Having the correct team in place is incredibly important, this is why we have selected the best, most experienced and more importantly fun team. We all thoroughly enjoy our jobs and our clients, we strive to provide the very best personal service, discretion, and exceptional market knowledge. The principals of the firm are internationally qualified as both chartered surveyors and brokers with a depth of understanding of both the US market and overseas markets. Our key stakeholders have all been through the relocation process ourselves to LA so we understand the process from a personal as well as business perspective.
Alistair Hodgson- Principal
BSc (Hons), MRICS, CA Lic. 01980117
Alistair has been involved in the advisory world for over 15 years now, qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor back in 2003. Prior to moving to California 5 years ago, Alistair worked in London as a commercial and residential advisor at Drivers Jonas – the 285 year old real estate advisory firm which was acquired by Deloitte in 2011. Before that Alistair was a real estate advisor at Colliers International in London.
Alistair has completed 100’s of transactions on behalf of major landlords, global tenants, developers and high net worth individuals. With Alistair’s impressive transactional background, his invaluable marketing experience and his can do attitude, Alistair is a trusted advisor to HD Realty’s clients and partners.
Real Estate and Valuation Management, UWE, Bristol, UK.
Marketing – Wharton Business School.
Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Giles Donovan – Principal
MSc, MA, CA Lic.01898418
Giles began his Real Estate career in London in 2002, working on mixed use development as a project manager. After a merger with Symonds Property in 2005 Giles became the youngest Associate Director at the UKs 3rd largest multidisciplinary property firm, Capita Symonds. Calling the market peak in late 2007 Giles sold out his investments and moved to Sunny California ostensibly to manage a JV between a British Real Estate Fund and a Santa Monica based Real Estate developer to buy out the Sunrise homes distressed asset portfolio, the largest pipeline of Senior Living Homes in the Western United States.
Since then Giles has been involved in residential development and commercial acquisitions, making the Southbays largest apartment sale in his first year in brokerage.
MsC Real Estate Finance, Reading University, England
MA Architecture Studies, Edinburgh University, Scotland
Trained under Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors standard.
Architecture :: Est. 2010 in Venice, California
Laura Donovan graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Southern California. After 7 years of working at a number of prestigious high-end residential firms within the Los Angeles Architecture community, and successfully renovating and flipping several of her own investment properties, Laura Donovan Architecture was founded in 2010 in Venice, California. As a licensed, full-service Architecture firm, Laura Donovan Architecture provides the range of expertise needed to see your project through from feasibility and design to completion of construction. We specialize in custom residential and commercial design with a emphasis on design aesthetic, providing exceptional service, and forming a truly enjoyable relationship with our clients through the process.