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Home of the Week: This Stunning Oceanfront Santa Barbara Estate Was Designed by Legendary Architect Wallace Neff

These days, a “for sale” sign on any oceanfront compound overlooking the crashing Pacific in the celeb-rich enclave of Santa Barbara, Calif. will likely have buyers standing in line. But one designed by the legendary architect Wallace Neff, inventor of the so-called “California style,” is only going to have heightened appeal. To add to the attraction, the iconic Straus House, designed in 1970 by Neff as a weekend retreat for Macy’s department store heir Robert K. Straus, is part of the tony Hope Ranch community just north of the city. Which all adds-up to the likelihood of one stratospheric asking price. As to exactly what that is, the owners—believed to be high-profile LA real estate investor A. Stuart Rubin and wife Annette—are, for now, keeping it out of the public domain. It makes sense. Back in 2017, they tested the market for the 1.53-acre property with an ambitious $32.7 million asking. Six months later with no takers, the price came down to $24.9 million. In October 2018, it was re-listed at $21.5 million only to be taken off the market in April 2019. But with the pandemic seeing demand for high-dollar Santa Barbara homes soaring and supply essentially drying up, the owners are trying their luck once again. Listing agents Weston Littlefield and Dalton Gomez of Aaron Kirman Group at Compass say the new price is “available upon request” to qualified buyers. The home itself is a classic Neff hacienda design that makes the most of the jaw-dropping location high on a bluff overlooking the Pacific, with distant, hazy views of the Channel Islands. In 1970 the architect was at the height of his career, having already designed homes for Hollywood A-listers like Charlie Chaplin, Groucho and Harpo Marx, Daryl Zanuck and Louis B. Mayer. He’d also masterminded the high-profile redesign of Pickfair, a vast Tudor-style mansion, for screen stars Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks.

Santa Barbara Home Designed by Wallace Neff Being Sold Off-Market

The house, which epitomizes the architect's California Style, was once listed for north of $32 million The owners of a Santa Barbara mansion by Wallace Neff, the architect who perfected the so-called California-style home, are quietly looking for a buyer amid a surge in demand for houses in the affluent coastal area. The sprawling, single-story mansion known as the Straus House, with its white-washed brick facade, clay-tile roof and exposed beams, epitomize the kind of rich Spanish Colonial-inspired homes that made Neff popular among a raft of celebrity clientele during the mid-20th century. The home has undergone a more recent expansion that included carving out amenity-packed basement levels and opening up some of its internal floor plan, according to a website promoting the house. “We’ve noticed that a lot of the big sales in Montecito have sold off market, and this house is just one of those pieces,” said agent Weston Littlefield, who’s working with the sellers alongside Dalton Gomez, both of the Aaron Kirman Group at Compass. “They’re like art pieces.” The 1.53-acre property sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean from Hope Ranch, a tiny, affluent suburb north of Santa Barbara. The owners, a local developer and his wife, who once listed the home for north of $32 million in 2017, and their agents are not publicizing the asking price this time around. It was last taken off the market in 2018 with a $21.5 million price tag. At the moment, the only home publicly listed for sale along this stretch of coastline in Hope Ranch is a new build on four acres asking $39 million. Straus House is so named for its original owner, Robert K. Straus, a native New Yorker and an heir to the Macy’s fortune, who served in President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration and later moved to Southern California, where he founded a printing company. Straus and his wife were fans of Neff’s designs, having owned one in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles for many years before commissioning the architect to construct the Hope Ranch estate in 1970, according to a 1971 profile of the property in Architectural Digest.

Hollywood’s Top 30 Real Estate Agents

“It’s not for the timid,” says Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties’ Elisabeth Halsted of L.A.’s supercharged market, where many agents are on track to have their best sales year ever and buyers “need to have a strong stomach,” she adds, given the premium prices that blue-chip houses are commanding. Malibu’s average sales price, for example, jumped to $5.5 million in the second quarter of 2021, up from $3.4 million in the same period a year earlier (per Douglas Elliman), while the greater L.A. region hit a new record high median sale price in July of $682,000. “It’s as active a year as we’ve ever had,” says Westside Estate Agency’s Kurt Rappaport. Adds Coldwell Banker’s Joyce Rey, “People have wanted to move up and have a house with a gym, a house with dual offices, have a garden where they can spend time out of doors.” For this list of the top 30 agents in L.A., THR looked at overall sales volume, MLS-listed sales to Hollywood clients and media visibility to make its selections. Josh and Matt Altman DOUGLAS ELLIMAN In the past 12 months, dynamic duo brothers Josh and Matt Altman of Douglas Elliman completed deals for Norman Lear, James Cameron, Kathy Griffin and Justin Bieber (who bought a $25.8 million house in Beverly Park). Their advice for marketing high-profile homes? “Get your own TV show! LOL. We are selling a lifestyle, and that lifestyle happens to appeal to Tinseltown,” says Josh, star of Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles. Adds Matt, “We are having our best year, forecasting to close over $1 billion in sales.” Cindy Ambuehl COMPASS “It’s a race,” says Compass’ Cindy Ambuehl of the market, which has seen her increase the size of her team as well as bring what might have been off-market sales in years past to the MLS. “The higher the exposure, the higher the price,” she says. Such was the strategy for David E. Kelley and Michelle Pfeiffer’s Pacific Palisades property, which she sold for $25 million in August. Santiago Arana THE AGENCY In his 17th year in real estate, Bolivia native Santiago Arana of The Agency (who came to America with only $120) has closed deals totaling $310 million for clients including Anthony and Stella Hopkins, Jennifer Grey, TMG Fresh and Vice Media’s Shane Smith, whose Santa Monica estate sold for a jaw-dropping $48.6 million. He says, “The market has been and will continue to be a seller’s market and very active.” Rochelle Atlas Maize NOURMAND & ASSOCIATES Nourmand & Associates’ forward-thinking agent Rochelle Atlas Maize started in real estate as a hobby. Fast-forward to 2021, and Atlas Maize is embracing technology while closing $121 million this year. “I began to dive further into video coverage and VR while exploring other avenues that had untapped potential,” she says. Her standout project: a listing in Santa Monica where she invited TikTok creators to film content. The gambit resulted in multiple offers within two weeks and a final sale of $5.1 million for a house that had sat on the market for eight months. She notes, “Publicity brings more eyes onto listings, which then translates to sales.” Ikem Chukumerije IKEM Over his career, Ikem Chukumerije has cultivated a coveted list of clients like Ava DuVernay, journalist-host Elaine Welteroth and NBA star Chris Paul, with a focus on athletes constantly on the move. “I obtained my California license in 2006 and quickly expanded my reach by earning licenses in Nevada, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Washington, New York and Utah,” he says. “Why work to obtain licenses in these other states? I wanted to build a lifelong connection with my clients, no matter where they reside.” Jordan Cohen RE/MAX Jordan Cohen is RE/MAX’s No. 1 seller out of the company’s more than 135,000 agents worldwide. Known for his sports clientele — “I’ve repped about 125 pro athletes,” he says — Cohen specializes in the Westlake Village/Calabasas area. “I work by myself with two assistants. Last year, I closed over $295 million,” says the agent. Among his recent deals: sales for Shark Tank‘s Robert Herjavec, Lakers star Anthony Davis and Poison’s Bret Michaels. In April, Disney CEO Bob Chapek, as previously reported, spent $12.5 million on a six-bedroom residence in Westlake Village listed by Cohen. He also has a strong social game with 527,000 Instagram followers. In 2019, Cohen sold a $6.4 million mansion to WWE star The Miz after the athlete reached out to him via DM. Chris Cortazzo COMPASS As the pandemic pushed more buyers to prioritize their space and surroundings, “There’s so many people wanting to live full-time now in Malibu, and it’s really nice to see,” says Compass’ Chris Cortazzo, who specializes in the luxury Malibu market. “They’re coming out for the security, the schools, the ocean, the mountains, everything.” Those high-end clients include Gal Gadot, Ted Sarandos and Paris Hilton. And Cortazzo does on occasion leave the shoreline for client Ryan Murphy, selling the show creator’s Beverly Hills property for $16.25 million and his Laguna Beach home for $10.65 million. Fredrik Eklund DOUGLAS ELLIMAN Long one of the kings of New York real estate, Million Dollar Listing star Fredrik Eklund of Douglas Elliman — co-founder of the Eklund|Gomes team — made what seemed like the natural move to La-La Land two years ago. “I moved to L.A., and the transition was much bigger and [more] difficult than I expected,” says Eklund. “But God am I grateful for the move. It was the best decision for me personally and professionally.” In 2021, the Eklund|Gomes team expanded into Orange County and Malibu, and Eklund repped the seller in Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil’s $13.8 million purchase of a home in Hancock Park.

Home of the Week: A Tuscan-inspired retreat in the Palisades

Every space makes a statement in this modern villa — whether it’s the 30-foot foyer, the 3,000-bottle wine cellar or even the hallways lined with stone columns and arched ceilings. Designed by Marc Appleton, the Tuscan-inspired spot sits on half an acre in the Riviera, a country club community with residents including Matt Damon, J.J. Abrams and Adam Levine. Out back, the L-shaped abode frames a leafy backyard with a swimming pool, spa and two fireplaces. Location: 1571 N. San Remo Drive, Pacific Palisades, 90272 Asking price: $12.3 million

This Spanish Revival Beverly Hills Home Offers Privacy, Comfort and Style

Location: Beverly Hills, California Price: $10.995 million This five-bedroom Spanish Revival home in the heart of the Beverly Hills Flats neighborhood is tucked away behind privacy-affording trees and hedges, which also give the property a sense of being its own environment. “You first enter the property through a whimsical courtyard,” said listing agent Sammy Jallad of Aaron Kirman Group at Compass. “Inside, the home’s grandeur and character are apparent but it also has such an easy living energy to it.” The home’s entry hall is dominated by a sweeping staircase and an ornate wrought-iron chandelier and the formal living room features high ceilings, exposed wood beams, a fireplace and three striking industrial light fixtures, which were installed by a previous owner. The family room also has a fireplace and it adjoins a chef’s kitchen, complete with professional appliances, a walk-in pantry, a French ceramic backsplash and quartz countertops. “The kitchen is an entertainer’s delight,” Mr. Jallad said. “It’s large and very open and functional. It has two double French doors that lead you out to a stunning oasis of a backyard with a gorgeous pool and spa and a cute little gazebo area that is perfect for hosting parties.” While taking care to retain the house’s picturesque charm, the current owners replaced the home’s roof—originally built in 1999—and ensured its smart home capability. “They are very tech savvy so that was important to them,” Mr. Jallad said. “They redid all the electrical to accommodate all the technology that they brought in and also took care to make it all work with the home’s historical lighting fixtures. They kept the hardwood floors intact and all of the home’s distinctive details that really elevate the feel of the house.”

Former Pacific Palisades Home of Michelle Pfeiffer Asks Nearly $20 Million

A 1930s mansion in Pacific Palisades with some serious celebrity cachet has hit the market for the first time in 20 years. The traditional-style red-brick pile is one of a number of homes actress Michelle Pfeiffer and her husband, TV writer-producer David E. Kelley, have bought and sold around the posh Los Angeles neighborhood. The current owner, who picked up the property from Ms. Pfeiffer in 2001, put the house up for sale this week asking $19.999 million, according to information provided by the Compass listing agents. The “ Scarface ” actress lived in the pre-war house in the 1990s, purchasing it with Mr. Kelley through a trust in 1994 for $3.1 million, according to property records. They immediately set to work updating the four-acre property, adding a new pool and spa to the backyard and building out the home’s porches and trellises for more luxurious outdoor living, Los Angeles building records show. They weren’t the first stars to preside over the address. Many decades prior, early Hollywood icon Will Rogers owned the property, according to the listing agents—one part of an enormous spread the actor and humorist once held in Pacific Palisades. As a result, the house is mere steps from the 186-acre Will Rogers State Historic Park, the actor’s former home and ranch that now serves as a hiking destination at the edge of the Santa Monica Mountains. Ms. Pfeiffer, 62, and Mr. Kelley, 64, the creator of the recent HBO hit “Big Little Lies,” eventually sold off the Rivas Canyon house for $7.5 million—more than double what they paid—in 2001 to its present owner, who continued improving the property, public records show. The owner, who did not wish to be identified or interviewed, expanded the East Coast country-style home with the help of lauded interior designer Michael S. Smith —who famously decorated the White House under President Barack Obama. It’s now a true compound with a four-bedroom main house and two one-bedroom guest units privately located at the edge of the property. There’s also a one-bedroom staff house, and a gym and a studio converted from former stables, according to the listing with Aaron Kirman, Liz Gottainer and Jeeb O’Reilly, of the Aaron Kirman Group at Compass. Meanwhile, a cabana overlooks the pool added during Ms. Pfeiffer’s ownership. The interiors still convey that traditional East Coast refinement, with detailed molding and original wide-plank hardwood floors. There’s also a spacious country-style kitchen with exposed timber beams, and a dramatic two-story library—whose design dates back to Rogers’s time, according to information from the listing agents.

Former Pacific Palisades Home of Michelle Pfeiffer Asks Nearly $20 Million

A 1930s mansion in Pacific Palisades with some serious celebrity cachet has hit the market for the first time in 20 years. The traditional-style red-brick pile is one of a number of homes actress Michelle Pfeiffer and her husband, TV writer-producer David E. Kelley, have bought and sold around the posh Los Angeles neighborhood. The current owner, who picked up the property from Ms. Pfeiffer in 2001, put the house up for sale this week asking $19.999 million, according to information provided by the Compass listing agents. The “Scarface” actress lived in the pre-war house in the 1990s, purchasing it with Mr. Kelley through a trust in 1994 for $3.1 million, according to property records. They immediately set to work updating the four-acre property, adding a new pool and spa to the backyard and building out the home’s porches and trellises for more luxurious outdoor living, Los Angeles building records show. They weren’t the first stars to preside over the address. Many decades prior, early Hollywood icon Will Rogers owned the property, according to the listing agents—one part of an enormous spread the actor and humorist once held in Pacific Palisades. As a result, the house is mere steps from the 186-acre Will Rogers State Historic Park, the actor’s former home and ranch that now serves as a hiking destination at the edge of the Santa Monica Mountains. Ms. Pfeiffer, 62, and Mr. Kelley, 64, the creator of the recent HBO hit “Big Little Lies,” eventually sold off the Rivas Canyon house for $7.5 million—more than double what they paid—in 2001 to its present owner, who continued improving the property, public records show.

Michelle Pfeiffer’s Historic Former LA Estate Hits the Market for $20 Million

Michelle Pfeiffer’s former LA digs list for $20 million. Will Rogers might have been the ultimate one-man media machine. Born in the Cherokee Nation, the cowboy made his way from Oklahoma to Hollywood, starring in more than 70 films—both silent and “talkies”—and had a syndicated column with The New York Times and a radio show. During the 1920s and ’30s, he was a household name across the US. In LA’s Pacific Palisades, Rogers has an eponymous state park and a beach to commemorate his big personality and presence as well as his love of the outdoors. He died in a plane crash in Alaska in 1935 at age 57. But just before he died, he finished the final details on a sprawling new home just minutes from the Will Rogers State Park. The starry legacy continued when actor Michelle Pfeiffer, along with her producer and TV writer husband, David E. Kelley, purchased the spread, which included a pool, pool house and horse stables, plus a spacious 6,250-square-foot main house. In 2001, the compound changed hands again, this time to a local venture capitalist and his family. Now they’re selling the expanded estate for $19.99 million.

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DANIEL Hairstylist + Realtor = Entrepreneur I could not live without a good diet and exercise routine and although it isn't easy to maintain one. I really have to force myself to stretch my body daily and avoid unhealthy (yet yummy) foods offered on set. As far as my hair care specifically... I can’t live without regular barber haircuts! At this point in my life, being beautiful has become an inside job! Yes, good skin care, diet, and an exercise regime help. Ultimately, an innate sense of purpose and spiritual connection to the world around me is what really keeps me feeling "badass and beautiful." In short, feeling good equals looking good in my book! Lifestyle definitely has a direct impact on hair health... Conversely, hair, skin and nail health can be an indicator of internal health issues that we should check out with health professionals. Scalp massages and exercise increase blood flow and natural oil production which will also impact hair health. The "beauty industry" has finally come around to the demand for natural and organic recipes so that clients won't have to reach for their mayonnaise and honey jars- however, mayonnaise deep conditioning and honey facials can really do the trick! Also, shea butter seems to be an ingredient in everything moisturizing these days. When I travel for work or vacation, I like to choose neighborhoods where I can walk around for errands and entertainment. While filming season two of American Gods in Toronto, I ended up near Church and Carlton right on the edge of The Village. In Atlanta, working on Vampire Diaries, I was happiest in Inman Park right on the Beltline. While filming Widows in Chicago, we invested in our vacation (retirement) condo in The Uptown neighborhood right on Lakeshore Drive. Los Angeles is where we live and work most of the year. We have an income property on a hillside overlooking The City with nice walking trails nearby. All of these living situations have given me the opportunity to live life and enjoy things without necessarily being totally car-centric. At my age, I have a different view on what it means to be complete. I have been following a guru from India, Paramahansa Nithyananada, for several years now. One of the first processes that are taught relate to the resolution of childhood traumas. Through this technique of reliving the impact of these traumas we are able to rewrite our core root patterns. In a way, changing how I feel about my past has allowed me the freedom to reimagine my future here and now in the present. Consequently, I am much happier where I am at any point and time in life and don't react to people, places, and things the same old way I used to. This is what the French call "joie de vivre.” A little attitude of gratitude can go a long way. Try to be grateful for something, or anything. There are plenty of over-the-counter health supplements to deal with stress, but there's no substitute for a good night's sleep. The secret of a good life well-lived is the company you keep and the community you choose to be a part of. Try to stay in the game and not sit every dance out: sometimes as we age, we lose those silly social inhibitions that we can't remember where or why we picked them up! Despite a busy creative career in the film industry, I reached a point where I needed new challenges, new outlets. I am experiencing a professional renaissance of sorts as I enter my third act. Channeling my love for art, architecture, and drawing inspiration from the elaborate sets and homes I’ve worked in. I bring this passion into the realm of interior remodeling and luxury real estate sales. I believe each property, no matter the size, is a fantastic opportunity to create and make a difference - one unique dwelling space at a time. I love that my work has not only taken me all over Los Angeles but to a range of culturally important cities and given me access to extraordinary homes. A few of our favorite listings include a 1930s Spanish Colonial Revival villa (available for lease) that is evocative of the grandeur of landmark films like Sunset Blvd. The home was designed by architect Paul C. Pape [1866-1961] who trained in Zurich, Switzerland and Florence, Italy. The first owner was Miss Mae E. Lampert, a wealthy Swiss heiress and philanthropist. Another amazing property is the gorgeous Hancock Park home featured in L.A. Confidential, built by actor-architect Jack Donovan in 1923. It has since been updated with a modern touch during a two-year restoration and sold almost immediately after being featured in The Robb Report. My team leader at The Aaron Kirman Group is in the process of bringing another historic home to market named “Los Tiempos”, which was seen in The Black Dahlia and originally owned by the Chandler family of The Los Angeles Times. Southern California offers a great deal of diversity from the instantly recognizable to those of quiet luxury. My goal is to unite a property with people that understand and appreciate its background- as the great Maya Angelou once said, “the more you know of your history the more liberated you are”. Lending support to causes I believe in has become the cornerstone of my AA recovery. I am fortunate enough to contribute to vital charity events such as Best in Drag Show by Alliance for Housing and Healing that provides essential housing and supportive services to people living in poverty with HIV/AIDS and other challenging health conditions - plus it’s a dazzling performance with great hair and makeup! Who doesn’t love a good show? 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Veteran Realtor Cherie Iseppi Joins Real Estate Powerhouse Team Aaron Kirman Group

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Cherie Iseppi, an international real estate agent based in Malibu, California, announced today she's joined Aaron Kirman Group, the No. 1 team in 2020 at tech real estate company, Compass. Iseppi serves as an agent with the Estates Division and is based out of the team's Beverly Hills headquarters. In 2020, Iseppi ranked in the Top 10% of sales within the team. "Aaron Kirman Group is a collaborative team with the perfect combination of talent and resources where I can add value and transcend corporate work ethic to cement a successful real estate deal," said Iseppi. "I respect that Aaron Kirman Group represents the finest estates across the globe and offers a trusted base of knowledge to clients." A dual citizen of both the United States and Switzerland, Iseppi has been a long-time resident of Malibu, and has worked with a portfolio of high-profile and notable personalities, most recently selling singer-songwriter Jakob Dylan's former Malibu home for $9,347,000. Iseppi attributes 20 years of professional success to her corporate work history, advertising strategies, market knowledge, network, understanding the luxury lifestyle of high-end buyers, and a deep passion for real estate. Additionally, her international experience in which she gained global perspective around cultures, markets and businesses has added a valuable skill set for her to serve a wider range of clientele and connect with people from all over the world. "Living around the world, I've witnessed people's excitement of discovery and research, sourcing properties, land, architecture, interiors, and landscaping across different climates," continued Iseppi. "I'm very grateful to be a part of this fascinating, exciting and rewarding process in my career. The one commonality I've found throughout my worldwide experiences is the passion of what it means to have a home." In addition to being a licensed residential real estate expert, Iseppi is a co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Pacific Coast Falconry, Inc., an exclusive abatement service catering to commercial real estate clients throughout Los Angeles County. She has worked in multinational corporate executive roles with high-net-worth clients such as Playboy Enterprises, Fidelity Investments and Arup Global Engineers for 10 years, and worked alongside Hollywood and entertainment elite as a former FORD model and actress, with top international agencies around the world. She's previously lived in New York City, London, Paris, Tokyo, Cape Town, Sydney and Ibiza. Founded in 2017 by Aaron Kirman, President of International Estates at Compass, Aaron Kirman Group has grown into a multibillion dollar-producing real estate team –– $720 million in 2020 alone –– built on a single guiding principle: to build a team where a group of like-minded individuals could support one another to rise together in competing within the most dominant and competitive market in the world. Based in Beverly Hills, California, Aaron Kirman Group is consistently ranked among the top 10 top producing teams by Wall Street Journal and Real Trends, setting price-per-square-foot records throughout Southern California. Check out Aaron Kirman and his team on their raved-about show, Listing Impossible on CNBC. For more details, visit www.aaronkirmangroup.com or on Instagram @aaronkirman.group. Iseppi can be reached at cherie@aaronkirman.com, 310.569.5113 and www.cherieiseppi.com.

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