Hilton & Hyland Continues to Dominate $10 Million + Market

Six Hilton & Hyland agents were profiled in the recent Variety Showbiz Real Estate Elite Report, highlighting the premier luxury real estate firm’s ongoing commitment to high-profile clientele and top-tier real estate.

The 22 year-old firm, which prides itself on personalized service and remaining ahead of the curve with the market’s trends, also dominates the $10 million-plus real estate market in Los Angeles, as shown by the infographic below, based on statistics collected from the MLS CLAW by BrokerMetrics.  At twenty-two percent of that respective market, they best their second-place counterpart by seven percent, as the number one brokerage in Los Angeles with 131 agents catering to their clients’ every need.

With an extensive array of homes from Beverly Hills to Bel-Air to Holmby Hills to Westwood to West LA and West Hollywood, and every town in between, the brokerage prides itself on having its sole office in the heart of its pride, passion, and joy: Los Angeles.

WSJ: Large Bel Air Estate Sells for Over $33 Million

The Doheny estate was listed for $43 million in February

Article originally appeared on The Wall Street Journal, by Candace Taylor.


The Doheny estate in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles has sold for more than $33 million, according to people with knowledge of the deal.

The property was listed for $43 million in February by Rick Hilton of Hilton & Hyland, along with Judy Feder, Jeff Hyland, Mich Rogers and Tyrone McKillen. The buyer was represented by Susan Smith and Drew Fenton of Hilton & Hyland.

On just over 3½ acres, the property is one of the largest in Bel Air, Ms. Feder said. The house was the home of William H. Doheny, Sr. , grandson of oil baron Edward Laurence Doheny, Sr. , and his wife, Onnalee. It is over 10,000 square feet, but a much larger house could be constructed on the site, Ms. Feder said, and most potential buyers were interested in building a new house there.

Ms. Feder declined to name the buyer, but said the purchaser is from New York.


NBC New York: Open House – The Doheny Estate

Square Feet: Tour The Doheny Estate in Bel Air

As featured on NBC New York.

Come with us inside the Doheny Estate in Bel Air. The Doheny family is one of Los Angeles’ most prominent families. Edward Doheny drilled the first oil well near downtown LA over 100 years ago. Homeowner William H. Doheny and Rick Hilton give us a tour of the legendary home. 



Represented by Rick Hilton, Jeff Hyland, Judy Feder, Mich Rogers, Tyrone McKillen.


LA Times Home of the Week: 10550 Fontenelle Way – Bel Air

Seven bedroom, seven bathroom Bel-Air estate is on the market at $17.8 million

The Mediterranean-style Falconview Estate sits on a knoll high in Bel-Air with city and ocean views. Designed for entertaining, the 3.5-acre property includes parking for 40 cars, a one-acre park, hiking trails and an indoor-outdoor swimming pool.


Location: 10550 Fontenelle Way, Los Angeles 90077

Asking price: $17.8 million

Year built: 1988

House size: Seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, 8,770 square feet

Lot size: 3.58 acres

Article originally appeared in the L.A. Times.

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Home of the Week: Spanish-style mansion in Pacific Palisades – LAT

Article originally appeared on L.A. Timesby Lauren Beale.

This Spanish-style mansion in Pacific Palisades’ Riviera neighborhood is entered through an 18th century walnut gate surrounded by brightly colored tiles. The motif continues inside with archways and Moorish accents. Most of the rooms connect to a central courtyard and a patio or balcony, adding light and airiness.

581 Amalfi Drive | Pacific Palisades Real Estate

Location: 581 Amalfi Drive, Pacific Palisades 90272

Year built: 2003

Architect: Richard Landry

House size: Six bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 10,400 square feet

Lot size: 26,690 square feet

Features: Studio, den, office, media room, double kitchen, groin-vaulted ceilings, basement, circular driveway, canyon views, swimming pool

About the area: Last year, 350 single-family homes sold in the 90272 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.35 million, according to DataQuick. That was a 22.7% price increase from 2012.

Agents: Chad Rogers, Hilton & Hyland / Christie’s International Real Estate



Hilton & Hyland Associates Recognized As Top Real Estate Agents Nationwide

REAL Trends Inc, in conjunction with The Wall Street Journal, recognizes the success of Hilton & Hyland associates and ranks them among the top one thousand real estate agents in the United States.

REAL Trends Top Real Estate Agents

Beverly Hills luxury real estate firm, Hilton & Hyland, announced today that its associates and teams have once again made an impressive showing on the annual REAL Trends Inc./Wall Street Journal “The Thousand” report.  The report ranks America’s top 1,000 real estate professionals and teams based on 2013 sales volume and transactions sides.  Their efforts topped 99.99 percent of the more than 963,000 REALTORS nationwide

In the report, twelve Hilton & Hyland associates ranked in the top 150 agents by sales volume, with a combined total of over $1.5 billion dollars in transactions in 2013, making Hilton & Hyland one of the top agencies specializing in Los Angeles luxury real estate.



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“We are extremely proud of our agents for being leading professionals in this industry,” said Rick Hilton. “To achieve success of this volume in an economy and market that is still in recovery is truly an extraordinary achievement.”


Bob Hope estate in Toluca Lake is asking $21.8 million – L.A. Times

The Bob Hope and Dolores Hope estate in Toluca Lake is for sale at $21.8 million.

Article originally appeared on L.A. Times, by Lauren Beale.

Bob Hope Toluca Lake Home

The Bob Hope estate in Toluca Lake includes a main house, guesthouse, staff quarters and an office.

Built in 1939 for the Hopes, the original English Traditional-style house was designed by Robert Finkelhor. They were ready for a more contemporary style by the mid-1950s and hired John Elgin Woolf to remodel and update the house.

The nearly four-acre compound includes a 14,876-square-foot main house, a two-bedroom guesthouse, two-bedroom staff quarters and offices. There are eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms.

Floor-to-ceiling walls of glass in the living room overlook the grounds. There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a one-hole golf course, mature trees and rose gardens.

Stone decking and lawn surround the outdoor pool.

Comic actor-dancer-singer Bob Hope died in 2003 at 100. He appeared in scores of films, including the “Road” series with Bing Crosby, and entertained the U.S. military during five decades of USO tours. He won four honorary Academy Awards and one humanitarian award. His wife, Dolores, died three years ago at 102.

The property was listed last year at $27.5 million.

Drew Fenton of Hilton & Hyland/Christie’s International Real Estate and Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker and are the listing agents.


David Murdock Sells Bel Air Estate for $24M – L.A. Times

Article originally appeared on the L.A. Times, by Lauren Beale.

David H. Murdock, the Dole Food Co. chairman and chief executive, has sold a mansion in Bel Air on the market for $24 million.

David Murdock Sells $24M Bel Air Estate

Dole Food Co. Chairman and Chief Executive David H. Murdock has sold an estate in Bel-Air. (Simon Berlyn)

Designed by Gordon B. Kaufmann and built in 1927, the American Colonial Revival home features a grand entry gallery with 14-foot-tall arched ceilings and parquet floors. The main house includes two offices, a sun room, a wet bar and a free-standing spiral staircase.

The 1.5-acre property has terraced gardens, a swimming pool, a pool house, a guesthouse, a detached garage and a greenhouse.

There are six fireplaces, six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and 12,435 square feet of living space.

Kaufmann’s notable works include the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills and the Moderne-style Los Angeles Times building downtown.

The 91-year-old billionaire bought the house in 2001 for $10 million, public records show. He owns another property nearby.

His worth is estimated at $2.5 billion by Forbes.

The property he sold came on the market in December at $30 million.

Jeffrey Hyland and Rick Hilton of Hilton & Hyland / Christie’s International Real Estate and Karen Crystal and Nicki LaPorta of Ewing Sotheby’s International Realty were the listing agents. Drew Fenton and Trista Rullen of Hilton & Hyland /Christie’s International Real Estate represented the buyer, the Multiple Listing Service shows.


Michael Jackson’s Estate Buys in Calabasas for $10.75 Million – WSJ

Article originally appeared on the Wall Street Journal, by Candace Taylor.

The Mediterranean-style house is roughly 12,000 square feet. - Splash News/Corbis

The Mediterranean-style house is roughly 12,000 square feet. – Splash News/Corbis

The estate of Michael Jackson has purchased the Calabasas, Calif., home where his mother, Katherine Jackson, lives with the late pop star’s children, according to Hilton & Hyland, the real-estate firm that represented the estate in the transaction.

Ms. Jackson, who is in her 80s, has been leasing the home for the past several years, according to Hilton & Hyland’s Nichelle Robinson, who represented the estate along with her mother, Barbara Robinson of Hilton & Hyland. The sale closed Monday for about $10.75 million, she said. The seller was represented by Marc and Rory Shevin of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. The seller wasn’t identified.

Located in a gated community in Calabasas, the Mediterranean-style house is roughly 12,000 square feet. There is a guesthouse, a theater, a pool and a putting green, Nichelle Robinson said.


LA Real Estate Trend: Plush Landscaping – LA Confidential

The Garden of Eden has nothing on LA’s luxuriously landscaped properties.

by Kathy McDonald.  Original article appeared on L.A. Confidential.

341 Channel Santa Monica | Hilton & Hyland

Paradise found: This eight-bedroom Asian inspired two-home compound in Santa Monica showcases its own lily-pad-strewn stream as well as lushly planted flowers and native grasses.

There’s a reason curb appeal is a real estate maxim: A home’s exterior can woo and intoxicate. And although no agent would list a house solely on the merits of its flowering shrubbery and sculpted trees, many would argue that a verdant garden can help sell a property. “As with falling in love with a person, if the outside of a house is really attractive, the buyers are in love with it before they walk in the door,” says Gary Gold, executive vice president at Hilton & Hyland.


Former L.A. Home of Betty Grable Lists for $13.295 Million – WSJ | Hilton & Hyland

Article originally appeared on The Wall Street Journal – Candace Taylor

The house was built for the actress, and she lived there until the late-1940s.


A Los Angeles home with a history of celebrity owners—including actresses Betty Grable and Jaclyn Smith —has listed for $13.295 million.

The house, located in Bel Air, was built in the late 1930s, according to owner Schuyler Moore, an entertainment lawyer. Mr. Moore said an early resident was Hollywood star and World War II “pinup girl” Betty Grable. He said the house was built for the actress, and she lived there until the late-1940s.


“House of the Day – Love at First Sight in Santa Monica” – WSJ

133 Wadsworth Ave – Santa Monica

The owner, creator of the ‘Thomas & Friends’ television series, fell for this California home after seeing it on a walk; she has restored and remodeled the property, adding features like a spa and a new kitchen.—Sarah Tilton


133 Wadsworth

Producer and writer Britt Allcroft, the creator and director of the television series ‘Thomas & Friends,’ bought this house in Santa Monica, Calif., in 1997 after admiring it on a walk while staying at a nearby hotel. ‘I walked down the street and there was this house with a handwritten sign outside with a phone number,’ says Ms. Allcroft. ‘I just instinctively rushed back to the hotel, got a pen and paper, came back and wrote the number down.’ Ms. Allcroft paid $825,000 for the house and owns it through a trust, according to public records; she says she spent approximately $1.5 million restoring and remodeling it.


6 Ways You’ll Live Like Royalty at William H. Doheny’s Bel Air Estate — LA CONFIDENTIAL


For the first time since it was erected in 1963, the legendary Bel-Air estate of William H. Doheny, grandson of oil pioneer Edward Laurence Doheny, is on the market. Below, we break down the six best features of Doheny and his wife Onnalee’s sublime home. 475 Bel Air Rd., Bel-Air


1. Grand Entryway

William H. Doheny Entryway.

The storied estate is situated on 3.63 acres inside the exclusive East Gate of Old Bel-Air enclave. Residents are greeted by a grand gated entryway that leads down a long private driveway.


“HOUSE OF THE DAY: A Ranch in Sedona” — WSJ


Ingrid Hills and her late husband, Reuben W. Hills III, the grandson of the founder of Hills Bros. coffee, bought this 173-acre ranch in Sedona, Ariz., for $10 million in 2003 through a family trust, according to Mrs. Hills. Mrs. Hills estimates that over the years she has put more than $4 million into the property. ‘We really weren’t looking for a ranch,” says Mrs. Hills. ‘We didn’t ride. But the place is magical.’


“Home for Die Hard Property Buff” – WSJ

Bruce Willis Estate - Beverly Hills Real Estate

“Actor Bruce Willis has reduced the asking price of his gated Beverly Hills estate to $18 million, according to listing agents Branden Williams and Rayni Romito Williams of Hilton & Hyland. The “Die Hard” star initially listed the home last May for $22 million, then dropped the price to $19.995 million in August. Mr. Willis purchased the home in 2004 for $9 million, but recently completed a major renovation Mr. Williams said, adding that the actor is selling because he no longer needs such a large house. The 10,379-square-foot house has a screening room and 3,000-bottle wine cellar, plus a pool and a tennis court.”

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Josh Altman to Sell Malibu Barbie’s Dream Home

Josh Altman

Los Angeles is never short of events that make headlines around the world, whether it is about entertainment, culture, or real estate. But this past week, Hilton & Hyland’s own Josh Altman was featured in the New York Times because of what will be one of the more unique projects of his career so far – the sale of Barbie’s Malibu Dreamhouse. This is arguably the most revered and recognizable of all properties in all of Southern California, even more so than any home designed by a major architect or owned by a celebrity.

However, there is one catch. This home, valued at $25 Million, does not really exist in Malibu. In fact, it doesn’t exist in the full-sized world at all. It is, in real life, a plastic home that is clad in all shades of pink, available for purchase off the shelf in numerous toy stores, and a best seller in the Barbie universe since 1971. But after over 40 years of living here, even Barbie has apparently felt the need to change things up. Thus, Mattel is making the most of this brilliant yet ultimately imaginary opportunity in order to renew attention to the toy line and look towards the future.

Barbie Dream House Bedroom

Mattel is no stranger to shrewd publicity events. In 2004, Barbie even had a public break-up with her longtime beau-in-plastic Ken, which rivaled even the most notorious celebrity gossip. The idea that she would sell her home today, in a time where real estate shows are among the most popular on television, is not at all out of left field. And choosing Josh Altman as the real-life Realtor® is also a no brainer, as his achievements with Hilton & Hyland and his high profile turn on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing have made him an ideal choice for the rich and famous.

According to Josh Altman, there has already been a wide range of interest in this iconic home.

“I have received multiple inquiries about Barbie Malibu Dreamhouse. Celebrities love the space, amenities, and privacy it provides. Architecture buffs know that this home is truly one-of-a-kind. And who wasn’t an aspiring Barbie at some point? You won’t believe who wants to follow in her footsteps.”

Altman, however, was mum about the names of the buyers, who he claims have included rival dolls and even stuffed animal royalty.

“Due to the nature of this sale, you must understand that I must keep all parties anonymous.”

Along with the assistance of Josh Altman, four renowned designers will also be in charge of advising Barbie with her future house hunt. They include Jonathan Adler, Lulu de Kwiatkowski, Celerie Kemble, and Trina Turk, who will undoubtedly ensure that Barbie’s next home will meet her demands for style and comfort, Interested parties can follow the entire buying and selling process on various websites and social media channels, including,, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Want to know more about Josh Altman and this unprecedented sale? Connect with a representative at Hilton & Hyland today.


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World renowned designer Bijan’s Beverly Hills Real Estate

This estate, meticulously decorated by the menswear and fragrance mogul known as Bjian, boldly showcases his successful trademark style of deliberate color combinations in the home’s interior and the elaborate grounds capture his superior craftsmanship in the art of presentation. This exquisite 7 bedroom, 9 bathroom Italianate Villa rarely available on the market is located on one of Beverly Hills’ most prestigious streets and boasts striking detail and a bold palette of prime colors. The open floor plan with large monochromatic themed rooms, features an exquisite chandelier comprised entirely of Bijan’s signature perfume bottles making the grand formal dining room the centerpiece of the home. The double-height ceilings and floor to ceiling windows in the family room allow for an abundance of natural light. The room has an oversized fireplace and is adjacent to a full-sized bar room complete with marble counters. The chef’s kitchen has granite counters, top of the line appliances, a light and bright breakfast area and a butler’s pantry with a wine closet. The luxurious master-suite has a large sitting room complete with a wet bar, a fireplace in the sleeping quarters, two walk-in closets and a spa-like marble bath with a spacious sauna. Other features include a sweeping central staircase, polished stone columns, an expansive step down living room, a wood paneled office, elevator, crown moldings throughout and maid’s quarters with a separate entrance. The entrance has iron gates that lead to Italian architecture on a grand scale and the tranquil beauty of the well manicured gardens make the grounds of this estate breathtaking and truly special. The garden is filled with orange trees, roses, bougainvillea vines and a fig tree all connected by a stone path that wraps around the house to a custom tiled swimmer’s pool, a matching spa and outdoor dining patios. The one bedroom guest house with an attached cabana comes complete with a gas grill and fireplace. Other features include a pool pavilion, a secret garden, a motor court that fits 6 cars and a subterranean parking structure with room for over 20 cars.


Price: $11,995,000

Seller represented by: Brenda Chandler Cooke & David Kramer

The $100 Million Question – New York Times

The $100 Million Question



NINE months after the billionaire British heiress Petra Ecclestone set this city buzzing with her purchase of a 123-room estate for $85 million, the real estate community here is hoping the sale will help propel prices high enough to crack the elusive $100 million barrier.

Even in this town of fast fortunes and extravagant mansions, the record purchase price, for Candy Spelling’s Manor in Holmby Hills, by Ms. Ecclestone, the daughter of the Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, was a showstopper. Ms. Ecclestone was only 22 years old, after all, and already owned a 20,000-square-foot home in the London neighborhood of Chelsea valued at $87 million.

One interesting twist in the script is that the deal to buy the Manor from Ms. Spelling, the widow of the producer Aaron Spelling, would most likely not have been possible — especially in the mere 48 hours it took to finalize — without another prospective buyer’s negotiation on the home with Ms. Spelling nine months earlier.

In late 2010 Dmitry Rybolovlev, the Russian potash fertilizer billionaire, quietly made a visit to Los Angeles with his eldest daughter, Ekaterina. He made offers on at least two of the most famous mansions in Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills, including the Spelling manor, before deciding not to buy a home on the West Coast, at least for now, according to people familiar with their deliberations who declined to be named for confidentiality reasons.

Instead, Ekaterina, using a trust linked to her father, bought the former Citi chairman Sanford I. Weill’s penthouse at 15 Central Park West for $88 million, a record price in New York. Since then Mr. Rybolovlev’s messy divorce has put that apartment and a home he bought for about $100 million in Palm Beach, Fla., in the crosshairs of his wife’s lawyers.

While to some the $85 million sale here may have been an outlier, to brokers it is a hopeful comp that has helped heat up the high end of the Los Angeles market.

“The market is just on fire the last several months,” said Rick Hilton, a co-owner of Hilton & Hyland, a brokerage in Beverly Hills and an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. (Mr. Hilton is also the father of the celebutantes Paris and Nicky Hilton.)

Mr. Hilton said the inventory for premium properties was in short supply. For those following Manhattan real estate, it’s a familiar story.

“You have a lot of wealthy people that are nervous about the stock market,” he said.

As in New York and Miami, foreign money is pouring into Los Angeles — from Russians and Chinese, as well as Germans, Britons and Indonesians — who are eager to park their money in real estate, brokers said.

Bidding wars are back, as are New Yorkers. One Brentwood home Hilton & Hyland listed about three weeks ago for $10.25 million drew three potential buyers, all investment bankers from New York, Mr. Hilton said. It went into escrow after 10 days on the market, he said.

Last year Hilton & Hyland handled $1.2 billion in real estate transactions, up from $1 billion in 2010, and they have about $250 million in pending transactions this month, said Jeffrey Hyland, Mr. Hilton’s partner at the firm.

There have been some big transactions recently, including Jennifer Aniston’s $35 million sale of her home in the Trousdale Estates section of Beverly Hills to a co-founder of an investment firm in Orange County, a record per-square-foot celebrity sale, brokers said. In fact, three of the top five sales in the city in the past decade have happened in the past 18 months, brokers said.

But none have rivaled the $85 million Ms. Ecclestone paid Ms. Spelling, even if her original asking price had been $150 million. The French-chateau-style mansion, with 56,000 square feet, sits on more than 4.6 acres, and includes a screening room, a bowling alley and a parking lot for 100 vehicles.

Since the purchase she has “Petra-fied” the home, as W magazine put it, painting many of the rooms dark colors, including her 7,000-square-foot master suite, which is now black. With the help of the celebrity designer Gavin Brodin, the house was transformed from “an old ‘Dynasty’-like set to a massive V.I.P. lounge,” W wrote.

The Spelling home often received poor ratings from architecture critics and others who said it dwarfed other estates in Holmby Hills. Still, Ms. Ecclestone actually found it homier than other mansions she toured last year, said Mr. Hilton, her broker on the purchase.

Her Los Angeles housing search began in earnest last spring ahead of her $19 million Italian wedding in August to James Stunt, a British businessman. The couple wanted to live at least part of the year on the West Coast.

She was initially interested in the Fleur de Lys, a Holmby Hills estate built by the Texas billionaire couple David and Suzanne Saperstein and modeled after a French palace, which was on the market for $125 million. “She preferred the Spelling house; she felt it was more of a family home,” said Mr. Hilton. “It was not as formal.” A spokesman for Ms. Ecclestone declined to comment.

So Mr. Hilton drove Ms. Ecclestone eight blocks to the Spelling manor, which Hilton & Hyland also was listing. There, in just two days, they struck a deal at $85 million.

It seems that Ms. Spelling was eager to sell for that price because Mr. Rybolovlev had already negotiated with her down to that number in 2010, said one person familiar with the discussions.

In October 2010 the Russian billionaire had been on a Los Angeles housing search of his own. He rented the famed Beverly House compound in Beverly Hills from Leonard M. Ross, a real estate magnate, for about $600,000 for a 45-day stay, Mr. Ross said.

The sprawling property, with its descending series of long pools, has 18 bedrooms and more than 50,000 square feet in the main house alone. William Randolph Hearst lived there until his death, and John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy spent part of their 1953 honeymoon there.

And in a bit of movie nostalgia that appealed to Mr. Rybolovlev, the house was the setting for scenes involving a Hollywood producer in “The Godfather.” (After conferring with someone who has worked there for 38 years, Mr. Ross said that the scene where a horse’s head is found in the producer’s bed was apparently not filmed at the house.)

Mr. Rybolovlev made an offer between $85 million and $100 million for Beverly House, but he and Mr. Ross could not agree on a price, said Mr. Ross, who has owned the property for 35 years. Back then he was asking $165 million, a price Mr. Ross said he set after seeing that Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the former Saudi ambassador to the United States, had put a $135 million asking price on his 95-acre estate in Aspen, Colo.

“I felt this had more value,” Mr. Ross said while giving me a tour of Beverly House on Tuesday. (Mr. Ross paid less than $2 million for the compound.)

While in Los Angeles, Mr. Rybolovlev, with his daughter Ekaterina in tow, also toured the Spelling manor with Mr. Hilton and was interested enough to negotiate, but in the end he pulled out, said a person familiar with the matter.

Mr. Hilton declined to comment on Mr. Rybolovlev’s housing search. Sergey Chernitsyn, a spokesman for the Russian, declined to discuss which homes he toured.

Despite its history and grandeur, Beverly House was not among those homes that Ms. Ecclestone seriously considered, Mr. Ross said. Nevertheless, he believes that sometime soon a home in the “Golden Triangle” of Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills and Bel Air will break through the $100 million sale price. He is currently asking $95 million for the majority of his compound.

With the Rybolovlevs’ Palm Beach home deemed off-limits because of legal wrangling over the divorce, maybe Ms. Rybolovlev, 22, could find a warm getaway home in Los Angeles to complement her Central Park apartment (which, at 6,744 square feet, is about the size of Ms. Ecclestone’s master suite at the Manor).

With more heiresses in the city, perhaps that $100 million ceiling would be broken in no time.

Hilton & Hyland Marketing Los Angeles Luxury Homes via Youku, the 'Chinese Version of YouTube'

The Beverly Hills, California-based luxury real estate firm of Hilton & Hyland has developed an innovative way to connect with homebuyers in China looking to purchase luxury real estate in the Los Angeles area.

The firm launched a streaming video on Youku – what some have dubbed the “Chinese Massage version of YouTube”, to provide the country’s consumers with monthly market updates about ultra-luxury homes in the most desirable parts ofLos Angeles. The English Web site is An accompanying Chinese language site,, is slated to launch in February 2012.

“Home prices in Los Angeles’ exclusive neighborhoods, such as Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills Post Office, Holmby Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, Malibu and more are the lowest they’ve been in nearly a decade,” said veteran REALTOR® Rodrigo Iglesias, who is spearheading the project. “It’s a great window of opportunity for international buyers.”

The Youku streaming video is a marketing breakthrough, added Iglesias, considering China once banned consumers from the entire YouTube site. In an effort to stimulate the housing market, Congress is also considering legislation that would grant visas to international buyers who spend more than $500,000 on a residential property in the U.S.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services currently administers the Immigrant Investor Program, also known as “EB-5.” The program provides visas to foreigners who invest in approved real estate developments and other businesses that create at least 10 jobs in the U.S. Visas can eventually turn into green cards and permanent resident status.

The market reports have already gained popularity on a variety of social networking sites and Christie’s International Real Estate Network. Iglesias presented the updates for a week last summer at The Blue Marlin in Ibiza, Spain – one of the most sophisticated beach clubs in Europe.

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2011 Large Market Affiliate-of-the-Year Award

Jeff Hyland Accepts Trophy at the Christie's International Real Estate Network’s 2011 Global Annual Leadership Conference in London

London, U.K. — Christie”s International Real Estate, the world”s leading network of luxury real estate specialists, presented the Affiliate-of-the-Year Award, Large Market Category to Hilton & Hyland Real Estate of Beverly Hills, California. The real estate brokerage—a member of the Christie”s International Real Estate network of 130 international Affiliates—was presented the trophy at the 2011 Global Annual Leadership Conference in London.

“Hilton & Hyland was one of the original affiliates in the Christie”s International Real Estate network,” says Neil Palmer, Chief Executive Officer. “The company had an unprecedented two closings last year from our highly-specialized Bespoke Marketing Program: Frank Lloyd Wright”s Ennis House in Los Angeles and Porcupine Creek in Rancho Mirage, California. Our winner then trumped those two sales by closing the network”s top sale of the year: Petra Ecclestone”s $85 million purchase of Candy Spelling”s Holmby Hills Estate. Rick Hilton and Jeff Hyland represented seller and Rick Hilton and David Kramer the buyer.”

The Affiliate-of-the-Year Awards recognizes excellence in branding and marketing throughout the Christie”s International Real Estate network. Top brokerages are selected in small (population less than 275,000), medium (population in online casinos between 275,000 and 1,750,000), and large (population over 1,750,000) markets. The overall Affiliate-of-the-Year is chosen from the three winners in the market categories.

The recipient of the small-market award was Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates, while the winner of the medium-market award was Profusion Realty of Montreal, Canada. The other finalists across the three categories included Fenton Lang Bruner & Associates of Jupiter Island, Florida; Wetag Consulting Immobiliare inLocarno, Switzerland; Premier Estate Properties of Boca Raton, Florida; Residence Fastighetsmämaklerifrom Stockholm, Sweden; Long & Foster Real Estate of Chantilly, Virginia; and Harry Norman, Realtors, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Submissions were received from all corners of the international network, which is comprised of the world”s top luxury real estate brokerages. The Senior Vice Presidents of Christie”s International Real Estate—Kathy Coumou of Northeastern USA and Canada; Rick Moeser, who oversees the Southeast, Caribbean, Central and South America; Zack Wright, in Western North America and Western Mexico; and Joachim Wrang-Widèn, who manages the EMEA region—were also charged with nominating worthy brokerages from their regions.

The Senior Vice Presidents make the first cut and the finalists are then sent to the company”s Executive Management Committee. This is a group that includes Mr. Palmer; Jarvis Slade, Managing Director, Americas; and Mitch Lewis, Managing Director, Asia Pacific. This group decides on the finalist order.

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