Hot off the press—our first hotlist of the year. Sit back, relax and enjoy the full scoop of properties and personalities making headlines in January.
4130 CALLE ISABELLA, SAN CLEMENTE → Showcasing 13,000 square feet of opulent living space with ocean and sunset views from every major room, it’s no wonder this Mediterranean-style masterpiece in San Clemente’s prestigious Cotton Point Estates caught the eye of Modern Luxury Magazine. Represented by Santiago Arana and named “best manse on the market” in the magazine’s Best of OC feature, the home is set on three acres and boasts seven bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a 55-foot seaside pool, event lawn, sport court and nine-car garage.
2184 MANDEVILLE CANYON ROAD, BRENTWOOD → Also listed by Santiago, this 9,939-square-foot contemporary farmhouse in Mandeville Canyon, which underwent a multimillion dollar renovation by ANR Signature Collection, nabbed a feature in Robb Report. Built to maximize views of the lush green canyons, the ultra-private home is awash in natural light, featuring wide-plank hardwood floors, wood-beamed ceilings and cathedral-like walls of windows that look out onto a stunning swimming pool and deck.
513 CUMBERLAND ROAD, GLENDALE → Kelis, of “Milkshake” fame, is selling her 1920s Spanish-style home in Glendale—and she’s enlisted The Agency’s Jennifer Winston, James Harris and David Parnes to bring all the buyers to the yard. The five-bedroom, 3,850-square-foot residence boasts a heated saltwater pool, two fireplaces and a glamorous, Old Hollywood appeal. Kelis took Architectural Digest on a private tour, pointing out customized details (like Roberto Cavalli-designed wallpaper and a gold-accented bathtub from Indonesia) that also caught the eye of People.com.
JAMES HARRIS → In a feature on Entrepreneur, James Harris offers readers advice on working with high-profile clients. Among his tried-and-true tips is recognizing the value they place on privacy. He references the growing popularity of The Pocket Listing Service, or ThePLS.com, which he and partners Christopher Dyson, David Parnes and Mauricio Umansky developed to service the industry’s growing demand for a database of off-market listings. “Inventory on ThePLS.com has surpassed $3 billion and is growing by the day,” he says, “proving that high-profile clients value their privacy more than anything else.”
CASA FINISTERRA, CABO SAN LUCAS → Perched in the cliffs 250 feet above the ocean, this 7,500-square-foot Cabo San Lucas home is the most significant, modern architectural marvel on the Baja Peninsula. Represented off-market by Billy Rose and Jeff Kohl, the home was recently featured by Haute Residence, Robb Report and InMexico for its seamless balance between architecture and nature. Capturing 180-degree ocean views, the property is built into the surrounding limestone and affords absolute privacy, making it a favorite among celebrities, including Brad Pitt, who stayed there while filming Troy.
CASA YVONNE, SAN JOSE DEL CABO → Another Los Cabos stunner, Casa Yvonne “stands out among its neighboring Spanish/Mediterranean-style homes” and is “a haven for design lovers,” according InMexico.com. The sprawling contemporary home, listed by Bernardo Mucino Koenig and Janet Jensen, enjoys panoramic ocean vistas from beside the seventh fairway of the Jack Nicklaus course at Puerto Los Cabos. Among the home’s standout features, a 77-foot infinity-edged pool, elevated spa and central courtyard with reflecting pool.
NORMAN LYKES HOME, PHOENIX → It’s not everyday an iconic masterpiece of such architectural prominence comes to market. The last home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and one of only 14 circular homes by the master architect, is receiving worldwide attention, featured by Town & Country, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Vogue Australia, Mansion Global and Dwell this month. The home, represented by Roxanne Johnson, Jack Luciano and Raul Siqueiros is composed of overlapping circles, carved into the desert landscape, reflecting the curvatures of the nearby mountains.
JUSTIN FICHELSON → A regular contributor to Observer, Justin’s latest piece explores why young entrepreneurs and new billionaires alike are following in the footsteps of Larry Ellison and Mark Zuckerberg by purchasing their neighbors’ homes. The trend, sweeping some of the wealthiest zip codes in the country, shows when money is no object, the luxury of space and seclusion is an immeasurably hot commodity.
MICHELLE LONG → Moving can be one of the most exciting life changes one can make, as well as one of the most stressful, especially for the youngest members of the family. Our own Michelle Long spoke to San Francisco Chronicle about how to make the transition a smooth one for children, including tips like involving kids in the selection process and setting up their bedrooms before they arrive to their new home.
945 FOOTHILL ROAD, BEVERLY HILLS → “This $22 million Beverly Hills villa will make you feel like you’ve been transported to France,” writes Robb Report about the 11,838-square-foot estate, known as Foothill Manor, set on one, “fairytale-esque” acre north of Sunset Boulevard. Represented by Stacy Gottula, the six-bedroom, nine-bath villa marries European architecture with modern decor, featuring masterfully designed interiors, meticulously manicured grounds and a stunning rooftop terrace.