissons on famed Mulholland Drive has hit the market for $16 million. Known as the Garcia House, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom property was last sold by actor Vincent Gallo in 2002 for $1.2 million. The longtime owners are William Damaschke — the former President of Animation and Family Entertainment for Skydance Media — and John McIlwee, a top Hollywood business manager. Built in 1962, the home was designed by world-renowned architect, John Lautner, and has since been labeled an “iconic masterpiece.” The Wall Street Journal first reported news of the listing this month. The stilts elevate the home for optimal canyon and city views, and has undergone a series of historical restorations over the years. Damaschke and McIlwee invested another $1 million on renovations — and added a fence to obstruct public views from the street into the glass-sided, transparent part of the home. Features include a lava rock entryway, original terrazzo flooring and a parabolic roof with 55-foot walls of windows, the listing says. Occupying roughly 2,600 square feet, the home also features a verdant garden and a pool that was added to the structure in 2008, using Lautner’s original design. The home has also been referred to as the “Rainbow House,” for its roof that lays on top of stained glass windows and a curved ceiling that rises 30 feet high. The home was initially designed for Russell Garcia — an American composer who wrote a wide variety of music. Aaron Kirman with AKGRE Inc holds the listing. https://nypost.com/2023/01/30/la-home-built-on-60-foot-stilts-lists-for-16m/

Mansion in California propped up on 60-foot stilts hits market for £13million

An incredible Californian mansion with stunning views of LA has hit the market for £13million. But perhaps the real point of interest is that it’s propped up on 60-foot stilts. Garcia House was designed by renowned architect John Lautner and was originally built in 1962 – though has since undergone renovations. The towering property boasts three bedrooms, three bathrooms, enormous living spaces and, of course, plenty of windows to take in the views. If that wasn’t enough, it also has an entryway made of lava rock, original terrazzo flooring and a 55-foot wall of windows. So it’s safe to say it has points of interest at every turn. Also, if you head outside, the hillside steps will take you through the verdant garden – designed by landscape architect John Sharp – and to the swimming pool. It’s currently on the market with Aaron Kirman, Weston Littlefield, and Dalton Gomez of AKG, Christie’s International Real Estate. The listing for the impressive home reads: ‘60-foot caissons elevating the structure above the canyon showcase breathtaking panoramic views of Los Angeles. ‘Capture your place in history and experience a home that truly transcends time.’ Elsewhere in the world of property, a house is up for auction in London for £40,000 – but there’s a catch. Feast on more pics of the Instagram-worthy Californian mansion below: https://metro.co.uk/2023/01/28/californian-mansion-propped-up-on-60-foot-stilts-for-sale-13million-18180734/

5 Things Wildly Successful Real-Estate Brokers Do to Get the Most Out of Their Days

Top real estate agents may not admit that there is such a thing as a typical day, but there are some habits they all share. From Ryan Serhant and Kirsten Jordan in New York to Mauricio Umansky and Mary Fitzgerald in Los Angeles, Insider examined the archives to find out what they do every day. Here's what you need to know to live like a pro, whether you're an aspiring agent or just an ambitious individual. They caffeinate Nest Seekers agent Erin Sykes starts her Florida day with two nitro cold brews on an empty stomach to boost her energy levels. Kumara Wilcoxon, an agent with Kuper Sotheby's International Realty in Austin, Texas, drinks Earl Grey tea with almond milk in the morning after drinking lemon water and celery juice. Mary Fitzgerald, who stars on "Selling Sunset" and sells multi-million dollar mansions with The Oppenheim Group, can't start the day without at least two cups of coffee. They stay on top of their fitness Her specialty is luxury condo sales in New York City, and she sold $340 million last year at Steps on Broadway, where she takes dance classes three times a week. Douglas Elliman agent Lisa Simonsen, who sold more than $100 million in 2022, works out in her building's gym in the morning. Before joining Elliman in New York City, McKenzie Ryan competed at the national level in rhythmic gymnastics. "I do a lot of my business strategy while I'm working out," she told Insider after selling over $34 million in 2021. They check the markets, and the news, first thing Serhant doesn't get up at 4:30 a.m. every day because his career depends on it, not because he enjoys it. It's a proven strategy: he has sold more than $5 billion in real estate by waking up early and reading the news and getting up to date before the market opens. In addition to watching Bloomberg, Fox, and CNN, Los Angeles' Mauricio Umansky sold $298 million in 2021. 'I find it quite entertaining that they cover the same story from different perspectives." Sykes always has the TV running in the background when she starts her day at home so that she is always aware of what's happening in her markets."I have written commentary from hotels, cars, client homes, my home, and studios when breaking news occurs." They go the extra mile for their clients In his luxury condo building near Central Park, 432 Park Avenue, Tal Alexander entertains clients after leaving Douglas Elliman to begin officially with his brother Oren. Together, the Alexanders have sold more than $1 billion in real estate.They store special meat from butchers along with a wine collection, so they can always have something special at the ready. In Simonsen's line of work, double bookings are not uncommon, since agents must accommodate buyers' limited windows for viewing homes for sale. In her experience, Lisa's clients' time is very valuable. They give us the smallest window of time they can spend seeing something, and we have to get them in as soon as possible. According to Charlie McDonald, the team's operations lead, Lisa's clients' time is valuable to her. In addition to getting a new SUV every year, Serhant always makes sure his clothes and car are nicer than his clients'. "My clients are my priority," he says. They stay disciplined and maximize their time with technology Dina Goldentayer always takes the most efficient mode of transportation when she visits Miami. A golf cart could take her around the Venetian Islands, a driver might take her across town, or even a helicopter might take her to a meeting.With $750 million in transactions, she was Miami's top-selling agent in 2021. Douglas Elliman's agent knows what it takes to succeed. With Estate Dynamics, Aaron Kirman, who sells palatial properties for Christie's in Los Angeles, uses artificial intelligence to find people who might be interested in buying his houses. His aim is to help agents close deals more quickly by targeting them with ads for properties that match their interests based on their online behaviors - such as their search history and social media posts. A Douglas Elliman agent with over $500 million in career sales, Kirsten Jordan never skips lunch. Contributors: Hand Daniel Jasperson, Investopedia Smithe Sodine, Smithy Home Couture Bruce Rodriguez, LAX Concrete Contractors Raymond Caldwell, Homes for Heroes https://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/273435043/5-things-wildly-successful-real-estate-brokers-do-to-get-the-most-out-of-their-days

Inside Lloyd Wright’s West Hollywood studio and residence – a timeless celebration of Southern California

Lloyd Wright’s personal residence and studio in West Hollywood (also designed by the architect) is on the market for just under $7 million. Though his name is inevitably confused with that of his father, Frank Lloyd Wright – Southern California architect Lloyd Wright is a design icon in his own right. While his father is best known for working across various states (including Pennsylvania, where he created the iconic Fallingwater prairie-style home), Lloyd Wright primarily made his mark in Los Angeles. Among his most notable works was his own residence, located in vibrant West Hollywood. The landmark – among the most iconic structures in California (and one of the world's best homes) was originally constructed in the 1920s. However, Lloyd's son, Eric Wright, significantly updated the property in the 1990s – adding a new foundation and restoring some blocks that had deteriorated over the years. In the studio within this home, the Illinois-born architect oversaw the construction of many of his father’s projects, including Hollyhock House in the East Hollywood neighborhood. Lloyd Wright also provided the shells for the Hollywood Bowl and created the Swedenborg Memorial Chapel at Rancho Palos Verdes during his career. The home's architectural assets offer much to be admired – but in all its glory – its beige-toned stucco façade is perhaps the most striking. This exterior is elevated further by the architect's signature interlocking concrete blocks that include a Joshua tree motif – paying complete homage to The Golden State. Inside, the decorating ideas are equally as distinctive – from the strong wooden walls and floor to the intricate green and white living space that mirrors the exterior's color ideas. The 2,400-square-foot home has three bedrooms, two baths (according to the listing), and a large upstairs living room with a fireplace and beautiful wood and glass alcove. The mint-hued kitchen, complete with modern appliances, is also found upstairs, alongside the main living and dining space. The downstairs studio has a spacious workspace with concrete floors centered around the great outdoor patio that masters the art of indoor/outdoor living. The enclosed patio showcases a fountain and pre-Columbian statue that is that’s protected under a conservation easement by the Los Angeles Conservancy. https://www.homesandgardens.com/news/lloyd-wright-west-hollywood-home

Renowned Architect Miguel Angel Aragonés Lists Minimalist Yet Groovy Beverly Hills Masterpiece

With accolades and magazine features all over the world, Miguel Angel Aragonés’ work is very well-known. Mexico’s top modernist architect also gets in on real estate, and just listed his newest Los Angeles project. The price is steep at $20 million, but the Beverly Hills home’s minimalist geometric design, party-ready lighting, and tranquil setting all add up. Designing seems to be in the family genes as Miguel and his son Rafael Aragonés collaborated on this Trousdale Estates creation, completed just a few months ago. Miguel purchased the property with a circa-1960 building on it but started anew to build this sleek escape. Suiting anyone from a rising star to a hip family, the geometric modern is either spa-like or club-like depending on how you set the lighting. Employing an open and almost futuristic layout, clean lines and a white palette help to make its surrounding greenery and turquoise pool pop. Capitalizing on the ease of indoor/outdoor living in California, state-of-the-art sliding systems surround almost every space in the 7,500-square-foot abode. Located at 510 Arkell Drive, the 90210 home may be cited on the corner of two streets but it couldn’t feel more private with the father-son duo’s precise and meticulous design. Its four bedrooms and five bathrooms are tucked away from the main spaces, where custom poliform built-ins line the halls. To add to the home’s exclusive feel, a rooftop lounge sets the ultimate scene for stylish dining al fresco. Yawar Charlie and Karen Sanchez of Aaron Kirman Group at Compass, Ben Becal at Revel Real Estate and Ethan Pescowitz at Westside Estate Agency hold the listing. https://www.cottagesgardens.com/renowned-architect-miguel-angel-aragones-lists-minimalist-yet-groovy-beverly-hills-masterpiece/

Inside Sugar Ray Leonard’s Serene Los Angeles Megamansion

Sugar Ray Leonard has shaved the price of his supersized Tuscan-style Los Angeles villa, which has a serene setting and scenic views. The Florentine-style mansion has a romantic, period look and lies in the affluent coastal neighborhood of Pacific Palisades, close to beaches. The welterweight champion and his wife Bernadette Robi first listed their property in 2019 for $51.995 million with another agent. In the fall, they relisted it for $7 million under its original asking price. The couple bought the sprawling pink stucco property, which has 1950s origins, in 1993. They rebuilt it in the late 1990s with architect Richard Landry—known for building celebrity mansions—to emulate old-world Italian architecture, with impressive, imported stone and custom timber features. Now with their children grown up and no longer at home, they are looking to downsize, according to the selling agent. The hillside Los Angeles compound has a sprawling layout and 1.7 acres of private grounds, mostly formed of manicured lawns. It is arranged with wings for entertaining on a grand scale and cozier living spaces for family living. The mansion’s highlights include its chef’s kitchen, a two-story galleried family room and a cloistered living room, which has an almost open-air feel. Located in the upper Riviera enclave of Pacific Palisades, its indoor-outdoor design makes the most of its tranquil grounds. Many of its arched glass doors adjoin terraces and balconies. The mansion is backdropped by the Santa Monica Mountains and has glimpses of the Pacific Ocean. Rooms in the Italianate mansion have high ceilings embellished with bespoke wooden ceiling beams and wrought-iron detailing, as well as elegant stone fireplaces, columns, floor tiles and an entrance hall water fountain. Its primary bedroom, meanwhile, has a resort-style bath and several ocean view balconies. Mr. Leonard was the first boxer ever to win over $100 million in purses during his 20-year professional sporting career. He famously won five world championship titles in his 1980s heyday. “Sugar Ray is one of the great boxers of all time, and it’s an honor to represent his family home,” said Aaron Kirman of Aaron Kirman Group at Christie’s International Real Estate. He added that the “compound is completely private, yet perfect for entertaining throughout the year.” Stats The 16,773-square-foot, three-story house has eight bedrooms, 15 bathrooms and a range of living spaces, including a formal dining room, plus a guest house. It stands on 1.7 acres. Amenities There’s a cinema room and a wine cellar. And beside the stone-surround pool is a two-story, Italian-style pool house, or guest house, and a cabana, which offers poolside shade in the hotter months. The grounds also have a walled tennis court and an outdoor practice putting green. Neighborhood Notes The Amalfi Road house lies in the upper Riviera neighborhood of Pacific Palisades, which has the Riviera Country Club that has tennis courts and a championship golf course. This picturesque coastal region has historically been home to many celebrities and features dramatic scenery covering parts of the Santa Monica Mountains, and winding streets, some of which are named after locations in Italy. It is minutes from the Pacific Coast Highway and coastal beaches. Agent: Aaron Kirman, Kirby Gillon, Bryce Lowe and Daniel Milstein of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate https://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/inside-sugar-ray-leonards-serene-los-angeles-megamansion-01674648278

510 Arkell

510 Arkell was designed by Miguel Angel and Rafael Aragones. The home is located on a corner lot surrounded by trees, hillsides, and blue skies. Architecture that relates to the present. The home integrates the light, breeze, and temperature from the surrounding natural environment. Meticulous attention to details and proportions generate a soothing space where one can be physically relaxed, serene. Natural light illuminates wall to wall forming a sequence of spaces coexisting at every angle of the home. Simple and with high quality solutions, the hotel like 4 bedroom suites, 5 bathrooms, gourmet kitchen with Miele appliances, open living and dining, media room, and Terrazzo floors, fully appointed with ‘Poliform’ custom made cabinetry, built in modules, closets, furniture and wall installations discreetly curated throughout the home. Reflective pools, atrium, minimal light boxes and bold geometric lines make it possible to pause for a moment while awakening the senses, with an element of privacy and security enclosed by the lush green plants and trees. Impeccable consideration has been given to every detail including 11 ft’ vertical lined custom garage doors, the finest Bang-Olufsen sound system and Styline state of the art glass sliding system enabling an expanded and visually unobstructed perspective. A poetic space with an array of mood lighting ambiance that melds into the beauty of the scenery with a turquoise blue pool, spa and a rare permitted roof top garden dining experience, with outdoor kitchen, plunge bath, and an expansive view complete this 7500 square foot masterpiece. An innovative and unique offering in Trousdale. https://modern.homes/property/510-arkell/

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