Known for her unwavering integrity, compassion and exceptional knowledge of the real estate market, Isabelle Mizrahi has lived in the neighborhood for more than 40 years.
Post: Tell me about your childhood. Where were you born and where did you grow up? What were some of your hobbies and interests as a child and teenager?
Mizrahi: I was raised in Los Angeles at a time when kids were allowed to wonder and told to be home for dinner when the street lights came on. As a teenager, I was involved with my high school (Fairfax) club supporting charities like cerebral palsy. We would throw dances to raise money to donate to them.
Post: What was your first job out of college? What led you to choose a career in real estate?
Mizrahi: I started working in high school at one of the hippest boutiques. We would often work with celebrities and stylists doing fashion shoots and, more often, television shows.
Post: How does your background help you when working with clients to buy or sell a home?
Mizrahi: I assume my ability to help people make decisions started from that. The combination of style and sales came very easy to me.
Post: Do you represent homes in all neighborhoods of the Palisades?
Mizrahi: I have bought and sold homes all over the city, mainly in the Palisades, Brentwood and Santa Monica, with an emphasis on Santa Monica, Rustic Canyon. My website is inthecanyon.com.
Post: Tell me about how you approach new clients who are aiming to buy or sell a home.
Mizrahi: My work with new clients starts always with, “What does your dream home and location look like?” Then we start exploring options.
Post: What are some of the most memorable homes you have sold or helped a client purchase?
Mizrahi: I’ve been very fortunate to work with some wonderful people and sell some very special properties. There is an amazing home at the end of Trino Way, originally designed by Richard Neutra, and updated by another of my favorite clients, Scott Prentice AIA. It sits just above the Bel-Air Bay Club, with the most outstanding views.
Another of my favorite sales is the original and historical gas station that is on West Channel Road. You wouldn’t know it’s there if you drove by now unless you were around 10 years ago. It’s another beautiful restoration by Scott Prentice.
Another favorite is the home that Mr. Lachman, the developer of Lachman estates, saved for himself because of its amazing views.
Post: Tell us about a current favorite listing.
Mizrahi: I am currently representing a beautiful six-bedroom, eight-bathroom estate in the Riviera at 1117 Corsica Drive, which I am very proud of.
Post: What are some current trends in real estate?
Mizrahi: The current market in the Palisades, and surrounding neighborhoods, should come as no surprise: low inventory, low interest rates and high demand. The ongoing pandemic doesn’t seem to have slowed us down at all. If anything, families are more interested in finding their forever homes.
Post: Have you lived in Pacific Palisades, and if so, what neighborhood?
Mizrahi: I move into the Canyon 45 years ago, assuming it was my starter home. It was the second home I saw, the house was boring, but I couldn’t imagine a more perfect location, and anytime we considered moving, we just ended up remodeling.
Post: What do you and your family like to do for fun?
Mizrahi: My son and daughter, Nico and Becca, now have homes and families of their own. My happiest times are when we are all together, especially my four grandsons: Clay, Rylo, Yale and the newest, Cy. I am so fortunate, I wake up every day in gratitude for my amazing family, friends and clients. Life is good.
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