10776 Wilshire Blvd - Westwood Village - Los Angeles - Sold
Gorgeous Two Bedroom + Den 20TH floor unit in the prestigious full-service Carlyle. Sweeping views of the Bel Air Hills and Westward to the Ocean. Master with huge closet and sumptuous marble bath w/ double sinks, soaking spa tub and walk-in shower. Private elevator leads directly to formal entry and elegant living room with balcony & fireplace. Warm modern design throughout with high ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, fantastic views, granite and marble countertops, hardwood floors, and built-in sound system.
970 Centinela Ave., Santa Monica, CA - Sold
Stunning Santa Monica North of Wilshire Modern Spanish Santa Fe-Style Home with separate Hill-Top Studio/Guest House. This is a custom-built home with an abundance of gorgeous detail. There are stone, hardwood, and rustic tile surfaces. There are hand painted details, an enchanting tiered fountain, and a beautiful rustic mission tile roof.
About Our Team
Christina Jhun Hopkins
Chuck Husting and Christina Jhun Hopkins have developed a sophisticated high-end boutique real estate business with global reach. They have conducted transactions in notable locales such as Santa Monica’s full-service Ocean Towers co-op, the Huntington Palisades, Westwood Corridor full-service properties, Montecito, the Venice Silicon Beach Lofts, and Pacific Coast Highway/Malibu. They market and sell properties, represent buyers, manage properties, and assist owners with renovations and staging.
Chuck and Christina’s client base will attest to their hand-held approach in which they treat clients like family. They are not short cut “just get the sale” agents. The goal is to maximize the results every time. By combining their boutique model and personal skill sets with Compass International Realty’s global marketing and PR reach, the marketing exposure they achieve for listings is extremely effective. They offer a mix of corporate marketing and sales experience which they draw from to smartly position a property, market it strategically, and aggressively negotiate the highest price possible.
Chuck and Christina have an excellent track record of successfully managing sophisticated sales involving complex trusts, title issues, and sensitive family or privacy requirements. They welcome collaboration with a client’s trust attorney, trustees, real estate attorney, or wealth/business manager whenever necessary.
“Our approach is always to assist our clients in any way we can, which often includes helping a client 'tune up' or stage a property when we think it will make a substantial difference in the sale price. Every scenario is different and we are sensitive to the fact that the ‘space’ we work in significantly impacts the personal lives of our clients. We enjoy what we do and we take pride in making our clients look good. We care about every nuance of selling a home.”
Josephine Leffner joined Chuck and Christina in 2018 as the Director of Marketing. She is responsible for targeted and strategic real estate marketing through website development, social media, branding, and advertising. With over 15 years of marketing experience, she utilizes her professional insight and knowledge to help properties gain the notice of buyers quickly and effectively. As a native Californian, Josephine understands the value and importance of living in this incredible state. She has her undergraduate degree from San Jose State University and her master's degree from the University of Central Florida.
Services & Expertise
Our Marketing is Sophisticated and Effective – Every property sale should be based upon a smart strategy; property preparation, positioning with a “story”, timing, and proactive sophisticated marketing. A smart strategy and effective marketing yield the best results in a sale.
We Have Trust Sale Expertise – We have excellent references from families that have used us to manage and execute trust sale transactions. We assure the value of the sale is maximized on behalf of all beneficiaries, and with our experience we make the transaction easier for the trustees.
We Work With Attorneys & Business Managers – We have experience working with family attorneys and business managers. We welcome the opportunity to work with such third parties if a client wants the over sight or if a trust requires the participation of an attorney or financial advisor.
We Manage Private/Off Market Sales – We can successfully design and execute a private listing sale, tailored to the privacy needs of any client. To achieve a strong sale price a “pocket” listing should be quietly brought to the attention of the appropriate agents and end-users leveraging private database tools and a network of top real estate agents - locally and globally.
We Help Clients with Property Preparation & Staging – The sole purpose of staging is to obtain a higher sales price. When listing a home for sale or lease we often help with some degree of staging. Staging a property can range from simply rearranging furniture and de-cluttering to bringing in third party furniture and accessories.
We Educate Our Clients – We have a brief presentation designed to give clients an overview of what is involved in the basics of a 30 to 45 day escrow. This presentation is not a sales pitch but a useful primer, or “road map”, to give clients comfort with the events, time frames, and terminology commonly involved in selling or buying a home.
We Lease Properties and Provide Property Management – We have extensive experience leasing homes for clients. In select cases we also provide property management services.
Confidentiality is Critical - We take pride in discretion, and always act in our clients’ best interests.
201 Ocean Ave #907b
Santa Monica, CA 90405
This incredible Ocean Towers co-op unit consists of four ocean view units combined, and was lovingly designed by Mel Brooks and his late wife Ann Bancroft. This truly stunning home straddles a corner of tower b, affording it massive ocean views; North, West, and South.
Ocean Towers is one of the few Santa Monica full service properties; 24 hour Valet, Concierge, and Security.
14954 La Cumbre
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Rare Palisades Huntington Bluff ocean-view beauty. Exquisite almost 1920’s grandeur and cheerful elegance. The home features an ocean view master suite with large walk-in closets. The large kitchen with island and high-end appliances is open to a beamed ceiling family room with large fireplace and French doors – French doors that lead to tiered outdoor patios. The 5,000 bottle climate controlled wine cellar is fantastic.
1522 E. Mountain Drive
Nearly a straight shot up San Ysidro Rd from the upper village of Montecito, this spectacular gated ocean view Paul Gray home sits majestically on the hillside with unhindered views of the Channel Islands. The property is extremely private yet incredibly easy to access, and only paces from the San Ysidro Ranch. Pull into the vast gravel motor-court and enjoy the unique and dramatic California setting.
10776 Wilshire Blvd. #2003
Los Angeles, CA 90o24
The prestigious full-service Carlyle, 20th floor. Sweeping views of the Bel Air Hills and westward to the Ocean. Private elevator leads directly to formal entry and elegant living room with balcony, & fireplace. Two-bedroom suites located on opposite sides of the unit. Warm modern design throughout with high ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, granite and marble countertops, hardwood floors, and built-in sound system. The Full-Service Carlyle Residences offers valet, concierge, pool, gym, club room, wine closet, & storage.
29751 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90654
This unique Malibu estate is nestled on its own private bluff overlooking world renowned Zuma Beach. The 180º ocean, coastal, and whitewater views are exquisite. With a dramatic modern floor plan the architectural home is ideal for entertaining. The living room has 15 foot beamed ceilings and picture windows that accentuate the stunning vantage point to the ocean below, Point Dume, and the surrounding mountains. The first level master suite, living room, and kitchen open to vast grounds that include rambling lawns, a tennis court, a rustic spa with water fall, and a wooded area that comfortably accommodates a handful of horses.
11 Crescent Ave
Avalon, CA 90704
Directly over-looking Avalon Bay, this New England meets Catalina Island home has surreal views of the ocean, shoreline, boaters, and picturesque city of Avalon. Located a few blocks from the Village and slightly elevated above the main streets, the property is an ideal island getaway with almost instant access to shops, restaurants, and of course, the yacht club. Originally built in 1921, the hey-day of Avalon’s development as a social mecca of live music and celebrity, this home is classic and great fun.
Staging & Renovation
We approached the sellers and advised them to let us clean the home up, trim the trees to enhance the views, do some basic staging, and help them make several hundred thousands more on the sale. We won the deal, we did the work, our seller made significantly more money. That client now refers us new business.
238 Quadro Vecchio
238 Quadro Vecchio
There is no question, in most cases some degree of staging, clean up, or "editing", will increase the value of a property. We don't force property tune up on clients, but we can often give valuable assistance in preparing and positioning a home to attract higher offers. We also believe most "fixers" and even properties deemed to be "tear downs" can be transformed with a relatively low budget to something charming and romantic.
1039 25th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403
The Sellers of this cute Spanish Santa Monica home moved to Utah and took their furniture with them. We knew the home would sell for a higher price if it was furnished, so we brought in our own furniture, rugs and art. We wanted to complement the Spanish character, make it cozy, and add enough color to make it fun. All of the art we brought in was “real”; oils, silk prints, photographs. The house looked fresh and organized, but not “staged”.
Staged - 10727 Wilshire Blvd, #504 - Westwood’s “Wilshire Corridor”
Our client’s father had moved to an assisted care facility and this unit needed fresh paint and more coordinated and less bulky furnishings. We brought in our furniture and art, and secured a large beautiful sectional couch from H.D Buttercup to anchor the living room where the Little Holmby tree top and mountain views were amazing. The low-profile couch allowed buyers to see an unobstructed view of the mountains and Getty Center as soon as they walked in the door.
Staged vs. Empty - 486 E. Channel (Santa Monica, CA)
Our seller inherited this Santa Monica Canyon home. We worked with him to clean up the property, clear out the house, paint and install new floors, and we staged it with our own furniture and art. The price ended up too high for developers, and was bid up further by two families in a multiple offer scenario.
More Space, More Light & More Color - 10727 Wilshire Blvd #406
In an effort to create added value for our seller, we changed up much of the furniture and all the art in this Remington Plaza home to make the space feel brighter, larger, and warmer. We actually commissioned the painting over the fireplace from local Venice artist Gary Palmer to both add color and compliment the existing marble and curtains. The results were satisfying.
Get In Touch
Chuck Husting 310.770.6353
Christina J. Hopkins 310.430.9559
11601 Wilshire Blvd, Suite #101,
Los Angeles, CA 90025
As featured in:
The Wall Street Journal – "Saturday Night Live" alum Norm Macdonald lists his oceanfront Santa Monica condo with realtors Christina Jhun Hopkins and Chuck Husting.
Los Angeles Times – Live/work spaces are popular in Santa Monica. Westside realtors Chuck Husting and Christina Jhun Hopkins help comedian and actor Norm Macdonald to sell his prime Main Street live/work loft.