You have clients with multiple homes all over the world who come to you to find their dream home in Beverly Hills. What do you think draws your clients to the city?
One of the great draws for Beverly Hills is the fact that the luxury homes here provide incredible value compared to most other major luxury cities. When you put Beverly Hills up against New York, London, Paris or Hong Kong, the value and number of home options in Beverly Hills make great economic sense. Of course, how could we not include the year-round fabulous weather?
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Beverly Hills continues to sit as a leader of exquisite homes and properties. How has the design and build of these evolved since you first started in real estate?
It wasn’t that long ago that, to be considered an estate, a home had to be 5,000 square feet. Now, a 10,000 square foot home is commonplace with 20,000 square feet being mansion territory. Spanish Colonial Revival homes, which were inspired by the famed missions of California (and designed to lend romance to an otherwise barren landscape), were one of the first styles built when Beverly Hills was settled. As time endured, the styles of homes became so varied. Today, the city has every type of architecture imaginable. This is one of the most unique characteristics about Beverly Hills that stands out in stark contrast to many other luxury markets.
You grew up in Holmby Hills, in Los Angeles adjacent to Beverly Hills. What did you first love about Beverly Hills back then, what do you love now?
One of my favorite things to do growing up was going to Uncle Bernie’s Toy Menagerie. It was a great place on Rodeo Drive. Back then, most every building was single story with parallel parking out front. I’ll never forget getting on the trolley on Santa Monica Boulevard at Beverly Drive and taking it to the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood and back. Today, my favorite thing would have to be the ability to drive from my house in the Trousdale Estates to my office on Cañon Drive in under 12 minutes.
When asked to describe Beverly Hills to a potential new resident, what are three words you use?
Eclectic. Welcoming. Elegant.