A-list realtor Rory Barish – once a model for Seventeen, Coca-Cola, Glamour and Elle Magazine, has earned a reputation as a pack leader in Hollywood’s real estate race. Barish juggles some of Hollywood’s most prestigious names and although she isn’t saying who the divas are, she is proud to disclose she has a first-class celebrity roster.
Rory is also busy serving the European market. With her annual visits to Europe and her gift of languages, she established an excellent network of overseas contacts and clients.
With her 30 years of real estate experience, she has been one of only eight women featured in Elle Magazine: Brilliant Careers, Advice from Women at the Top, featured in the L.A. Times, the Hollywood Reporter, Forbes, InStyle Magazine and on CNN Financial. Her properties have been seen in Elle Décor, House and Garden, 544, Hollywood Style and various other publications.
In addition to her real estate career, Rory also trains as a competitive athlete, swimming regularly with the Masters swim team at UCLA and adds ocean swims to that schedule half of the year (practicing at Manhattan Beach where she does a 2.2 mile run down to Hermosa Beach and swims it back).
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Originally from Wyoming, Alex Nicholas has enjoyed living in Los Angeles for 9 years and he loves the lifestyle, sunshine and relaxed attitude that make LA such an amazing place to live.
Alex attended Notre Dame Law School and, after graduation, he moved to California to work for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the Region IX office, working on projects in both San Francisco and Los Angeles to provide oversight for funding of large infrastructure projects and repairs to major organizations such as Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in Los Angeles and the CSUN campus in Northridge. During his time at FEMA, while working as a Congressional Liaison and also supervising a team of architecture and engineering professionals, Alex discovered a passion for the built environment, for the people he was working with, and communities he was working in.
The same passion for community, politics, urban planning and architecture that brought Alex to FEMA and in his subsequent law practice has more recently brought him to Real Estate. The real estate world engages many of the same interests and skills, while allowing Alex to connect with clients in a very personal way. Working with Rory has been a perfect fit for Alex in that Rory and Alex both are easy going and approachable, while at the same time are focused and professional.
In his off time, Alex is the technical director and stage manager at a small theater on Theater Row in Los Angeles and is on the board of a non-profit organization that helps to educate underprivileged people in the arts. He’s also a very outdoors oriented person and loves skiing, hiking, and the beach.
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Celebrity Client List
Bonnie & Terry Turner
Vincent Price Estate
The Ozzie and Harriet Estate
The Tony Perkins Estate
Elizabeth Montgomery Estate
Blake Edwards & Julie Andrews
Andrew Lloyd Webber
rory in the press
excerpt from Uncommon Women article in Elle Magazine, April 2005.
Rory Barish: The Broker
With a New York accent to rival Rudy Giuliani’s and legs as long as Christy Turlington’s, A-list realtor Rory Barish — once a model for Seventeen, Coca-Cola, and Tampax — has earned a reputation as a pack leader in Hollywood’s real estate race. Barish juggles clients such as George Clooney, Reese Witherspoon, and Christina Aguilera, and although she isn’t saying who the divas are, she does allow that the thick skin she earned during a teenage struggle with severe scoliosis comes in handy. Nowadays Barish keeps her back in line by training as a competitive triathlete, swimming freestyle the two miles from Manhattan Beach Pier to Hermosa Beach—a way to relax after handling creative types. “Some of the pop stars will say, ‘I’m at my best at 4 a.m.; will anyone show to me then?’” Her response: “Well, maybe if we find another pop star who wants to move, but I’m certainly not getting up at that time.” — Deanna Kizis
Don’t be afraid to talk straight, however important the client. I had a young major star who would only talk through others. I finally said, “Is there some reason why you can’t talk to me? I’m right here.” And she started speaking to me.
Women are better at closing a deal. A woman will say, “There are more important things than fighting over the damn refrigerator”; men dig in their heels.
Dress for your client. If I’m going out with a young star, I don’t think they’re going to relate to me in a conservative business suit.
Never be afraid to reveal your age. I’m 48 and proud of it. My life has been hard, and I’m glad I’ve made it this far.
If I’m in a tight spot, I never bluff. I always admit that I don’t know the answer to a question. Never be embarrassed to say, “I don’t know, but I’ll find out.”
Your partner has to understand that if you’re in the middle of a big negotiation, you can’t always be home in time for dinner.
WHAT A GIRL WANTS
Apparently, hair color isn't the only thing Christina Aguilera has been busy changing. She just bought this house in the trendy Hollywood Hills, leaving behind her less elevated, more stodgy Beverly Hills abode. The five-bedroom house, built in 1960 and encompassing more than 6,500 square feet, includes a pool, a spa, a 25-foot water- fall, and a home theater with its own bar. Cost? $5 million. The deal was sealed by Rory Barish of Nourmand & Associates and Bennett Carr of Prudential John Aaroe, both in Beverly Hills. Fellow former Mouseketeer Britney Spears just put her nearby mansion on the market. But don't read a feud - Spears is just looking for a new pad in the same neighborhood.
excerpt from Style and Design article in The Hollywood Reporter, May 20-22, 2005
IN THE PAST FEW YEARS,
the appeal of midcentury modern homes has become a craze. If the house is the creation of a named architect, forget about it prices for those properties are off the charts. Many of the homes in the Hollywood Hills were built in the 1950s and '60s, and several are one level due to height restrictions. Toward the top, where the views are the most majestic, modern styles are plentiful. Perhaps the most notable and widely filmed house is architect Pierre Koenig's Case Study House #22, also known as the "Stahl House," whose minimalist glass-and-steel frame completely captures the spirit of that architectural period. "People want the Case Study house." Nourmand and Associates' Rory Barish confirms. "If they can't have that, they at least want something midcentury modern." Lower in the Hollywood Hills, the styles are more eclectic, with Mediterranean and
villa homes nestled among cute cottages and even some plain older houses as well. Just thinking about the West Village conjures two distinct images: one of Richard Meier's 16-story towers on Perry Street, with their transparent minimalism a striking contrast against the Hudson River and the other being the West Village's well-established neighborhoods and landmark townhouses." The townhouses are gorgeous to look at from the outside: from the inside, they have things structurally and architecturally that you don't get elsewhere in most parts of the city, Prudential Douglas Elliman's Shaun Osher says. "They have prewar details with beautiful wood floors, wood-burning fireplaces and gardens. You also don't have many tall buildings, you really see the sky and feel a sense of openness in that part of the city."
excerpt from Going, Going, Gone article in InStyle, July 2003
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