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Britain’s Most Expensive Houses follows top agents from UK Sotheby’s International Realty as they offer insight on some of the most spectacular properties on the market. Channel 4 picked up on the need to provide a little escapism whilst also acknowledging a world-wide trend as people sought properties with more space in light of the pandemic and the stamp duty holiday. The documentary will air at 8PM on the 28th of December.
The Next part of our global series takes us to Los Angeles, California where we spoke with Anton Smirnov from www.agentinla.com Anton and his business partner Jeremy have some sensational listings in one of the most fun markets in the world! Having watched the likes of Million Dollar Listing and Selling Sunset in Los Angeles its clear to see it’s a very exciting market place. I was fortunate to meet Anton last year and for him to show me around some incredible homes in Beverley Hills really showcasing the celebrity and luxury lifestyle that L.A. has to offer.
1. Which City/ area are you from?
Los Angeles, CA
2. What are the best things to do/ see where you live?
This is Hollywood baby! We have some of the best beaches in the world and you are never too far from the Beverly Hills celebrity life. Los Angeles has some incredible hiking trails that have extraordinary scenic views. You don’t have to go outside of the city to experience this which is quite amazing.
3. Tell us a little about your market?
We get tremendous amounts of tourists flocking in every year. Many of these tourists acquire homes in Los Angeles as this city is a destination that somehow pulls you back time after time.
We had an unbelievable start to 2020 with buyers scooping up everything that was available; however, due to the coronavirus, the momentum that the LA market had took a hit. I am sure the whole world is experiencing this. Prices in LA aren’t necessarily trending downwards but sellers are nervous to sell as they do not want anyone in their home, and buyers are nervous to buy as they’re more focused on their health right now rather than the home purchase. Deals are still getting done but at fraction of the speed that we’re used to out here.
Los Angeles is known to recover from downswings faster than any other city in the world and we’re all looking forward to that recovery!
4. What is your favourite listings currently on your books and why?
We have an incredible modern architectural home coming this summer in the exclusive Upper Riviera of the Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles. Almost complete, this Woods + Dangaren designed home has over 10,000 sqft of living space with panoramic ocean and city views. It is located in one of the most sought after areas of Los Angeles. We are excited to see the project come together so beautifully and can’t wait to share it. Here are a couple of renderings. Listing Price – $24M.
We also have a very rare offering of a Penthouse condo in Beverly Hills in The Barcelona which is a very unique building. I represented my client on the purchase about three years ago and she now has decided to move back East. The building is exquisite and the 4 bed 5 bath top floor condo unit is like no other. Floor to ceiling windows bring in a ton of natural light and with windows facing East and South you always have the sun shining through. The rooftop patio has 180 degree views of Los Angeles. You can easily see the Hollywood sign from up there. Currently available off market due to the pandemic. Listing Price – $3.4M
5. How has the Covid-19 Pandemic affected your location?
We’re all on a complete lockdown which now has been extended til mid May. At this stage we cannot be outside without masks and gloves. It is really incredible to see the streets of LA literally empty and the highways with no traffic. This never happens. Everyone is taking the pandemic very seriously.
Best part is that my parents flew in to LA from Ukraine on March 11th for my daughter’s 1st birthday and now they cannot get back home! Ukraine has closed their borders, and all flights have been cancelled so they’re literally stuck here! The free babysitting help is always nice.
6. What are your best tips for living/ working from home?
I have two.
Have a routine and stick to it. Just like you would if the situation was normal. Implement new ideas and strategies to keep yourself busy and motivated because it’s not always easy working from home. I have a one year old running in circles around me while I am trying to put deals together right now so I personally really try to maximize my time when I have it.
Sometimes try to put work aside and actually enjoy this moment of being at home with your family. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to really build and prosper your relationship with your close ones.
7. Your best real estate story?
I don’t have a particular story but what I can say is that real estate has introduced me to some incredible people who have become close friends and all this wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for this industry. The connections we have worldwide and locally because of our job is remarkable.
8. Where is on your travel bucket list?
Right now I’ve put my travel bucket list aside. I am currently trying to get my family to Kiev, Ukraine. My grandfather is getting older and I want him to meet his great-granddaughter. I haven’t been back myself in two years now which is a rarity as I try to go home every year. When the travel ban is lifted, not only will my parents be able to go home but we’ll also finally be able to book our flights.
If I had to pick a bucket list destination I would choose a safari experience in Africa. I’ve had some friends go and they all rave about it.
9. And finally…….. when are you coming to visit us in London!
Oh yeah, also a place on my travel bucket list of course…! As soon as the pandemic is behind us and I get a formal invite from you, Guy, I will be there.
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I am a highly valued and trusted member of a dynamic sales team, providing professional client services and achieving tangible results. I have successfully negotiated a number of significant transactions of high-net-worth houses and apartments in St John’s Wood, Hampstead, Little Venice, Regents Park. Primrose Hill and the all surrounding areas of primary London. My friendly, enthusiastic approach is a reflection of my genuine passion for real estate. Through this I have established strong relationships with a large number of individuals, corporate clients, agents and property consultants.
Through relationship building and shear hard work, I have established a reputation over the last fifteen years for outstanding sales success in a competitive and challenging market.
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