The Interview. Starting your Career.

Smart, creative, ambitious people with their eye on becoming developers contact me every week. I receive requests for internships more than anything else and while I appreciate the compliment, I can’t usually fill the request. There are also offers of buying me lunch, coffee, being my shadow for a day…you name it. But what people really want to know is how I got started as … Continue reading The Interview. Starting your Career.

Timing is Everything. Bring Patience to Your Development Game.

Dipping back into 2014, Bellagio is a great study of what’s possible when you bring patience to your development game. I looked at Bellagio in 2013 and although I saw the tremendous potential, I passed on it. With a price-tag north of $10 million, I already had a couple of similar projects rolling nearby. I always keep a mix of project type so this take-down … Continue reading Timing is Everything. Bring Patience to Your Development Game.

How to Demo a Swimming Pool

How to Demo a Swimming Pool

So you bought a development project with an existing pool? The not-great news is that it is almost always more expensive to fully remodel a pool than it is to just get rid of it or build a new pool. Pools are tricky, and in L.A., we have millions of them. Here are the basic rules of pool removal in L.A. for a developer working … Continue reading How to Demo a Swimming Pool

Are you looking at me? Getting attention for your project leads to more deals.

Your development project is like a high-maintenance relationship, it needs love and attention on every level 24/7/365. So while you’re finding the financing to build her, meeting with architects, designers, city officials, and the next door neighbor who hates construction noise, you also need to think about how you’re going to make your project stand out in a sea of  developments. I’m fortunate to have a … Continue reading Are you looking at me? Getting attention for your project leads to more deals.

Landshark. The Luxury Real Estate Developer.

This is your behind-the-scenes look at all the juicy and sometimes ugly aspects of luxury residential real estate development in Los Angeles. 90210 is where my team develops estates but I’ll also take you around town and show you what’s going on in all the premiere neighborhoods of Los Angeles. I’m Jay Belson, welcome to Landshark. Continue reading Landshark. The Luxury Real Estate Developer.

And so it begins… the glorious dirt lot.

And here we have a new beginning. Our latest project, for-your-eyes-only, Landshark friends. Our plan is to share this project with you, the good, bad and hopefully crazy-incredible, estate we currently call “Above the Beverly Hills Hotel”. As we get further down the development road, we will give her a more fitting name for marketing purposes. But for now, she is simply a dirt lot … Continue reading And so it begins… the glorious dirt lot.