Max Nelson

Max Nelson has worked successfully for the past thirteen years representing buyers and sellers in the market of architecturally significant homes, historic estates and design-centric properties.

Max boasts a keen understanding of contract language, powerful negotiating skills and a well-honed craft of identifying a property’s assets, liabilities and potential upside regardless of location and price point. His distinctive philosophy and approach are defined by a firm and clear understanding of his clients’ needs and the creation of a strategy that enables him to meet their goals. He has extensive experience with both seven and eight figure negotiations, along with a skill set that makes him a natural match for high-net-worth clients with equally high expectations and standards. His repeat clientele are a testament to his success; approximately 70% of Max’s practice, which was started from scratch, consists of repeat clients.

When it comes to representing sellers in multiple areas of the city, Max relies on his tremendous amount of knowledge and experience, as well as his vast network of real estate professionals. Spanning 85 different countries, his wide-reaching connections ensure the global reach that may be required in the successful marketing and advertising of certain homes.

Max’s representation of buyers revolves around his unique approach to their property search coupled with his extensive network of influential brokers, which enables him to creatively locate properties not on the market and put off-market deals together. In fact, nearly 50% of the transactions Max represented last year were properties that were not actively listed. He is on the cutting-edge of the fast-paced luxury market here in L.A.

A regularly quoted expert for the Los Angeles Times, Max was recently featured in a series of interviews dealing with celebrity real estate the city. His client base consists of architects, designers, hedge fund managers, professional athletes and a wide range of show business professionals.

Max is an alumnus of Webb, the nationally ranked boarding school located in Claremont, CA, and earned his BA from Davidson College, a top 10 liberal arts school known for its honor code and academic excellence. He loves the style, design and architecture of Los Angeles, as well as running, meditating, playing tennis and spending time with his son, Rivers. Max resides in a mid-century modern home that he personally restored in the Crestwood Hills neighborhood of Brentwood.
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My Listings

4 Properties Found. Page 1 of 1

8400 Grand View Drive 90046 DL16-03739


Behind gates and completely secluded, this architectural achievement manifests design prowess in one word: breathtaking. The marriage of glass and steel effortlessly creates a sophisticated yet intimate atmosphere. Faithful to its site, every aspect of the ...

974 Teakwood Road 90049 SL17-05702



The Page Residence, Kenneth Lind, Architect. This classic mid-century home is a pure expression of form and function. A Zen oasis gracefully positioned to maximize city and ocean views, and private outdoor living area. Substantial yet cozy public spaces con...

4828 Glencairn Road 90027 DL16-03544


Extensively and tastefully restored while preserving it’s integrity and soul, the old world imagination of Elvis Restaino has enhanced this enchanting courtyard Spanish which offers extreme privacy on a quiet cul de sac. Vintage details such as the beamed c...

1220 N. Orange Grove #5 90046 LL17-05781



Hardwood and concrete elements are prominently featured in this modern townhome. A voluminous living room with large art walls, dining area and Italian designed kitchen constitute the first floor. An industrial-style staircase leads to the loft space which ...

My SOLD Listings

109 Properties Found. Page 1 of 13

Spectacular, Unobstructed City To Ocean Views. ...


MLS® #14787869

Spectacular, unobstructed City to Ocean Views. Sophisticated Architectural Luxury Estate above the Sunset Strip. Highest level of quality materials & taste throughout. Glass entry leads to 2-story Great Room w/ retractable walls of glass opening seamlessly...

540 Dryad Road 90402 SL16-03461



Sited on a quiet, tree lined street in the Santa Monica Canyon this soulful Mediterranean villa is full of character, detail and rustic elements and has been thoughtfully designed by Alison Palevsky and Sarah Shetter. Generous public spaces accentuated by e...

Located In The Heart Of The Alphabet Streets, T...


MLS® #17242386

Located in the heart of The Alphabet Streets, this Palisades home is much more than just a place to live. Built in 2012 by Structure Homes, the comfortable elegance of this Coastal Craftsman captures the essence of California living. Inside, the great room ...

Oversized Lot On Highly Desired Orlando Ave. Am...


MLS® #15954301

Oversized lot on highly desired Orlando Ave. Amazing enclave. Thick hedges of ultimate privacy anchor 1 story gated Traditional. Crtyrd. w/ tranquil fountains and koi pond. Liv. rm. w/ f/p overlooks ancient Indian columns and rear garden sanctuary with infi...

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