Jill Nelsen: Broker, The Agency

With a reputation for impeccable negotiation and communication skills, Jill Nelsen’s instinct, vision and talent for seeing the potential in a property distinguishes her amongst Southern California’s foremost real estate agents. Jill represents clients in the most prestigious neighborhoods of Montecito, Malibu and Los Angeles, establishing relationships with the areas preeminent architects, builders and artisans. Her energy, integrity, and love for the region’s exceptional natural beauty and distinctive properties have earned her the loyalty and respect of her clients, many of whom she is proud to call friends.  Bringing more than twelve years of real estate experience and sales training from Sotheby’s and Christie’s International to The Agency, Jill’s expertise extends far beyond that of a typical agent.

The founder of Jill Nelsen Design, a boutique firm specializing in interior design and remodeling, Jill has extensive experience managing residential and commercial projects from inception to completion. Leveraging her design and marketing background with her real estate prowess, she guides clients through every step of the buying and selling process and beyond. Jill has a deep affinity for nature. When she is not serving her clients in real estate, she enjoys the beach, hiking in the mountains above Santa Barbara, travel, discovering new artists, and curating contemporary art.

What do you love most about Your City?

I split my time between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.. definitely not a bad gig! I love the insanely good climate, the natural beauty and an ever- expanding range of friends who are creative, open and inspiring.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Croft Alley’s house-made yoghurt with chlorophyll and fresh berries (behind Alfred coffee on Melrose Place) is addictive; Gjusta in Venice, or in Montecito, Bree’Osh has the most delicious locally roasted coffee and soft scrambled eggs served with local greens.

I can’t get enough local, organic green juice so Juice Ranch, AH Juice or Erewhon’s juice bar…are daily stops.  

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM –  honestly? Sleeping. I tend to stay up late and start my day around 7:30.

10:00 AM -  I am in full work mode – emails, calls, showing houses, research, scheduling appointments or at a remodel meeting.

I LOVE what I do and love working with my colleagues at THE AGENCY. I am inspired by and grateful to be a part of this team of super successful brokers, starting with our founders Mauricio Umansky, Billy Rose, Santiago Arana, Paul Lester and our exceptionally talented design, marketing, PR and development teams.

12:00 PM - Favorite Power Lunch spot/meal?

Walley’s on Canon Drive, Zinque on Melrose, Soho House, the Chateau Marmot...

… I have many favorites!

7:00 PM – Drinks and dinner either at home or out with friends, colleagues or clients. I love to cook but there’s something about the bustle of a restaurant, the clanging dishes, the people, the service, the atmosphere… I just love it.  Favorites are Pace in Laurel Canyon, Arigato, The Monarch Montecito, Little Door Santa Barbara, SY Kitchen and Gjelina.

11:00 PM – I’m usually back on my computer… this is a 24/7 job but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I always fit in some yoga before bed. After years of practice, the moment I’m on my mat, I’m in meditation.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I start with a latte made with homemade organic almond or brazil nut milk, raw honey and Sun Potion’s Lions Mane for enhanced brain function. Depending on the day I add their Rhodiola, Pine Pollen, Yin Power or Macuna Pruriens.. blended with cinnamon for a super-delicious, energizing and balancing herbal tonic.

Throughout the day I drink hot water with lemon or cold water with fresh mint or cucumber, which is refreshing and hydrating.

In the evening, a glass of wine or tequila with lime juice are my favorite choices.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I tend to drive a lot, so I am between Podcasts, Audible and Spotify when I’m not on a call. I have a lot of creative friends whose Instagram accounts are always inspired…

One in particular is my friend Georgia’s @_itsbeautifulhere. Her travel blog has local insights and tips for a lot of places around the globe I look forward to spending time. My spotlight tips for Montecito can be found there as well.

What should everyone try at least once?

Remembering to be fully oneself and to stop worrying what anyone else thinks.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

I am very content to be lost in nature.

I love walking or riding bikes, being slightly lost all over lower Manhattan at night. Flying down Madison Ave at midnight on a bicycle, in a dress… I basically couldn’t be happier.

I can also be happily lost at The Broad, the Guggenheim, MOMA, LACMA, or in small galleries anywhere for hours.

Or lost in Paris, which for me is quite easy to do! I am very happy anywhere with winding streets, beautiful architecture and lovely  people.