Real estate agents Helena Deeds and Rodrigo Iglesias not only want to help you find your dream home, but also help you discover your new favorite restaurants. This dynamic duo has mastered the art of the deal.
Known in the field as the king and queen of mega-luxury transactions, they often are the topic of discussion for both their stunning listings as well as their lavish business lifestyles. Together, they sell and back purchases for the supremely wealthy. Their impressive rolodex of clients holds the names and top-secret phone numbers of notables that include Hollywood royalty to billionaire international investors.
Professionals with the landmark offices of Hilton & Hyland, they deal with the most sought-after listings on the planet. With current newsworthy property inventory that includes the most expensive United States listing on the market — a $250 million work in progress with developer Mohamed Hadid — they frequently make headlines. This particular 78,000-square-foot mega mansion in Los Angeles puts them in a league of their own.
The only thing that further improves their status as gurus in real estate world is a second listing with an asking price of $100 million. The plot of undeveloped land overlooks Beverly Hills. Also owned by Hadid, the roughly 70 acres includes six parcels at the edge of Franklin Canyon that highlight stunning views of the Pacific Ocean anddowntown Los Angeles.
Currently, the partners are expanding their lucrative dealings to Miami hotspots. It seems perfectly fitting that the two would expand business from coast-to-coast.
Iglesias has over 30 years of experience in land acquisition and development, marketing, along with sales and contract negotiations. He has represented over $1 billion dollars of home transactions. The real estate expert also has worked on the design of many homes in collaboration with notable architects such as Doug Burdge, Philip Vertoch, Robert Earl, Gus Duffy, and Richard Landry.
His career accomplishments are complimented by Deed’s long list of achievements. Deeds is someone who has created a network of powerful players who are drawn to her no-nonsense approach to real estate as much as her own celebrity status as a co-star on the popular Polish reality show “Zony Hollywood.”
Here are some of the pair’s go-to restaurants to host important business meetings.
When entertaining clients in Santa Monica, Hillstone Restaurant is a must. Known throughout the United States for its extraordinary food, management, ambiance, and adaptation to the local community, Hillstone features some of incredibly delicious specialties — like the wood oven grilled artichokes. From sushi rolls like the rainbow roll or the hiramasa roll to hearty entrees that include prime filet and Faroe island salmon, there is something for everyone. The attention to detail, cleanliness, and the engaging upbeat staff makes the experience remarkable every time.
Entrees include Ruby Red Trout lightly seasoned, and hardwood grilled, served with bok choy and pomme purée; The Hawaiian Ribeye Steak with pineapple-soy-ginger marinade, served with a loaded baked potato; and Rotisserie Chicken roasted with crushed herbs and apricot glaze, served with pomme purée. The Thai noodle salad with steak, mango, chopped peanuts, and herbs is fantastic as well.
Just down the shoreline is a short drive to another beloved local Southern California local, Malibu. The locals have a keen appreciation for The Sunset Restaurant.
Clients are mesmerized by the phenomenal restaurant views. The relaxed ‘toes in the sand’ atmosphere of The Sunset Restaurant surpasses any other establishment in the area and clients will be just as impressed with the views as with the menu. Located on the beach, at the intersection of Zuma Beach and Point Dume, this quaint gem is part small business and part tranquil resort lifestyle.
“Every time we are here our clients are impressed with the waves crashing and the beach scenery,” says Iglesias.
Try the Lobster & Crab Linguini with Maine lobster and blue crab meat, with a light spicy tomato sauce; Shrimp Tacos with marinated shrimp, cabbage, chipotle aioli, cilantro, avocado-lime crema, and pico de gallo; Chicken Piccata with lemon caper chicken breast served over spaghetti; and Grilled Skirt Steak served with fresh cut fries and chimichurri sauce.
When they celebrate the close of a deal along the coastline, perfection starts at the acclaimed Nobu in Malibu. It is the right scene to see and be seen. The stunning venue whisks you away and places you in the heart of Southern California culture. Toast a glass in the air and capture the cool breezes of the Pacific as you enjoy house favorites on the outdoor patio. Not to be missed are the Nobu style sashimi tacos with tuna, lobster, uni, ribeye or shrimp. And of course, the Omakase menu is an experience to be had with one of Chef Nobu’s multi-course tastings.
When in Miami for work, Kiki on The River is one of their favorite spots to entertain new clients. Embracing the hospitality and spirit of the Greek islands, the restaurant is heralded for elegance that only a windswept waterfront garden can provide.
Distinguished Chef Steve Rhee and Opium Group founder Roman Jones, former Philippe Chow Miami managing partner Aris Nanos, and hospitality executive Lee Lyon. Creative Director, Ghosthouse Creative Group’s Mark Lehmkuhl have together conceptualized the one-of-a-kind venue.
Your business lunch will be superb with such highlights as Grilled Faroe Island Salmon with grated tomato sauce, feta cheese, all on a bed of orzo pasta, with Kalamata olives, grated tomato, and parsley; or the Marinated Lamb Rack and T-bone that is sauced with a cauliflower purée, honey truffle all served with herbed fries.
For the ultimate lunch in Miami whether to meet to discuss a TV show concept or a real estate deal, Bombay Darbar Indian Restaurant in Coconut Grove is an ideal location. Clients take warmly to the restaurant’s menu that highlights Chicken Tikka Masala with boneless chicken breast cooked in creamy tomato sauce, onions and bell pepper; Lamb Vindaloo with potatoes cooked with vinegar in spicy sauce; Tandoori Chicken marinated in yogurt, ginger, garlic and freshly ground spices then cooked in clay oven; and Saag Gosht with spinach, garlic, onion, tomato, and spices.
“Bombay Darbar is such a unique restaurant from its flavors to the ambiance,” Iglesias reflects. “You can feel the energy in the air, and I can guarantee you will have the most unforgettable dining experience.”