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Jeff Hyland, after study at Cornell University and a degree in Business Administration from the United States International University, decided in his early 20s, apropos nothing, to devote his professional life to real estate. “One morning I woke up and it was almost as if an alarm clock had gone off in my head,” he says. “I simply understood real estate would be my passion.”
Perhaps it was growing up in Little Holmby, one of Los Angeles’ most beautiful neighborhoods filled with verdant hills and houses built during California’s golden era of architecture, with styles ranging from Spanish Colonial, Georgian, Tudor, French Norman, as well as Moderne and Mid-Century Modern. Perhaps it was proximity to the great pre-War estates in adjacent Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills and Bel-Air, confabulations of fantasy, luxury and exclusivity as well as architecture and design. Or perhaps, as the son of a successful screenwriter and literary agent (father) and painter (mother), it was his firsthand exposure to many of these homes, as well as his aesthetic appreciation of them.
In a career that has spanned over three decades, Hyland has founded two exclusive real estate firms of renown, and been the Founding Member of Christie’s International Real Estate. He has served as President of the Beverly Hills Board of Realtors, President of the Los Angeles County Boards of Real Estate, as well as State Director for the California Association of Realtors.
He has also become an architectural historian of repute. Hyland’s most recent book is The Legendary Estates of Beverly Hills (Rizzoli), which details the history of Los Angeles’ Platinum Triangle (Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills and Bel-Air) and chronicles 50 of its most historically and architecturally significant estates. Additionally, Hyland has assisted in the publication of monographs on Southern California architects Paul Revere Williams and Wallace Neff, and co-authored The Estates of Beverly Hills.
Hyland has been married to noted painter Lori Hyland for over thirty years.