Founding Partner | Chief Executive Officer
Laguna Beach native, Tara Hotchkis has been a top producing real estate agent since 2003, with recent sales of more than half a billion dollars in residential real estate.
Tara Hotchkis is the CEO and Founding Partner of the Compass Beverly Hills-based real estate Team, LHspaces. In 2017, Hotchkis represented Major League Baseball Player, Ichiro Suzuki in the sale of his Downtown Los Angeles Art’s District Penthouse Loft, setting a new price per square foot record. In addition to representing celebrities and high profile individual and corporate clients from DTLA to Malibu, the LHspaces Team also represent exquisite estates internationally.
In addition to real estate, Tara is passionate about contemporary art and design. She supports several non-profit arts organizations including PS Arts; serves as an Ambassador for the Los Angeles Public Library Foundation’s Young Literati, is a member of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MOCA) Director’s Forum. Tara is a member of SAG-AFTRA, having appeared in numerous television shows and commercials. In 2013, Tara combined her passion for art and architecture and co-hosted “The Kuhnert Chronicles” for Ovation Television Network.
Tara is a contributing writer and member of Forbes Real Estate Council, has been featured in Angeleno Magazine’s 2017 and 2018 Los Angeles Power Players Issue, has been a featured real estate expert on CurbedLA, is a former NCAA Division I tennis player, a Graduate of REALTOR® Institute, a graduate of Sotheby’s Institute of Art, a member of the Urban Land Institute and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine.
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Brent Fuchs is the Senior Partner and Team Leader for LHspaces | Compass. With over a decade of real estate experience, Brent has had the opportunity to collaborate with high-end building companies not only in sales, but also as a designer. Brent’s experience of running a successful team of five has established him as a hands-on agent who is caring, persistent, and knowledgeable about luxury real estate.
When it comes to Los Angeles, Brent is passionate about the city’s endless opportunities. “I love the history and endless possibilities in real estate here,” he says. “Working in Los Angeles real estate has allowed me to meet some of the most interesting individuals. I’m constantly surrounded by such talented people. I can’t help but learn and be inspired by each of them.” With his clients, Brent is passionate about building lifelong relationships.
Brent is a seasoned negotiator who is always conscious of his clients’ questions and concerns. “I want my clients to feel like I’m an invaluable resource during a transaction. I love hearing my clients tell me ‘You’re the best that I’ve ever worked with.’”
On a free day in LA you’ll find me… enjoying delicious meals with friends and family, scouting amazing settings and backdrops in the neighborhood for my fiance’s fashion blog. I am also a member of the West Hollywood Dodgeball league and enjoy playing and meeting new people.
Causes that I care about: I am a former member of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and I enjoy being involved in the outreach programs that the Chorus sponsors around Los Angeles.
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Senior Partner | Vice President of Operations
Sham Nooristani is a Senior Partner and the Vice President of Operations for LHspaces | Compass. Sham is the former Chief of Staff to the top real estate agent in the country, Ken DeLeon, completing hundreds of million dollars in transactions at every price point. She enjoys working with all types of clients, from first-time buyers to overseas clients and all-cash offers. Sham prides herself on referring more business than she accepts and treating clients with the highest level of respect. “People never forget how you treat them,” Sham says. “Be loving and gentle in all of your ways.” Outside of her real estate career, Sham loves meeting friends for juice or coffee, preferably in the outdoors.
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Senior Associate Partner
Brian Griffin is a Senior Associate Partner with LHspaces | Compass. With more than a decade of experience in real estate, Brian has completed more than 150 transactions, representing over $100 million in business. Above everything, Brian prioritizes relationship building with his clients. “Open and honest communication is paramount,” Brian says. “If we do one deal, we will do more. I’m in it for the long haul. Being a part of most people’s largest life decisions and handling them with integrity keeps me coming back for more.”
Outside of real estate, Brian is very dedicated to giving back to the Los Angeles community. Six years ago, he founded Align LA, a network that connects volunteers with non-profits and community service opportunities. He serves on the board for Immerman’s Angels, a counseling organization dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by cancer. An avid surfer, he also volunteers with Life Rolls On, which exposes wheelchair athletes to surfing. He is also a swimmer, runner and triathlete. Brian is a Bay Area native and he attended college at St. Mary’s in Los Angeles. He now lives in Venice.
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Rachel Pretorius is an Associate Partner with LHspaces | Compass. With a successful career in the fashion industry spanning over 25 years, Rachel brings a wealth of design knowledge and expertise to the LHspaces Team.
When it comes to architecture, Rachel has always admired light and airy spaces that allow for a modern lifestyle. “One of my favorite parts of the real estate process is making the most out of every space through multi-use furniture and clever storage solutions,” she says. “Even something as simple as adding a Kelly Wearstler accent piece can completely transform a space.”
With her clients, Rachel deeply values honesty and transparency above all else. She is especially passionate about helping first-time owners wade through the home buying process. “I know what it’s like to buy a house for the first time and not know what to expect. I never want my clients to feel like they’re in the dark at any point in the buying or selling process.”
During her spare time, Rachel can be found volunteering with local ocean conservation programs, exercising at Equinox, or hiking through the scenery of Runyon Canyon with her family.
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Kevin Mitchell is an Associate Partner with LHspaces | Compass. Hailing from a family involved in real estate – both Kevin’s mother and step-mother practice real estate – Kevin’s exposure to the industry led him into the path of real estate as his own career having spent time around those who he respects and admires. He prides himself on a discerning analytical side which he says he gets from his Father who is a Civil Engineer and very much a humanitarian. Kevin’s family and experience in life have shaped his love of the human connection. Kevin especially loves the negotiation process, he calls it the heart and soul of the buying and selling process. Kevin’s service mindset is an invaluable asset that sets him apart as he negotiates his clients the best deal in regards to their needs.
Kevin is passionate about Los Angeles – a city like no other. Built between desert and water and yet filled with gorgeous mountains and green spaces, Kevin says “the city is an eclectic mix of urban culture with the allure of any and all outdoor activities to enjoy in the sunshine. Not to mention the myriad of stunning architectural styles our homes boast!” Kevin says LA is a place for culture and beauty which extends into the homes of the people.
Given that we live in Southern California, modernist architecture is well known and often celebrated. Kevin personally likes the work of Rudolph Michael Schindler who’s work defined inventiveness including the use of complex three-dimensional forms, warm materials and stark color breaking out of the traditional mold of houses as non-aesthetically pleasing and functionality over form. Kevin particularly likes Schindler’s use of space, climate, light and mood, finding them both visually and functionally attractive.
Kevin volunteers on holidays at places like Gobble Gobble Give, and is active year round with Food on Foot and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank where he regularly gives his time.
He enjoys spending leisure time in NELA or Hollywood at a rock show with friends or collecting vinyl at one of the many record stores in LA county like Amoeba Records. Kevin calls himself “a bit of a music geek”, follows the stock market closely, has a love of cooking for his friends and regularly supports friends in all of their various endeavors of art and business.
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