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My Favorite Room: Josh Flagg

My Favorite Room
Josh Flagg helped decorate this room that is in the home of his parents, Michael and Cindy. For comfort, he goes to the library.
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Josh Flagg is the estate homes director for Rodeo Realty and star of the Bravo series “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles.” The 30-year-old real estate agent has written two books, “A Simple Girl: Stories My Grandmother Told Me” (about fashion design mogul Edith Flagg) and “Million Dollar Agent: Brokering the Dream.” His favorite room is the formal living room in his parents’ Beverly Hills home.

Why is this your favorite room?

It’s got beautiful Scalamandre and Oscar de la Renta fabrics. The room is filled with beautiful artwork [by artists] such as David Hockney, and Henri Moore sculptures. It’s very eclectic. The room also features a combination of pieces from Rose Tarlow and antiques, as well as Midcentury pieces .… Colton [Thorn], my partner, put the room together.

If I want to be comfortable, I’ll sit in the library. If I want to admire a beautiful room with gorgeous artwork and beautiful space, I sit in the living room.

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What do your parents use the room for?

Nobody actually uses it but me.

What’s the house like?

It’s a 1940s French Colonial. ... It has five bedrooms and six bathrooms.

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You helped redesign this home. Describe the process.

I was responsible for the outside of the house; Colton was responsible for the inside of the house. The outside was originally traditional, but we re-bricked the house, so it’s totally white-bricked. The front gates are a replica of an estate I love in Holmby Hills that’s a Paul Williams house: Joe Roth’s house on Mapleton Drive.

Your trademark is “I don’t just sell houses, I sell a lifestyle.” How would you describe that lifestyle?

I’m good at figuring out what my clients want. I encourage them, for example, to spend the night in the house before they buy. The house looks different in daytime than at nighttime.

Do people take you up on that?

All the time.

You got into real estate at an early age, right?

I started when I was 18 years old. I got my license in high school when I was at Beverly Hills High School.

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You are an original cast member of “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles.” How has the show affected your career?

It’s a tremendous marketing tool. It’s shown in every country in the world, with the exception of North Korea, for obvious reasons. Everyone sees that show because everyone loves real estate.

What’s the one house in Los Angeles you are dying to sell?

Jerry Perenchio’s home, the Kirkeby estate.

It was the house used in “The Beverly Hillbillies.”


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