As a guitar, motorcycle, and surf enthusiast, John Hathorn is no stranger to blazing his own path and leading an adventurous, independent reality. Having grown up in Venice CA, long before its glory days, and traversed throughout Los Angeles his entire life, John knows the city better than most locals and offers a no-nonsense, instinctual, and hands-on approach to selling real estate, earning the reputation of “Westside Closer.” Co-Founder of Pence Hathorn Silver (PHS) and Founding Partner of Partners Trust Santa Monica, John consistently ranks in the top 1% of agents nationwide and brings over three decades of experience to his top-producing real estate firm, one that has represented over 3,000 transactions in excess of $3 Billion to date.
Along with his partners Charles Pence, Loraine Silver, and Brett Silver, John leads a talented team within Partners Trust, a brokerage comprised of 240 associates with local and global reach and established as #1 in Santa Monica sales in 2016. The unparalleled experience and market knowledge of Pence Hathorn Silver combined with the start-up spirit of Partners Trust, brought about a formidable partnership in 2010 wherein John facilitated the opening of the brokerage’s flagship office on Montana Avenue. Over the years, he has personally owned, bought, sold, renovated, and remodeled properties throughout the Westside and focuses on the neighborhoods of Santa Monica, Brentwood, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, and his hometown of Venice. With respect to all aspects of his life, John strives for clarity and understanding, crediting his success to continuing advanced education and training, listening carefully to what his clients and colleagues say, and following his instincts.
“Show up, pay attention, tell the truth, and don’t be attached to the outcome.”
John attended Santa Monica College as a music major before transferring to and graduating from the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Though the guitar is still his muse, John has been happily devoted to his wife Nancy (another Venice High School Graduate) for 32 years and, together, they have raised three terrific sons. Currently, John supports various programs and charities including the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, The Boys and Girls Club, LA Family Housing, One Voice and The Salvation Army. Additionally, he has served as director of the L.A. Board of Realtors, served on the board of directors for the Santa Monica Orchestra, and studied business management at USC.
I was really nervous because I had already found my dream home, but I could only get it by selling my current home FAST. Our closest comp had been on the market with no movement for 45 days, so the prospects looked grim. John worked his magic (which was a combination of knowing the neighborhood like the back of his hand, a great marketing plan, and knowing what we needed to get the place ready to get top dollar) and we had it sold in three weeks. I'm writing this from my new dream home.
— Jeannie Roshar
John and his team laid out a pricing and marketing plan that we understood and proved to be effective. Everything came together according to the plan and schedule he created and we were sold and closed in less than 30 days.
— Charles and Angie Farrell
Your knowledge of the marketplace, your follow-through and your professionalism are the very reasons we've used you several times now. We wouldn't think of buying or selling with anyone else.
— Steve & Marcy Morris
We were fortunate to have John represent us in the purchase of our home in Malibu. He was there for us every step of the way and patiently guided us through the tangled real estate world. We couldn't be happier with our home, the price we negotiated & ease of the whole process. We are very grateful to John & appreciate all his hard work.
— Marcia and Merlin Clarke
Moving can be very stressful but I appreciate the support from John Hathorn and his team during the entire process of selling my home. He gave me great advice to prepare my home for the market and referred various trades people that helped me stage the property for success. John truly went above and beyond the call of duty. I will refer him to all my friends, family and acquaintances without hesitation.
— Georgette Sussman
Thanks to John I was able to get my house sold while being on the other side of the country for most of the transaction. He is a great negotiator, strategic marketer, and savvy business professional. I am very pleased with the service and results that John Hathorn and his company was able to deliver.
— Jeff Sussman
After working with John Hathorn it is no surprise that he is one of the top agents in Santa Monica. My home was on the market for only 3 DAYS before I got a full priced offer. From listing to closing, I received great service making the escrow period seem effortless. The staff is well equipped and can handle any last minute changes, needs or questions. John’s familiarity of the neighborhood and expertise with high end clientele provided both me and the buyer with outstanding results!
— Tracey Andrews
John Hathorn just sold our house in Santa Monica. He made the process easy. I would highly recommend him and his entire team!
— Amanda Daniels Lebowitz
I appreciate your personal availability to answer my questions, and your personal involvement in resolving a number of issues as they came up. You could always be reached easily, you handled all the details and you were responsive and detail-oriented. I was very impressed with you. Dealing with you has been a pleasure and I would strongly recommend any one selling a home or property in this area to list it with you.
Sold a Single Family home in 2017 for approximately $6.25M in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA.
John Hathorn is a committed and trustworthy partner. We have worked with him several times and with his help have even sold one of our new constructions for our full asking price before it even hit the market. (Most recently he sold our listing that another agency couldn’t seem to sell). He is involved every step of the way and his team is always very hands on. The proximity of his Westside office to most of our construction projects always makes everyone readily available which is key with new construction. Besides that, John has style, charisma, energy and attention to detail, a great combination in a realtor. His calm nature and strategic approach puts me at ease knowing he is managing my real estate transactions.
Sold a Single Family home in 2016 in North of Montana, Santa Monica, CA.
John Hathorn is a professional in every sense of the word. A professional is defined as a person with great technical expertise in a given field, who conforms to high ethical standards and who exhibits a courteous, conscientious and business-like manner in carrying out his job. We would add to this definition an additional characteristic: a person who cares about and cares for the people he undertakes to serve.
John Hathorn helped us sell our home of 40 years. He did so with consummate skill and diligence and heart. In the process, he showed that he cared. In our view, John is truly a professional.
Bought a Single Family home in 2016 in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA.
John and his partners have been so incredible to work with. He is up to date on the all the on and ‘off the market’ properties and opportunities. Both my brothers and my sister have had John represent us in multiple purchase and sales buying and selling properties for the last couple of years. He is our official family realtor! He is so precise and personable when it comes to your wants and needs. John and everyone at Pence Hathorn Silver / Partners Trust are so on top of things and responsive when it comes to this lengthy and complicated process. John and his team is the only way to go for finding and/or selling a home!
Bought a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $3.6M in North of Montana, Santa Monica, CA.
My wife and I bought a house in Santa Monica (escrow just closed) using John Hathorn. He was very knowledgeable, honest, and straightforward. He was very patient (it took about 9 months to find the house we wanted). He and his entire team were very responsive to all of our inquiries and concerns. I would highly recommend John.
Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $25K in Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, CA.
John tells me that I am his most productive real estate client of all time, with 17 homes that I've either bought or sold over a period of 20 years. John and his whole team are hardworking and honest and they get the job done. Over the years we have become close friends as well and I've recommended him to numerous friends in SM who all feel the same way. I trust John & his team implicitly.
Bought and sold a Townhouse home in 2016 in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA.
John made a complicated sale of a multi-family property really easy. He knows Brentwood and Santa Monica better than any other agent and I would not buy or sell in the neighborhood without him.
Highly likely to recommend
12/09/2015 - Bflohr
Bought a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $25K in Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, CA.
I met John back in 1991 when I was looking to buy a home in Santa Monica and since then he has helped me buy and sell 9 homes and I've recommended him to countless friends. John is a true professional who knows the market and how to get deals done. He always comes to the table with sound advice and a wealth of knowledge about the North of Montana area. He's brought to every deal real honesty and friendship and has great insights and negotiating skills to make deals happen. When you wrap that up with an overall desire and passion to do things right- he has been the perfect agent on both sides of the deal for me so many times. The entire team at PHS have been together for 25 years and in this day and age that says a lot. Ask around and you'll find so many other people who think he's the best too.
Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $3.8M in North of Montana, Santa Monica, CA.
We first met John at an open house years ago when we were looking to buy a home in Santa Monica.
Coming from the UK we had many questions and concerns and John was patient and thorough in explaining the process and showing us properties that he thought might suit us. Buying and selling a home is a complex and fraught process by definition, and he provided a calm and logical approach in some very difficult situations. Our options were clearly explained and we felt at all times that he battled our corner when the easy option would have been to push the sale though without further negotiations.
When the time came 6 years later to sell the house, John used his network of contacts to introduce us to serious buyers before the house formally went on the market, and we were able to avoid the open house/public intrusion scenario which suited us perfectly.
We would thoroughly recommend him for his measured, calm approach, good humor, knowledge of the Santa Monica market and his network of contacts. In addition, his reputation with other realtors gave us instant credibility when viewing houses to buy. Mention that John Hathorn is your agent and they start to view you with increased interest!
Sold a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $3.925M in Santa Monica, CA.
We recently sold our home in North Santa Monica using John Hathorn as our agent. He and his team did an outstanding job in bringing us an offer that we accepted only 2 days after listing. They made the entire sales process easy for us. John and his team has the art of selling down to a science. In addition to the business transaction itself, John and his firm has shown their commitment to give back to the community by providing us with a generous donation to a cause dear to our heart. It is therefore our pleasure to give John and his team a 5 star outstanding recommendation for anyone that needs a realtor. The Sullivan Family
Partners Trust is a discerning and conscientious real estate company who leverages
its global network, media savvy and command of the market to provide high net–worth
individuals across Los Angeles a discreet and peerless level of real estate service.