Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Simon Beardmore brings with him an appreciation for architecture, design and style. Now, through Compass, Beardmore is in the business of building relationships with clients.
Tell us a bit about your childhood—where did you grow up?
Beardmore: I grew up on the north shore of Sydney, Australia, in a suburb called Mosman. I also lived in Majorca, London, Milan and Paris before living in the U.S. and becoming a citizen.
What was your first job?
Beardmore: My first job was a lawn mowing business. I had a gasoline lawnmower that I bought second hand and would push from house to house. It kept breaking down and cost me the profits, but it was my first experience with landscape design and maintenance.
What inspired you to enter the world of real estate?
Beardmore: Both of my parents had a very different but strong sense of what makes a home; my father from an architectural standpoint and my mother from an art and interior design standpoint. The result was my early interest in all aspects, and I started investing in houses as soon as I could, both abroad and here in the U.S.
I built homes, designed homes and as a result, understand and appreciate many details. My interest in sales started two decades ago, when I was drawn to the unique and individual challenges of residential clients in buying and selling homes.
Do you represent homes in all neighborhoods of the Palisades?
Beardmore: Yes, I serve all areas of the Palisades and also Los Angeles. My philosophy is growing with my clients and their changing needs. Because of this, I’ve had clients who started further east and moved west and vice versa. I’m in the business of relationships and move with my clients.
Tell us about one of your favorite current listings.
Beardmore: I love my listing on the Napoli rim of the Riviera with Canyon; a beautiful traditional family home with ocean, and golf course views, in a storybook neighborhood.
What advice do you have for first-time home buyers?
Beardmore: My advice for first-time buyers is always location—you can change the house, the neighborhood is permanent.
Also, don’t underestimate the value of the agent, there are so many nuances of home buying during the process that are equally as critical as they are on the selling side.
I especially enjoy working with first-time buyers, it’s the beginning of the relationship.
What are some of the effects that the coronavirus pandemic has had on local real estate?
Beardmore: The coronavirus has re-defined the utilization value of the home. Everyone is looking at their home as a multi-purpose hub, but also as a sanctuary and it needs to function on every level.
On a practical level, the process of buying and selling homes has become much more streamlined because only serious, qualified parties are involved and transactions are more efficient.
What do you do for fun when you are not working?
Beardmore: My work and home life has been blurred the last eight months, so it’s been even more family time than usual. I love to cook family dinners, and I’ve enjoyed playing tennis with my son and surfing almost every morning with my daughters.
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