The perfect blend of British style and American drive, James Harris brings his charisma, intellect and wit to Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles. Born and raised in London, England, Harris' entrepreneurial drive started at the tender age of 16. After working as a residential investment agent in the United Kingdom, Harris headed west to Los Angeles to broaden his horizon and to enjoy the California sunshine.
Today, Harris is living the American Dream, working in a city he loves with an incredibly talented group of people. He and business partner, David Parnes, specialize in high-end residential real estate and investment properties in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Holmby Hills, Sunset Strip, the Hollywood Hills, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Malibu 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 over $3 billion in sales since 2017. These staggering sales figures earned the partners The Agency’s MVP Award in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and The Agency’s Chairman Award in 2020. Harris has proven that his exceptional service and attention to each and every one of his clients is the recipe to his success.
The partners have broken numerous 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 6th highest sale ever in Los Angeles County and the 10th 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 in 2019. They also had the highest sale in the Beverly Flats in 2019 for $32.3 million and the highest since 2012 in the Hollywood Hills/Sunset Strip for $35.5 million.
Other notable sales include representing the buyer of a Malibu estate for $69.9 Million, the buyer of 630 Nimes Road—Le Belvedere—for $56 Million and the seller of a newly developed property at 900 Stradella Rd. in Bel Air for $41 Million. For the $30 Million sale of 438 N. Faring Road in Holmby Hills and the $30 Million sale at 200 N. Delfern in Holmby Hills, they represented both the Buyer and the Seller. James and David also facilitated the sale of a prized property on L.A.'s famous Melrose Place, home to the boutiques of renowned designers such as Oscar De La Renta and Chloé, and the famed Hustler store on Sunset Blvd. for $18.5 Million.
Building on this incredible success, James and David have expanded their listing inventory to include a $48 million development opportunity in the Sunset Strip area, a brand new Bel Air estate priced at $45 million and several large trophy estates which are currently under construction. Their current listing portfolio is worth an astonishing $1.2 Billion and includes some of the City’s most impressive properties. Their exclusive clientele is comprised of countless celebrities, producers, business managers, agents, heads of Fortune 500 companies and high-net worth individuals.
James Harris has earned many recent accolades including being named in Variety’s Showbiz Real Estate Elite in 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020, The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 25 Agents in 2015, 2017, 2018 & 2019. The partners were also named on the Wall St. Journal Real Trends list for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020. They were also listed on The Real Deal’s list of top agents for 2017, 2018 & 2019 and were ranked #12 on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s list of Residential Real Estate Agents for 2017 & ranked #34 in 2018.
James is happily married to his beautiful wife, Valeria, and together they have two daughters, Sofia and Chloe. His three girls are the light of his life. When he is not at work, James and his family love going to the beach and spending quality time together. A firm believer in giving back to the community, Harris is heavily involved in various humanitarian causes including the Jewish Federation Community and CHLA (Children's Hospital Of Los Angeles).