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.

May 24, 2011

An Architectural Marvel!

Another magnificent home has just hit the market in The Hills and the property can be described with one word, WOW. I like to share the news of home greatness myself most of the time, but Curbed LA did the liberty of highlighting this home on their website, which to us local Real Estate Junkies, is kind of a big deal!

Take a look for yourself!

Listing Brokerage: ENGEL & VĂ–LKERS Santa Monica

May 20, 2011

Sunday Open House - 05/22/11

It has been a busy week in the world of real estate and John Aaroe Group is looking forward to another successful weekend of sales! With a variety of inventory including starter condos and single family homes, to grand estates and compound properties, we have something to offer most every buyer in every neighborhood!

Make sure to plan your Sunday accordingly, we have 30 Open House showings!! Whether your budget is $500,000 or $12,000,000, John Aaroe Group has something to suit your needs. Below is a link to this weekend's list. If you have never used a QR code, know that this is the way of the future and John Aaroe Group is an innovator who has taken full advantage of this great new marketing system. Simply download "ScanLife" in your App store for free, and take a photo of the image below. You will then have our entire Open House list saved in your phone, magic!

Happy hunting and we hope to see you Sunday.

May 18, 2011

***Just Sold***

It has been a tremendous year so far for high end sales volume. While other markets may be suffering from a lack of sales, the Westside is experiencing record breaking times with over 100 $5million+ sales so far in the first half of this year!! Take a look at some recent sale with properties that stand out here in The Hills.

1. Starting off in the 90210, just north of the Beverly Hills hotel, this impressively built Mediterranean estate gives a clear definition of fine living. With outstanding attention to detail, this 5 bedroom 8 bathroom mansion affords you 14,000 sqft of roaming room, walled compound living, lavishly landscaped grounds encompassing 38,000 sqft of prime land, resort styled backyard with an exquisite pool and Chef's BBQ, and a chilled wine cellar. This beautiful compound just sold for $15,700,000.

Listing Brokerage: Audrey Max Estates
Selling Brokerage: Non-Participant Office

2. Tucked away in lower Benedict Canyon, this gated compound offers sprawling acreage with over 220,000 sqft (5+ acres) of Beverly Hills land. The property comes with a main house completed with 3 beds and 3 baths, gourmet kitchen, floor to ceiling windows and gorgeous views of the LA basin. Its beautifully landscaped grounds enjoy a relaxing waterfall/pool/spa combo, welcoming terraces and a detached guesthouse. This serene setting in The Hills was picked up for $3,250,000.

Listing Brokerage: Hilton & Hyland
Selling Brokerage: Prudential - BH

3. If you enjoy Sunset Plaza and legendary Actresses, such as Ginger Rogers, you will love this private estate which just sold high up in The Hills. This original 1920's Spanish property boasts 4,800 sqft encompassing 5 beds and 3.5 baths, maids quarters, artist loft, unobstructed breathtaking views, lovely grounds and a built in koi pond. This historical home just sold for $1,905,000.

Listing Brokerage: WEA
Selling Brokerage: Peter Lorimer Group Estates

4. Over in Bel Air, another sizable estate has left the market with an impressive full price offer. With over 8,200 sqft spread out over an acre of 90077 land, this 5 bedroom and 8 bath estate brings a grand English manor feeling to its new owner. A two story library, expansive gourmet Chef's kitchen, billiard room, high end everything, lush and private grounds, and a massive pool make this one attractive package. This tucked away mansion was picked up for a subtle $8,000,000. 

Listing Brokerage: WEA
Selling Brokerage: Nourmand & Associates

5. Back in Sunset Plaza, this Spanish pool house has also found a happy new buyer to claim it their own. With close to 3,600 sqft of living, this 4 bedroom and 3.5 bathroom property comes equipped with many dramatic Colonial features such as original exposed beams, powerful arches, and iron accents throughout. Enjoy an expansive entry with an over sized motor court, flat landscaped yard, inviting swimming pool and a detached guest house. This Hollywood Hills delight was just picked up for $1,850,000.

Listing Brokerage: Coldwell Banker - BH North
Selling Brokerage: John Aaroe Group

6. Outpost Estates maintains a reputation for one of the most influential Hollywood Hills neighborhoods, and it is certainly one of my favorites as well! And this grand Country French property is just one of the hundreds of impressive homes in this highly sought after neighborhood. Boasting 3,400 sqft with 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, this classic home offers grand living at an affordable price. A large gourmet Chef's kitchen with Carerra marble counters, den with full wet bar, theater room, wine cellar, sprawling grounds with a large swimming pool, street to street lot with over 1/4 acre of land, and a detached studio all make this Outpost estate well worthwhile. The new owner claimed this French dream for a very reasonable $2,400,000.

Listing Brokerage: Coldwell Banker - Sunset
Selling Brokerage: Coldwell Banker - Sunset

7. When it comes to grand estates, we know that Holmby Hills tends to be the neighborhood with the best and biggest, and this property certainly makes that list! With over an acre of prime real estate, this 7 bed 11 bath compound offers glamor and grandeur in every way. With a famed Designer adding his personal touch to a recent renovation, this mansion offers an impressive master with dual bathrooms and dual walk-in closets, a championship tennis facility, resort styled swimming pool, and a two story cabana. This home which is featured in Architectural Digest commanded a sale price of $21,500,000.

Listing Brokerage: Nourmand & Associates / Coldwell Banker - BH South
Selling Brokerage: Nourmand & Associates

8. Head over to the east side of The Hills for this Beachwood Canyon view home. With it's Mid-Century architecture and contemporary styling, this home comes with 3 beds and 3 baths, a spacious 2,600 sqft of living, stunning views of Downtown and the Hollywood sign, dramatic interiors from the master to each individual bedroom suite, an entertainer's backyard and a resort styled swimming pool. This beauty was let go for a sales price of $1,975,000.

Listing Brokerage: Teles Properties
Selling Brokerage: Nourmand & Associates

9. Back up Sunset Plaza, another Traditional view property has been picked up by a happy new homeowner. This newly remodeled property comes equipped with 2,300 sqft of living space, 4 beds and 2.5 baths, media room, slate and hardwood flooring throughout, solar panels for the energy efficient minded resident, over sized decking and stunning views of the city from just about every room in the house. Sunset Plaza welcomed the new neighbors for a buy in cost of $1,515,000.

Listing Brokerage: WEA
Selling Brokerage: Prudential - BH

10. Down in pop culture central, this West Hollywood California Bungalow styled home was just picked up after just over a month on the market. This charming 3 bed 3 bath home offers 1800 sqft of living, modern details and finishes throughout, an open floor plan with a sleek and minimalist mod feel, entertainer's backyard with sleek deck, pool and spa, and smart home technology for comfort and ease. The Melrose/Robertson swank pad went for $1,750,000.

Listing Brokerage: Keller Williams - Hollywood Hills
Selling Brokerage: Deasy Penner & Partners

11. Head over to the east to see this beautiful, original English Tudor home in Hancock Park. With 7 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms, this 8,100 sqft estate possesses just under an acre of lush grounds, tremendous attention to detail throughout, generously over sized rooms, tennis courts, detached guest house, staff quarters, and a 4 car garage. This trophy home just sold for a pretty penny at $6,075,000.

Listing Brokerage: Sotheby's - Sunset / Coldwell Banker - HP
Selling Brokerage: Coldwell Banker - HP

12. Headed back up to The Hills, here we have another hillside villa offering contemporary styling and private living. Providing stunning jetliner views and villa like surroundings, this 4 bed and 2.5 bath home comprises 2,700 sqft, Brazilian cherry wood flooring, designer kitchen with sleek Ceaserstone counters, a canopied entertainer's backyard and a perfect hillside swimming pool. The delighted new Hollywood Hills resident snatched this place up for $1,652,000.

Listing Brokerage: Prudential - West Hollywood
Selling Brokerage: Gibson International

13. Behind the gates of Bel Air, a stunning Contemporary styled property has just found a new owner. This masterpiece comes equipped with the best of technology and elements that are available in today's market. With over 9,000 sqft, the home allows for 6 bedrooms and 9.5 bathrooms, dining room for 20, home theater, grand ceilings and open floor plan throughout, 3 staircases, giant infinity pool, remote control pocket doors, large motor court and breathtaking mountain views. The new age compound was sold for an impressive $12,000,000.

Listing Brokerage: Coldwell Banker - BH North
Selling Brokerage: Hilton & Hyland

14. Last but not least, another impressive and grand estate in the Beverly Hills Post Office has made it's mark in the 8 digit sales for the first half of the year. Taking up over 4 acres of land in this prestigious neighborhood, this 7 bedroom and 8 bathroom Traditional compound allows for lavish living with top of the line essentials, grand rooms and appointments throughout, a 35mm screening room, expansive and treated grounds with a detached guest house and a beautiful swimming pool that screams old Hollywood. Another high roller sale price took this off the market at $22,950,000.

Listing Brokerage: WEA
Selling Brokerage: Sotheby's - Sunset