Partners Rick Hilton and Jeff Hyland established the firm in 1993 with the intention of creating a small real estate boutique that would grow to meet the demands of the market, yet never outgrow a founding philosophy for meeting the uniquely individual concerns of each client. Together, they bring a dynamic and diverse range of resources to the firm. So do over 100 Hilton & Hyland agents, each chosen for their considerable accomplishments, as well as discerning ethics, in the marketing, purchase, and sale of luxury real estate.
Rick Hilton, the grandson of the founder of the Hilton Hotel empire, has vast experience in residential sales as well as real estate development. Born in Los Angeles, he began his career in New York with a real estate investment banking firm, Eastdil Secured, before launching his own company in 1984. As a principal, he developed Brentwood Country Estates, a 14-parcel, gate-guarded enclave in prestigious Mandeville Canyon where homes have sold for up to $40 million dollars. Hilton has represented some of the greatest homes in Los Angeles including Spelling Manor, one of the largest estates in LA. The Manor sold for a record-breaking $85 million dollars with Hilton representing both the buyer and seller. Hilton has also set records for residential sales in Malibu and Brentwood.
Born and raised in Little Holmby, Jeff Hyland’s career spans over 35 years as a leading Real Estate Broker. Hyland has held tenures as the President of the Beverly Hills Board of Realtors, President of the Los Angeles County Boards of Real Estate and State Director for the California Association of Realtors. In 2011, he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Beverly Hills Greater Los Angeles Realtors Association. Clearly one of the most recognized real estate figures in all of Southern California, Hyland was named “The Gatekeeper to Beverly Hills” by Town & Country Magazine, “Best of the Best” by The Robb Report and “One Hundred Most Influential People in Los Angeles” by Haute Living Magazine.
As an architectural historian and author, Jeff’s most recent book, The Legendary Estates of Beverly Hills, is a comprehensive survey of the most important properties in Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills and Bel-Air. Hyland’s research into the history of luxury residential architecture and design in Los Angeles is ongoing.
It has often been said that the Los Angeles real estate market is unlike any other in the world. To that end, Rick Hilton and Jeff Hyland have built strong ties to the global marketplace while holding fast to the advantages of a small one-office company based in Beverly Hills. As Founding Member of Christie’s International Real Estate, the firm is the only Los Angeles area broker represented by a company that has been bringing the world’s most influential – and affluent – buyers and sellers together for 230 years.
Christie’s, the world’s oldest art auction company, acquired Great Estates, Inc. in 1987. Since that time Christie’s International Real Estate has grown into the largest international network of independent real estate brokers specializing in important properties. More than 143 real estate firms representing some 36,000 agents and 900 offices are responsible for approximately $128 billion in annual sales. Christie’s International Real Estate contributes measurably to the marketing of these extraordinary properties.
In matters of personal service, Hilton & Hyland’s commitment to their clients has long surpassed the standards by which other real estate firms are judged in the highly selective Los Angeles community as one of the most privileged places on earth. In the 2014 REAL Trends “The Thousand” annual report,12 Hilton & Hyland associates ranked in the top 150 agents in the U.S. by sales volume, the highest number of any brokerage in Los Angeles. With just under $3 billion in transactions in 2014, Hilton & Hyland is recognized as the top luxury real estate agency in Los Angeles.