For those that thought westward expansion was a thing of the past, think again. I’ve been a firsthand witness to its second coming, as more and more homeowners making the migration from Los Angeles proper to areas west of the 405. It’s a movement that really picked up steam a few years ago, and with the continued recovery of the real estate market spurred on by an ever-strengthening economy, the lowest interest rates in decades and an influx of foreign buyers, the Westside is shaping up to be the new must-have address.
From celebrities, to top lawyers, to international billionaires, no one has been immune to this migration to the Westside, which is why The Agency viewed it as the perfect time to strategically expand its presence here. They did this by opening a Brentwood office this past June, and filling it with top producing, world-class agents who have extensive experience in that market. To manage the office they sought out Doug Sandler, one of the industries most experienced and respected Sales Managers, and asked me to join them as one of the principals.
Located at 11911 San Vicente Boulevard Suite 850, the office is in the very heart of Brentwood, surrounded by its acclaimed restaurants and cozy cafés. From the eighth floor of these towering offices the Westside spreads out before us, with views that stretch as far as the white sands and sparkling waters of the beach. The office itself is bright and airy with an open floor plan and modern details. The space focuses on comfortable, communal areas shared by clients and agents alike, a design that fosters the culture of collaboration that makes The Agency so unique.
Now, the Westside is a territory that is very near and dear to my heart. Not only is it a market that I’ve been successfully worked in for 8 years, but it is also where I make my home and prefer to spend my free time. As someone who is intimately familiar with the area, I can tell you that the Westside’s appeal is that it offers a lifestyle that can’t quite be matched elsewhere in Los Angeles. Of course there are the acclaimed restaurants of Brentwood, the boutique and high-end shopping opportunities in Santa Monica, but similar offerings can be found in other areas of Los Angeles. No, what makes the Westside so special is that it combines these essentials with a more family focused, relaxed lifestyle.
Families here frequent the Brentwood Farmers Market together, shopping for fresh seasonal vegetables and local flowers on weekends. They take regular trips to the nearby beaches in Venice, Malibu and Santa Monica, and frequently visit the areas incredible cultural opportunities like the world famous Getty Center in the Santa Monica Mountains, the neighboring Skirball Cultural Center and the coastal Getty Villa. It’s this perfect encapsulation of California coastal living that makes homes on the Westside so desirable to potential buyers both here and overseas.
It’s this level of familiarity that when combined with The Agency’s high quality, full-service marketing and global reach allowed the Brentwood office to establish such a strong presence in such a short period of time. Over the course of this year, the Brentwood office has proven itself by establishing a record of substantial sales on the Westside that rival any brokerage in the area. These sales have included:
30460 Morning View Drive sold for $23,000,000 represented Seller and Buyer
1725 Mandeville Canyon Road sold for $17,850,000 represented the Buyer
491 Tigertail Rd. $16,000,000 represented Seller
14233 Evans Rd. $13,250,000 represented Seller and Buyer
212 Vance St. $12,000,000 represented Seller and Buyer
685 Walther way $10,081,220 represented the Buyer
770 Paseo Miramar $9,250,000 represented Seller
These are merely a selection of the sales that the Brentwood office made this year, and only mark The Agency’s entrance to this market. As desire for properties in this area continues to grow, we intend to grow with it, seeking top real estate experts to join our team and expand throughout the coastal communities.