Remember the super-sized sale of the iconic Spelling Manor in Beverly Hills in 2011? It took a super star agent to get that deal done, and we have the woman responsible for brokering the deal on Trulia Luxe Living today! Coldwell Banker Previews International agent Sally Forster Jones specializes in luxury real estate across the greater Los Angeles area, and has achieved more than $1.5 billion in real estate sales over the past decade. When it comes to the big deals and even bigger homes, Sally seems to be the go-to agent.
Over the past thirty years, Sally has become one of the top real estate agents in Southern California with Coldwell Banker Previews International agent. Her reputation for professionalism, expertise, and successful execution has enabled Sally to develop a vast network of valuable industry contacts that has proven to be indispensable.
Let’s spend a little time getting to know Sally a little better!
How did you get your start in real estate?
When I first became interested in real estate, the market was on an upswing and I began purchasing income and rental properties as investments. I quickly realized that I had a passion for the real estate business and I have been doing it ever since.
What sale or career milestone are you most proud of?
My career milestone is the listing and sale of the Spelling Manor in Holmby Hills, which is the highest brokered residential sale to-date in Los Angeles history and one of the highest in the country.
What is your dream home location?
I would love a beach house on the coast of Malibu. The sandy beaches and ocean views are incredibly peaceful, and yet it’s just a quick drive to the hustle and bustle of the city.
What kind of car do you drive?
Right now I am driving a Porsche Panamera which I love!
iPhone, Android or BlackBerry?
I am currently transitioning from BlackBerry to iPhone. So much of my business is done on-the-go and both phones have great advantages, so right now I am still using both.
What site/app do you check first when you wake up?
The first thing I check when I wake up is my e-mails. I receive hundreds and hundreds of emails daily so staying on top of them and checking in with clients is the first priority! It is so important to stay constantly connected and in communication.
What was the last book you read?
I just finished Silver Linings Playbook. I saw the movie and loved it and heard that the book was a great read as well.
Name your favorite guilty pleasure.
My favorite guilty pleasure is rocky road ice cream. There is nothing better on a hot Southern California day!
What’s one thing someone would never guess just by looking at you?
I am really a thrill seeker and am always looking for the next adventure. I have been white water rafting, zip lining, I love skiing black diamond trails and I hope to try sky diving someday soon!
Take a peek at some of Sally Forster Jones’ listings!
Hollywood Hills, California
Grammy-award winning hip hop star
3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4,214 square feet
Nowadays you can find daddy-to-be Kanye West either starting a beef someone in Hollywood such as Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake or busy spending millions remodeling his new $13 million, 9,000 square-foot estate with girlfriend and baby mama Kim Kardashian. That being said, he obviously has no time to dedicate towards the small stuff such as his teeny 4,124 square-foot Hollywood Hills home – ain’t nobody got time for that!
Moving on to bigger and better things, Mr. West has relisted his estate for $3.3 million – a nearly $700,000 price cut from when he initially put it on the market in 2010. He first purchased the three-story modern property in December of 2003 for $1,750,000.
The three bedroom, four bath home is a dream for a fan of modern architecture, especially if you have an art collection that you would like to display. In fact, the home looks a lot like a gallery and is a fabulous place to entertain, whether you are drinking Corvoisier and going to the Grammy’s or not.
Images via Alexander Davis of Hilton & Hyland.
Telegraph Hill, San Francisco
Hall of Fame quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, 4-time Super Bowl winner
1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 971 square feet
$5,000 per month
The name Joe Montana is synonymous with Super Bowls, clutch performances, and San Francisco. He’s adored throughout the region for putting Northern California on the pro football map in the 1980′s, which is why his former townhouse — located beneath famed Coit Tower — is sure to garner interest from prospective renters.
If that’s not enough star power to grab your attention, it should also be noted that Joe previously ‘passed’ this place to his buddy, wide receiver Dwight Clark, when he ‘traded’ up and moved out. Clark, of course, was the recipient of one of Montana’s most famous passes — a play known as ‘The Catch‘ — which catapulted the upstart 49ers over the Dallas Cowboys into their first Super Bowl and effectively marked the beginning of a sports dynasty.
So where did a three-time Super Bowl MVP hang his helmet? In a one-bedroom, luxury townhouse at the prestigious 101 Lombard Street building, primely located at the foot of Telegraph Hill near the Financial District and the beautiful Embarcadero waterfront. When not walking to some of the world-class restaurants in the area, tenants can enjoy the resort-style swimming pool and hot tub and impressively well-manicured grounds.
The two-level unit features sweeping views of San Francisco Bay and the Bay Bridge: both visible from dual patios and a private roof deck, perfect for pondering the latest game plan (or financial plan, or dinner plan, depending on the profession of the new tenant). And with the America’s Cup events taking place in the Bay through 2013, this townhouse will provide a perfect vantage point.
The townhome’s main level features the kitchen, dining, and living rooms, as well as a wood-burning fireplace. On the lower level resides a bedroom suite which includes a walk-in closet, walk-out deck, and a bathroom with all the
whistles and flags bells and whistles. Last but not least, go upstairs and find the private roof deck in all its glory.
Luxury extras include two Internet-enabled HD televisions with unlimited streaming movies, as well as an iPhone compatible speaker system, handmade furniture, original art, and a concierge and full-service doorman.
No matter what happens with Joe Montana’s former team, the 49ers, in Super Bowl XLVII, the person who lands this townhouse will truly be a winner.
Beverly Hills, California
Baseball's all time leading home run hitter, BALCO scandal
17,100 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms
Love him or hate him – there’s no in between – Barry Bonds is one of the biggest sports characters of the last two decades. Rocketing to superstardom in Pittsburgh and helping make a forlorn franchise a regular in the playoffs while winning his first league MVP award, Bonds made it clear he had all the tools to become one of the greats. He took his talents back to Northern California in 1993, where he was born and raised, to play for the San Francisco Giants and resurrected that franchise while winning 6 additional MVP awards (4 in a row at one point), leading the team to the World Series in 2002, and cementing his place in baseball history. Of course, this was before the BALCO scandal and perjury investigation which has cast a shadow over Bonds’ mountain of accomplishments to the chagrin of some and the delight of others. So where does a sultan of swat live?
What can possibly be a large enough space for a larger than life character such as Bonds? Well, how about a 17,100 square foot palace of a home in Beverly Hills?
Word on the street is that Barry is putting his expansive, fully furnished property on the market for a cool $25 million. So what does the home of a baseball superstar offer? Well to start, 7 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, and a two-story guest house, all situated on a manicured property modeled after a fine Italian Villa, from the olive tree-lined private drive to the Tuscan-style architecture.
The features of the home, like Barry’s 73 home runs in a single season, boggle the mind. With high ceilings up to 30 feet high throughout the grand living and family rooms and special details such as Italian floors and hand-painted murals, it’s a dazzling home. The gourmet kitchen (of course, this is a Tuscan-style home right?), feeds into a roomy dining room that is perfect for entertaining.
Should we stop there? Well, Barry didn’t stop playing until he was 43 and still a dominating hitter, so we’ll keep going. The rest of the home includes a walnut-paneled office and custom home movie theater with seating for 12. If you’re feeling tense the home also features a full service spa, including steam room, jacuzzi and body therapy rooms.
It wouldn’t be California living without some outdoor fun and this home delivers. There’s a full outdoor kitchen with pizza oven and wet bar, manicured lawn, swimming pool, cabana, and multi-use sport court.
In short, this home should be in the hall of fame. Maybe Barry too?
Check out the full listing from The Agency here.
6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 11,000 square feet, infinity pool overlooking the historic Riviera Country Club
The famed La Mesa Estate, also known as “The House of Rock,” is now for sale for $22 Million! Originally the longtime home of the legendary Katheryn Grayson, it was purchased by top designer Elaine Culotti and converted into a one-of-a-kind musical masterpiece. With the help of top designers such as Ralph Pucci, David Bromstad, Susan Cohen, Sami Hayek, and Kyle Schuneman, Culotti restored many of the home’s original Old-World hallmarks and infused musical and state-of-the-art elements that make this home perfect for today’s cosmopolitan lifestyle.
Incredible home amenities include a spacious entertaining kitchen; his-and-hers master closets and baths; rooms bathed in natural light; forward-thinking home automation and audiovisual; a huge grassy yard with extraordinary flush-edge infinity pool overlooking the historic Riviera Country Club; a detached 2-bedroom guesthouse; and a soon-to-be-completed home theater.
According to the listing agent, Susan Pekich of The Agency, three words to describe the estate are “innovative, inspiring, and iconic.” Take one peek at the images, or step inside this estate, and you’ll know just what she’s talking about. While the home is incredible, the neighborhood makes the $22-million-dollar price tag worth it. The “House of Rock” is on one of the best streets in Santa Monica and overlooks the 13th green of the Riviera Country Club. There aren’t many estates in the beachside community of Santa Monica, so the House of Rock’s size and stature sure stands out in the area. And adding a nice counterpoint to the Californian home are the trees lining La Mesa Drive, which lend a very “East-Coast-neighborhood vibe.”
15 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms
In case you missed some of the hubbub, but today is 12/12/12, and supposedly the last repeating date of our lifetimes – depending on how long you live, of course. On a slow celebrity news day we decided it was a good time to show off one of the most fabulous 12+ bedroom 12+ bathroom homes you will ever see, whatever your lifespan is.
Known as Chateau D’OR, this home is located in exclusive Bel Air above Los Angeles. Once you get past the two gated entries and the landscaped grounds you come upon the 22,900 square foot home, located on 1.7 acres of prime real estate. With a grand total of 15 bedrooms and 16 bathrooms there’s plenty of room for a big family, fabulous parties, or both.
Ornate, hand crafted details fill the home as you make your way through the huge dining room that seems fit for Louis the XV. Guests then enter a sitting room that featuring a two-story mantle in front of a massive fireplace. The posh interior continues on to the luxurious royal master bedroom suite and the remaining bedrooms.
The property includes several additional buildings including a 6-bedroom guesthouse, and a separate structure with professional fitness center, pavilion and of course a koi pond. It doesn’t get more luxe than this.
4 bedroom, 6 bathrooms, 7,450 square feet
The historic, one-of-a-kind W.C. Fields estate is back on the market with a bump in its asking price! Last listed for $11 million in 2009, the estate made its return to the market in September 2012 with an asking price of $7.195 million. With no takers, it came off the market but returned this week with $300k tacked onto the asking price! Perhaps the current owners are hoping someone gets into the holiday spirit and buys the estate.
According to the Curbed archives, the home was owned by studio executive Dennis Rice and was last sold in 2004 for $4.437 million. It also once belonged to Lily Tomlin, who famously painted it pink, inside and out.
Completely private and secure, the home is nestled in the exclusive Laughlin Park gated community on nearly an acre. It sits on De Mille street, named for the famed director Cecil B. De Mille, who once lived in a massive estate just up the street.
While the home is a historic gem, it has been completely restored to it’s original glory and has all the luxuries of today’s technology. While the current interior decor may cause some people to immediately scream “makeover!,” the elegant home is perfect for formal entertaining, as well as informal family living. Scalloped ceilings, original woodwork, and a copper sun room make this home a very special property that rarely comes on the market.
6 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, 20,533 square feet
Ever dreamed of living like a high-paid country crooner? Well, now you have a chance to own the real-life pad of the fictional “Rayna Jaymes,” the Faith Hill-esque character played by Connie Britton on the smash ABC hit “Nashville.” Located in — you guessed it— Nashville, TN, the home just hit the market for $19.5 million.
For months, the show filmed in the Belle Meade home on Page Road owned by Sylvia Roberts and her family. According to The Tennesean, The “Nashville” team shot Roberts’ space exactly as-is — including the bedroom, kitchen, and foyer. Later, the show decided to move most of its Jaymes home scenes to a local soundstage, where set decorators cloned several of its rooms and styled them exactly as they appear in the original home.
While one can’t exactly live on a soundstage, you can live large in this incredible 6-bedroom, 12-bathroom, 20,533 square foot home, accented with unique marbles, stones, and woods from around the world. It’s got an exceptional pool and guesthouse, to boot. This show stopping estate was designed by Mark Harrison of Adkisson/Harrison.
Steve Fridrich of Fridrich & Clark holds the listing.
6 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, private/gated, pool
9021…oh my! Perched high atop the famed streets of Beverly Hills sits a private, gated Mediterranean stunner for sale. Purchase price? $9,995,500.
Listed with Southern California power agent Sally Forster Jones of Coldwell Banker Previews International, this beautiful 6-bedroom, 9-bathroom, 7,294 square-foot home seeks a sophisticated buyer in search of prime Beverly Hills real estate. With panoramic ocean and city views, there isn’t another property like it in 90210.
A long, private driveway leads prospective buyers to a cobblestone motor court with parking capacity for 14 cars. The grand kitchen, formal dining, and formal living rooms all have breathtaking views, and a huge master bedroom offers his and her baths, two terraces, and a study. The property also boasts three additional suites, as well as maids quarters, a media room, and a separate guesthouse.
Outside, the expansive grounds feature a stunning pool area and terraces throughout. Rounding out the Beverly Hills lifestyle is a party deck with a commercial bar & grill and putting green. Now that’s the epitome of California living.
3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 6,500 square feet
$15,000,000 or $55,000 a month lease
Perched atop one of the Sunset Strip’s most coveted ‘Bird Street,’ Nightingale, this newly constructed modern home has all the elements befitting this grand and hip location. Listed with Los Angeles super agent, Gary Gold of Hilton & Hyland, this cutting edge design mixes concrete, stucco and wood in a striking combination that creates warmth rarely seen in a modern estate of this size and scale.
A massive front doorway leads to high-ceiling public rooms that have fantastic volume, perfect for entertaining. How perfect? Well, Celebrity chef Michael Mina teamed up with Robb Report magazine to for an incredible dinner party and they chose this stunning home as the venue.
What makes it the quintessential and perfect Hollywood Hills home? To start, the home features floor-to-ceiling windows throughout that open up to bring the the outside in and help provide a spectacular backdrop – panoramic views of the city below. Twinkling city lights and the stunning California sky are this home’s never-ending front yard. A spacious chef’s kitchen has the latest and best in appliances and amenities. The private master bedroom and bath have their own fantastic views from the Hollywood Hills as well. A screening room, wine cellar, office and guest bedrooms round out this stunning hillside estate’s features.
Outside, a fantastic infinity edged pool and spacious fire pit area rival the home’s interior for entertaining possibilities.
For sale for $15 million, this home is also available for lease for $55,000 a month.