Originally from London, David Parnes brings English charm to the City of Angels. Parnes and his partner, James Harris, have established themselves as two of the top agents serving the Los Angeles luxury market.
After earning his Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Economics and Politics from the University of Manchester, David began working at a hedge fund before moving on to represent a private portfolio of real estate assets in Europe. While taking breaks from the London fog, David spent his summers in Los Angeles and was drawn to the sunshine, warm and friendly people and vast potential of the city's real estate market. As a result, he made the decision to permanently call L.A. home in 2009. Today, he specializes in high-end residential real estate and investment properties in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, Hollywood Hills, Malibu, Pacific Palisades and the greater Los Angeles region.
The partners' "no-nonsense" approach to closing deals, coupled with their extensive network of high-net-worth international and domestic clients, have enabled them to reach a steady incline in sales year over year, with more than $400 million in sales in 2019 and over $1 billion in sales since 2017. These staggering figures earned the partners The Agency’s MVP Award in 2017 and 2018.
In 2019, the partners broke an astounding six records. They represented the seller in the $120 million dollar sale of 594 S. Mapleton in Holmby Hills—also known as The Manor— setting the record for the highest sale in Holmby Hills, the 2nd highest sale ever in Los Angeles County and the 5th highest sale in U.S. history. The partners also represented the seller in the $72.5 million dollar sale of a home in the Trousdale area of Beverly Hills—marking the highest sale in Beverly Hills history. They finished the year with a $32.3 million sale in Beverly Flats (the highest in 2019 ), and a $35.5 million sale in Hollywood Hills/Sunset Strip, the area’s highest sale in 7 years.
Other notable sales include a Malibu estate for $69.9 million and 630 Nimes Road (Le Belvedere) for $56 million; in both transactions, David represented the buyer. He also represented the seller of a newly developed property at 900 Stradella Rd. in Bel Air for $41 million and handled the $30 million sale of 438 N. Faring Road in Holmby Hills as well as the $30 million sale at 200 N. Delfern in Holmby Hills—two deals in which David and James represented both the buyer and the seller. David also teamed up with James on the sale of a prized L.A. property on Melrose Place and the sale of the famed Hustler store on Sunset Blvd. for $18.5 million.
Building on this incredible success, David and James have expanded their listing inventory to include a $58 million development opportunity in the Sunset Strip area, a Bel Air estate priced at $44 million and several large trophy estates that are currently under construction. Their current listing portfolio is worth an astonishing $1.2 billion and includes some of the L.A.’s most impressive properties. Their exclusive clientele is comprised of countless celebrities, producers, business managers, agents, heads of Fortune 500 companies and numerous high-net-worth individuals.
David has earned many accolades, including being named in Variety’s Showbiz Real Estate Elite in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 25 Agents in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019. The partners were also named on The Wall Street Journal’s REAL Trends list for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019. In 2018, the partners were ranked #9 in the nation by The Wall Street Journal’s REAL Trends and #11 in 2019. They were also listed on The Real Deal’s list of top agents for 2017, 2018 and 2019. In 2017, the Los Angeles Business Journal’s ranked David and James #12 on their Residential Real Estate Agents and #34 in 2018; the team was also named to the LABJ’s 2019 list of Real Estate All-Stars.
A few of David’s recent personal project includes the building and sale of a 4,200-square-foot contemporary home in West Hollywood and the purchase of a fixer property in the Bird Streets, where he plans to live with his wife, Adrian, their two rescue Basset Hounds, Maxi and Bella, and Chihuahuas, Apoosh and Freddie. An avid animal lover, David regularly donates to animal charities. He and his wife Adrian wed In 2017 in the South of France and welcomed their first child, a baby girl named India Rose, in 2018.