Ultimate Hollywood Hills Bachelor Pad

Yesterday, E! News filmed a spot at one of Patrick Newman’s listings in the Hollywood Hills. The 6,500 square foot home on Sunset Plaza Drive is the ultimate bachelor pad.
And, it has been rented to a string of celebrities over the years and been used as a shoot location for two of E!’s reality shows. Here are a few highlights.
* Author/actor Fabio lived in the house when he was getting his start in LA in the early 1990s.
* Russell Simmons, co-founder of the hip hop label Def Jam, leased the home.
* Diddy rented it for a week.
* E! reality show “Love is in the Heir” was filmed there.
* Denise Richards shot in the home for E!’s reality show “It’s Complicated”
* Director Michael Caton-Jones rented the home (Doc Hollywood, The Jackal, Basic Instinct 2).
* Professional athletes are constantly approaching the owner about renting the house, because it’s perfectly set-up to be a party pad.
The four bedroom, 5.5 bath architectural home, owned by English glamour photographer Richard Franklin, has seven stories to play with. He has essentially made the whole house into his photo studio and work of art.
A few of the cool features include: a two-story waterfall, theater with floor-to-ceiling movie screen, gorgeous pool and deck, a two-level disco tricked out with high end sound system and lights, grotto with hot tub, casino, gym, eagle’s nest deck on the top of the house, and jet liner views.
Norman, who works with Rodeo Realty’s Beverly Hills office, listed the home for $7.5 million. It’s also available for lease.

Real Estate Couples

With today being Valentine’s Day, it seemed appropriate to highlight some of Rodeo Realty’s couples who are also real estate teams. How do they do it? How do these couples also work successfully as professional partners?

The answer boils down to synergy, according to four of those teams.

“Clients tell us there are a couple different pieces to why they like working with us,” said Steve Goldbaum of The Gold Team in Northridge. His wife is Teri Goldbaum.
“We each have unique abilities and personalities. The combination creates a synergy that allows us to achieve our client’s goals. She dots the I’s, crosses the T’s, and does our marketing. My job is more about being out there working with clients to buy, build or sell homes.”
David and Michelle Cohan of the Calabasas office say there are pros and cons to being a married couple and professional real estate team. “Our priorities are clients, work, kids and being a couple,” said David Cohan. “But sometimes it’s hard to just say ‘How are you?’ and not talk about work.” Communication is everything, he added.

One of David’s strengths is going out and showing homes for long stretches of time. One of Michelle’s strengths is seeing the potential in a home and understanding its floor plan, history and the like.

When meeting with clients, David and Michelle speak to each other’s strong points. They also have to communicate information effectively with the rest of their real estate team.

When it comes right down to it, David also knows how to keep the peace. “The most important thing about working together is me accepting that Michelle is boss,” he said lightheartedly.

Desiree and Gregg Zuckerman of the Calabasas and Beverly Hills offices also have a clear understanding of who does what.

“Gregg does most of the behind the scenes work and I do everything on camera -so to speak,” said Desiree.
Gregg excels at taking care of the weekly advertisements, technology stuff such as making sure computers are doing what they should, and the organizational side of the business. Desiree does most of the home showings, inspections and anything else needed to close on the sale or purchase of a property.
Ken Bryant and Barbe Nance of the Studio City office have been in real estate together for the past decade.
“Some clients really like working with both the male and female sides,” said Barbe.
Ken works on the computer related parts of the business, paperwork, and going over sales materials with a fine tooth comb to find mistakes. He’s also good at initiating client relationships. Barbe works more on the sales side. Clients look to her for technical details about real estate.

The duo works closely on developing sales strategies for each home. “When we’re working with clients we always have a brainstorming session, a lot of back and forth,” said Ken. “Like they say, two heads are better than one.”

Joe Babajian showing Bel Air estate

Beverly Hills agent Joe Babajian recently gave a tour of one of his ultra-lux listings to Beautiful Homes & Great Estates. The 12,300 square foot, nine bedroom, 11 bath home is listed for $22,500,000.

The estate is Tim Morrison’s latest masterpiece. Situated on a completely private 1.6 acre promontory in prime Bel Air, it commands unending views from the Pacific Ocean to Century City to downtown 

The re-imagined 1930’s style Colonial compound has large entertaining areas, media room, gorgeous milk-painted paneled salon and grand master suite occupying the entire upper level.

Oaks and manicured gardens lead to a grand pool overlooking the entire city . Two guest residences, destination gym, a separate maid’s apartment and a pool change room round out the estate.

See the property information at: http://www.joebabajian.com/current-listings/202/874-stradella-road/

Oakshire Drive Estate

Homeowner lore says this Old Hollywood gem was once a guest house on the estate of silent film era icon Rudolph Valentino.
Could be. The Latin Lover’s Whitley Heights home, later torn down to make way for the Hollywood Freeway, was located only a few miles away. The homes also share similar Spanish villa architecture.
See the property on Luxist’s Estate of the Day: http://www.luxist.com/2011/02/06/oakshire-drive-estate-of-the-day/
The 2,276 square foot, 4 bedroom, 3 ½ bath walled and gated Spanish villa was originally built in 1924, and is currently on the market for $1,295,000. Carol and Jim Shogren of Rodeo Realty’s Sunset Strip office are the listing agents.
The classic living room has vaulted ceilings, exposed and carved wooden beams, leaded glass window and a raised fireplace. The master bedroom and music room open onto another patio with a soaking tub. Iron work gates accent the home’s entrance.
The house was recently expanded with updated bathrooms and kitchen. The country kitchen opens to one of the outdoor patios that has dining and living spaces. There is also a built-in barbecue on the patio for entertaining.
The home is situated on a double lot. Award winning designer, John Greenlee, designed the landscaping for the second lot with natural grasses, succulents and a vegetable garden.
Greenlee’s designs are featured in The San Diego Zoo, Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida, and private residencies all over the world.
The property web site is: http://3138oakshiredrive.com/

Million Dollar Listing Season 4 – The Highest Offer – Video – Bravo TV Official Site

It has been a been a big week of media exposure for Rodeo Realty agents. See the past few blog entries to get a taste of what they’ve been up to.

The latest fun fact is that Todd Bernstein, Ken Zietz and other Woodland Hills agents were on an episode of Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing.”
Just so you know what a couple of the agents look like, here are their photos. Bernstein is featured prominently in the video and photos.
Todd Bernstein
Ken Zietz