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December 8th, 2021 at 11:00 am

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As 2021 comes to a close, we can’t help but reminisce on some of the most iconic properties represented by our agents this year. Whenever we list a truly exceptional property, whether it be celebrity occupied, built by a noteworthy architect, or is completely one-of-a-kind, our goal is to get as many eyes on it as possible to find that perfect buyer.

With jaw-dropping photos, global media connections, and the art of storytelling, we have proudly secured 782 stories online, reaching an estimated 3.6 Billion people since January 1, 2021.

If you missed any of these newsworthy moments, we’re sharing several listings our agents represented that we can’t stop thinking about.

Top celebrity moments

One of the most exciting elements about working in Southern California real estate? All of the incredibly talented and noteworthy people we get to help achieve their real estate dreams. Not only are the homes stunningly unique, the people behind the sale or purchase are, too.

Our agents operate with the utmost discretion, ensuring these clients get the privacy they deserve and media exposure only when they request it.

Here are a few of the standout celeb moments we had this year.

This Is Us‘s Chrissy Metz Sells Her Los Angeles Ranch Over Asking for $2.2M

Represented by Sami Tarrab and Michael Metzger. Featured in People.

Interior of Chrissy Metz

The two-time Golden Globe nominee, Chrissy Metz parted ways with her home of two years. The 1966 ranch-style home in the 3,236-square-foot spread boasts five bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, as well as an office, a heated pool, a spa and an attached two-car garage.


‘Supernatural’ Star Misha Collins Selling Hollywood Hills Spanish Home for $3.99M

Represented by Phil Missig. Featured in The Hollywood Reporter.

View of Misha Collins

Originally built in 1926, this Spanish-style Hollywood Hills compound-like property is from the famed Hollywoodland era. It is located across a canyon from what is now the Hollywood sign. The talented sellers are author/historian/journalist Victoria Vantoch and actor/producer/writer Misha Collins.

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Botched’s Dr. Paul Nassif Lists $32M Bel Air Mansion: Home is Now Where You Make Your Oasis

Featured in People.

Bel Air mansion with three levels - iconic media moments

Situated on an ultra-private, tree-lined hillside in Bel Air, this spectacular newly constructed estate was built and offered for sale by plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Nassif of the TV series “Botched.” Its prime location captures far-reaching canyon, city, and ocean views from sunrise to sunset.

From its hillside perch, the contemporary residence on 1.3-plus acres offers the utmost privacy and serenity in a coveted Bel Air location minutes from the city’s best shopping, dining, schools, and entertainment.

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Jaw-dropping estates

Every home in Southern California is its own slice of paradise, thanks to our year-round mild weather and gorgeous natural surroundings. However, we often list homes that are just undeniably breathtaking.

Here are a few listings that we kept coming back to.

Splendid SoCal Estate Built by Dame Judith Anderson Lists for $16.5M

Represented by Nancy Kogevinas. Featured in Cottages & Gardens.

Aerial view of Santa Barbara estate and winery with ocean in the background

Primoya Farms, a coastal estate of unrivaled beauty and splendor overlooking vast swaths of rolling hillsides, offers breathtaking mountain and ocean views in the foothills above Carpinteria. Playing host to a cherimoya orchard, avocado trees, a petite vineyard, and a wine grotto, this historic Palladia-style villa is a serene treasure, a world-class legacy property in a class by itself.

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An Italy-Inspired California Home With a Retractable Roof and Life-Size Chess Set Asks $29.995 Million

Represented by Chris Lucibello and Andrew Manning. Featured in The Wall Street Journal.

Aerial view of large Italiante estate

Built over six exacting years, this Italianate palazzo in guard-gated The Estates at the Oaks in Calabasas would be right at home on the shores of Lake Como. Sited on a corner lot at 25305 Prado de la Felicidad on the highest street in the community, it consists of a three-story main house with 15-foot ceilings, a 28-foot-tall great room, a 10-foot-tall basement, and a one-story guesthouse. All of these amenities mean it could be the perfect fit for a professional athlete.

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Clos Pepe Vineyards with stunning villa near Santa Barbara for sale for $9.75 million

Represented by Bob Jennings. Featured in The Sacramento Bee.

View of vineyard estate with pool, columns, and fountains in the foreground

Pass through the entry gates of Clos Pepe Vineyard Estate to a sinuous driveway and discover a magnificent, charming, and welcoming Tuscan-style villa. The 40.98-acre property offers panoramic views of beautiful vineyards and verdant, gently rolling hills dotted with cattle. 

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Hall of fame

Some of the listings, buyers, and sellers we represented this year will remain in our hearts and minds for years to come. These were all-time iconic moments that we were truly excited to be a part of.

Hotel Santa Barbara Sells for $41.9 Million

Represented by Aaron Valenty, Mark Simon, and J.J. Gobbell. Featured in the Santa Barbara Independent.

Aerial view of Santa Barbara hotel and busy streets below

The 75-room Hotel Santa Barbara, an iconic landmark property in the heart of the coastal city’s vibrant downtown, listed and sold in 2021 for $41.9 million.

“This boutique hotel is located in the well-traveled, world-famous Spanish Colonial Revival-themed Lower State Street corridor, five city blocks from Stearns Wharf and Santa Barbara Harbor,” said listing agent Aaron Valenty. “It is an incredible opportunity to own a piece of Santa Barbara history that has been lovingly updated as a premier destination surrounded by the best the city has to offer.”

The hotel has occupied this site since the mid-1800s, and after the 1925 earthquake that destroyed the prior hotel, the owner vowed never to lose another building to an earthquake. The new hotel, Santa Barbara, is constructed out of solid steel-reinforced poured concrete.

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Fresh Off Netflix Deal, Shonda Rhimes Asks $25 Million for L.A. Home

Represented by Ed Solórzano. Featured in The Wall Street Journal.

Interior view of Shonda Rhimes

TV writer/producer/creator Shonda Rhimes is offering her grand residence, one of the most spectacular properties ever to come to market in Los Angeles’ stately Hancock Park neighborhood. The 3-level residence in this vast estate compound is at 355 South Muirfield Road rests on a sprawling, flat corner lot comprised of two parcels and features a detached guesthouse, pool cabana, and separate hair salon/wellness center.

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Baby Del, Coronado’s 134-year-old Victorian, seeks $24 million

Represented by Carri Fernandez. Featured by Los Angeles Times.

Exterior view of Baby Del and red point roofs from the street

A hundred steps to the sands of Coronado’s main beach, the “Baby Del” proudly stands as one of San Diego’s most magnificent Queen Anne Victorian landmarks. The home boasts five bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in the 5,196-square-foot main house, plus three bedrooms and three bathrooms in three guesthouses, all on a gated half-acre lot. Its architecture is reminiscent of the Hotel del Coronado, located a few blocks away.

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If you’re ready to browse through more iconic properties, you can check out some of our recent noteworthy homes right now. Check back each week or visit thisisliving.com to see our latest homes in the media!

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