From the shores of Malibu to the cliffs of Santa Barbara, and from the valley that is Conejo to the palm-lined avenues of Beverly Hills, the real estate in Los Angeles and Ventura counties covers the topographic gambit. The two counties, sharing much more than a border, are home to some of the most extravagant and expensive homes in the world. It is not just fitting, but essential, that such prized real estate is handled by such prized realtors. For the first time ever, CSQ presents our C-Suite 7, the créme de la créme of Los Angeles and Ventura County realty.
With more than 30 years in real estate, Rosemary Allison has been sitting comfortably at the top of her game for quite some time. With a self-proclaimed goal as simple and sincere as “putting the needs of my clients first, and preserving that relationship for life,” Allison’s passion and compassion are indisputable. Rosemary has been backing up her sentiment with success for decades. In 2003, Allison was recognized as the #1 agent with a national franchise in the country and in 2010 was #3 on the same list. Recently, Allison found her name nestled nicely amongst her peers as she became a ranked member of Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends’ “Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals.” Allison continues to hone her craft and dominant the highly affluent, ultra net worth neighborhoods scattered about Ventura County, specializing in the Santa Rosa Valley area.
Jordan Cohen’s educational background (communications with an emphasis in sales and marketing) gave him an array of tools, but the key to his ensuing success has been his ability to put them to use. In 2012, Cohen was honored as the #1 RE/MAX agent in the Western U.S. and #2 in the country, closing $107 million in residential real estate. His encore performance, was north of $120 million in 2013. Beyond his impeccable sales history, Cohen has made a name for himself catering to professional athletes. His client list is a “Who’s Who” of A-list stars that include Kobe Bryant, Marcus Allen, and Pete Sampras to name a few. Despite regular coverage in the media (ESPN.com, Access Hollywood, etc.), Cohen has stayed humble and philanthropic. He finds time to serve on the Board of Directors for the Harold Pump Foundation, benefiting cancer research in addition to actively participating in the Toys for Needy Children program.
“Malibu native” status has its advantages, especially if you’re Coldwell Banker’s #1 Malibu real estate agent. Chris Cortazzo is that malibu native. Having closed more than $2.5 billion since 2000, Cortazzo is also a member of Coldwell Banker’s elite Top 1%. Despite his first multimillion-dollar transaction involving a prominent celebrity, Cortazzo has kept his feet on the ground. “No matter the price range I’m working in,” his website informs, “it’s a tremendous pleasure helping someone buy or sell their home and fulfill their dreams.” Cortazzo, a dedicated philanthropist, spends what little free time he has supporting over 40 charities on the local, national and international levels.
Rick Hilton and Jeff Hyland
When Rick Hilton co-founded Hilton & Hyland in 1993, he was being aggressive and ingenious. More than 20 years later, that aggression and ingenuity remain strong as Hilton and Hyland have become the first Los Angeles–based real estate firm to open an office in London. Hilton was making waves long before he opened a brick-and-mortar across the pond; he was the agent for both the buyer and seller in the record-breaking sale of Candy Spelling’s $85 million estate. In addition, Hilton and his wife are active philanthropically in both Los Angeles and New York. Jeff Hyland was fortunate enough to grow up in one of Los Angeles’ many pristine communities, Little Holmby. Surrounded by architecture and design from all corners of the globe it is ironic that he ended up where he is today. Three decades later, he has written two books chronicling the history of Beverly Hills real estate, founded two exclusive real estate firms and has served as President of countless Los Angeles based real estate organizations.
Youthful ambition is admirable and often a keystone to future success. While Kurt Rappaport was attending the University of Southern California, he began working at Merrill Lynch Realty in Beverly Hills. Several years later, he co-founded Westside Estate Agency with Stephen Shapiro. Today, WEA has over 60 full-time agents, offices in Beverly Hills and Malibu, and more than $2 billion in annual transactions. A testament to his talents, he represented Larry Ellison on his Carbon Beach real estate spending spree in 2011.
Additionally, Rappaport has closed the largest residential land sale in the history of Bel Air. While collaborating with some of the world’s best architects, Rappaport has owned and remodeled over 15 homes, and in doing so has crossed paths with Hollywood icon Tom Cruise, who purchased Rappaport’s estate in 2007.
With nicknames such as “First Lady of Luxury Real Estate” and “Billionaire’s Broker,” Joyce Rey’s reputation is internationally known. Rey burst onto the scene in 1978, selling the famed Sonny & Cher mansion for $4.2 million – more than double the amount anyone had ever paid for a home in the United States at the time. Decades later, Rey shows no signs of slowing down. In 2011, Joyce was named the #1 Coldwell Banker agent in the world and in 2012, “The Joyce Rey Team” was #1 on the West Coast. Rey makes her presence felt away from the negotiating table as well. Serving on the board of directors for countless organizations her charitable contributions have been honored by the National Women’s Political Committee and the Anti-Defamation League.
Billy Rose (R) and Mauricio Umansky (L)
When father-son duo Eduardo and Mauricio Umansky founded The Agency with Billy Rose and Blair Chang in 2011, they gave in to the age old adage, “If you can’t beat ‘em…join ‘em.” In two years, The Agency has closed more than $1.5 billion in residential sales, earning a seat at the table.Having just been named the #21 realtor in the U.S. by The Wall Street Journal, Billy Rose’s run of success continues. Prior to his time at The Agency, Rose co-founded the Architectural Division at Prudential California Realty where Rose’s team (Rose + Chang) was the Number One sales team for Los Angeles County four of the past five years. Mauricio Umansky is currently recognized by The Wall Street Journal as the #1 realtor in California and #3 in the U.S. Throughout his 15-year career, Umansky has personally overseen close to $2 billion in transactions. Outside of the office, Umansky is a member of the The Young Presidents Organization, appears frequently on Fox Business News and CNN Money and participates philanthropically at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.