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.

September 22, 2011

***Heath Ledger & Ellen Degeneres' Old Hideway***

Tucked away privately in The Hills above the Sunset Strip, just south of the nature filled Mulholland Drive, sits a tranquil and updated "Tree House" like home formerly owned by a couple of Hollywood heavy hitters. Most recently, beloved and missed Heath Ledger owned and lived at this house until his last days as an up and coming powerhouse. Prior to that, the home received an all out renovation by notorious Real Estate lover and day time funny lady, Ellen Degeneres. The one of a kind, serene, forest like setting surrounding the grounds of this structure are vital aspects to the home's celeb appeal and marketability.

Mysteriously hidden behind beautiful gates and  towering tree tops, this 2 bedroom 2 bathroom house provides a great base for indoor/outdoor Hollywood Hills living. While the exposed cement flooring and modern kitchen wouldn't be my personal choice for finishes, the retreat has plenty of other attributes to sit back and enjoy. Walls of glass and high beamed ceilings welcome you out to a 2,500 sqft deck of relaxation. With an outdoor theater and multiple dining and lounge areas, this one of a kind backyard is likely where most of your time would be spent.

Other admirable features include indoor/outdoor surround sound, property surveillance, wide open natural spaces, and 18,000sqft of lush Hollywood real estate. A bit ambitiously, the price point to buy in to this A list hideaway starts at $2,995,000. 

Listing Brokerage: Rodeo Realty

September 16, 2011

***Contemporary Perfection***

While there are a handful of home styles available to please each individual, Contemporary properties claim the title of my favorite style of architecture. From Hollywood Hills East over to the beaches of Malibu, many of these beauties can be found nestled behind ficus and walls of simplicity and grace.

Deep in the hills of Bel Air, home to some of the most gorgeous homes in LA, rests a private and spectacular Contemporary estate with perfection reflected throughout every square foot. With just under 6,000 sqft, this open floor plan 4 bed 4.5 bath home comes equipped with all of the bells and whistles expected from the highest caliper homeowner. An expansive open floor plan laced with travertine floors welcome you to walls of glass, extensive but flowing textured walls, an entertainer's theater, stunning views of the SoCal basin, lush and calming grounds with over an acre of landscape, envious Bel Air property lines and overall, architectural brilliance.

Pick this pad of perfection up for $7,195,000.

Listing Brokerage: Partner's Trust - Brentwood

September 15, 2011

The House That Built Entourage!

All throughout The Hills of Tinseltown, entertainment power folk, artists galore, and wealthy business leaders enjoy all ofthe lifestyle Hollywood has to offer. A perfect example of what's available here is portrayed in arguably HBO's best original series ever, Entourage. The 8 season home entertainment hit was crafted and executed by none other than industry favorite Mark Wahlberg, who had one admirable house of his own throughout the show's conception and on going success.

The house Marky Mark calls (soon to be called) home, purchased in 2001, is a top notch Beverly Hills PO compound combining all of the elements any Hollywood Bachelor and/or family man could ever want.  This sprawling estate consists of 1 massive master with his and hers and 4 additional main house bedroom suites, 2 spacious beds with 2 baths in a detached guest house, expansive Chef's kitchen, wide screen movie theater, resort styled swimming pool with swim in grotto, practice putting greens, sports court for tennis, basketball and racquetball, two story gym with its own boxing ring, and endless views all resting on close to 2 acres of prime Los Angeles real estate!

With an extremely unique setting to reflect on life in The Hills, the buyer of this home will proudly speak of his or her Entourage influenced trophy property for years to come. Take this legendary household off the market for an asking price of just $13,995,000!

Listing Brokerage: KW - Hollywood Hills

September 8, 2011

Lauren Conrad is Letting go of "The Hills"

After 3.5 years of owning her first LA home, at the base of The Hills, Laguna Beach native gone Hollywood mini mogul has decided to let go of her former pop pad. LC moved from her original "The Hills" apartment into this newly remodeled property in February of 2008.

This Spaulding Square Spanish abode contains 3,009 sqft of living space (627sqft of that is an addition), making room for 4 beds and 3.5 baths, a charming little guesthouse where co-star Audrina Patridge resided, beautiful hardwood floors throughout, top of the line kitchen with built in flat screen, Carerra marble bathrooms, original wrought iron work and beautiful interior moldings top off this home's attention to detail.

Resting on a 7,425 sqft lot, this property offers privacy and room to play with a gated motor court and secured entry, outdoor fire pit, sparkling pool, and plenty of yard to enjoy those weekend barbeques. Ms. Conrad will have to let this go home at a loss considering she paid $2,360,000, and we all know the market has dropped considerably since then. Let the bidding begin at $2,250,000!

 Listing Brokerage: 360 Realty

September 7, 2011

***Just Sold***

To start off the last month of Q3 '11, we are highlighting two hot homes sales up in The Hills north Sunset. First, enter through the tranquil West Gate up to this Contemporary Bel Air masterpiece. This sprawled out single story home spreads over 4,700 sqft and comes with 4 beds, 4.5 baths, designer details throughout, rich hardwood flooring and canvas like walls with soaring ceilings. This close to 2 acre lot comes with endless views of the Southern California basin, walled and gated grounds, and a top notch entertainer's back yard make this 90077 home a true treat. This recently remodeled resort property was picked up for $5,500,000. 

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

Over in the Sunset Strip, just above the famed Chateau Marmont, this mid-century view home offers ideal living for any Hollywood hipster. With just over 2,100sqft, this 3 bedroom gem comes with floor to ceiling windows offering extensive scenery from the Pacific to Downtown, designer kitchen with Wolf range, a beautiful swimming pool overlooking endless views, indoor/outdoor surround sound, and a tasteful approach to renewing the ever so popular mid-century build. This lucky buyer paid a subtle $1,875,000 to claim this property as their own. 

Listing Brokerage: Coldwell Banker - BH North
Selling Brokerage: Nourmand & Associates