Vacation

The properties I'm looking at this week fall into an entirely different category! #vacation I'll be back next week! Continue reading

REAL ESTATE EYE CANDY

Benjamin Franklin famously said that guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.  But when the estates are this extraordinary and the guest houses are so luxurious and comfortable you’re not likely to shoo your guests away anytime soon. Click here to read more Continue reading

DIRECTIONS IN DESIGN

Looking for design inspiration?  Look no further than these hot new design hotels.  Steeped in luxury and sophistication, and each reflecting rich and unique design elements that set them apart, these hotels take the idea of the art of luxury living very, very seriously. Click here to read more Continue reading

CELEBRITY MOVES

When it comes to celebrity cache it is hard to beat this spectacular mansion located in New York’s upper east side.  Once home to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and before him to Marc Chagall, this six-story 16 room mansion boasts over 9,400 square feet of living space.  Large, light-filled rooms and an elegant contemporary décor lend an airy, comfortable feel.  And oh that rooftop deck!   Click here to read more Continue reading

CELEBRITY MOVES

Alex Rodriquez has listed his Sunset Strip contemporary for $6.5M.  Is it because he’s been spending more time with Jenny from another block?  Whatever the reason, with a storied past of celebrity owners including Meryl Streep and updates by Xorin Balbes, one of LA’s most talented designers, the 3,700 square foot 4 bedroom/4 bath home is sure to generate a hot buzz.  Click here to read more Continue reading

THE NEW NORMAL: REAL ESTATE VALUES REALIGN

There is no denying that there is a shift going on in the real estate market.  On the MLS more and more little green arrows indicate price drops.  Properties are spending more days on market.  Things are cooling down.  Based on past experience it is easy to see why some are questioning whether the bubble is about to burst. But the more likely scenario, based on a range of economic fundamentals, is that we are heading towards a more normal equilibrium. Click here to read more Continue reading

BUYER BEWARE: THE RULES ARE CHANGING FOR ALL CASH BUYERS

The U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has tightened regulations on all-cash real estate deals in a move that will impact more buyers in more cities across the US. If you are planning on making a cash purchase of over $300K, read on…. Click here to learn more Continue reading

CULTURE CLASH: WHERE ART AND REAL ESTATE MEET

I say it often; when it comes to marketing luxury properties no other firm can match the reach and creative, impactful marketing strategies of Sotheby’s. And a new program, House of L is just one more example. These pop-up events will merge art, culture, music and food into unique and unforgettable events designed to showcase luxury properties by creating an emotional connection that inspires buyers. Why would you look to anyone else to sell your home? Click here to read more Continue reading

CELEBRITY MOVES/LA MARKET NEWS

Wednesday is normally our Celebrity Moves day here. And this week the focus is on Frank Gehry, the celebrity architect recently labelled by Vanity Fair as “the most important architect of our age”. The long awaited Frank Gehry project, The Grand, breaks ground this month in DTLA with an expected completion date of 2021. Mr Gehry is world-renowned for his works of contemporary architecture. The Walt Disney Concert Hall right here in LA is one such example among other iconic structures that include 8 Spruce Street in Lower Manhattan and the titanium-clad Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. You can be sure that the mixed-use residential, retail and entertainment complex on Grand Avenue in downtown will be one more great addition to the ever-more- interesting LA skyline. Click here to read more Continue reading

MARKET MATTERS – PART 2

Following up on yesterday’s post, here’s some good news from a new study conducted by ATTOM Data Solutions. Providing yet more support for the underlying financial strengths of the current real estate market, they report another significant increase in the number of homes in the US that are “equity rich”. Click here to read more Continue reading