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, James’ entrepreneurial drive started at the tender age of 16. After working as a residential investment agent in the United Kingdom, James headed west to Los Angeles to broaden his horizons 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, Hollywood Hills, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Malibu and the greater Los Angeles region. Harris has proven that the exceptional service and personalized attention he provides to each and every client are the recipe to his success.
A "no-nonsense" approach to closing deals, coupled with an extensive network of high-net-worth international and domestic clients, have enabled James and David to reach a steady incline in sales year over year, averaging $250 million from 2015 on and reaching as high as $520 million in a record-breaking year in 2017. These staggering figures earned the partners The Agency’s MVP Award in 2017 and 2018.
Most recently the partners represented the seller in the $120 million dollar sale of 594 S. Mapleton in Holmby Hills—also known as The Manor—the highest sale ever in Los Angeles County and the 4th highest sale in U.S. history. The partners also represented the seller in the $72.5 million dollar sale of 406 Robert Lane in the Trousdale area of Beverly Hills—marking the highest sale in Beverly Hills history. Other important transactions for James and David include representing the buyer of a $69.9 million Malibu estate, the buyer of 630 Nimes Road (Le Belvedere) for $56 million, the seller of a newly developed property at 900 Stradella Rd. in Bel Air for $41 million, the $30 million sale of 438 N. Faring Road in Holmby Hills and the $30 million sale at 200 N. Delfern in Holmby Hills. In the latter two deals, the duo represented both the buyer and the seller.
Additional notable sales by the partners include 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 expanded their listing inventory this year to include two spectacular Bel Air listings priced at $44 million and $35.5 million, plus a newly developed Sunset Strip estate listed for $43.9 million. Their current listing portfolio is worth an astonishing $1.5 billion and includes some of the city’s most prestigious properties. Their exclusive clientele is comprised of countless celebrities, producers, business managers, agents, heads of Fortune 500 companies and numerous high-net worth individuals.
James Harris has earned many recent accolades including being named in Variety’s Showbiz Real Estate Elite in 2015, 2017 and 2018 and The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 25 Agents in 2015, 2017 and 2018. David and James were also named on The Wall Street Journal REAL Trends list for 2015, 2016, 2017 and in 2018, the partners ranked #9 in America. They were also listed on The Real Deal’s list of top agents for 2017 and 2018 and were ranked #12 on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s list of Residential Real Estate Agents for 2017 and #34 in 2018. In August of 2019, James and David were named in LABJ’s “Who’s Brokering Los Angeles” list, which spotlights “all-star” residential real estate agents in the region.
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 Children's Hospital Los Angeles.