Meet Music's Top 15 Real-Estate Agents Who Broker Miley and Lil Wayne's Show-Stoppers
From L.A. to N.Y.C., these are music's property power brokers who deliver the deals for the biggest chart-toppers.
Josh Altman, 36
The Altman Brothers/Douglas Elliman, Beverly Hills
Altman recently closed Miley Cyrus' $5 million buy of a ranch home in Hidden Hills. He also has worked with Kanye West and DJ Skee, among others. A star of Bravo's Million Dollar Listing, Altman once dreamed of a music business career. "Only until I bought my first home and flipped it did I quit -- when I realized real estate was a lot more profitable."
His personal abode: A contemporary house, done in white and gray, in Hollywood Hills' Bird Streets neighborhood.
Cindy Ambuehl, 51
The Agency, Los Angeles
Ambuehl helped spark a bidding war over the five-bedroom Santa Monica home of composer Jonathan Elias earlier this year. It went for $8.6 million -- about $500,000 more than asking. The property offers a Lakers-themed basketball court and a two-story guesthouse. Ambuehl has spent most of her career working with celebrities: first as an actor on such shows as Wings and Seinfeld, and now as their real estate agent.
Her personal abode: A Mediterranean-style Santa Monica home she shares with her husband, actor Don Diamont, and their seven boys.
Corcoran, New York
"Each deal is a different story," says Balan, a 20-year industry vet. The story behind 237 Lafayette St. involved 12-foot ceilings -- and caught the imagination of London-based Mumford & Sons guitarist Winston Marshall, who spent $3.2 million in June for a "massive, raw" loft space in the building, on the edge of SoHo.
Her personal abode: A postwar doorman building on a cul-de-sac right off the East River.
Matt Breitenbach, 32
Douglas Elliman, Bridgehampton, N.Y.
Breitenbach has real estate bona fides that rival his more seasoned peers. His dad is a home builder on the East End of Long Island, and he spent childhood summers watching houses get framed. After college he joined forces with his mother, Susan Breitenbach, a Hamptons broker for Corcoran, and cultivated music-biz titans like Russell Simmons, whose East Hampton home recently sold for $6.995 million. Breitenbach jumped from Corcoran to Douglas Elliman's new sports and entertainment division -- with mom's blessing.
His personal abode: A "little oasis" on three acres north of Montauk Highway, which bisects the Hamptons.
Ernie Carswell, 55
Teles Properties, Beverly Hills
Thirty-odd years ago, Carswell was a flight attendant when a passenger suggested that the outgoing young man consider going into real estate. Today, he's a co-founder of Teles Properties. In 2014, Carswell sold Katy Perry's Hollywood home for $5.6 million. Past clients include Seal, Fergie and Britney Spears.
His personal abode: An Italian-Mediterranean home in Hollywood Hills' Bird Streets.
Corcoran, New York
"You can't live without music or a home," says Feder, whose former record-business career led her to real estate, with a focus on pied-a-terre homes and helping bicoastal music executives move East. She recently assisted veteran A&R executive Jeff Aldrich in scoring a "glitzy, New York-y" $15,000-a-month rental in Tribeca.
Her personal abode: A Carnegie Hill apartment with views of Central Park.
Ty Forkner, 38
South Beach International, Miami Beach
A saltwater lagoon filled with sharks and eels and a rooftop skate park are among the features of Lil Wayne's La Gorce Island home, now on the market for $18 million. The listing is with Forkner, who sold the rapper’s two-bedroom condo at Setai in South Beach in 2014 for $3.4 million. Forkner was fired from his first job as an agent “for being too ambitious,” he says. He has since done deals with acts including Drake and Pharrell Williams' protegee Teyana Taylor.
His personal abode: A one-bedroom condo in South Beach.
Slash for $11 million, complete with alligator-print wallpaper. (Listed by agent Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker Previews International.)
Her personal abode: A modern home in Beverly Hills' Trousdale Estates.
Sotheby's International Realty Beverly Hills
Not only has Peele served as Madonna's realtor, he also was her tour photographer. That's his shot on the cover of her 2006 CD/DVD I'm Going to Tell You a Secret. In 2014 he sold her modern Georgian-style home on Sunset Boulevard for $19 million. He also has worked with Ricky Martin, Robbie Williams and k.d. lang.
His personal abode: A post-and-beam home in Beverly Hills, featured on the cover of House Beautiful twice.
Tomi Rose, 41
Opulence International Realty, Miami
Rose is negotiating to sell Timbaland's seven-bedroom Mediterranean home in Pinecrest for $4 million and acquire him a new, larger residence nearby. While raising her teenage son, the former stay-at-home mom "just decided I like real estate." She's married to former Miami Heat player Mark Strickland.
Her personal abode: A contemporary in a Cutler Bay clubhouse community.
Rosina Seydel, 49
Beacham & Company, Atlanta
While marketing top-end homes (like a $6.3 million Buckhead mansion that was Atlanta's top residential deal of 2014), Seydel has found a lucrative niche in leasing luxury properties. Both Lil Wayne and Cee Lo Green have leased the Infinito penthouse in midtown Atlanta's Aqua condominium, a 4,176-square-foot residence with floor-to-ceiling windows, outdoor entertainment areas and state-of-the-art security.
Her personal abode: A classic Southern home with large gathering spaces and a huge yard.
Leonard Steinberg, 50
Compass Realty, New York
A fashion designer who entered real estate 20 years ago "out of curiosity" -- and to provide a level of service he says he found lacking -- Steinberg has built an A-list client roster. In March, he sold Jon Bon Jovi's $37.5 million SoHo duplex penthouse to business mogul Gerhard Andlinger, after celebs including Heidi Klum had eyed the pad.
His personal abode: A West Chelsea apartment with views of both the High Line and the Hudson River.
The Lipman Group/Sotheby's International Realty Nashville
Donna Summer sat down at a grand piano to sing octaves in the living room of a pre-Civil War home with 14-foot ceilings. Such are the tales Tisdale can tell after 38 years of selling Nashville real estate to big-name clients, from quirky label executives carrying guns to iconic artists (like the late Summer) testing the acoustics with impromptu performances. Tisdale offers the privacy stars crave: "I've sold dozens of farms to celebrities," she says.
Her personal abode: A hilltop contemporary with views of the Brentwood valley.
*Declined to disclose age
Contributors: Emily L. Foley, Billy Gray, Deborah Evans Price and Jacquelyn Ryan
This story originally appeared in the July 4 issue of Billboard.