A founding member of SIR’s Beverly Hills office and a top agent with the firm since it opened, Peele specializes in properties in the Hollywood Hills, Beverly Hills, Bel-Air and Holmby Hills. His client list includes Madonna, Sofia Vergara, Demi Moore, Elton John and Sharon Stone. Curbed LA’s recent list of the 20 biggest L.A. house sales of 2013 featured three of his properties. “I love working with developers who have innovative ideas and creative clients who understand architectural integrity.”
Coldwell Banker, Malibu Colony
Since starting 13 years ago, Mibach has become one of the top Realtors in one of the nation’s top markets — the highly competitive Malibu beachfront and bluffs. Current listings include homes and estates “up to the $15 million range, and some recent sales were in the $20 million range,” he says. Mibach also has Middle East clients “looking to buy in Bel-Air, Holmby Hills and Beverly Hills, as well as at the beach.” The secret of his success? “Knowing and studying the market inside and out — I live and breathe it 24/7.”
Coldwell Banker Previews Intl.
The Point Dume resident has sold more than $2 billion in real estate over 20 years and has been Malibu’s No. 1 agent for 13 years-plus and No. 1 for Coldwell Banker for three of the past four years. His biggest sale to date: a recent $41 million transaction. Current listings include a $54 million estate on Pacific Coast Highway and a $28.5 million property on Wildlife Road. Clients include actors, moguls, celebs “and ordinary people; my prices ranges from $1 million to $54 million,” he says. “I love helping people buy and sell.”
There’s high-end, and then there’s Jade Mills Estates, with current listings including the fabled Bob Hope Estate in Toluca Lake ($27.5 million), the Gregory Peck Estate in Holmby Hills ($24.9 million), the Richard Landry Illinois Estate ($18.9 million) and various homes in Bel-Air and Beverly Hills, all in the $15 million-$20 million range. “I come from very humble beginnings,” says Mills, whose career spans 25 years so far; she was the top producing agent for Coldwell Banker in the world in 2012 — according to the most recent sales figures available.
Sotheby’s Intl. Realty
Kavanaugh specializes in Santa Monica, Brentwood, the Palisades, Malibu and Beverly Hills. Past deals include Dennis Quaid’s $9.5 million home and transactions for her son, Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO of Relativity Media. In the past year she’s made sales with price tags ranging from $5.5 million to $15 million. “There have been various challenges,” she says. “A good agent just changes with the market.”
Mary Ann Osborn
Osborn, who joined Related in 2007, supervises its West Coast luxury residential sales, including the Century, Related’s first high-rise condo property in Los Angeles, where sales have exceeded $400 million. She also oversees sales of Related’s newly launched Ocean Avenue South development in Santa Monica, the first new construction on Ocean Avenue in nearly two decades.
F. Ron Smith
Partners Trust, Leverage Global Partners
Specializing in luxury new construction in Brentwood and West L. A., Smith has been selling homes to Hollywood’s elite for more than 25 years and has personally sold $1 billion of real estate. Last year he co-founded Leverage Global Partners, a worldwide network of independent boutique real estate brokerages. “We’re currently in 95 markets and our combined sales for 2013 was over $28 billion,” he says.
Arana came to California in 2003 with $100 and limited English. Today he’s one of the top agents in town. Sales include Larry David’s $15 million home. But there are downsides, like the time a client woke him up late at night and asked him to shut off the water on the overflowing pool at his $17 million listing. “When you’re going be getting 5% or 2.5% of $17 million, depending on whether you bring the buyer or not, you say, ‘Yes, I’ll do it.’ ”
Montecito Coast Village Road Brokerage, Sotheby’s Intl. Realty
The accomplished equestrienne specializes in ranches, horse properties and beachfront estates in Santa Barbara, Montecito and the Santa Ynez Valley. In 2007 she repped the sellers in the largest non-commercial transaction in California history, consisting of the El Cojo and Jalama ranches, listed at a whopping $155 million.
Barry Sloane, Marc Silver
Barry Sloane Group, Sotheby’s Intl. Realty
The duo specialize in high-end, historic and architecturally significant properties from Los Feliz to the Westside and Malibu. Their celeb clients include actors, musicians and artists. “We attract the connoisseurs of architecture,” says Sloane. “We have access to the most important homes in Los Angeles.” Sloane, with more than $700 million in sales in prime L. A. properties, most located on the Westside and in the Hollywood Hills, has repped and sold such landmark homes as Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1923 La Miniatura, A.F. Leicht’s 1929 the Castle and Richard Neutra’s 1951 MIK House. Silver has repped properties by such architects as Paul Williams, John Lautner, Cliff May and Raphael Soriano, including the sale of the Julius Shulman Residence + Studio. He’s also repped houses by many of today’s design leaders including Lorcan O’Herlihy, Offenhauser-Mekeel and Marmol-Radziner.
Greg Holcomb, Mark Rutstein
The pair are consistently among the top-producing agents for firm’s Beverly Hills office, and the bulk of their business is in the Hollywood Hills, from Los Feliz to the Sunset Strip, as well as the Brentwood, Palisades and Malibu neighborhoods. Clients include entertainment professionals both in front of and behind the camera as well as business magnates, musicians and architects. Their high-profile sales include a $4.6 million estate in Hollywood’s Outpost Estates, a $12 million beach house in Malibu and an $8.2 million hilltop estate in Pacific Palisades. “We are definitely here to be of service to our clients and help guide them in their purchases and sales,” they both say. “A home is not just a financial investment but also an emotional investment in how you want to create your space, your personal oasis that you get to come home to each night. A home can be a place of comfort, inspiration, security, artistry and so much more.”
Lee Polster & Timothy C. Macker
Coldwell Banker Commercial Westmac
Polster and Macker are known for making big commercial real estate deals for media clients, including David Ellison’s $25 million purchase of the old Santa Monica post office for his SkyDance Prods. The duo’s official partnership is relatively new — Polster joined Macker from Travers Realty in January 2013 — but they’ve been doing business together for some time. “Clients would come to me looking for an investment property, and that wasn’t what Travers did,” Polster says. “So I had enlisted Tim to help me and quickly realized, if I’m paying this guy half his fee I might as well partner up with him.” Polster estimates 75% of their business comes from the entertainment sector. “(Show business) is driven by individuals, for the most part,” Polster says. “This isn’t some operations officer in the middle of Ohio. This is a guy you see socially for dinner and maybe at your wedding; somebody you know who knows people that you know.”
Blair Chang, Billy Rose, Mauricio Umansky
As the name suggests, the Agency models its operations on Hollywood tenpercenteries, from its morning meetings to its devotion to synergy. “We rep many A-list celebrities and homes with extraordinary design and some of the highest-priced listings,” says Rose, a former entertainment lawyer and UTA motion picture lit agent. “Those bring attention to the rest of what we do. We’re all contributing to the same thing.” The company came together in September 2011, when partners Rose and Chang teamed with Umansky to help AEG sell its Ritz-Carlton Residences in Downtown L.A. Last year, the team sold Ryan Philippe’s Hollywood Hills home for $6 million. Current listings include an ultra-modern Hagy Belzberg-designed compound on Sunset Plaza with an asking price of $28 million. The company prides itself on its value-added VIP treatment of clients, which has included a trip to the Thermal Club Racetrack outside Palm Springs to drive Lamborghinis and a visit to the Lakers’ locker room, all free of charge. “We’re selling the lifestyle that goes around the property, Umansky says.