Wow! We just keep growing!

400+ New AgentsEvergreen Realty HomeSmart is growing! Our offices welcomed home many agents in the last few months. We recently compiled a list of new agent hires company-wide from the last quarter of 2014.

There were over 400 new hires!

Welcome home agents; we are so happy to have you! If you are ready to make the Smart Move to Evergreen Realty HomeSmart, visit us at


7 of the Coolest Converted Shipping Containers

This is a shipping container:

ShippingIt is pretty unglamorous, and, I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t much like to live in one.  Shipping containers are traditionally used to transport goods in bulk on trains or planes.  They are the epitome of industrial.

But about 10 years ago, some wildly creative people started using them for another purpose.  If you have been paying attention to housing trends the last few years, we think you know where we are going with this.  Shipping container houses. There is something about the juxtaposition of industrial versus homey that you can’t help but fall in love with, right?

If you are as fascinated as we are by the transformation of a box of steel into something magical, then settle in. Just for you, we’ve compiled a list of our 7 favorite shipping container buildings, ever.

#1 – Backyard Retreat


This beautiful backyard guest house is brought to you by Poteet Architects . The bright blue is so vibrant against that lush landscaping.

#2 – Modern in the Mojave

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This 2,300 square foot Ecotech Design is structured into a one bedroom, one-and-a-half bathroom 6 containers residence. The clean lines and sweeping views make us almost want to move to the Mojave Desert. Almost.

#3 – Oceanfront Living in New Zealand

This amazing New Zealand beach house is like the perfect sun porch during the day...

This beautiful beach house comes with a fireplace and sweeping ocean views to make it the perfect place to watch a sunset. Bravo, 1 Kind Design.

#4 – The Kalkin House in Vermont

The Kalkin House in Vermont knows how to make an entrance.

The Kalkin House, designed by Adam Kalkin, is one of the most well known storage container houses in the US. The man definitely knows how to make an entrance.

#5 – The Million Dollar View


With only $40,000, Benjamin Garcia Saxe has built a beautiful home with sweeting views in Costa Rica. The bathtub overlooks the sweeping hills of the tropical landscape, proving that luxury doesn’t always have to come at a high price.

#6 – Rustic Renovation in Colorado

The masculine feel of Colorado’s first shipping container home by Studio H:T makes it the envy of every mountain-loving man for miles around.

#7 – Jean Nouvel’s Restaurant


Ok, ok, so this isn’t a home. But we can’t leave out French architect Jean Nouvel’s storage container masterpiece.  LES GRANDE TABLES is a large timber frame structure wrapped in glass, and it can be seen from miles around.

Would you live in any of these storage container homes? Comment below to tell us which one!

The Most Unreal Estate Transactions of 2014

If we are being honest, we have a little bit of a fascination with over-the-top real estate.  Doesn’t everyone on some level?  9-digit listing prices, mind-boggling square footage–who wouldn’t be curious? Fortunately for all of us real-estate junkies, Redfin has compiled a list of the most outrageous transactions of 2014.

The 3 Most Expensive Sales

All three of the most expensive home sales this year had their fair share of the spotlight. Two of the homes belonged to big-time celebrities and the third was all over the news as the highest price ever paid for a home in the U.S…. The actual selling price has since been reduced but a BIG story nonetheless.

The Cash is King-dom

Address: 350 North Carolwood Dr
City: Los Angeles, CA
Sale Price: $88,300,000
Listed by: Kurt Rappaport, Westside Estate Agency

Originally reported as the most expensive home sale of all time at $102 million, the Fleur de Lys mansion in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles eventually sold for $88.3 million. It was still the most expensive sale of the year, but not ever. What’s most impressive is that it was reportedly an all-cash deal.

Parrothead Paradise

Address: 540 S Ocean Blvd
City: Palm Beach, FL
Sale Price: $42,900,000
Listed by: Paulette Koch, The Corcoran Group

This Palm Beach estate actually consists of three separate addresses, one of which was once home to Mr. Margaritaville himself, Jimmy Buffett. I wonder if he ever had a cheeseburger in this paradise.

Star-Studded Sale

Address: 12780 Chalon Rd
City: Los Angeles, CA
Sale Price: $40,000,000
Listed by: Stephen Shapiro, Westside Estate Agency Inc.

This mega-mansion in Brentwood belonged to two mega stars: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his supermodel wife Giselle Bunchen. The pair sold the estate that they reportedly spent four years building to rapper and music producer Dr. Dre.

The 3 Largest Homes Sales

The average home in the U.S. is right around 1900 square feet. Each of these homes was more than 15 times that size.

Mega Manor

Address: 794 Evander Holyfield Hwy
City: Fayetteville, GA
Sale Price: $5,879,000
Size:  44,234 square feet
Listed by: Jacqueline Campbell, Keller Williams Realty

Everything about this property is big. Formerly owned by heavyweight boxing star Evander Holyfield, it happens to be the largest single-family home in the state of Georgia. “Villa Vittoriosa” (The Victory) has 12 bedrooms, 13 full bathrooms and eight half-baths, as well as an outrageous 350,000-gallon pool.

12-Ton Timepiece

Address: 40 Verbalee Ln
City: Hillsborough, CA
Sale Price: $22,800,000
Size: 35,000 square feet
Listed by: Richard Williamson Today Sothebys International Realty

This palatial property right outside of San Francisco was built at the height of the Great Depression by renowned architect David Adler. It was a behemoth property at the time of its construction but has really stood the test of time.

Mi Casa Es Su Castle

Address: 706 Guisando De Avila
City: Tampa, FL
Sale Price: $5,580,000
Size: 28,893 square feet
Listed by: Dianne Martin, Century 21

This estate is 20 minutes outside of Tampa, and that’s probably the same amount of time it takes to walk from one side of this home to the other.

The 3 Highest “Over-List” Purchases

In competitive markets, homes often sell for more than their list price. But sometimes that “markup” is extreme, as with these three purchases. It’s really no surprise that two of these three homes are in the Bay Area. The market was the center of real estate competition this year. On average, more than 60 percent of homes for sale faced bidding wars and it seemed no one really cared what they had to pay to win.

“The Bay Area real estate market was an absolute feeding frenzy this year, especially in Silicon Valley where nearly every home was selling quickly and for above list price,” said Redfin real estate agent Mia Simon. “Usually the $3 million market is a slower market, but I just sold a $4 million home in a week to an all-cash buyer.”

Malibu’s Most Wanted

Address: 23916 Malibu Rd
City: Malibu, CA
List Price: $14,995,000
Sale Price: $20,000,000
Listed by: Alex Brunkhorst, The Agency

How much is a house on the sand worth to you? Well, apparently it’s $5 million more than you’re thinking. The new owner of this prime piece of real estate on the highly coveted Malibu Beach paid $20 million for this home, which was listed for just under $15 million.

Silicon Valuable

Address: 721 Webster Ave
City: Palo Alto, CA
List Price: $2,695,000
Sale Price: $5,480,000
Listed by: Zachary Trailer, Coldwell Banker PA

From the outside, this home in Palo Alto looks pretty basic. But there was nothing basic about its sale price. This property actually consists of two newly constructed homes in a highly coveted neighborhood. Jackpot! On the market for about a week, this baby was a hot property, so hot the new owner ended up shelling out nearly $2.8 million more than the asking price to snag it.

Priceless in Pacific Heights

Address: 2610 Scott St
City: San Francisco, CA
List Price:  $9,750,000
Sale Price: $11,750,000
Listed by: Stephen Gomez, GPK

Sitting pretty in prestigious Pacific Heights, this home flew off the market in just a few days. The new owner of this home in San Francisco wasted no time offering $11.75 million to win their spot on the hill, $2 million more than the owners asked for.


Fully Upgraded in Laguna Woods — A Must See!

Single level, end unit, cottage type home (no one above or below). Converted into a 4 bedroom home (originally a 2 bedroom) One bedroom is located in the patio (outside access) – great for a home office, guest room, or “man cave”. Remodeled with high end materials throughout. Central air conditioning and heating, plus a ceiling fan in almost every room. Custom kitchen cabinets with self closing drawers. Quartz counter top with hanging lights. In cabinet and under cabinet lighting. Energy efficient Stainless Steel appliances. Expensive engineered wood flooring. Granite counter tops in bathrooms. Master bedroom has a private bathroom. Full size washer/dryer in the home. Extra storage cabinets in hallway. The 3rd bedroom is multi-functional with glass inlaid doors. It can be used as a formal dining room, entertainment room (large screen TV can fit in the closet), or just a bonus room. Surrounded with lush plants and bushes. Not close to other buildings. Very light and bright inside.

Contact Daniel Hobbie at (949) 753-0671 or via email at

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Orig. List Price:   $439,000 
Price Per Sqft:   $313.57 
County:   Orange 
Property Type:   Stock Cooperative (A) 
Bedrooms:   4 
Bath(F,T,H,Q):  0,2,0,0 
Sqft (Src):   1,400 (Estimated) 
Ac/LotSqft (Src):   0.032/1,400 (E)  

Welcome Agents!

Evergreen Realty, HomeSmart just keeps growing! We want to give a warm welcome to the following agents that have joined in the last couple weeks.  We are so happy to have you and know that you will be a great fit here at Evergreen!

Welcome Home

More and more agents are making the Smart Move to Evergreen Realty because of the unique structure of our company.  Our focus is first and foremost on our agents. We provide you with state-of-the-art resources, tools, support, and technology to set you up for success.  The best part?  We offer our agents 100% commission.  It’s our belief that he broker split model is outdated and unnecessary.  We put those fees back in your pocket so that you can be as successful as possible.

Are you interested in joining the movement of agents that are coming home to Evergreen? Visit to request more information.