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 averaging $250 million from 2015 on and reaching as high as $520 million in a record breaking year in 2017. These staggering sales figures earned the partners The Agency’s MVP Award in 2017 and 2018. Harris has proven that his exceptional service and attention to each and every one of his clients is the recipe to his success.
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, which is the highest sale in Holmby Hills and in Los Angeles County in history and the 4th highest sale in the U.S. in 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 - the highest sale in history in Beverly Hills. Other notable sales include the buyer of a Malibu estate for $69.9 Million, 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 and the $30 Million sale of 438 N. Faring Road in Holmby Hills and the $30 Million sale at 200 N. Delfern in Holmby Hills, two deals in which they represented both the Buyer and the Seller.
Other 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, this year James and David have expanded their listing inventory to include two spectacular Bel Air listings priced at $44 Million and $38.5 Million plus a newly developed Sunset Strip estate listed for $43.9 Million. Their current listing portfolio is worth an astonishing $1 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 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 & 2018. The partners were also named on the Wall St. Journal Real Trends list for 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2018 the partners were ranked #9 in American by Wall St. Journal Real Trends. They were also ranked #5 on The Real Deal’s list of top agents for 2017 & 2018 and were ranked #12 on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s list of Residential Real Estate Agents for 2017. They have placed in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s list for 2018 with their ranking number pending.
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).