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Managing Partner Sarah Kosasky to Speak at 2017 Broker Conference Expo

The 2017 California Realtor Expo, the premier tradeshow for California’s real estate industry, will take place in San Diego from October 10-12. Bringing together the best in the business—ranging from top-producing brokers to economists and tech experts—this three day event will be rife with one-of-a-kind education, networking and professional development opportunities.

On October 11, Managing and Founding Partner of Partners Trust Malibu Sarah Kosasky will be speaking at the Expo’s Broker Conference on a panel that explores the process of “Designing a Magnetic Brokerage Culture.” Sarah will discuss her experience of recruiting the right talent, leading her agents to success and forming one of L.A.’s most respected and reliable real estate teams. “The foundation of our office’s culture is support and trust.  It’s no secret that real estate is highly competitive so stress levels in the field can be high. I love healthy competition but to have a successful team, the culture within our walls must be collaborative. I have found that the office needs to provide a respite, a place for agents to come refocus, strategize with one another, freely engage in discussion, exchange new ideas, and root for one another to win.“

Hosted by the California Association of Realtors (CAR), the 2017 Broker Conference is designed to provide you with the tools you need for the brokerage you want. Attendees will gain insight into how one should lead a firm and create a culture that remains true to its values, which certainly strikes a chord with our principles at Partners Trust.

This one-day event at Expo, located at the Marriott Marquis from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., will cost $99 until October 9 and $109 onsite. If you wish to register in advance, please click here.

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Meet the Man Behind Malibu’s Ultimate In-Home Car Museum

Poised upon a prime 32-acre site bordering national parkland, the PT-represented Yellow Hill Retreat, designed by architects Hagy Belzberg and George Wittman, is as rare and captivating a property as they come—but don’t be fooled into thinking that the drama ends there. Owner Bata Mataja, founder of Big American Dream Company and former vintage car racer, yearned to bring his lifelong infatuation of automobiles a little closer to home. Such is the reason why, in addition to a 15-car motor court, Bata and Hagy devised a custom gallery to exist inside the 7,500 square foot Malibu residence.

From his first acquisition, a 1957 Karmann Ghia coupe, to a more recent 1949 Buick Roadmaster Convertible, which he converted from a 4-seater to a 2-seater, Bata has owned 60-70 cars throughout his life, restoring them as often as he could between client projects and running his business.

In this exclusive interview, Bata shares the inspiration behind his in-home gallery, how his environment heightens his hobbies, and why he’s definitely not a “Garage Lover.”

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PT: Why incorporate a car gallery into your actual home?

BM: I wanted to simplify the process of tending to my vehicles as well as avoid having to leave the house, hence the inspiration to design a mini car museum of sorts that can accommodate three cars at any time. By way of a series of curved glass walls, I can see and marvel at my collection from multiple areas of the home, including the kitchen, outdoor patio, and living room.

PT: How is a visitor first introduced to the car gallery?

BM: The home’s front glass pivot door opens up to reveal a second glass pivot door that lets you gaze right into the gallery, so from the foyer you are immediately invited into this automotive dream space.

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PT: As a collector of art, what else have you filled this space with besides cars and motorcycles?

BM: You would be quick to discover memorabilia and artifacts such as marble sculptures of cars, vintage toys and models, tapestries, a collection of checkered flags from my racing days, and even an inflatable Michelin man that used to accompany my son and I on the racetrack.

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PT: If automobiles are an art form, shouldn’t they be admired from afar?

BM: Ironically, when I buy a classic, I’ll open up a bottle of wine, pour myself a glass, and literally look at the car for hours on end. I really enjoy that. But contrary to the persona of a “Garage Lover”, I believe that a car was created for the feeling of driving it and have spent countless hours navigating the roads that surround my estate.

PT: What makes Malibu’s terrain ideal for a car enthusiast?

BM: Beyond the soothing oceanic backdrop that puts one’s mind at ease, the area is brimming with backroads where you can really feel the car. I compare the act of driving to a ballet: feeling and responding to the subtle movements of the road, the engine, etc. This home and the surrounding landscape contributes to this choreography.

I’ll add that the light changes up here all the time, and that lighting affects the look and even shape of my cars…you start to see movement akin to time-lapse photography.

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PT: An architectural triumph no doubt, why else is this mountain-top estate a true rarity in Los Angeles?

BM: It’s difficult in L.A. to find a place where you can escape to and yet still be close to civilization and the amenities you desire. My wife and I are absorbed in beautiful scenery and privacy here but can be in L.A. proper in 30 minutes via multiple routes. Gates and a 1,300 foot-long driveway create distance between us and “the world” yet watching sailboats skating across the water, for instance, keeps us feeling connected. Additionally, the guesthouse offers the most spectacular views as it enjoys the highest elevation on the property—nobody can ever build up above us because of the protected natural parkland.

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PT: What about the land attracted you to Yellow Hill Road in the first place?

BM: My wife and I gravitated towards this property because of its prime position overlooking Leo Carillo State Beach. Perched on top of a mountain and facing south, we are able to see the water breaking as well as enjoy 360 degree views—even the Channel Islands on a clear day.

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PT: How does this home lend itself to creativity and imagination?

BM: From a design standpoint, the home has inherent flexibility. This is a home that somebody can continue to modify and not have it impact the house or land. For instance, our guest room currently serves as my Man Cave, the car gallery can be easily converted into a home theater or media room, and there’s potential to add a deck or additional structure to the property—whatever fits the needs of the next resident.

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PT: Would it be fair to assume that you favor the car gallery over the rest of your hilltop home?

BM: It would be easy (and expected) for me to say that the car gallery is where I spend most of my time, but in truth, this home affords a profusion of enjoyable and inspiring spaces. The reading room, located off the kitchen, is a place I love to sit during the early morning before I go up into my office and watch the sunrise coming off the mountains. Also upstairs is a balcony where I’ve been known to smoke a pipe and watch for wildlife. Gardening is a favorite activity of mine—nearly all of the plants are from seedlings planted when we first acquired the land in 1992—and I also love retreating to the saltwater pool to sketch.

Yellow Hill Retreat is offered at $12,500,000 and listed with Founding Partner Malibu Katie Bentzen, Partner Mimi McCormick and Managing & Founding Partner Malibu Sarah Kosasky. For more information, click here.

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PT Managing Partner Sarah Kosasky Educates and Unites at CAR’s First WomanUp! Conference

PT Managing Partner Sarah Kosasky inspires day in and day out while leading her associates in Partners Trust’s Malibu office. But on Thursday, June 8, Sarah empowered a different crowd: females in real estate. Sarah spoke on a powerful panel at the California Association of Realtors’ first ever WomanUp! Conference boasting an impressive list of speakers and relevant sessions.

The conference, which was held at The Westin in Pasadena, featured a full day of career-focused women coming together, talking about and exploring the tools needed to take their business to the next level. WomanUp! has its roots in mentorship and leadership, two things that Sarah is particularly drawn to, and touched on everything from effective coaching, to building the best team, finding your mentors, and even starting your own brokerage.

Sarah, along with two other women headed a panel titled, “The Art of the Ask,” where the panel discussed strategies designed to empower women to engage in successful negotiations as well as navigate their way through challenging business discussions. “I am honored to have been asked to speak at the inaugural event,” Sarah said.

By participating in this event, Sarah was able to continue to bridge the community of female leaders in the real estate industry—and Sarah is big on community; she makes it her job to create a collaborative environment in her own office through continued education and unprecedented teamwork. As Sarah spoke on the panel, her commitment to greatness came through. She shared the importance of building relationships and how that has such a significant role in “the ask.”

As the all-day event wrapped up and successful, inspirational women within the industry moved through the ballroom, Sarah expressed her optimism for the future and how she felt the WomanUp! organization was so crucial to industry growth. “I’m especially optimistic about the mentoring relationships that will result from this event and will support future generations of female leadership.”

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3525 Decker Cyn, Malibu Surfside Home of the Week

3525 Decker Canyon Road, Malibu CA was featured as Malibu Surfside New’s Home of the week this week!  Here’s a link to the article:

http://www.malibusurfsidenews.com/home-week-3525-decker-canyon-road

The property features nearly 17 Acres, when asked to share their fondest memories of the home the owners said,”My favorite memories are waking up on a holiday, having a cup of coffee, going for a walk in the wilderness with your kids. It’s hard to believe you are in Los Angeles County when you are here. It’s a retreat, a compound that could allow you to build a house on the bluffs. From our house, the property spreads out before us. The dramatic bluff area would provide a place to create a contemporary home with a lot of drama and views. The house that we currently have could be a guest house and the main house could be on the bluffs. There is a lot of room to expand and write your own story on the property. You could add a pool, do whatever you would like to make your mark. It has long frontage along Decker. ”

Contact me to find out more about this special Malibu property.

 

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3525 Decker Cyn
3525 Decker Canyon Road, Malibu, CA 90265
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Just Sold- 24615 Skyline View Drive, Malibu

 

Skyline View Drive, Malibu

Just sold- Sunny, bright, open, single level home in Malibu Country Estates. This pool home is on a large lot with both Mountain views from the house, and an ocean view from the yard. 2-story entry with clerestory windows. Spacious Living Room with fireplace and flat-screen TV inset, vaulted ceilings, and French doors opening to a walled retreat in the front yard. The Formal Dining Room has sliding doors opening to the atrium. A sunny Breakfast Room opens to the pool area. The granite, center island kitchen features stainless appliances, garden window, and breakfast bar, and opens to an intimate Family Room with French doors opening to the pool area and atrium. The spacious Master Suite, which also opens to the pool area and yard, has a fireplace, and walk-in closet. Represented Buyer.

Contact Sarah for details or to learn more about Malibu real estate.

 

 

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Sold in Point Dume Club, Malibu

SOLD in under 1 week!
SOLD in under 1 week!

Sold in record time, 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home in Malibu’s Point Dume Club. The Point Dume Club features close access to Zuma beach and Westward Beach, 2 of Malibu’s most popular beaches as well as a clubhouse and pool area.

If you are interested in learning more about the Point Dume club or Malibu real estate in general contact us.