Life in The Hills

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Beverly Hills, CA, United States
As a native Southern Californian, I am blessed to have grown up in an area that encompasses year-round beautiful weather, amazing Real Estate, great cuisine, and world influencing entertainment. Having some of the most outstanding homes in America within a 5 mile radius definitely makes my role as a Beverly Hills Realtor unique! In and out of the Golden Triangle, guiding sellers and buyers through their real estate journey, in a one of a kind neighborhood, is a fulfilling and exciting career which I am grateful to have and am happy to share with you. Selling real estate in this area of the country is not just a privilege, it's a lifestyle as well as a gift.

March 8, 2011

Beverly Hills = #1

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, the 90210 has claimed this year's spot for the Most Expensive Neighborhood in America. With a median home value exceeding $3 Million, the neighborhoods of Beverly Hills beat out the Manhattan based Upper East Side by $200k. And with the amount of real estate one can get here in town compared to competing luxury communities, many are realizing that we have some of the best values in the world when it comes to high end property.

Want to know the ins, outs, and whys of the ultimate luxury lifestyle? This article provides some great insight on how our high end towns continue to do what they do.

March 4, 2011

SHOWCASE: Property Of The Week

With the abundant amount of amazing homes viewed on a weekly basis, I think it is only fair that I start to share with you my chosen showcase property of the week. While many homes enter onto and depart from the active real estate market on a daily basis, there are always a couple in any given week that spark your attention more than others.

This week, the highlighted home which captured me more than any other goes to a beautiful Architectural property nestled up in the famed Bird Streets neighborhood of the Sunset Strip. Aside from this home sitting on one of the most desired lots in Tinsletown, this estate offers the ultimate vision of a Contemporary dream home in The Hills.

Invite the friends and family over to what is sure to be one of the most exciting displays of Architecture they have ever seen. An outdoor/indoor styled floor plan promise to give you a true sense of Southern California living. From just about every room in the property, prepare to enjoy stunning jet liner views throughout the entire basin of the great Southland.

Expect to enjoy a hotel styled lifestyle in this home with every amenity you could imagine. This one of a kind home comes equipped with top of the line everything, infinity pool & spa, enormous master suite, media room, bar & lounge, extreme privacy and a world renowned address. Not only does this designer pad come with the ultimate at home living, at also comes packaged with an unparalleled Global Concierge package! And if you don't know what exactly that is, just use your imagination and it is more than likely spot on. :)

Pick up this once in a life time opportunity for a subtle $17,995,000.

 Listing Brokerage: Coldwell Banker - BH South

QR Codes & JAG Open Houses!

If you haven't picked up on the newest technological advancement to hit the retail market place, you need to catch up and download the app to view QR Codes! As stated previously, John Aaroe Group is the first boutique agency in Los Angeles to have a full mobile platform with QR coding!

Before you know it, QR Codes will be EVERYWHERE! It is free to you as a consumer and extremely useful, fun and time effective for any modern day adult on the go! Whether you are on an iPhone, Blackberry, or Droid platform, ScanLife is free and accessible to all. Simply go into your Apps, search for ScanLife, and become part of the newest retail trend! Simply open the program, put your camera over the image below, and all the info you need comes up!

Sounds too simple right, that's because it is!! Try it out below and make sure to come by my open house this Sunday at 8712 Ashcroft in West Hollywood!

March 1, 2011


The sales keep on closing in the first quarter of 2011 making for a very busy real estate market here in The Hills. Take a look at these recent sales of notable homes throughout the canyons, hills and flats of Tinsletown!

1. Head north of Sunset just a couple blocks west of the Beverly Hills Hotel to this traditional 90210 Spanish estate. This 4,600 square foot, 5 bed 5.5 bath property comes with worlds of character and amazing potential for anyone looking to do minor upgrades or even a complete remodel. On over a half of an acre, the property currently boasts an over sized swimming pool, two story guest house, and maturely lush landscaping. This happy homeowner bought into this celebrity lined street for $6,000,000, $1.2 million LESS than the original list price.

Listing Brokerage: Prudential - BH
Selling Brokerage: Sotheby's - BH

2. Down in the Norma Triangle neighborhood of West Hollywood, this remodeled Spanish home offers a more subtle and scaled down property compared to above. For a significant amount less, this home comes with 1,110 square feet and encompasses 2 beds and 2 baths, private and gated grounds, spacious front and back yards, contemporary kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and one of the most desirable locations at the base of The Hills. This home fell just shy of the million dollar mark at $963,000.

Listing & Selling Brokerage: KW - Sunset

3. For the traditional enthusiast, Coldwater Canyon has many opportunities for one to inherit some truly original Beverly Hills real estate. Sitting on 18,000+ square feet, this 3 bed and 4 bath property is an ideal home for entertaining your weekly lunch and dinner parties. With an open floor plan and just under 4,000 square feet, the home provides a Chef's kitchen with a Butler's area, beautiful grounds with lush landscaping, sparkling pool and a detached guest house. This flat lot mini estate was sold at a price of $2,095,000.

Selling & Listing Brokerage: Prudential - Palisades & BH

4. For the architectural enthusiast, take a look at this beautifully done 2,400 square foot home in West Hollywood. Tucked away in the hip Robertson/Melrose neighborhood, this 3 bedroom 3.5 bathroom property boasts a gourmet kitchen, designer bathrooms, hardwood flooring throughout, and a clean cut entertainer's backyard with a pool and fire pit. This home was taken off the market for a solid $2,200,000.

Listing Brokerage: KW - Sunset
Selling Brokerage: Prudential - Brentwood

5. Up in Beachwood Canyon, another Spanish Villa was just picked up by a willing and able buyer. The designer property has been restored completely and provides an elegant, contemporary approach to life in The Hills. With 4 beds and 3.5 baths, this 3,000+ square foot pad includes stenciled beam ceilings, gourmet Chef's kitchen with stainless steel appliances, bonus room with kitchenette, lush grounds full of foliage, outdoor dining patio and a hotel like pool. This home just got picked up for a cool $1,960,000.

Listing Brokerage: Sotheby's - Sunset
Selling Brokerage: Prudential - PDC