TOP LUXURY REAL ESTATE LEADERS
AMMANN ESTATES GROUP
CATHERINE AMMANN, ALEXIS SANDOVAL, GIGI THOENNES PHOTOGRAPHY BY PHILIP MACIAS
CATHERINE AMMANN CEO & FOUNDER
ALEXIS SANDOVAL LUXURY ESTATES AGENT
GIGI THOENNES LUXURY ESTATES AGENT
“The extravagant canvas of Los Angeles makes it easy to fall in love with real estate and architecture in this city,” says Catherine Ammann, “from the glamour of Hollywood to the stunning coastlines and dramatic city views.” As CEO & founder of Ammann Estates Group in West Hollywood, Ammann leads a team of luxury real estate agents, including Alexis Sandoval who handles property acquisitions, and Gigi Thoennes, an international specialist who works with clients in LA and represents the group in Europe. Ammann heads the luxury estates division and serves as director of marketing.
Specializing in property acquisition, luxury homes, and developments, Ammann Estates Group focuses on Beverly Hills, Beverly Grove, Bel Air, Malibu, Calabasas, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Paciﬁc Palisades, Los Feliz, the Hollywood Hills, and beyond. The Top Female Team in their brokerage, they’ve earned the Platinum Award and have also been featured on the TV show Selling Mega Mansions.
They recently launched Private Client Concierge to meet the needs of their most exclusive clients, which include celebrities and athletes, who demand absolute privacy and white glove services. This includes facilitating connections with designers, estate managers, vehicle and boat brokers, art dealers, and more. “It’s the relationships that yield the most reward,” Ammann says. “We’re focused on redeﬁning the client experience. It’s our mission to provide strategic marketing, unparalleled communication, and a hands-on client-agent partnership.”
She and her team are also committed to giving back to the community through their support of Visionary Woman, Tree People, Malibu Foundation, Boys and Girls Club Malibu, Clothes the Deal, St. Judes Children’s Hospital, and many other worthy causes.
9000 Sunset Blvd. Ste. 1100, West Hollywood, CA 90069
THE AGENCY LEGACY ESTATES AGENT, PSA CERTIFIED PROBATE & TRUST SPECIALIST DRE# 01899893
AMIR JAWAHERIAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY PHILIP MACIAS
Amir Jawaherian was drawn to real estate for its potential to make a positive impact on communities. “I’ve always been captivated by the beauty of architectural monuments and the crucial role of those who bring them to life,” he says. “I’ve always dreamed of uniting the right people and crafting extraordinary structures.” As a legacy estates agent with The Agency, Jawaherian specializes in high-end developments and legacy properties. A certiﬁed probate and trust specialist who’s also certiﬁed in pricing strategy, he’s one of the top 1.5% of real estate professionals nationwide according to RealTrends and he earned The Agency’s Chairman Award in 2022.
With a geographic focus on LA’s Westside—from Sunset Plaza to the Hollywood Hills, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, Paciﬁc Palisades and beyond— Jawaherian stays abreast of the latest market trends and rapidly changing municipal ordinances. “In providing my clients with sound advice, I’m helping them secure lucrative investment properties as buyers and maximizing the value of underdeveloped estates as sellers,” he says. “Prioritizing relationships over proﬁts is the key to creating a strong foundation for success.” On the horizon, he looks forward to expanding his services to new markets, starting with Palm Beach.
As an immigrant who arrived in the US a decade ago, Jawaherian is grateful for the life-changing opportunities that have come his way. Committed to giving back, he initiated a fund and secured his ﬁrst development with 100% aﬀordable housing to help address the crisis of homelessness in LA.
331 N. Foothill Rd., Ste. 100, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
DIANA KASSABIAN LUXURY PROPERTIES BROKER ASSOCIATE DRE# 01955797
DIANA KASSABIAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY BREE MCCOOL
Born and raised on the French Riviera, Diana Kassabian has made her home in Los Angeles for over 20 years. Hailing from a family of builders, she grew up surrounded by remodeling, building and design projects. “I’ve always been interested in architecture and design,” she says. Before pursuing her real estate license, she bought, sold and designed properties as a homeowner. “I wanted to serve as an agent to help others achieve their goals.”
Today, she’s a top-producing agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices with the Chairman’s Circle Diamond distinction as one of the top half of 1% of agents in their global network. With her oﬃce in Paciﬁc Palisades, she specializes in LA’s Westside, including Santa Monica and Brentwood, and she’s sold homes from Laguna Niguel to Oxnard. “I go anywhere my clients take me,” she says.
Fluent in three languages and working with both local and international clients, Kassabian has built a reputation as an honest, detail-oriented and hardworking agent who always keeps her clients’ best interests at heart. “I’ve learned over the years that communication is one of the most important tools for success,” she says. “I’m always available. My clients can reach me anytime and get a quick response to their questions and requests.”
Her current listings include condos and residences in Brentwood Park, the Four Seasons Private Residences Los Angeles, the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel Residences and the W Hollywood Residences. When it comes to market analysis, Kassabian says, “The best time to buy in LA is always now.”
881 Alma Real Dr., Ste. 100, Paciﬁc Palisades, CA 90272
MURAD REALTY INC. AT COMPASS SUNSET STRIP REALTOR® DRE# 02058855
MARISOL MURAD PHOTOGRAPHY BY PHILIP MACIAS
Marisol Murad hails from a real estate family in Mexico where her passion for architecture was ignited from an early age. With a background in hospitality and business, she traveled the world working in sales and management for top luxury hospitality brands, like the Four Seasons Beverly Hills and Nobu before pivoting to real estate. “This experience gave me an understanding that clients need to be treated in a classy, sophisticated and professional manner,” she says.
Today, as a realtor with Compass’s Sunset Strip oﬃce, she specializes in residential real estate across Los Angeles, from the Hollywood Hills to Bel Air, Beverly Hills and beyond. She also works with luxury properties in Mexico’s most desirable destinations, like Cabo and Tulum. Certiﬁed in foreclosures and short sales, Murad’s always seeking new ventures and projects. She looks forward to expanding her business to commercial real estate and getting her license in Texas. “I’ve met and become friends with extraordinary people,” she says. “I’m a big believer that aside from selling dreams, real estate is an industry based on relationships. I always put my clients’ best interests ﬁrst.”
When it comes to analyzing the LA market, she says, “Due to the constant lack of inventory, there’s more demand than supply. The market will decelerate after having accelerated at a rapid pace when interest rates were at historic lows. It will be a healthier scenario for both buyers and sellers.”
An animal activist, Murad supports non-proﬁts that contribute to the wellbeing of animals and she donates a portion of her proﬁts from every closed sale.
8560 Sunset Blvd., 3RD Floor, West Hollywood, CA 90069
NOURMAND AND ASSOCIATES PRINCIPAL DRE# 00983509
MYRA NOURMAND PHOTOGRAPHY BY PHILIP MACIAS, SHOT ON LOCATION AT THE NOURMAND AND ASSOCIATES OFFICE
Myra Nourmand is a top-producing real estate agent with a client list that includes some of Hollywood’s brightest stars. Awards over the years include being named a Top Agent by Hollywood Reporter, a Los Angeles Times Inspirational Woman and Best of the Best according to Forbes. As principal of Nourmand and Associates, she specializes in LA’s Westside, from Beverly Hills to Brentwood, Holmby Hills, and Bel Air, but she goes wherever her clients take her. “I’ve always had a fascination with homes,” she says. “I enjoy decorating my house and making it beautiful, so selling real estate is a way for me to see breathtaking homes and meet interesting people.”
She’s established herself as an industry expert with her book, From Homemaker to Breadwinner, which is part-memoir and part handbook for new realtors. Her clients have come to rely on her as a trustworthy professional with genuine care for their needs. “I’m not afraid to tell my clients what is or isn’t a good investment,” she says. “Experience speaks for itself, especially in a transitioning market. I’ve adapted with the times, but there are still important old school habits, like picking up the phone and handwritten notes.”
Throughout her career Nourmand has worked on the estates of Hollywood royalty, from Charlton Heston to Jimmy Stewart. She’s currently marketing the Bugsy Siegel estate in Beverly Hills, which has garnered a media frenzy and over 53,000 views within 24 hours. Deeply committed to philanthropy, she gives back through her support of Hadassah, Jewish Vocational Services, Israel Cancer Research Fund, and Friends of IDF, amongst other worthy causes.
421 N. Beverly Dr., Ste. #200, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
ACME REAL ESTATE BROKER, OWNER & CEO DRE# 01882678
COURTNEY POULOS PHOTOGRAPHY BY PHILIP MACIAS
Courtney Poulos is a ﬁrm believer that real estate is the pathway to ﬁnancial stability. As owner and CEO of ACME Real Estate, she’s also the author of Break Up! With Your Rental! (breakupwithyourrental.com), a book that guides professional women in purchasing their ﬁrst home and imagining their ﬁnancial life diﬀerently. “A poverty mentality centers on buying things with your money, but a wealth mentality centers on spending money to make money,” says Poulos.
Founded in 2011, ACME is a full-service, independent brokerage catering to a discerning, design- conscious clientele across all budgets in LA’s unique and vibrant neighborhoods. Poulos counts tenacity, instinct, inventiveness and conscience as the keys to her success. ACME recently expanded to Orlando, and is actively seeking expansion opportunities in other markets. In 2022, ACME also launched its one-of-a-kind scholarship program for recent high school graduates in underserved communities. “We’re committed to inclusivity in this industry and we’re excited to share ﬁnancial literacy and education with future leaders of Los Angeles,” she says.
As far as the market’s wild ride, Poulos says, “In Los Angeles, there is no wrong time to buy— only, sometimes, a wrong time to sell. There is no reason to wait. The time to buy is when you can, where you can.”
ACME also boasts a streetwear line, room fragrance line and a new candle collaboration with Apothia, all available on its website. Poulos says, “We’re always looking for home and design brands to collaborate with, as ACME revels in a holistic approach to home.”
4516 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041
4772 1/2 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016
SHAMSI PROPERTIES & STUDIO ROI ESTATES SALES AGENT & REAL ESTATE INTERIORS DRE# 01891229
SAFIR SHAMSI PHOTOGRAPHY BY PHILIP MACIAS
Angeleno native Saﬁr Shamsi’s interest in real estate ﬁrst ignited as a student at Hawthorne School. Walking home through the Flats, he gained an appreciation for the architectural signiﬁcance of the surrounding properties. Today, he’s parlayed that interest into a successful career in both real estate and design. With a deep knowledge of Los Angeles’s dynamic neighborhoods, he’s a top-ranked realtor with expertise ranging from Hancock Park to Malibu, Studio City, Hidden Hills and beyond.
During the height of the pandemic, many of his clients wanted to redesign their spaces to better accommodate their new lifestyle of spending more time at home. With that in mind, Shamsi founded Studio ROI as the interior design arm of his business where he provides stylish, yet cost-effective design services for both homeowners and those looking to list their property for resale. He’s partnered with developers to not only design their project’s interiors but also exclusively list their properties.
“Whether it’s a record-breaking sale or ﬁnding that perfect property for a discerning buyer, the adrenaline that comes from doing what some ﬁnd impossible is what drives me,” says Shamsi. “I personally enjoy a challenging environment more than anything.” One of his top career highlights came in purchasing and restoring David Bowie’s former West Hollywood home.
As a ﬁrst generation Persian American and child of a single mother, Shamsi supports the women of Iran risking their lives today in their ﬁght for basic human rights. He says, “It’s up to us to continue that ﬁght and get back what is rightfully ours: freedom for all.”
202 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210