Christophe Choo luxury real estate tour of homes for sale & sold in the the flats in Beverly Hills
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Christophe Choo luxury real estate tour of homes for sale & sold in the the flats in Beverly Hills


Good morning everyone its Christophe
Choo from Coldwell Banker global luxury real estate and beautiful Beverly Hills
California it’s early June I think it’s June the 3rd or should you in the 4th
and it’s a little cloudy today it’s what we call as locals call June gloom I know
it sounds scary but it’s not June gloom is basically in the end of May beginning
of June sometimes all of June in the mornings we have overcast skies now it’s
not clouds it’s just a marine layer we get you know we’re right by the ocean so
we got a lot of this not really fog but very dense heavy marine layer and it’s
so heavy and dense this particular time of year that it’s kind of cloudy and
overcast of till midday early afternoon almost every day of the month so today’s
one of those typical June gloom mornings but I don’t let that get me down I still
got to do what I got to do I got to be positive and happy to help my clients
buy and sell real estate so so what did June gloom anyways I thought I’d do an
updated driving tour of the flats of Beverly Hills which is an important area
so let’s get started on the tour let me show you around so I just turned off of
Santa Monica Boulevard a large Santa Monica we have to Santa Monica Boulevard
and just turned north and I’m on a little side street here so I’m gonna
just go back so down there to the left behind those trees that’s where the
Beverly Hills sign is that was installed in I think 1913 just remodeled redone
about a year ago and it’s got a wonderful fountain lily pond it’s called
the lily pond actually and it’s got ducks and swans and all sorts of fun
things so I’m here on Canon Drive which is a main street that goes kind of north
and south here in Beverly Hills and Canon Drive is part of the flats of
Beverly Hills so Beverly Hills flats has long been one of the most popular if not
the most popular a part of hurly Hills and actually were gonna be
driving by a house it’s in the next block that sold was a couple years and I
sold about a year ago and at that time it was one of the highest sales in the
Beverly Hills flats this is a new construction home that’s going underway
not a lot of modern houses here in the flats but they’re starting to show up
more and more a lot of traditional homes country English homes Mediterranean
style homes villa style homes so coming up here to the left a very very large
not this one but the next one the very large that when the beige kind of
Mediterranean villa that’s sold in 2018 so for 27 million it was a twenty seven
thousand foot lot if I remember correctly and about twenty thousand
square feet total for the house so even though Canon as you can see kind of be
can kind of be a busy street it still sold for a premium price of twenty seven
million this house over here on the right behind the gates can’t really see
much the other you can see a little bit of it that was the house of oh shoot I
know him and I know his wife famous talk-show host on CNN it’ll come to me
I’m sorry I’m good at most things remembering but sometimes the
celebrities I forget so here we go let’s just go back so let me tell a bit more
about the flats of Beverly Hills so first of all where do we turn I’ve been
driving seven paying attention oh we’re on I believe on Lovato so elevado is a
street that rents east and west and the flat so you won’t see too many houses on
this block but I’m gonna go all the way to the east because actually what can I
do is i can go up one more block to give you a little bit better perspective so
the floods basically is just north of the business district in Beverly Hills
which is why it’s one of the most popular areas basically you know the
business district is where all the offices are the shops the restaurants
the department stores all of the you know
salons the plastic surgeons the you know all of the various businesses that cater
to their quote unquote Beverly Hills lifestyle and what is it food fashion
plastic surgery facial rejuvenation those are the main OT –the teeth
whitening and teeth straightening places dentists it’s a kind of town where
people want to look good so most of the businesses nearby are to help you keep
looking good or to make you look good if you don’t look good so look it’s a
superficial town it’s Beverly Hills after all so I think that’s kind of
funny never hit me but that’s really what the business so sunglass shops
optometry places but that’s really the crux to the businesses in the Beverly
Hills area so you know in the main business district so that’s one of the
reasons why this is so popular as the world changes more and more people like
to be near the city center so that’s why walkability scores it becomes so popular
because people like to get out of their house walk a couple blocks with the kids
in the stroller or on their own and be in an area or neighborhood where they
can literally walk to restaurants into all of that fun stuff so so again the
Beverly Hills flats runs east and west and it runs about 20 blocks east and
west I’m gonna just turn left here on Foothill and it runs three blocks north
and south from Santa Monica down the south to Sunset Boulevard on the north
towards the center of the flats is there’s four blocks going north and
south now what’s interesting is about the streets and will go up a couple of
them down a couple of streets some streets are all palm tree-lined some
streets are all maple tree lined some streets are aligned with all different
kinds of various trees and this was all done essentially back in the
kind of just after the turn of the century early nineteen hundred’s 1920s I
think Beverly Hills became an official city in 1913 I think it was so that’s
how you see different streets with different kinds of trees so that was
Foothill which is all palm trees and the next street is Elm which I’m guessing
based on the name it they should be elm trees but I don’t really know offhand
what an elm tree looks like but as I’m looking I know that’s not an elm tree
because we have that kind of tree and those were eucalyptus trees straight
ahead and well I think these trees were all replaced yeah these are not the
original trees a few years back there were some issues with some kind of bug
infestation so I know a lot of the trees got sick and had to be replaced Beverly
Hills is very verdant and green what’s interesting is when you’re up in the
hills whether you’re up in the hills of Beverly Hills or Hollywood Hills or at a
high-rise condo and you’re looking over the city you’ll immediately notice the
boundaries of Beverly Hills because Beverly Hills is very green lots of
trees lots of grass lots of hedges and beautiful green shrubs and trees and
things of that nature so you know this and it’s kind of hard to
see the houses from a car so sorry about that
so what’s kind of going on in the neighborhood so there’s a lot of older
homes that have been in the same families for many many years it’s not
uncommon I should say it’s not uncommon but it’s it’s it happens sometimes when
you get a listing and the family has owned the house for 50 years or 60 years
or even longer in some cases so they kind of passed down through generations
so a lot of these older homes are often in original condition or a lot of them
were redone in the 60s and 70s which is obviously not to today style and so
those houses are often torn down and built as brand new and Beverly Hills has
a very very good Planning Department of Building and Safety planning and they’re
very good they’re pretty tough you know tougher than Los Angeles in terms of
building or remodeling and if you own a home that is historic home obviously you
can’t do that or if you own a home we have a master architect list in Beverly
Hills so what that means is if you own a home that was designed by one of the
master architects as defined and selected by the City Council of Beverly
Hills you cannot tear that house down so it’s very important as a lot of people
do like to buy older homes and tear them down we have to do our research find out
if there was a named architect and sometimes sellers don’t know but we have
to door research and then inform the buyers of that list and if it’s on the
list so we can advise them properly whether or not they can potentially tear
down that particular house so what’s going on in the Beverly Hills flats so
again in this 20 block distance east and west and the three four blocks north and
south they’re currently 22 homes on the market for sale and one point about
Beverly Hills the flats is is kind of two parts as the Eastern flats and the
Western flats we are on the eastern side currently the Western flats is when I
turned initially at this tour on Kennon west of Canon Drive is the Western flats
and then east of Drive is the eastern Flint’s so let me
see where I’m going I’m going to Sierra am I on Sierra nope a couple more blocks
so I’m gonna go take a look at into listing on Sierra so in terms of what’s
going on here and the flats are currently 22 active listings for sale in
the neighborhood the lowest price house is four million nine seventy five we’ve
had a little softening of our market of late so this is the first time I’ve seen
a home listed under five million in a while so it’s changing a little bit but
not much and there’s very pretty traditional
style house so four million just under five million is the lowest price
currently the lowest price sale in the last six months I believe was just over
five point 1 million the average price currently in the neighborhood is about
13 million 970 so you know just shy of 14 million you typically get an average
sized home about seventy three hundred square feet so houses asking prices are
running roughly about two thousand square foot so there’s an older probably
50s or 60s style home there on the no more on the left but we just train to
camp a little bit more surround Sierra so this is all pine tree lined so you
notice the difference in all the different streets so anyways so the
average size is about 7,300 for the house the average lot actively available
today is about 17,000 so of the twenty two actives there are currently five
under contract in the flats ranging from just under 5.7 million and I think up to
about just under 20 million so that’s kind of the range of of what’s active
right now and there have been 19 sales in the flats in the last six months of
it’s a very active market in the flats it’s again one of the most popular one
of the most active markets so terms of the average sales price in the
neighborhood just over 10 million to 10 million hundred some thousand average
size of these sold homes was just over six thousand square feet and the average
size lot was just shy of 8 thousand some lots are over an acre in
the flats but there’s not too many of those and they’re primarily on the
northern streets and on the western side of the flats so the average house has
been selling for within about 6% of the listing price so let’s see what I got oh
I’m I think I passed where I’m going so I’m gonna have to make a u-turn so we’ll
do that there’s another house that was obviously torn down and they’re building
a new residence there oh this is all strictly residential there’s no
multi-units no apartment buildings no condos in the flats it’s all strictly
residential and in the highest sale last year if I remember correctly was just
over 27 million which was a beautiful house on Greenway it was a 1930s
traditional style home remember correctly it was about a half an acre
lot where am I going six zero seven zero oh I guess I’m well looks like the open
house was cancelled well that’s good for you guys and you’ll get to see a little
bit more of the streets let me check my map and see where I’m going to next so
yeah so the highest price sale was just over twenty-seven million it was not the
one I showed you initially it was another one on again Greenway which was
the West End flats absolutely stunningly beautiful 1930s traditional I don’t
remember the architect but it was in the style of Paul Williams beautiful
beautiful original architecture and the owners were known for gutting and
redoing homes exquisitely did an amazing incredible job on that house kept the
original floor plan didn’t change it just redid all of the finishes and
details so not everyone wants a brand new
you know giant mansion a lot of people like the older traditional houses but
they really want them dun dun dun dun dun to the nines so and then the current
highest price listing in the flats at the moment is 33 million it’s also on
Greenway on the Country Club we have the Los Angeles Country Club on the western
end of the flats and there are a few just a handful maybe ten twelve houses
that are directly on the Country Club and those sell for a major premium I’m
working on a new listing that will be one of the highest priced homes in the
neighborhood so stay tuned and that’ll be hopefully coming to the market soon
so see I am going now to Arden up I probably passed Arden I said too busy
talking and I’m forgetting where I’m going so let’s go to art artists oh no
this is Arden perfect so we’re gonna head over to the 600 block and as you go
up in the flats it starts at the 500 block and it can end at the 900 block
depending on the location each block you go up the price increases a little bit
because the Lots increase in size and typically the homes increase in size so
this street is all lined again with the different trees and I do not know the
name of these trees so we’ve seen palm trees we’ve seen maple trees we’ve seen
other kinds of trees and these I don’t know so if you’re out there YouTube and
you know about trees I’d love to know what kind of trees
these are so we’re about to arrive at the open house I forget the price of
this one because I haven’t seen it yet or maybe I have seen it yet you never
know if it’s a new listing new new listing or if it’s a listing its back on
the market or real estate up there’s another teardown so I’m going to 6
oh seven Arden Upton sets a little bit further down the block
but Beverly Hills flats is a very charming neighborhood lovely
architecture very mixed architecture you see everything from no smaller
traditional houses to big McMansions clothes so I’m on Arden and it looks
like the house is not open well that’s strange will boy you’re gonna get an
extra tour so we’re gonna back to y’all crest that is Tuesday isn’t it it’s
Tuesday Caravan yes it is I know we have an open house today and for newer
listing and so my assistants over there handling that and so let’s just go fry
one last try cuz so far two out of three have not been open which is strange
maybe I was not paying attention okay here we are in Hillcrest which we were
on earlier and we’re going to six one six I think double check
six one six silk wrists yep oh no it’s okay I know what it is oh
6-1-6 Arden 500 block of Hillcrest okay I’m seeing it’s what happens when you
drive and talk okay let’s go back to our at least you
can you know see the outside of one of the houses so see what I mean by it’s
kind of cloudy and overcast so the skies are just the such about noon that’s
typical I’d say by around 1 o’clock we should have clear blue skies and then
starting around 7 o’clock tonight the call it’s called the marine layer will
start rolling on in and we’ll have the overcast skies and June bloom again
tomorrow morning okay we’re back dark blue going in circles today but it gives
you a nice little view of this part of Beverly Hills so if you’re looking to
live in Beverly Hills this may be a great spot for you because of the
proximity to all of the main amenities and price-wise it’s you know pretty
reasonable from 5 million to you know 30 some million so it’s a good little spot
okay now I think we’re on the right Street we’re going to six one six at six
to six so it’ll be on the left I know I dropped by here how did I not see the
sign well that’s right we’re not allowed to have open house signs in Beverly
Hills not allowed to have open house flags and the for sale signs there are
teeny tiny little signs they’re only like but I think eight inches or six
inches wide oh that’s the house huh and I’ve seen that house okay so we can skip
that it’s our open house signs are only six
inches wide by I think maybe nine ten inches tall and you have to have a
sticker on the sign or get fined and the fines are really big in Beverly Hills so
they just they don’t want what they think ugly real estate signs or flags or
directional signs dirtying up the streets so if you have an open house
they better make sure it’s online everywhere because they ain’t gonna find
it from the signs just telling you okay we’re at the end of our journey for
today because I do need to see some houses and we’ve been driving for what
15 minutes and I haven’t seen a house yet
so anyways he’ll Chris so we’re actually this is good we’re gonna see the 500
block which is the you know southern end of the flats and this house I believe is
in the five million range so again you’re only going to find those five
million dollar houses in the 500 block because as closest to Santa Monica you
can get some of the Santa Monica noise and you can even be right next to the
park which some people don’t like but the Sosa make houses here’s a nice big
Mediterranean that looks newer there yep and let’s see where we’re going here
okay 5:08 I’m going to 5 100 K see it okay so
let’s make a u-turn that’s little santa monica there down
below this is one of the alleys well that’s another good point all of the
houses in the flats of Beverly Hills have an alley behind the house so you
will never see ugly trash cans in front of your home they’re all in the back
alleys and that’s every single Street and the flats of Beverly Hills has an
alley and there’s no power lines notice so when the city was originally built
they put all of the power lines underground so unlike many parts of Los
Angeles you don’t have ugly lines running all throughout the area that
looked unattractive so and people pay hundreds and hundreds of thousands of
dollars to move power lines oh here we go oh it’s five ten on it to move power
lines underground if it’s blocking their view or they don’t like the way it looks
I’ve had it happen many times but in the flats of Beverly Hills you don’t have to
worry about it and you have to worry about again ugly trash cans because
they’re out back in the alley so hope you enjoyed my little tour of the flats
of Beverly Hills if you’re thinking of moving to LA or buying application
residents or an investment property or whatever I’m here to help you I’ve been
doing this for 32 years I love what I do I know the market inside and out I spend
three hours a week touring every single new listing in the whole West Side
marketplace and the luxury market that is I don’t see every single house and
that’s what I do and that’s what I’m here for so contact me directly I’ve
worked with many buyers that found me on YouTube and I help them find a house see
you soon take care

35 Comments

  • Linda Lee

    I can't even begin to imagine what that much money would look like! It's nice to dream though. Great tour as always! I akways enjoy your videos. Thank you very much for posting these for us. Have a great day!!

  • G Elle

    Can't decide between a home in the flats or home in the hills with city views.

    Love the old houses with so much history

  • Sherry Hatton

    Loved this tour ❤️ 😍 Love all the tree lined streets and the shrubery so beautiful ❤️❤️ Thank you Christophe Choo 💕💕😊😊

  • Alexander Patrick

    I think it's great they have the alleys for the trash cans. I also love the fact that there's no power lines. Beautiful neighborhood. You mentioned Canon Dr. If I remember correctly that is where your office is. Thank you again.

  • Wanda Stokes

    Good info deal ..on tearing down historical homes ..Judy Garland homes i heard you say something different

  • borderlord

    Hope they don't tear down too many to be replaced by monstrosities…they should make a Conservation Area there…here in England we have older houses or Architecturally valuable buildings Listed Grade 1 Grade 2…1 means no changes in or out 2 is no changes on the outside!!

  • borderlord

    Just got to the part about Beverly Hills planning Dept….Good to know they stop developers tearing down named Architect houses!

  • Andre Brand

    And again another great tour. Thanks for keeping us updated especially those who don´t live in paradise

  • Steve Hofmaster

    Thanks for a really nice tour of The Flats sure is a lovely area and I love all the trees and Palms very nice.June Gloom we also have something similar up here in Pacific NW in June sometimes.I hope your week will continue to be productive and wishing you the Best!

  • Avi Christiaans

    I absolutely LOVE your street tours of La La Land. So informative and interesting. Thank you so much. Waiting for an updated tour of the biggest, most expensive mansions in L.A (Spelling Mansion, Perenchio's Chartwell estate in Bel-Air, etc). 👌👌

  • esshtd

    Wasn't that the 808 for $27 mio ? By the way, I love the flats, broad streets and pedestrian lanes on both sides for taking a walk…

  • Laura Akers

    Thank you for these driving tours! Do you mind if I ask: Is that the Darryl F Zanuck house you pulled up to at the end? I just saw the listing for it and its incredible! I could never afford BH but if I ever hit the lotto I am calling you first! Promise!

  • d sin

    I am so thankful, that you take time out of your day and show us the beautiful city of Los Angeles and educate us on the real estate market. Truly an amazing human being. Thank you once again!

  • MD Kutzler

    I loved this driving tour. In so many ways it looked/felt like the Eastside of Milwaukee of 1.2mil to 1.8ml range. I just found it so peculiar that same size homes, much of the same period architecture but wow, the price range differential is amazing.

  • Hugo Vargas

    Checking in Mr Christophe Choo. That's great weather. Natural air conditioning. Greetings from Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico.
    Quick question: Did you treat yourself to the Rolls Royce Ghost? I remember you have contemplated.
    Great video again!

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