Mara Raphael
Mara Raphael Partner
CalDRE 02073819
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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. She can advise sellers on how to expertly prepare a house for market and share from experience everything from the perfect paint color to her favorite landscapers.

Mara joins deasy penner podley following an 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 beloved (if misbehaved) Golden Retriever.

Mutual Connections

Client Testimonials

“Mara, From talking hopes and dreams to all of the inspections negotiations and docusigns -- you have been so patient and kind and knowledgeable and responsive and trustworthy and creative. We appreciate your time, commitment and brains so very much. Thank you for enduring our myriad of questions, anxieties, and calls/texts for help, guidance, referrals and connections. Please accept our advanced thank you for continued design visions!” ~ Melissa and Michael
“In Michele and Mara we've found highly strategic and knowledgable partners who go above and beyond to guide you through every step in the home selling and buying process. We have been through three transactions - two sales and a purchase - and the business and personal side of every one of them was handled beautifully. We gladly tell anyone who is considering selling or buying that Michele and Mara will help you maximize your assets while also reaching a deal where all parties are happy, all while maintaining a comforting presence by your side that lets you sleep well at night. They have a wealth of experience and are great listeners, which gives them the ability to advise the right choices for you at every step along the way. We cannot thank them enough for doing a great job, and doing it so gracefully.” ~ Keith & Erika Quinn
“We could not have hoped for a better experience than we had working with Mara and Michele on the recent purchase of our home. They went above and beyond in terms of navigating the entire process and were incredible at finding ways to get everything done even though we both had particularly crazy work schedules at the time when the purchase process took place. They were on top of all the details, worked great together as a team, and were always quick to respond to any questions or concerns we had. Moreover, we absolutely trusted their judgment and taste. After the transaction they have even helped us find gardeners and other folks to help us manage the new property. Although we hope to live in this house for many years we would absolutely work with them again and wholeheartedly recommend them.” ~ Andrew Paquin and Dana Settle
“Michele and Mara guided us through both selling and buying a home in a tricky market during the holidays with grace and aplomb. Always accommodating and willing to go the extra mile without hesitation, Michele and Mara consistently exceeded our expectations of the entire process and our relationship with our agents. With their combination of consummate professionalism and intuitive personal kindness and consideration they transformed a typically stressful experience into one that was actually pleasant. In addition, they were acutely attuned to our personal taste, needs and desires for our new home and aided us in finding a house in which we are very, very happy. We couldn’t be more pleased with Michele and Mara and are grateful for the gift of working with them for this important transition for our family.” ~ Amy & Neal Fraser


Los Angeles, CA
4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 2490 Sqft 8769 Lot
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Notable Sales

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2 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 2007 Sqft 0.210000 Acres
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2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 1522 Sqft 4884 Lot
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