Mara Raphael
Mara Raphael Partner
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Since relocating to Los Angeles in 2004, Mara’s singular hobby and obsession has been restoring historic Angeleno properties.  Renowned for her virtually encyclopedic knowledge of homes in her beloved neighborhood of Hancock Park, Mara has a unique knack for seeing the ‘home’ in any house, at any price point, whether turnkey or fixer.

Mara can advise sellers on how to expertly prepare a house for market and share from experience everything from the perfect paint color to the best plumber. She is valued by her clients and neighbors for her meticulous attention to detail, sophisticated flair for architectural design, practical advice for home remodels and ear for understanding exactly what her clients need and want.

Mara joins deasey/penner following a 20+ year, Emmy-award winning career in the communications industry, serving as a senior producer and on-air talent in CNN’s Washington, New York and Los Angeles bureaus.

In her spare time, Mara has been active in the communities of each of her children’s schools, including the Marlborough School, Campbell Hall, St. James Episcopal School and 3rd Street School. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the Phillips Academy (Andover) Southern California Alumni Association.

Mara and her husband John live in Hancock Park with their children Jack and Whitney, along with Gracie, their misbehaved Golden Retriever.

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Client Testimonials

“When we moved our family of five from New York to Los Angeles I was stressed and overwhelmed. I didn't know where I wanted to live, if I wanted to buy or rent, where to send the kids to preschool, or how to find the perfect kindergarten. Mara helped with all of that and then went the extra mile and found me a housekeeper, a nanny, and the most amazing paint color for my living room!” ~ Blair Lawson, Hancock Park/Windsor Square
“Quite simply, Mara gets the job done. I had the pleasure of working alongside Mara for more than 10 years during her career as a journalist. She brings an enthusiastic energy and an impeccable level of commitment to every project she takes on. She is smart, savvy, and a total delight to work with. I valued her greatly as a colleague and collaborator, and her design expertise and rolodex of contractors was an amazing bonus!” ~ Megan Thomas, Laurel Canyon
“Mara is a rolodex of information on everything home. She recommended our architect, kitchen cabinetmaker, bathroom contractor and even a custom curtain maker. She knows everything about houses and has creative ideas to work within many different budgets. But her expertise doesn't stop there -- she also found me a fantastic local hairdresser!” ~ Jennifer Rissier, Hancock Park/Windsor Square

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