Richard has been the top agent at Coldwell Banker's 100-agent Los Feliz office for many years. He has also been a top-producer in his market area since entering real estate sales in 1987. From the very beginning, he specialized in the marketing of architectural and historic properties while with a Westside boutique. In 1989 he joined Jon Douglas Company's then recently-opened Los Feliz office to be closer to his client base and to afford them the advantages of the largest and most productive real estate company in Los Angeles. He has remained with the same office, including since Coldwell Banker purchased the Jon Douglas Company in the mid-'90s. He believes that Coldwell Banker is the present successor to the vision Jon Douglas implemented in the local real estate market years ago. Richard is known for his distinctive and creative marketing materials, which reflect his life-long interest in, and admiration of, architectural and historic properties. In 1991 Richard was selected to be an Estates Director in recognition of his consistent high production (about 600 career transactions) and record-breaking sales.
Prior to entering real estate, Richard was a voice-over agent for the largest commercial talent agency in Los Angeles, as well as an assistant to pioneer film director, George Cukor. He was also managing editor of a nationally distributed People-type magazine. He holds a Master of Fine Art in photography degree from Rochester (NY) Institute of Technology and an A.B. in political science form Albright College, Reading, PA. His photographs may be found in major museum collections. Richard has served on the boards of the Los Feliz Improvement Association (he was a significant contributor to the 75th anniversary history book) and the Laughlin Park Association (he was the lead organizer for the "Hollywood at Home" tour sponsored by the Laughlin Park Association and Los Angeles Conservancy). Richard's hobbies include all kinds of photography from pinhole to digital images and restoring (and driving!) antique cars. A personal hero is Wallace Stevens, also from Reading, PA, who combined a successful career in business with his passion for the arts as a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.
"...We also liked the approach you took to merchandising our home, since we knew that this special house would appeal primarily to a special buyer. Your advertising copy was just right, the photographs were appealing, and your handling of potential buyers and their agents was deft.
We would not hesitate a moment before listing with you again. And you will remain at the top of our list of agents to recommend to anyone who wants to sell a house.
The experience of working with you was very positive."
Hinda and David
Los Feliz Oaks
"From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for everything you did to make our move possible. Your intelligence and caring and knowledge of the market were invaluable to us. Honestly, we couldn't have done this without you. Best of all, we feel we have found new friends in the two of you.
...I am missing those fun phone calls!"
Carla and Bill and family
Los Feliz Oaks
"...You are truly one of the finest professionals I have ever dealt with in any business transaction.
From your initial presentation, to the close of escrow, I can't think of any aspect of the sale that you did not give your complete and personal attention.
It is important that your firm knows what a refreshing experience I had with your involvement. I now understand what you presented to me about your ethics and desire to achieve perfection in our first meeting.
Not only have you earned your success, you deserve it. You can buy talent, but you can't buy honesty, integrity and loyalty."
Los Feliz Oaks
"...Thank you for taking such good care of my friends... I knew you would."
"Thanks for all your help during the difficult escrow process. We're extremely happy with the result, this house."
Pat and John
Los Feliz Oaks
"...You performed in a professional way at all times and obtained what we believe was the maximum price for our property within a very short period of time. We would not hesitate to recommend your services to anyone."
John and family
"Thanks very much for your invaluable assistance and guidance with the purchase of our new home in Laurel Canyon last December. Every step of the way we felt positively assured that the transactions were above board and in our best interest...
Stay in touch!"
Kevin and Sergio
"Thanks for all your patience and perseverance in selling 1519. I really appreciate it.
You helped make a difficult time and event much less painful for me.
Best of luck and my wishes for your abundant success."
"(We) were really impressed when we met with you for the first time... We both knew in an instant that you would be our choice as "MR. RIGHT" for selling our architectural home. It was a great feeling!
Having heard so many tales of how difficult it is to deal with the complexities of buying and/or selling a home, (we) really appreciate how easy you made it for us. You found the "perfect" client for the purchase of our Richard Neutra designed home; you explained each step of the sale procedure in detail; handled the meeting with the appraiser; but best of all, your genuine interest in doing what was best for us, was always your main concern. THAT WAS NICE!!! I still cannot believe how smoothly everything went, thanks to you.
...All these things plus a very warm and pleasing personality add up to a special person we know as Richard Stanley!"
June and Hit
"Thank you so much for the time that you took on the first day that we met to give us an architectural tour of Silver Lake, Los Feliz and the Hollywood Hills. We were so glad to meet a real estate agent that had more in mind than (to) make a sale, and who took a genuine interest in what was important to us.
We intend to enjoy our new home in Los Feliz for many years to come, and we hope that we will enjoy your friendship for longer."
Susie and Scott
"Thank you for all your hard work helping us sell our house and buy our new one. We had no idea the work involved and would not have been able to get through it without you. We especially enjoyed your insights into the Los Feliz-Silver Lake area and particularly its architectural gems."
Cathy and Gregg
"I want to thank you for your help yesterday with our last minute escrow problem. You stepped in and provided valuable advice on a difficult issue. I could not have done it without you. Thank you again for everything."
"Every step of the way, I counted on Richard's guidance and deft handling of sometimes sensitive issues...he always handled them efficiently, responsibly and appropriately. I also could tell that he was genuinely intent on resolution rather than frustration. How rare and how refreshing that is today!
...I am eternally grateful to him for this ethical support and sincerity. In this day and age where true satisfaction can be elusive, I remain not merely satisfied but dazzled!"
"Our listing offered some challenging dynamics...because we are 1150 miles away...
During the listing period you have come to be regarded as a good friend, who has provided comfort and reassurance on many occasions. You exhibited such dogged determination that our spirits were always bolstered."
Neomah and Larry
Formerly of Beachwood Canyon
"How can I thank you enough for you hard work and your persistence. I never thought I would see the day when this albatross would be lifted from my back. I would and will use you again, and of course I will continue to recommend your services whenever possible."