Frank Lloyd Wright described architecture’s purpose aptly, “Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.” Though Los Angeles is not always considered the mecca of iconic public architecture, I have found its unique homes and diverse neighborhoods give this city its own eclectic soul. From the great 1920s Spanish and Mediterranean estates in Hancock Park and Los Feliz to the architectural homes or bungalow cottages in Venice Beach – from the traditional mega estates in Beverly Hills to the ultra modern view homes overlooking the Sunset Strip; I am fortunate to have worked in all parts of this expansive city. In fact, rather than focus on a certain area, I follow my clients – entertainment executives, actors, writers, musicians, entrepreneurs, attorneys – and my clients crisscross Los Angeles’ most exclusive, diverse and up and coming neighborhoods.
My sales and strategy acumen began in an unlikely place; the US military. During the 1990s, I served as a newly minted Naval Intelligence Officer in Operation Desert Storm where I assembled vast quantities of information into a cohesive picture and presented this intelligence to wartime commanders. In essence, I sold “strategy and tactics.” During my subsequent tour at Naval Special Warfare Command, I interacted with civilian companies to help generate intelligence technology, which Navy SEALS could deploy with. Ultimately, I would “sell” my commanding officers on the validity of these essential programs to ensure the SEALS had the best shot at executing their missions.
In 2006, I put on a new type of uniform; suit and tie and thus began my real estate career. Working closely with Ernie Carswell, a distinguished veteran in Los Angeles’ luxury real estate market, I cut my teeth executing 30 plus transactions per year. This relationship blossomed into a very successful partnership and together we closed over $80MM of real estate transactions last year.
At the US Naval Academy, I honed skills including integrity, attention to detail and esprit de corps. As a naval officer, I built upon these skills in highly volatile environments and believed that anything was possible. And as your real estate agent, I will guide you through complex and at times, difficult transactions ensuring that you achieve the results you want.
In my spare time, I enjoy cross training, attending musicals of almost any kind, and a supremely chilled Hanger One martini – up with a couple of olives. In addition, I am also involved with veterans groups and support a variety of charities.
Wishing everyone fair winds and following seas in life and in their real estate endeavors.
"Chris Pickett is an exceptional agent. He exceeded every expectation we had for a real estate agent. He was caring, kind, informative, and incredibly professional. He patiently walked us through his strategy for how to best sell our home and made sure to put us and our home in the best possible situation in the marketplace. That wasn't even the easiest part. The easiest part was selling the home. Chris identified and targeted qualified buyers prior to our even going officially into the market. Not only did we have multiple bidders before we officially went into the marketplace, but our home sold for well beyond what we would have been thrilled to receive for it and far above the list price. In addition, Chris is simply a class act and great person. We couldn't possibly recommend any other real estate agent more."
~ Scott and Elizabeth Rosenbaum
"We've now had the pleasure of working with Chris Pickett on three (3) separate deals over the past two years. The first was the Sale of our former house; the second was negotiating a short-term lease property; the third was the Purchase of our new house. We found Chris to be quite adept at wearing many different hats - representing us as Seller | Tenant | Buyer.... always with our best interest in mind. Each deal was different and each presented its own unique set of issues. Every time there was a sticking point, Chris patiently worked with the other side to resolve the problem. A real estate deal can be quite an emotional experience but Chris always presented himself in a calm, cool, collected manner which helped put us at ease. We highly recommend Chris not only for his comprehensive knowledge of the market, but also for his thorough professionalism."
~ Steve & Andrea Handleman
It is a pleasure to recommend Chris to anyone searching for the best real estate representation in Los Angeles.
I have had the pleasure to be supported by Chris throughout the sales process. Not only a consummate professional but a pleasure to work with and be around.
You may count yourself secure in his services and his goal to provide the highest return with the most attention to detail.
~ Gina Adelman
Christopher Pickett did an excellent job representing me as both a buyer and a seller. He helped me purchase my current home in Rancho Park. He was my agent when I recently sold a multi-family investment property on the beach in Venice. Christopher works hard and devotes long hours to his clients. He negotiates well. He is smart, honest, and I trust him. He has integrity, but that doesn't mean he doesn't make the best deal possible for his client. He is savvy.I wholeheartedly recommend him. I have already recommended him to many friends who have also benefitted from the excellent service he provides.
~ Sam Powers, Educational Television Producer and Real Estate Investor