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One of our recent listing – 4536 Gentry Avenue in Valley Village, 3 bed, 4 bath house – is in escrow.

A lot is happening across Los Angeles with new construction going up all over town and talk of a recession on the horizon. We were wondering what it all means for Los Angeles homeowners? And how a rise in interest rates will affect home sales? And what’s with all of the rumors about the new Google complex? For an answer to these and other questions, we asked Heyler’s own Sean McMillan.

It seems like every time we sit down to chat there’s another thing happening with the housing market. What’s going on?

I enjoy these interviews, it gives me a moment to pause and reflect on what is happening now…cause as I am sure many readers can relate, there is a ton of dynamic change taking place in about every facet of life these days.

What does the Fed’s increase in interest rates mean for home buyers?

What’s interesting is that even with the Federal Reserve’s latest action that took place the other day, interest rates are actually down from where they were 30 days ago.

A recent Los Angeles Times article talked about how the housing market is cooling and said sales prices in June were lower than the month before. Is that what you’re seeing in our little corner of SoCal?

Sean: An interesting question and article, and although I see the same data, my observations aren’t quite aligned…well at least for our corner of the city. While we are all feeling the effects of inflationary pressure coupled with a rising interest rate climate change, one would think it is totally cooling down, and that isn’t necessarily totally true. Because our market is in the confluence of such major employment hubs (UCLA, FOX, SONY, GOOGLE, CENTURY CITY, ETC..), we have an established basis for buyers that can “afford” the adversity of today’s economic climate. Houses that are “done” still have strong bidding. However, initial pricing and home features and quality of improvements are more critical components for selling the home. It is no longer an automatic “bidding war”, rather it is a more methodical and disciplined process.
Are homes sitting on the market longer?

Sean: Yes and No, it depends on the type of property and the price strategy that is employed. That being said, marginalized or incomplete project homes (fixers) are taking longer. It is usually a function of pricing the home competitively and bringing it to market with its best foot forward, first impressions ARE more critical these days than in the past few years. There are “fringe” properties, perhaps once competitively bid upward, that nowadays take more time to percolate into the buying pool. When we initially consult about bringing a property to market, we assess the current state and conditions as well as what could be improved in a cost efficient manner, and YIELD on the investment..time after time we see the “before and after ” process and results. If possible for a seller to do so, it behooves them to spend a bit of money and maximizing the sales price, buyers are a bit more discerning these days.

If a recession is truly looming, what will that do for homeowners looking to sell?

Well, it could/should ultimately impact the prices sellers will get for the home. I think managing a seller’s expectation about sales price (discouraging relying on the Zillow findings), as well as timing and possible negotiation outcomes of inspections, appraisals, etc..It may really behoove sellers to consider conducting presale physical inspections (general, plumbing, electrical, sewer, chimney, termite), that way the process is both transparent AND buyers can make their offers with those conditions and understandings up front. Lastly, almost always consider the PLS process –  Painting, Floors and staging are critical to both photography, online marketing and first impressions. 

The Google complex at Pico and Westwood, slated to open Fall of 2023

On another note, what’s up with the new Google complex?

So much misinformation out there about their campus here at Pico and Westwood. I am very connected with both the executives of both the property owners AND with Google. We’ve been able to help 3 major Google execs buy their homes, all three heading to work in that space. Bottom line, with the exception of a catastrophic event, they will be occupying the campus Fall 2023. I mean can you even imagine how much wire they have to pull through that facility? 

Any news about what will happen to the space formerly known as The Landmark Theater?

Sadly I have no new news about the Landmark space, other than I simply mourn the loss of such a significant neighborhood resource.

There is news on the local commercial real estate in our area. Many of our readers will note the construction all along Westwood Blvd going north all the way to Wilshire. They will also note that many of them are multistoried with a lot of units. This is all based upon both TOC designation (Transit Oriented Center – proximity to EXPO and the coming Subway), as well as Measure J Affordable Housing Program. Expect more of these projects to be approved up and down Pico as well as continued development on Westwood Blvd.

Please share some good news? What are you feeling happy about?

Feeling happy these days? Of course I am! Life is indeed beautiful and I am a firm believer that change is good, it is healthy and it causes growth. So despite all the overwhelm of the day, I find great joy in the simple things. One of my very favorite things is my hummingbird fountain! HOWEVER what I am most excited about these days is the great growth that Heyler Realty is experiencing! We have added several remarkable people and agents to our team and the list keeps growing. Each and every person brings their unique life experiences and perspectives. I am really thrilled to be alongside each one of them as they develop and grow their businesses within the community oriented Heyler Realty brand.

Recently we’ve welcomed Aileen Smollins, Maricar Davis, Betty Tong, Riv Haltom, Courtenay Pollard, Kelly Kovacs, and Willem Kiperman to the Heyler family. These people motivate us to always work on our craft so as to offer them the best of all resources to serve our real estate and community. If you’re ever in the neighborhood, please feel free to stop in and say hi!

We love West Los Angeles and here at Heyler Realty people often ask us to share some of the fun things to do in West LA that we’ve discovered. So we compiled a list of the best things to do on the Westside of Los Angeles and beyond that we’ll update every month!

We’re well into summer, which means summer festivals, concerts and special events in West Los Angeles and beyond. People are out and about in full force this August, 2022 and you’ll find everything from free summer concerts, festivals and, of course, fun things to do at the Beach.

If we missed any fun activities, please let us know!

*Make sure and check websites before you go to confirm dates, times and social distancing/mask/vaccine requirements.

Special Los Angeles events – August, 2022


Looking for some midweek fun? Head to Westwood Village’s Broxton Avenue for UCLA’s First Thursdays on August 4. The good times start at noon with the Westwood Village Farmers’ Market from 12 to 5 pm. An evening block party follows with a screening of Inside Out (free, but ticket reservations required). Check the website for more details. 

The inaugural West LA Outdoor Sculpture Summer Festival Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6 and Aug. 7 features an art walk, treasure hunt and art-making activities. For more information and to sign up for the self-guided walking tour, visit the website.

Marina Del Rey offers two free summer concerts in August. The first – MDR Symphony | A Night Celebrating Music in Film – is Thursday, Aug. 4 at 7 PM. The second concert is Saturday, Aug. 27 at 7 PM with Blind Boys of Alabama. RSVP is required and does not guarantee entry. See website for more details.

What’s better than a Southern California sunset? A sunset accompanied by great music! Sunset Concerts at the Skirball runs every Thursday in August featuring Nefesh Mountain (August 4), Booker T. Jones (August 11), ADG7 (August 18), Son Rompe Pera (August 25). The event is free but it’s strongly recommended that you get a ticket in advance. For more information and parking prices, visit the website. 

Los Angeles House for sale. Top LA Realtor Jae Wu of Heyler Realty
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Doesn’t everyone love a beach sunset? Well, you can enjoy a swim or picnic as the sun goes down at the Annenberg Beach House Sunset Swim or Sunset Picnic. You can pre-purchase Sunset Swim tickets for Aug. 12 and Aug. 26 or show up on Aug. 11 for a Sunset Picnic! See website for registration, parking information and more details.

Do you love Jazz? Then head to the Leimert Park Jazz Festival 2022 on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 12:20 PM to 8:45 PM at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall. Featured acts include The Jazz Classics and Pete Escovedo & Family. It’s free but you must sign up for tickets. See websites for tickets and more details. 

Worth the Drive

Grand Performances Free Summer Concerts in DTLA’s California Plaza are back! Every Saturday in August, 2022 see musical acts perform starting at 6 PM. See the website for more information.

Pump up your bike tires and head to Hollywood to ride car-free on Sunday, Aug. 21 at CicLAvia: Meet the Hollywoods! The car-free event takes riders, runners and walkers from West to East Hollywood. For more information, visit

Ongoing events in West Los Angeles

Pick up summer fruit and vegetables while you enjoy an outdoor concert Thursdays until August 25th at the Original Farmers Market from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Do you love jazz? Then you’ll want to head to LACMA on Friday evenings for the 31st season of Jazz at LACMA – a free outdoor event on Friday evenings from now to November in LACMA’s Smidt Welcome Plaza. See the website for more details.

Get outside for a community exercise class by the sea on Sunday mornings. Sign up and bring your mat for Yoga in Burton Chase Park in Marina del Rey. Check the website for pricing and to reserve a spot.

The Hammer Museum presents online, drop-in Mindful Awareness Meditation led by the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center on Thursdays from 12:30 pm to 1 pm. Open to people of all levels and experience. RSVP on the website.

Experience SoFi Stadium without taking in a football game and visit The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection that features more than 100,000 square feet of paintings, photographs, sculptures, books and letters. “Curated by Khalil Kinsey and historian Larry Earl, the exhibition focuses on the lives, accomplishments, and brilliance of African Americans from the 16th century through the years of slavery and emancipation to the civil rights movement through modern day.” See website for times and ticket prices.

Did you know that Westfield Century City has live music in its Atrium every Saturday from 3 to 5 pm? Get a snack, have a seat and enjoy the lovely spring weather. See website for more details.

Are you training for anything or just want to get outside with people to go for a run? Join adidas Runners for free group runs led by a coach. Runners meet at the Platform in Culver City on Wednesdays and Sundays. Check website to sign up and get more information.  

Did you know that Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica hosts Salsa Familia? It’s the Westside’s largest meet-up for salsa lovers and it happens every Sunday night at 6 PM. See website for details to confirm it’s still happening.

Years in the making, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is open! It’s the largest movie museum in the U.S. and includes a simulation where you can pretend you’re getting your own Oscar. Located in the old May Company Building, it’s 7 floors with a cafe and gift shop. You need tickets to enter and some weekends are already sold out. For more details about all that you can do at the museum and ticket prices, visit the website.

No Time to Die is out and if you need more of a James Bond fix check out the Petersen Automotive Museum’s exhibit Bond in Motion, which features original cars from the James Bond franchise. See the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 used in 5 Bond films since 1995 and the 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 (aka “Wet Nellie”) that converted to a submarine in the Spy Who Loved Me. Tickets are required. See website for prices and times.

Drive-in movies, outdoor movies and discount movies in West Los Angeles

Bring a blanket and some snacks for an outdoor movie with Eat See Hear at La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills, which presents the classic high school comedy Clueless on Saturday, Aug. 13. Doors open at 6 PM, music starts at 7:30 PM and the movie starts at 8:30. See website for ticket prices, parking and more information.

See movies outside at Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades as part of Street Food Cinema‘s events that include live music and food.

Get outside and see a movie under the stars. Jamaica Bay Inn in Marina del Rey presents a free movie series on Sundays evenings. You can purchase warm drinks, snacks and. Bring low chairs, blankets and pillows. See website for more details and to confirm that it’s still happening.

Have you been out to the movies since theaters reopened? The AMC Century City has incentives for you to go to the movies on Tuesdays. AMC tickets are discounted on Tuesdays if you join their Stubs Club. Check AMC’s website for times and ticket prices before you go. 

Westside Farmers’ Markets

Produce is one of Southern California’s claims to fame and West LA has great options for buying fresh fruits and vegetables at our local farmers’ markets. Here are links to Westside Farmers’ Markets with days and times.

Farmers Markets in West Los Angeles.

Culver City Farmers’ Market on Main Street in Downtown Culver City operates from 2 pm to 7 pm on Tuesdays. “This market has been sponsored by the City of Culver for over two decades in an effort to provide the surrounding community with farm-fresh produce and locally-crafted artisan foods.”

Westwood Village Farmers’ Market at 1036 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, 90024 is open Thursdays: 12 pm to 5 pm. “Nestled in the heart of Westwood Village sits a farmers’ market serving a cross-section of nearby residents, local business people, UCLA students, and more. The market has a storied past and we look to bring it back to its traditional thriving days serving the wonderful Westwood community.”

Mar Vista Farmers’ Market at Grand View and Venice Blvd. is open Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm. “The Sunday markets are bustling, as Mar Vistans come out to shop, eat and visit with their neighbors. Kids are welcome and enjoy special activities, just for them. “

Motor Avenue Farmers Market at Motor Avenue and National Blvd. is open every Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm. “The market is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through its operation and educational programs.”

Santa Monica Farmers’ Market on Arizona between 4th and Ocean operates from 8 am to 1 pm Wednesday and Saturday. “Established in 1991, the Saturday Downtown Santa Monica Market opened ten years after the Wednesday Market in the same location, as customers were eager for another market for weekend shopping. While the Wednesday market centers on the hustle and bustle of chefs and restaurants doing their shopping (with some regular customers sprinkled in of course!), the Saturday Downtown Santa Monica market offers a more intimate experience for the casual market-goer.” See the website for times and locations of the city’s other farmers’ markets.

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Interest rates went up again a half point, the largest increase in 20 years. Consumers are already hurting with rising gas and food prices so what does it mean for homeowners that might want to sell and buyers still trying to break into the housing market? We asked Heyler’s Sean McMillan to find out.

Heyler Realty’s Sean McMillan and Jae Wu

What do rising interest rates mean for home buyers?

Sean: Interest rates for mortgages are significant when it comes to determining affordability for buyers and the sales prices for sellers.Firstly, the loan amounts for buyers are very different based on rate. If one were to qualify for a $1,000,000 mortgage at 2.5% and have a payment at $3,950, they would need a household monthly income of approximately $16,000. Now based on the increase in rates, that same buyer is subject to 5.5% for a payment of $5,500 and would need a monthly household income of approximately $22,000! A staggering 28% more household income to qualify for the same loan amount.

Clearly the buyer pool will shrink as less and less people will be able to afford the median priced homes across the board. This will impact the demand and will likely increase housing stock AND most likely start a downward trend in sales prices.

What does it mean for homeowners in West Los Angeles that are looking to sell?

Sean: Fortunately, where we live and thrive is in the Westside of Los Angeles, which is really in the geographic confluence of major employment opportunities given proximity to UCLA, Century City, Beverly Hills, Disney Fox, Sony and Google. Those mega employers offer stability and staying power over the long term. I speculate while we most likely will start some form of “softening” in terms of both price and demand, we will STILL have a dependable market for sales. It’s just so central to so many important and significant resources. While not likely that we will continue the upward speculative trend, we will likely level off and have a more stable and slow market here.

How about for buyers?

Sean: For buyers the news is different, and most likely they will like it…well a bit of it. Realistically with higher rates there will be less and less qualified buyers, and home prices will most likely soften AND the multiple offer marketplace should also weaken and help make house prices lower to attract buyer attention. This market could be shifting to more of a buyers market.

OK, soothsayer, what’s next for the Los Angeles housing market?

Inasmuch as how the future goes…my crystal ball cracked years ago, but that isn’t a bad thing, because the truth is nobody knows what happens next. As far as an educated guess, I think real estate is the BEST investment a person can make OVER TIME. If one sticks to a long term plan, they will most likely be ok as real property is tangible as both a domicile as well as an investment vehicle. With our tenure in the industry, well over 60 years combined experience, we have seen many many market changes. These changes offer great opportunities for those bold enough to take risks and see the possibilities of emerging marketplaces – SB 9, SB 10, Upzoning, ADUs – these are all really impactful changes that ARE already taking place..frankly I like an increased housing stock that is more affordable, I think it’ll improve the quality of life in LA with less traffic and greater diversification. 

It’s been a busy time for us at Heyler and we have several great homes for sale in Los Angeles – from Cheviot Hills to Westchester to West Hollywood. They include a newly constructed, 5 bedroom luxury house with an ADU in Cheviot Hills, a 3 bedroom house in Westchester, an updated townhome near Rancho Park Golf Course and a fabulous townhome in West Hollywood with a private rooftop deck.

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10584 Putney Drive, Cheviot Hills, 90064

The luxury, estate-size Mediterranean house at 10584 Putney Drive is spectacular. It’s on an 8600+ sq. ft. lot and features 5 bedrooms with 5 ensuite bathrooms, a gorgeous kitchen with tons of light, 2 islands, built-in shelving, a walk-in pantry, and a stand-alone refrigerator next to a stand-alone freezer.

10584 Putney Drive’s kitchen features a refrigerator AND freezer

The kitchen opens to the living and dining areas that all include beautiful built-in shelving and custom fixtures.

Upstairs, the main bedroom features a generous walk-in closet and stunning bathroom. In fact, each bathroom is beautiful and unique including the one in the guest house – Accessory Dwelling Unit or ADU – in the back. The ADU also has one bedroom and an open kitchen.

You can take a video or 3d tour of 10584 Putney Road on the listing website or join us for a Twilight Open House on Thursday, March 24 from 5 to 7 pm or on Sunday, March 27 from 2 to 5 pm. For more information, call or email 310-470-2030, [email protected]

2369 S. Beverly Glen Blvd # 203, Cheviot Hills, 90064

2369 S. Beverly Glen Blvd # 203 Cheviot Hills 90064

This beautiful townhome in the Park Glen community close to the Rancho Park golf course is in an award-winning building and has been modernized and enhanced with contemporary finishes. The kitchen is open and updated with lovely fixtures and stainless steel appliances.

In addition to the breakfast area, the kitchen leads to a dining area perfect for entertaining.

The two-level townhome includes upstairs and downstairs balconies, 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 2 parking spaces.

You can see the townhome in person on Sunday, March 27 from 2 to 5 pm or click here for more pictures and a virtual tour. For more information call Sean or Jae at 310-470-2030 or email [email protected]

1345 Havenhurst Drive Ph #13, West Hollywood, CA 90046

The stunning, 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom townhouse at 1345 Havenhurst Dr. # 13 in West Hollywood is a must see. Spacious layout, stunning views of Los Angeles and incredible unique details make this two level townhome a one-of-a-kind home.

Townhome for sale in West Hollywood

The 1,779 square foot space features a big main bedroom with an incredible walk-in closet and exquisite bathroom.

The home also includes a private, rooftop deck, washer/dryer and parking for 2 cars in underground, gated garage.

View from private, rooftop deck at West Hollywood townhome for sale.

Give us a call to schedule a private showing or for more information – 310-470-2030, [email protected]

7709 Cowan Avenue, Los Angeles, 90045

Located in the Coveted Westchester neighborhood near the Bluff Creek Trail, 7709 Cowan Avenue is a tastefully renovated 3 bedroom, 2 bath home that’s move-in ready. Walk up grassy front yard and through a private courtyard to the custom front door. Inside, you’ll find hardwood floors, new windows and doors and upgraded modern amenities in the 2,034 square foot house.

The main bedroom features a California Closet system and access to the lush backyard. Bathrooms were recently remodeled with all new fixtures and great lighting.

The house also includes an office nook off of the living room, a 2-car garage with NewAge workbench and Tesla Wall Connector, and a spacious backyard. For more information, email Kate Kennedy, [email protected] and Michelle Alderson, [email protected] and visit

1726 S. Bentley, West Los Angeles, 90025

1726 S. Bentley, luxury, penthouse condo for sale

Update: Pending Sale. We have a gorgeous penthouse condo at 1726 S. Bentley Ave. in West LA, 90025. We got the listing after the homeowners saw how efficient and attentive we were to past clients in the building and called us the minute they were ready to sell.

We’re thrilled they called us because this luxury unit will make someone very happy. It’s light and bright with a beautiful gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, a breakfast bar, and a spacious dining area. The living room looks out onto a private balcony that’s great for grilling or sitting outside.

The penthouse features 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The main bedroom includes a walk-in closet and an en-suite bathroom. The other two bedrooms have lovely views and a pretty, shared bathroom.

An in-unit laundry, tandem parking and security access are included in this property. Not only that, it’s in a great area of West Los Angeles close to UCLA, Century City, the new Google complex, public transportation, restaurants, shops, and groceries. And it’s within the Westwood Charter school boundaries.

The penthouse is a must-see! Call us for email for more information, 310-470-2030, [email protected]

417 & 419 Del Norte St., Los Angeles, CA 90065

Adorable duplex coming on the market soon near Dodger Stadium

The duplex at 417 & 419 Del Norte St. in Los Angeles near Dodger Stadium could be a great investment for a homeowner that wants to live in one unit and rent out the other or for someone who wants to rent out both places. It just needs a little bit of love to make this fixer-upper shine!

The last couple of years has been challenging to say the least. But they’ve also been a time of change, growth, and renewal for many of us. People quit their jobs, moved away, got divorced, or were forced to make changes they never imagined they would have to.

Are you thinking of making a change in 2022?

Los Angeles Realtors Sean McMillan and Jae Wu have overcome many challenges over the years and they have a wealth of knowledge so we decided to ask them for tips on how to start something new. 

Heyler Realty’s Jae Wu and Sean McMillan

You two started your real estate business during the subprime mortgage crisis when many people lost everything and were fleeing the market. What advice do you have for someone starting over or starting a business during difficult times?

Sean: “A game fish swims upstream” and “Fortune favors the bold/brave” are two of my favorite idioms. I appreciate them because they illuminate the potential reward for making courageous decisions and actions in uncertain conditions and times. There are so many examples of successes born of found opportunity in adversity. The little improvement to this and or that from “the post it” the paper clip, to Starbucks on to Iphone..Innovation and improvement often find their genesis in identifying one’s needs and improving existing circumstances. 

From our own personal journey in launching the latest iteration of Heyler Realty at the tail end of the 2008-2010 Global mortgage meltdown..the downturn caused both Jae and I to reevaluate what we were doing with our careers and prompted us to make bold changes…and we have been way better for it!! I say GO FOR IT!

Jae: It takes a bit of gumption to rise up from the ashes of complete destruction and pick yourself up and I’ve found that the best way to conquer overwhelming feelings is to take it one step at a time. For me, I would say to myself, with complete self-belief, that I am capable of succeeding and I know I work harder, care more, and have a passion for making an impact in what I’m doing to make the lives of my clients’ better.

Being a small business owner does take a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to make it work but the rewards of being able to build Heyler the way we wanted to and provide the level of care and the culture we wanted to provide were totally worth it. 

Sean McMillan, Board Chairman and CEO of West LA Homeless, with WLAH/TPC outreach team members Sydney and Damien.

Many of us started to notice the inequities and hardships people in Los Angeles were facing, but few actually tried to do something about it. Sean, can you tell us about starting (co-founding?) West LA Homeless?

Sean: I could write volumes on the subject as it is sooo complex and so controversial, however, I will endeavor to be succinct and to the point. My interest on the subject spans actual decades as many of my friends in the mid 80’s to late 90’s were homeless and unhoused. I mostly knew the culture based on spending countless hours at the beach playing chess with the unhoused population and I came to the awareness that people – housed and unhoused – are just that…people. People with stories that are often filled with suffering, trauma and hopelessness. So often the unhoused population becomes stigmatized by judgment and ostracization. 

It was in this mindset that I took on the role of the committee chair on homelessness issues in my neighborhood council. After multiple community meetings, I came to the conclusion that governance, our politicians, law enforcement, etc..weren’t able to really solve the problem(s) of homelessness and the unhoused, in fact, I found them to be rather anemic. Add to that the radically opposing perspectives and opinions of stakeholders, and getting positive equitable solutions into place had proved to be nearly impossible. After reviewing what other communities had been doing to address this humanitarian crisis, it became apparent that private enterprise in partnership with City, State and Federal resources was a relatively successful approach. So, understanding the limitations and protocols of the government resources, it became apparent that if we, the stakeholder subcommittee members, formed a non-profit organization, that we could fundraise and distribute those funds directly to the outreach services and housing providers for the homeless. I am VERY proud to state that 93% of our funds go directly to service outreach providers, with only the 7% to cover normal corporate costs. Learn more at

Emerson Community Charter Middle School Principal Dimone Watson gives volunteer parent Jae Wu an award of recognition for her many years of service to the school including parent group president

 So, not all of us can start a nonprofit. How can we get involved in the community in other ways?

Jae: Just give what you can and you will be amazed at how good it feels to help other people. For me, I knew when I had my children, I did not want them to grow up the way I did with absentee parents (not their fault, of course; my immigrant parents had to work to provide for us and frankly, back in the 70’s and 80’s, I don’t think the level of parental involvement is what it is today), but I wanted to be there for my kids and be involved. And as a mom, to not feel so alone. I have such great memories of my own teachers and how they were there for me knowing I made it through school because of their involvement in my growth. I find by being involved in the classroom and helping out by going on field trips, being a room parent, and being a board member of the parent organizations all helped to improve the experience my kids were having at school and everyone benefitted. The time they were in grade school felt so fleeting and now they are teenagers and so self-sufficient, I am grateful I gave up any extra time for me to give to them and to the school and to their awesome teachers. My life and theirs are better for it. 

My kids and the school community weren’t the only ones that benefitted from my volunteering. I have the most incredible group of friends and life due to the relationships I was able to build by volunteering. Frankly, the more you give, the more the universe just seems to give back to you. I gave to give, not to expect anything in return but by wholeheartedly giving and making a positive impact and caring just made my whole world that much better. 

Serving on the neighborhood council was the same way. Since I did not grow up with civic engagement or politics as something our family ever had time to get involved with, I learned by living on the Westside and this community the history and about serving on the neighborhood council. It is only fitting as a homeowner and business owner raising a family here that I use the voice that I have to serve and make a positive impact by donating my time to causes that directly affect the betterment of the area where I live, work and play. 

Volunteering goes along with our mission at Heyler Realty. We knew when we took over the legacy of Heyler that we wanted to continue the smalltown “Mayberry” feel of what was started almost 100 years ago when the company was founded. So by creating and providing community events to bring our neighbors together –  resulting in everyone feeling like they knew each other and felt like they were part of something fun – we were able to benefit our neighbors as well as have a great opportunity to make it easy for our past clients to visit us and stay in touch. 

Jae Wu and Sean McMillan with neighbor Jeremy Bollinger at Heyler Harvest Festival in 2019

We can’t start a new year and not talk about health and fitness. You both are in excellent shape and work hard to be mentally and physically at the top of your game. How can someone start and stick with a healthy living plan?

Sean: Exercise and fitness have been a lifelong passion for me, and I am very fortunate to have tremendous resources to maintain regular fitness exercises and routines. Where I struggle is with the food choices I make..However, I have noted that when eating cleaner with more efficiently digested and utilized foods, my thought processes, physical recovery and overall energy improve, even as I age!

With the advent of the pandemic and knowing that the virus was particularly virulent within the cardiorespiratory systems, it made it much easier to crank out that hour-long exercise to maintain and improve oxygen uptake and circulation. For me, there is no acceptable margin to slack on the exercise. As one of my trusted and extremely qualified doctors taught me, our physical fitness is never static, we are either restoring our bodies or they are in decay..So, in order to keep in game shape for the grind of life’s demands, I make it a non-negotiable..and I am grateful for that mindset, now if I could only do something about that damn bread.

Jae: I grew up not being allowed to play sports. It just wasn’t what girls did, according to my father. I was pushed to take violin and piano lessons and play instruments and get straight A’s in school but sports and physical fitness were not encouraged at all growing up. I did not have anyone in my family that was a role model for this but I was always a tomboy and loved climbing trees and since I had manual labor chores such as chopping wood for the winter fire or mowing the lawn in the summer, I was pretty strong and enjoyed physical challenges. In elementary school, I learned how to jump rope and even double dutch and I was fortunate to find sports in middle school staying after school to learn how to play volleyball and softball that carried over to making the high school teams. 

As an adult moving to Los Angeles from the East Coast, I discovered and fell in love with beach volleyball. I am grateful I still play doubles beach volleyball and that I can still play for 3 hours and get a great workout in. Sticking with staying physical is a daily choice I make and it is a priority as it is the key to my thinking better, being happier and being able to indulge once in a while in what I can eat. Enjoying things in moderation has been my key to feeling good even as I am aging and exercise daily. 

My goal each day is a minimal 30 minutes of physical activity, even if it is only walking 3 miles, or yoga, it counts for me but by getting that in makes me feel I have won the day. I used to think if I didn’t have an hour, that I was not working out, I’ve learned these days to be grateful to just keep moving and to stretch and have my non-negotiables. That means, I can’t negotiate myself out of doing a physical activity. It is just a must in my mind and if your mind believes it, your body will achieve it as they say.

– Jae Wu and Sean McMillan

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We’re excited to welcome our newest agent – Aileen Hoffer Smollins – to the team at Heyler Realty! 

Aileen came to Los Angeles from Long Island in the 90s looking for adventure. She found it and ran her own successful travel company for 25 years. Before joining Heyler last month, she got a taste for real estate when she started rehabbing houses. 

“I’ve always had a passion for design and style and I could see a property’s value and project what it could look like after a transformation,” she said.  “I always wanted to do it and I went for it.” 

She realized that she could combine her interest in home design with her love of working with clients by getting her real estate license.

“After years of rehabbing homes I knew I could bring that to clients and use my experience to help them,” she said.

Work isn’t all Aileen excels at. A West LA resident for more than 20 years, Aileen also invests time in her community. She’s a driven organizer and fundraiser for local schools, as well as other community groups.  Aileen has always believed that “giving back” is an integral part of being the change she wishes to see in the world; it’s her way of thinking globally and acting locally.  

With hard work and focus, Aileen has always earned her clients’ appreciation and respect. She’s known for her easygoing style and attention to detail, but it’s her quality time management, effort, and resources that really set Aileen apart from the crowd. 

Aileen is focused on being an asset to home buyers, sellers, and real estate investors alike. 

If you’d like to reach out to Aileen, you can email her at [email protected]

In 1927, Bill Heyler opened Heyler Realty in a small building on Pico Boulevard across the street from where our office is today. There wasn’t much else here in West Los Angeles at that time, but Bill had a vision of what the area could grow to become.

Heyler Realty in 1927
The original Heyler Realty office opened in 1927

At that time, businessmen were getting rich from oil drilling within the city. “By 1930, California produced a quarter of the world’s oil, and the growth of Los Angeles – from a population of 50,000 in the 1890s to more than a million in 1930 – mirrored the growth of the industry,” according to Los Angeles County Office of Oil and Gas.

Rancho Park Golf Course

To accommodate the growth in population, Janss Investment Corporation developed affordable, middle-class family homes throughout the Westside. Bill Heyler knew that families wanted a nice place to live in a safe neighborhood with access to everything they needed. He also knew the importance of green space in a community. That’s why he helped create the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center and to preserve Rancho Park Golf Course. He also helped create the Riddick Youth Center on Overland Avenue.

Heyler became a prominent name in real estate throughout West LA thanks to Bill’s work in the community and loyalty to his neighbors. He is even credited with naming the area now known as Rancho Park.

Bill’s dedication to making the Westside a great place to live and the legacy he created are what inspired current owners Sean McMillan and Jae Wu to buy Heyler Realty back in 2011.

“We wanted to carry on that history,” Jae said. “We wanted it to mean more than just a real estate company. We could have created our own brand. We realized, wow, we have this opportunity to have something substantial, a history that we can carry forward.”

Jae Wu and Sean McMillan of Heyler Realty

Today, Heyler is located across the street from the original Heyler office.

The Westside has boomed since Bill owned Heyler Realty. Even so, Jae and Sean work hard for the community and give back to the area as if it were a small town. They both serve on the Westside Neighborhood Council, which is an advisory body that advocates for its community to Los Angeles City Hall. Jae volunteered at Westwood Charter Elementary and served as parent group president of Emerson Community Charter Middle School – both public LAUSD schools. And Sean co-created West LA Homeless and was one of the founders of the Santa Monica Chess Park.

“Visualization into creation,” Sean said. “It’s literally the path of my life. If I can imagine it, I can create it. If it’s noble good and just and right and better for others then it’s almost like the universe collaborates to bring these forces to you, you find this inner strength, you find these avenues, you see opportunities you didn’t know, correlations and connections with other people and all of the sudden you have real resources. Ultimately at the end of the day, you’re able to create something that you’ve visualized.”

It’s not just the owners who have visualized great things for the community. Heyler Agent Kate Kennedy serves on her neighborhood association board, and agents Michelle Alderson and Randy Saumers have spent countless hours volunteering at their kids’ schools.

And during that time, Jae, Sean and the rest of the Heyler team has helped thousands of people find and sell their homes in Los Angeles. That’s part of why our community events have been so popular in the neighborhood. We celebrated the Heyler Harvest Festival’s 8th year in 2019 with hundreds of neighbors, local businesses and Los Angeles Fire Station 92.

Heyler Harvest festival 2019

Like many events in the last couple of years, the Heyler Harvest was canceled in 2020 and again this year. But smaller, socially distant events are in the works.

Although the pandemic created a tough dynamic for neighborhood businesses, home sales went through the roof. Jae, Sean, and the team at Heyler helped so many people sell their homes, buy the home of their dreams and even find homes for workers relocating to Los Angeles to work at the new Google Complex that’s going into the location of the old Westside Pavilion. Heyler had its best year ever and is expanding the business to add more agents.

“The history of Heyler Realty is still being written,” Sean said. “And we’re proud to be part of it,” Jae added.

Jae and Sean are proud to announce that Hessel Jacob Evelaar has joined the team at Heyler Realty!

Hessel brings a wealth of international knowledge and experience to the Heyler family. Born in The Netherlands, and having attended high school in Singapore to achieve his International Baccalaureate, Hessel went full circle back to The Netherlands to study International Business Administration at the Free University of Amsterdam. As a man with a cross-cultural background Hessel truly loves, appreciates and understands the importance of diversity he’s come to find in the bustling metropolis of Los Angeles.

It was love at first sight when arriving in Los Angeles, driven by a wish to see more of the world and broaden his experience. The City of Angels truly has something to offer anyone brave enough to reach out and go for it.
With an absolute passion to make significant and quality connection with people, Hessel finds Real Estate is an ideal vehicle for his ambition. It is exactly that connection that helps Hessel continue to thrive in the industry. The importance of being able to join into the excitement of a home purchase. It is with great aplomb that Hessel eases his clients through the entire process, not only making the experience enjoyable but by removing all the hassle and headache.

With Heyler’s incredible track record, and prolifically long history within the local community, Hessel is supported by the amazingly successful founders, Jae Wu and Sean McMillan, making this team an ideal match for his own professional ambition, communication-oriented decision making, and love for building community.

Beyond Real Estate, Hessel has a passion for learning, reading Sci-Fi novels, and spending time with his beautiful wife, Christine.

Welcome to the team, Hessel!

Want to reach out to Hessel for your real estate needs? Contact [email protected]

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