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This $14 Million Modern Manse Was Built Into the Bel-Air Hills for Seamless Indoor-Outdoor Living

Architect Zoltan Pali, cofounder of Los Angeles–based firm SPF:a, is known for his innovative and contemporary projects throughout the City of Angels, drawing on its history of midcentury modern architecture. One of Pali’s recently completed projects is a contemporary residence in the city’s tony Bel-Air neighborhood, listed for $14 million. The distinct, monolithic-like facade is built into the hillside landscape of Stradella Road with a paned, curved exterior. The 7,180-square-foot residence sits on over an acre of land and has striking views of the city, ocean and mountains. Like all of the architect’s projects, no expense was spared in sourcing the finest materials from around the world. This residence offers up plenty of free-flowing, open-plan spaces—lined with floor-to-ceiling windows for plenty of natural light—that seamlessly integrate the indoor and outdoor areas, from the gourmet eat-in chef’s kitchen to the living room that opens directly onto the terrace. And that wraparound terrace can be accessed from nearly every room and includes many places to lounge and enjoy the Southern California weather. Of the home’s many prominent features, the primary bedroom is surely the stand-out, with its private terrace, a secluded living area, a massive walk-in closet and a spa-like bathroom that includes a freestanding tub and large windows. The property’s overall design is dominated by clean lines, natural materials and neutral hues, allowing the vibrant nature to take center stage. Like most homes in Los Angeles, the magic awaits outside. There are several patios, deck spaces and an epic rooftop deck for even more spectacular views of the city and mountains, perfect for early morning sunrise yoga or sunset dinner and drinks. The volume of spaces is great for those who love to entertain. Other amenities include alfresco dining, an infinity-edge pool, a spa, loungers and a grassy nook for lawn games and more. There’s also a covered patio for inclement weather. The home is co-listed by Aaron Kirman of AKG at Christie’s International Realty and Angelo Fierro at Compass. Check out more photos of the property below: https://robbreport.com/shelter/homes-for-sale/zoltan-pali-designed-home-los-angeles-on-sale-14-million-1234812817/

Dodgers Star Mookie Betts Lists Encino Home For Nearly $10 Million

L.A. Dodgers star Mookie Betts is trying to score a homerun of a sale before the new MLB season starts up with the listing of his Encino home. Asking $9.995 million, the right fielder paid $7 million even for the property in 2018. The new-ish estate boasts nine bedrooms and 10 bathrooms across 9,415 square feet of living space. Located just south of the boulevard, the multi-structure property features the main house, a two-story guest house—with two bedrooms upstairs and a full kitchen/living room downstairs—and a recently completed gym/basketball court complete with bathroom and roll up doors. Back inside the main residence, the chef’s kitchen is sure to impress with its top-of-the-line appliances and ample counter space, along with a huge walk-in pantry. The primary suite is located upstairs and features dual walk-in closets and two separate bathrooms and a nook off the primary that could be used as an office or nursery. The four additional bedrooms upstairs offer plenty of space for family and guests, while the two bedrooms downstairs are perfect for live-in staff. Conveniently, there are both upstairs and downstairs laundry rooms. The home also features a home theater, while the outdoor living space boasts a zero edge pool/spa with sunken fire pit, putting green, cabana, outdoor kitchen and firepit. https://californialistings.com/2023/02/24/dodgers-star-mookie-betts-lists-encino-home-for-nearly-10-million/?fbclid=IwAR1amObZZf9xj-DqkUFVLDIiVo9rV2oFoX2VpQCEQUR2PIOESIpmTjrlf28

Mid-Century Modern Los Angeles Home Lists for Nearly $6.5 Million

A Mid-Century Modern Los Angeles home has hit the market for the first time ever for $6.495 million. Built in 1956 in the Bird Streets neighborhood, the Rubin House was built for writer-producer Stanley Rubin and actress Kathleen Hughes, his wife, by architect Richard Frazer, according to listing agent Weston Littlefield, Aaron Kirman and Alex Howe of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate. The one-story, nearly 3,500-square-foot home has far-reaching canyon and city views. “Mid-century homes in the Bird Streets are not only difficult to come by, but they are also highly sought-after by art collectors, designers, actors and other creative enthusiasts who appreciate the design and cultural significance of architecture,” Mr. Littlefield said in an email. “These homes are not just a place to live, but they are also a statement of personal style and taste.” The Rubin House is “tucked away” on a cul-de-sac on over a half-acre lot and has a screen-like facade, giving it seclusion, the listing said. It has an exterior stone accent wall and a carport. The four-bedroom, four-bathroom residence was built next to a hillside, and is surrounded by cypress trees and other native plantings, listing photos show. It has an open floor plan, including a living area with a fireplace built into a white-washed stone wall and sliding-glass doors that open to the outdoors and a partially covered patio. It was renovated in 1978, according to records with PropertyShark, and is now being billed as a home that can be renovated to fit the new owners’ lifestyle. The home does have decidedly ’70s design elements, like turquoise kitchen cabinetry. Outside, there’s a bean-shaped pool overlooking the city and a manicured lawn, according to the listing. Rubin was known for films like “River of No Return” (1954), “Burma Convoy” (1941) and “The Ghost & Mrs. Muir “(1968), according to IMDB. He and Ms. Hughes—an actress whose work included “For Men Only” (1952) and “Telephone Time” (1956)—were married for nearly 60 years, until Rubin’s death in 2014. Mansion Global could not determine how much the home originally cost. The current owner, one of the couple’s children, was not available for comment. https://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/mid-century-modern-los-angeles-home-lists-for-nearly-6-5-million-341232530

Why ‘dog days’ are great for business

In these times, double down — on your skills, on your knowledge, on you. Join us Aug. 8-10 at Inman Connect Las Vegas to lean into the shift and learn from the best. Get your ticket now for the best price. The challenge of differentiation and capturing a buyer’s attention is monumental, for even the most skilled agents. In our case, “man’s best friend” is also an agent’s best friend. Meet Chloe and Suggs. Our beloved Rhodesian Ridgebacks have not only become the stars of our listing photos, but over half of the people who come to see homes that feature them will ask how the dogs are. Not only are they a great way to connect with prospects, but they add warmth to any staged home. Adding a pet to listing photos takes time and effort, and there are some tips that you need to follow to make it work: 1. Stage the home to complement the property – and the pet. They need to stand out and be noticed, without clashing. Since our dogs are a rich caramel tone, we tend to use neutrals, which also work in most properties. They also don’t need to be in every photo. Any photo that features a pet should make sense. 2. Be patient and have plenty of treats. I’ve spent the better part of an hour (with a patient photographer) getting the “money shot.” Convincing your pet to look at the camera in a natural pose can be a challenge. But when you get the right shot, you know it. Chloe is easily bribed with treats into position. Suggs not so much, and once I finally get him into place, he tends to look stressed out. It can be a bit of a juggling act to get them both where they need to be with the right expressions. 3. Get your sellers’ buy-in. Chloe and Suggs are part of our listing presentation as a “value add,” but not everyone wants dogs in their home. Be sure to let your clients know in advance that you’ll be using a pet in your photos. 4. Make sure your pet fits the property. Even though the dogs are part of our branding, sometimes we’ll have a listing where it doesn’t make sense to use them. At the end of the day, you want them to help sell the property. Most recently, the dogs graced the photos of one of our current listings — a captivating Hollywood home — 1919 Pinehurst Road. The vibe of the house is “earthy-chic” with an elevated farmhouse feel, and there is a private-keyed dog park for locals right across the street. It was truly the perfect house to feature them. Both dogs were key in establishing the perfect “sophisticated-yet-homey” feel as they lounged on various couches and beds. The living/kitchen walls of glass can disappear leaving the entire side of the house open to the pool area. We were able to get a great photo of Chloe lounging on a chaise just outside the living room, near the pool. The house and its entrance are private, we wanted to show the front gate to the house to convey the privacy of the entrance. Luck was on our side this day and we got these two sitting somewhat patiently outside the gate. If you think adding your pet makes sense for your business be sure to have lots of treats on hand, mitigate distractions and make sure your pet(s) can focus on you as their alpha. Here’s a picture of us working with them. Using Chloe and Suggs in our photos instantly identifies the properties as a Craig and David Homes listing, and I’m proud to say they are as much a part of our brand as we are. https://www.inman.com/2023/02/10/why-dog-days-are-great-for-business/

CA Christie’s affiliates show huge growth in year of new partnerships

In these times, double down — on your skills, on your knowledge, on you. Join us Aug. 8-10 at Inman Connect Las Vegas to lean into the shift and learn from the best. Get your ticket now for the best price. Following a number of new partnerships, acquisitions and recruiting efforts conducted in the last year, Christie’s International Real Estate has seen substantial growth in California markets over the course of 2022, a press release from the brokerage shows. The luxury network, which was acquired by @properties at the end of 2021, now has three multi-billion-dollar affiliates in California, including in Los Angeles, Orange County and the Bay Area. The firm pointed to its franchise model as “an antidote to the corporate consolidation trend” that has swept many independent brokerages across the state in roughly the last decade, and a means of success for affiliates that have joined the brand. Los Gatos-based Sereno, then the largest indie brokerage by sales volume in Northern California, joined Christie’s in February 2022, becoming Christie’s International Real Estate Sereno. Since joining Christie’s, the company has brought in over $1 billion in new agent business. “The independent brokerage firms that ruled California 10, 20 years ago were legendary, but few of them were left standing when the industry’s big public companies finished writing checks,” Thad Wong, co-CEO of Christie’s, said in a statement. “Now, we’re finally starting to see a reaction to that. If given the choice, agents prefer local ownership. They want that home-grown culture. They want differentiation.” The Orange County-based Christie’s affiliate FirstTeam Real Estate closed out 2022 by bringing in more than $800 million in agent business, much of which the firm said was garnered by agents leaving Corcoran Global Living, as Corcoran Group shuttered the franchise at the end of the year and launched Corcoran Icon Properties in its wake. “Having access to Christie’s International Real Estate’s global network, while still being part of an independent, family-operated brokerage where we can deliver personalized and attentive service to our clients, puts FirstTeam in the best position for long-term success,” Michelle Harrington, chief operating officer of FirstTeam, said in a statement. Christie’s also scored a major win in the state with the recruitment of star-studded agent Aaron Kirman in November. Kirman left Compass to instead launch his own brokerage, AKG, under the Christie’s International Real Estate banner. Kirman has netted over $14 billion in career sales and over $1.6 billion in 2022 alone. He was one of the listing agents to represent mega mansion “The One,” which ultimately sold for $126 million at auction. “Affiliating with Christie’s International Real Estate undoubtedly adds a layer of prestige to our brand,” Kirman said in a statement. “It’s a name that people immediately associate with luxury, and we benefit from being part of their global network, which is a huge advantage when working with clients around the world.” Companies that affiliate with Christie’s gain access to the luxury brand, and its network, as well as a connection to its auction house. They also gain the benefits of @properties’ proprietary technology, including its end-to-end platform, print and digital marketing programs and on-demand coaching and training “California has always been at the forefront of trends in our industry,” Wong added, “and what’s happened over the past year is the start of a larger trend back to the independent broker-owner.” https://www.inman.com/2023/02/08/ca-christies-affiliates-show-huge-growth-in-year-of-new-partnerships/

” An ‘invisible’ mirror home hits the market for £15M – and it’s made entirely of GLASS”

An incredible "invisible" house made entirely of glass has been listed for sale. The property, located in Joshua Tree, California, is made up of mirrors that reflect the rectangular building's surroundings. Its reflecting surface disguises the home as it blends in seamlessly with the rocky desert landscape around it. The three-bedroom property is certainly unique but it comes with a hefty price tag of £15million ($18m). The home's futuristic design was reportedly inspired by the 2001 Sci-Fi classic A Space Odyssey. It was commissioned by film producers Chris and Roberta Hanley – known for American Psycho and The Virgin Suicides – and was created by architect Tomas Orsinski. The home sits on a massive 67 acres of land and offers 5,500 sq feet of interior space. It's made from innovative heat-reflecting Solarcool glass which keeps the interiors temperate in the harsh desert weather and filters out harmful UV rays. But three sides of the glass walls open up so that residents can also enjoy an indoor-outdoor living concept. Inside, the home is just as sleek and modern, featuring a 100-foot heated indoor swimming pool next to a 224-square-foot projection wall designed for screening films. The house has three bedrooms that each has its own en-suite bathroom, and the master bedroom follows the glass theme with a giant glass bed frame. It also has a 5-star resort-inspired bath with a soaking tub, floating vanities, and rain shower. Meanwhile, the bright white kitchen includes dual ovens, separate refrigerator and freezer storage, marble surfaces, and Miele, Sub Zero, and Wolf appliances anchored upon sleek concrete flooring. The property has a Flos lighting system that creates radiant ambient lighting with options for different colours to fit the mood. The lavish home is also made more sustainable with an eco-friendly foam roof and solar-electric system. The striking building has appeared in a number of film projects and was featured on Netflix’s The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals, having previously been a luxury Airbnb stay with a nightly price of $2,500. It is bordered by tranquil national parkland and a tortoise reserve and is located 10 minutes away from Joshua Tree’s downtown. The property – which was featured on TopTenRealEstateDeals.com – is currently available with Aaron Kirman and Matt Adamo of AKG | Christie's International Real Estate. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/invisible-mirror-home-hits-market-29140021

Los Angeles, California, Home With 19,127 Square Feet and Seven Bedrooms Asks $18.8 Million

This exceptional home located in Los Angeles, California, features 19,127 square feet of living area, according to a listing from Aaron Kirman. It includes numerous features that make it a one-of-a-kind residence. Through the dramatic entry with soaring 30' ceilings and a grand staircase, the formal living room with equally high ceilings leads into the backyard with a sparkling infinity edge pool and spa, mature landscaping, and a lanai with an outdoor bar and fireplace. With peaceful views of the manicured gardens, pool, and mountains, this French inspired estate was meticulously designed to satisfy Feng Shui principles and built with quality comparable to the traditional chateaus. The chef's kitchen features professional grade appliances and two prep kitchens adjacent to the opulent formal dining room. A sampling of the additional amenities shows the appeal of this stunning home. In a world of its own surrounded by greenery, the exquisite master suite features incredible wood detail, 18' high ceilings, dual closets, a bathroom fit for a queen, and an expansive terrace to enjoy morning coffee. Among others, amenities include a beautiful library, a massive soundproof gym/spa flex space that could be converted to a music studio, an architecturally stunning staircase that leads into the basement to enjoy the home theater and entertainment space. The home is close to schools and educational centers including John Thomas Dye School, Community Magnet School, Leo Baeck Temple, James Reporters and Jamie Storr Goalie School. Nearby dining options include Patricks Roadhouse, Bel Air Bar & Grill, Manny's Pizzeria, Bon Appetit Management Company and The W's at The Luxe Hotel. Within a short distance are Bridges To Recovery Bel Air, UCLA Labor & Delivery, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Maddie's Room at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center 6th Floor East Wing. There are several convenience stores and markets nearby including Hill Top, Ucla Store, 7-Eleven, 7/11 and Rose Market. Local attractions include UCLA Planetarium, VA Hospital Campus, National Guard, Los Angeles City Administration Office and Freedom Sculpture. For those desiring access to public transportation, Sepulveda / Getty Center, Church / Sepulveda, Church / 405 Fwy Off-Ramp, Sepulveda / Sepulveda Way and Sunset / Church are close by. Disclaimer: This story was auto-generated by Mansion Global Autostories, using data from Dow Jones and Mansion Global. https://www.mansionglobal.com/listings-articles/los-angeles-california-home-with-19-127-square-feet-and-seven-bedrooms-asks-18-8-million-01675692075

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/

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