It feels like it’s been years since we had a MDLLA episode. I’m probably going to need a minute to get all the names straight for the MDLLA recap! The title alone suggests this will be good. Did the two Josh’s really agree to a co-listing? It’s the end of the world as we know it!
I got a bit bored with this show for a while. But now, I have paused the DVR only a few seconds in because the opening scene with Josh Flagg strutting around like a peacock toward his classic car parked in front of Clifton’s Cabinet of Curiosities has me in a better mood already. Sure, it was very staged. But it was a perfect opening moment. There is a glut of modern houses shaped like white shoe boxes. Very expensive, very big shoe boxes.
Altman & Josh
So in one of the most bizarre pairing of all time, Flagg and Altman have decided to work together to get a very important listing, The Razor House. It’s a three hour drive to “the razor” in La Jolla. They must really be desperate to drive all the way to San Diego for this listing. The two get along well in the car. So much so that the fisted each other. Um WAIT! I mean they fist bumped each other. Kind of a big difference. The journey included a trip to a country store where Altman was mystified by walnut apple butter and Flagg was just a walking can buying fool. OMG! Healther Altman is pregnant about and about to have a baby boy!
The Razor House is HUUUUUUGE! Ten thousand square feet, with six bedrooms and four baths. It actually looks twice as big to me. There is a detached house that has 1,300 square feet and has two bedrooms. It sits on a giant cliff over looking the ocean and hang gliders sailing by. It’s stunning. My mouth is on the floor. I was just going to point out that I’m not a fan of modern houses, but just as I am typing, Flagg says the same thing. But he points out this is an architectural house. There is an open air glass elevator. Because of course. I would be typing all day if I told you the features of this place. Plus I can’t take my eyes off the screen. In the end, the owner agreed to dropping the listing price to $25 million and they got the listing.
James & David
James and David are also looking for fresh listing in new places. The are going to Hollywood. For listings. Not to audition for American Idol. I like this neighborhood. Craftsman houses are more my speed. The listing they are going to show us however, has sort of ruined the bones of the house and made it contemporary on the inside. That was a mistake. They also have the bizarre wooden slats that act as sort of dividers that I would take out immediately. In fancy houses it’s apparently called a “walnut screen wall.” The lighting fixtures are all wrong. And is the kitchen in a main hallway? Why yes. Yes it is. But when you are paying a lot for a home, apparently, they call it galley style. I had a galley style kitchen in my apartment in St. Simon’s once, but it wasn’t in a fucking hallway!
I love the backyard. And the master suite. And the master bathroom. Because the house is in a historical, there are a ton of extra, and very expensive, things they have to do to the house to comply with the historical society. For example, the $12,000 iron fence in the front yard is a tad too high and must be taken out and replaced. James and David have an interesting marketing plan. They are branding bottle water bottles with info on the property. Then distributing them to hikers on a nearby very popular trail while wearing The Agency gear. We’re going to have to wait until an upcoming episode to see if they sold it.
Tracy is headed to the Hollywood Hills for a listing appointment. I love this house already. It’s contemporary but has a funky vibe with the lofts and the twenty foot ceilings. It very open and has a great big terrace. The couple selling the house has three kids and is needing more space. She’s an attorney for the UN and he is a writer who also works for UNICEF. The outside area is even nicer than the house. It is completely private! The price is just under two million. Really? In the Hollywood Hills? Anyone got a couple million they could spot me? I love this place! And can they leave me all the furniture? Did I mention how fabulous the kitchen is?
The sellers don’t want to do open houses. Only private showings. That will be a challenge for Tracy. Needs to get videos on social media. This house is awesome. Later, Tracey and a couple of her coworkers go to an art show. Somehow they are going to try to find a buy for the Hollywood Hills house at the art show. Ahem, staged. But I love a good art show! Will we ever go to art shows again? This episode is giving me life! And I totally get now why they were canvassing the art show. I bet they do get good leads. They got a full price offer, but unfortunately, there were some issues with inspections that the buyers wanted fixed and the offer fell through. Oh, Tracy makes a call to agent with another offer. She identifies as Tracy Tutor. I guess the divorce was final when this was taped. Tracy closes the deal.
Later this season, Fredrik Eklund arrives to take over the LA market! YAY! This was a great episode!