Founding Partner, Broker
Imagine growing up in Binghamton, NY. After graduating from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, I moved to NYC and lived there until 1984 when my wife Elizabeth and I moved to Los Angeles. The point is simple: I spent 25 years either freezing, wet or sweating! I have an acute appreciation for living in Los Angeles, especially in Santa Monica, so close to the ocean.
My clients share in my deep knowledge of the subtleties of the west side communities. The neighborhoods, architecture, schools, beaches, trails and commerce. And, of course, the real estate market. I maintain an up-to-the-minute accurate handle of the inventory, values and trends of the various micro-markets of the west side.
Finally, I take great pride in my communication skills and habits, and my technology and systems. My clients receive the very highest and most effective level of service available anywhere in Los Angeles real estate. Each and every one of my clients is critically important to me and benefits from my 24/7 tenacity and attention to detail.
I continue to sweat every day but now it's from running, swimming, hiking, biking or something fun you can do every day in LA!
418 S Arden Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
- Swimming Pool
Los Angeles, CA
- Swimming Pool
127 N. Cliffwood Avenue
Brentwood Park, CA
401 South Hudson Ave
Los Angeles, CA
621 Marguerita Avenue
Santa Monica, CA
- Swimming Pool
833 Amalfi Drive
Pacific Palisades , CA
321 Fordyce Rd
428 Alta Avenue
Santa Monica, CA
- Guest House
"We so much enjoyed working with you. You were perfect in every way. You went out of your way to make us comfortable through a very difficult negotiation dealing with difficult people. Your advice was invaluable and insightful. It was great to know that you were always there for us. You never failed to return our call, no matter what the hour. We thought you must sleep in your office! I would highly recommend you to anyone who asks. We could not have found a real estate professional who is smarter or nicer to deal with. By the way, this email comes from a customer who was an active real estate agent for almost 30 years!"
-Farrokh and Garland Allen
"You have no idea how appreciative I am to have found you. Your advise was always spot-on, and your guidance was invaluable. It's always comforting to be in capable hands, and you're absolutely at the top of your field. I have and will continue to sing your praises at every turn."
"As always, you were a complete and thorough pro on selling Amalfi. Thanks again for all your help, attention to detail, and absolute professionalism. Best, Jim "
"I am overwhelmed with so many emotions – joy, excitement, nervousness, and disbelief! I still cannot believe this is really happening. The reality still hasn’t sunk in yet. I would like to thank you so much for everything you have done. You have been so great in helping me navigate through this unfamiliar process. This will be my first home and I am super excited. I feel that I could not have done this without you. I feel so fortunate that I get to benefit from your 20 years of experience. But above everything, I appreciate your honesty and integrity. I felt I could trust you from the first time I met you during the open house on 19th street. I like when people are upfront with me and give me it to me straight. I don’t need flattery or insincerity. Thank you so much for taking pride in what you do! Best, Michelle"
"We had the pleasure of working with Richard Stearns on the sale of our home on 11th Street north of Montana in the spring of 2010. Richard's guidance and leadership during the sale of our home was exemplary. His knowledge of the market and his keen understanding of how to model, prepare and price our home lead to a very swift and successful sale, above asking price. We continued working with Richard as we searched for a home to buy. After a few months, we decided to rent for a year and he assisted us in that transition. After a year of renting, we worked with Richard again to identify, negotiate and close on our new home in the Palisades. His perseverance and attention to detail throughout our long association has been very much appreciated by our entire family. We are now happily settled into our new home and would recommend Richard without reservation to anyone seeking to buy or sell their home. Kind regards, Zanne Devine & Kirk D'Amico "
-Zanne Devine & Kirk D'Amico
"We want to thank you again for all your help & patience in finding a beautiful home for our family. We couldn't be happier! And we have already referred you to a couple of friends. Enjoy the rest of the summer. Best, Pamela and Frank (& Nico!)"
-Pamela and Frank Kasdan
"Dear Nick, I am writing to extol Richard Stearns who represented my wife Jennifer, and I when we recently- and most satisfiedly- sold our house. From our initial meeting, Richard was the consummate pro, always prepared, with a command of all the details, flexible but honest, always on his game. Unlike with other realtors, Jennifer and I never felt pressured by Richard or felt that Richard’s interests were paramount to ours. Throughout the many ups and downs of what these days is a psychologically taxing and arduous process, Richard remained focused, unflappable and positive. He always told us how it was, not what we wanted to hear, but yielded gracefully when, occasionally and most often mistakenly, we failed to heed his sage counsel. From start to finish, I was amazed by Richard’s incredible work ethic, constant accessibility and tremendous resources. Whatever we needed, Richard always had a list of names. And, without fail, each recommendation proved to be the best in their respective fields, the most competent, at the most reasonable price. Just as impressive was Richard’s business savvy. He always knew just the right strategy to get us what we wanted. When our house ultimately sold, Jennifer and I were absolutely satisfied that Richard had gotten us top dollar, at the most advantageous terms available at the time. But more than that, Richard is a mensch, a decent human being who was genuinely concerned with our well-being. We will forever remain grateful to Richard. Partners Trust is lucky to have him. Thank you for your time and attention. Sincerely, Steve Bloom "
"Thank you again for all of your help with the purchase of our first home on Jonesboro Place! Working with you (and with Partners Trust) was absolutely essential in allowing us to win our dream home despite the 27 other offers made on it within the one-week offer period. Your guidance surrounding our offer was simply impeccable with respect to price, conditions and timing. Also critical was your willingness to allocate the time, energy and Partners Trust resources to ensure that our offer was accepted and that our transaction was closed in the 10 day-period. Simply put, we could not have made this purchase without you! We can’t wait to show you our home once renovations are completed. "
-Pete and Angie Wang
"We recently sold our property in Santa Monica and simultaneously found a perfect property to purchase, also in Santa Monica. I must tell you that Richard’s assistance and guidance was invaluable to us, not only in terms of our financial best interests but also in structuring the logistics and timing of both transactions. Richard went above and beyond what I would have expected from a real estate agent and the results were outstanding."
-KD & BD.
"I consider it a stroke of great good fortune that I found Richard Stearns to represent me in the purchase of a new home and the sale of the old one last spring. I enjoyed and appreciated his singular intelligence, personableness, and wit. He was perceptive and forthright. I felt I was in trustworthy as well as able hands. I was impressed and amazed at how quickly he moved when speed was of the essence and how adroit he was when strategy was required."
"Richard Stearns was working on our purchase out of a tent while bicycling across the state for a charity ride. We were very pleased with the representation we received from Richard on the sale of our old home and purchase of our new house. His help was indispensable and he was available to us literally day and night. Weekends, too."
-Anna D. and Jesse L.