Part of my job as a real estate professional is to be familiar with the inventory, which means I go see lots of houses. And, this being LA, I have found myself in the homes of actors, directors, writers and others connected to the entertainment industry. I don’t seek out these homes; most of the time I discover the Hollywood connection because of something that is hanging on the wall, on the mantle or through a conversation with the agent. It doesn’t really change my assessment of a home, although it can occasionally shift how I perceive someone in the public eye.
For example, I fell in love with a house today. I loved the decor, I loved the floor plan, I loved the feel and flow of the entire place. It felt warm and cared for and inviting. It was just a house with really wonderful energy. You could sense that the inhabitants were happy there and that this had been a good home for them. As I was looking around the child’s bedroom, I saw on the wall a little drawing the child had made. Written on the drawing was, “I am grateful for my parents.” That just floored me. To me, that just speaks to how there was some very good parenting going on in that household.
I still didn’t know whose home it was. As I continued to tour the house, I happened to see something that revealed who the owner was. And in that moment, I noticed a subtle shift in what I thought of this person. I had been pretty indifferent to this person’s work (just not my taste) and I doubt I will rush to see their next project simply because of what I saw today. It’s more that I was so impressed that a younger actor with some success is raising such a wonderful kid in this town that I feel this respect for them, from a distance. With so much of the media focused on the individuals who make their mistakes in public, it’s nice to come across someone who has achieved some success (and who seems to continue to be succeeding in the industry) to be so grounded and loving in their private life.