Quite simply the best agent there is
I cannot say enough good things about working with Barry. Since we relocated from the UK to the South Bay 2.5 years ago, Barry has literally carried us through all stages of our housing needs. He supported us when finding a rental was stressful and complicated and he patiently took us to an innumerable number of houses and listened to us as we voiced our very unrealistic wishes. When we finally found the house that was exactly right for us, he worked his magic and somehow managed to secure us such an incredible price, he had his agent buddies calling to ask how he did it 😊
My husband and I are not the easiest clients and yet that never shook Barry. He was always his sweet and charming self, no matter how crazy our needs and asks were. Barry is quite simply the best agent in the South Bay and after working with him for so long, we are very pleased to also be able to call him a dear friend.
Presentation Revealed a Broad Knowledge of the High End “Strand” Market
I hired the Gillespie Host Group after interviewing 2 other prominent real estate firms specializing in Manhattan Beach properties. Their presentation revealed a broad knowledge of the high end “Strand” market, as well as current and historic asking and sale prices. Equally important was their realistic overview of our property including the site opportunities and challenges. During the listing period, Jack and Barry were in constant communication with myself and my brothers. We received weekly email updates which included updates on any Strand property activity, broker comments, suggestions for staging the property and a list of all the media that our property was advertised in. I was continually impressed with their respect of our needs and ideas, their personal integrity in all they said and did to assist us, and the high level of personal service they provided us. The selling strategy included professional brochures, a custom website which included a beautiful video and stunning architectural renderings which illustrated the natural beauty of the beach, the ocean and the wonderful charms of the City of Manhattan Beach and finally, what an architect could imagine for the site. The property was on the market for only 270 days. The escrow was flawless. I highly recommend the Gillespie Host Group for any high end residential real estate transaction
We have known Barry Host for more than ten years. During that time he has found and sold for us
properties in Manhattan Beach and Venice Beach. My wife and I were always impressed with his work ethic and honesty
when it came time to purchase and sell properties for us. As a result he has become a dear friend we can always count on.
Philippe & Gail Fortis
I have known Barry Host for many years and have used his services whenever we have bought or sold homes.
We are in the building business and have collaborated on projects with his extensive experience. He is extremely
knowledgeable about South Bay real estate and we would not make any decisions without his input.
More importantly for me is the fact that he is a man of complete integrity and moral character, Barry is a wonderful
We really can’t recommend them enough.
After 24 years of raising our family in the same Manhattan Beach home, the thought of selling brought more than its share of emotional moments. The Gillespie-Host team gave us the kind support we needed and the calm business counsel we craved. We really can’t recommend them enough. We really can’t recommend them enough.
Delighted to have used you and would recommend you to anyone.
Jack, Barry, Claire & Maggie: I can’t say enough good things about you as individuals and about you as a group. Darla & I came to you and needed to close a deal ASAP on a 1031 exchange matter. It was not a particularly good time for Jack but to his credit he worked diligently with us and when the time came he eased us over to Barry & Maggie. The transition was seamless and we lost no time with Maggie & Barry. We were well advised all along the way and were on the cutting edge of knowing what properties were on the market and those coming onto the market. In the end we closed long before our time to buy expired and are very happy with the property we purchased. You compete with your colleagues in the industry on a very professional way and at the same time afford your clients the best representation possible. Delighted to have used you and would recommend you to anyone.
Genuine, friendly, accessible…
We recommend the Gillespie Host Group without reservation to anyone who is considering buying or selling a house in the South Bay. When we had to sell our house we had a lot of questions and concerns about the process and, in particular, how to make sure we were getting the absolute best deal the market would bear. The Gillespie Host Group provided a comprehensive analysis of our particular part of the South Bay market. Their advice and analysis was current, detailed, and localized right down to our particular neighborhood. We were astounded by the depth and detail of their marketing plan. The entire operation was planned and executed with clockwork-like precision, from the magazine-quality photos, to the expert staging advice, to the timing and coordination of the print and internet listings, the broker’s open house, and the public open house. As for pricing the house and engaging in direct negotiations with buyers, Jack’s advice demonstrated a degree of shrewdness and tenacity that I truly believe was the difference between getting a fair deal and getting an amazing deal. We particularly appreciated the “bedside manner” of the Gillespie Host Group team. The Gillespie Host Group exuded the quiet, mellow confidence of people who know what they are doing and can deliver the results you need, coupled with a genuine, friendly, accessible, enthusiastic attitude. When all is said and done, we could not be more pleased with the experience of working with the Gillespie Host Group.
Experience and Understanding of the Market
Barry is fabulous! We used him to sell our current house and purchase a new home. His experience and understanding of the market allowed him to set an asking price that led to multiple offers that were above asking price and a quick sale. At the same time, he made good recommendations on a highly competitive new home purchase and we got the home we were looking for! Barry is extremely knowledgeable and he kept us well informed throughout the buying and selling process. He took time to fully understand our situation and always had our best interests in mind.
Experience is Unmatched
Simply put, the Gillespie-Host Group made the purchase of our new home and the selling of our previous home as easy as we could ever have hoped. As lifelong residents of the South Bay, their knowledge of the area, vendors and process is unmatched. I recommend then again and again.
Manhattan Beach, CA
As Painless As Could Be
We are so happy with our first home purchase! The entire process was as painless as could be. Claire knows the South Bay market extremely well and explained everything very clearly to us as first time home buyers. Claire was highly responsive, very involved, and just an all around wonderful, friendly person. We were in the most capable hands from the very beginning to the very end. I cannot recommend Claire and team highly enough!
Positive, Knowledgeable, and Supportive
The members of the Gillespie Host Group could not have been more positive, knowledgeable, and supportive. As a retiree, I was concerned that I might have trouble qualifying for funding, but, with the help of the Gillespie Host Group, I was easily approved. I was especially grateful for the combined experience of the group when faced with multiple offers on the property I eventually bought.
Highly likely to recommend
Claire and her team have so much experience and knowledge about the local market. They steered us in the right direction and helped us find our dream home. Claire was responsive and by our side every step of the way! Highly recommend Claire and the Gillespie Host Group!
Highly likely to recommend
Maggie and her team have been helping me search for a home in the beach cities. She always finds the time to respond promptly to my questions, and has made this process stress free!
Trustworthy, Knowledgeable and Patient
I can’t say enough good things about Barry. He’s an A+ Realtor and man. He really knows the market better than anyone else. He researches and finds the diamond in the rough. He found us an incredible place that was off the market and exactly what we were looking for. We were thrilled. Then, he went above and beyond in every way to help us get exactly what we wanted in the deal. He is kind, trustworthy, KNOWLEDGEABLE and patient. Honestly, he is the BEST! Highly recommend Barry!!
Willing to Explore All the Options
Maggie was recommended to us from a family member. Although the areas that we were looking for not her expertise she was more than willing to explore all the options for us. We had a very difficult seller, who was unpredictable and a little wearing at times. If she was unsure of an answer she was able to go to her team and they were willing to talk with us at any time to ease our worries. I would highly recommend Maggie to anyone and feel as though we have gain a friend in the process.
Exceeded Our Expectations and Then Some
My fiancé and I decided after 15 years in Arizona to make our way back to beach living. In doing so, a friend of mine who resides in Manhattan Beach, Ca recommended Barry Host of The Gillespie-Host Group. Barry provided us with a wealth of knowledge. He was very in tune to our needs and on top of the current real estate market. We once heard a quote “You’re only as good as your word,” and it was obvious to us Barry had nothing but our best interests in mind and we were in good hands! What we appreciated most about working with Barry was his strong sense of integrity and instinctual feel for the market. It left a huge impression on us that he was willing to direct us away from a purchase which would have been easy to get, but not the right home for us. Our concerns were his concerns, and when we found the home we really wanted, Barry exceeded our expectations and then some! He was accessible during the entire time in working with him. Our emails, texts and phone calls were answered quickly and thoroughly- we were never left wondering what was happening. Barry Host is a phenomenal broker/agent, no wonder he is considered the best of the best in the South Bay and consistently ranks as a top producer. In the end… Barry just didn’t sell us a house, he sold us our home! We would most definitely refer Barry Host to anyone looking to buy or sell their home, without a doubt his connections and negotiating skills made our dream a reality!
Super Helpful and Responsive
Claire is very knowledgeable about the area and super helpful and responsive. She was able to help us find a home as well as sell that house many years later. She and her team were fantastic at staging it and presenting it in the best light. We got our list price after the first showing.
Exceeded Every Expectation
I had the opportunity to work with Jack Gillespie late in 2016 on the sale of a piece of real estate for a client. He exceeded every expectation. He was very knowledgeable of the market. Jack was responsive to both my client and me no matter the date, time or issue. The property was listed, price negotiated and quickly sold for a favorable price. Jack and his staff resolved every issue without a hiccup. I would not hesitate to recommend Jack Gillespie to anyone
They were a great help, and worked hard…
We had the pleasure of working with Maggie Gillespie & the Gillespie Host Group, who helped us find our rental property in Redondo beach. They were a great help, and worked hard to find us the perfect place in what would have otherwise been a very over whelming situation
Extremely Knowledgeable About the Area and the History
My husband and I used Barry to buy our first home in Manhattan Beach. Barry is a local and is extremely knowledgeable about the area and the history. Three words to describe Barry include humble, honest and hard-working. He knows how to get the job done! He set reasonable expectations and did not tire in showing us many unique homes in a tough and expensive real estate market. Most of all, Barry found us our amazing home by helping us secure an offer on a house that went up for sale and already had two other offers before listing! He is very well-respected in the Manhattan Beach community and we now consider him a close friend.
Local Knowledge, Excellent Negotiation and Networking Skills
Claire was first recommended by a good friend of ours years ago and we became friends ever since. She helped us successfully buy two properties. We are amazed by her extensive local knowledge, responsiveness, and excellent negotiation and networking skills. She is not only an excellent agent, but also a responsible, trustworthy and wonderful friend with great taste. Her personality reminds me of sunny day in California, and I enjoy every conversation with her. She not only helped us find the right property, but also provide great advice/contact on renovation – this go-above-and-beyond service is rarely found from other agents that we have worked with. Whenever you have questions or need help, she is always there. Even if there are schedule conflict, she will make it happen. We appreciate the friendship and all the help from Claire, and would love to highly recommend her to any clients.
More Than 60 Years of Combined Experience
Barry was recommended to us to list our home for sale. As newcomers to the area, friends informed us that Barry Host – who is a lifelong resident of the South Bay – and the Gillespie Host Group had more than 60 years of combined experience. The Gillespie-Host Group has done an outstanding job preparing our home for sale to gain us top dollar. The Group is also assisting us in finding our new home. They have shown us some beautiful properties in the Beach cities. We are enjoying the process and trust that they will find us the perfect place to call home
Thorough and Detail Oriented
Claire was incredibly responsive, thorough and detail oriented throughout the entire process. She held our hand when it was needed and I always felt very much in the loop with everything that was going on. Overall she was an absolute pleasure to work with!
Honesty, Expertise, and Experience
Barry Host and the Gillespie-Host Group helped us with their honesty, expertise, and experience to sell our townhome fast while simultaneously navigating the purchase of our new family home that works for us, our kids, and aging parents. Barry and the team had great communication to get us through both deals. I highly recommend them if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Beach Cities/South Bay area.
Excellent Job, is Extremely Knowledgeable
Claire has represented has brokered 3 transactions, 2 as a buying agent and 1 as a listing agent, in the past 6 years. She does an excellent job, is extremely knowledgeable, and brings a robust network of inspectors and others who will make a stressful process a lot of fun. Claire is quick-witted, smart and funny which really helps keep the real estate transactions fun and very competent. I strongly endorse Claire and will definitely work with her again.
Knowledge Of the Area, Of Vendors, and Of the Process Is Unmatched
Simply put, the Gillespie Host Group made the purchase of our new home and the selling of our old home as easy and painless of a process as we could ever have hoped. Their knowledge of the area, of vendors, and of the process is unmatched. I recommend them again and again.
Good Team Working on All Levels to Help
Working with Claire and her team at Sotheby’s was a wonderful experience! We would enjoy working with Claire and her team again in the future for our real estate needs and would highly recommend them to our friends. Purchasing or selling a home can be a stressful process and it’s great to have a good team working on all levels to help you achieve your goals and dreams. Claire and her business partners are that team. They are very knowledgable in the beach cities and vicinity on the local market, are very accessible and responsive with information and help to ensure a very smooth escrow for all parties involved. We can’t thank Claire and her whole team enough for helping us to realize our dream of a home near the beach to raise our family!
We fully trust Barry and the entire GHG team
Barry has assisted us in buying and selling several homes over the past 4 years. Over those years We have encountered many complications that arise during complex real estate transactions and everything has been handled with creative solutions and professionalism.We know that the Gillespie Host Group understands all of the nuances of the South Bay market and has the contacts and resources to help us in any capacity. We fully trust Barry and the entire GHG team and would highly recommend them to all of our network.
Highly likely to recommend
Claire knows the South Bay market and nuances better than anyone around. She’s coordinated multiple deals for us know and we trust her with everything.
Simply put, The Gillespie Host Group over-delivered.
I needed to sell my home in a timely manner and overcome some tricky obstacles. To maximize my return it was crucial to choose an experienced sales team with deep South Bay market experience. Simply put, The Gillespie Host Group over-delivered. All aspects of the transactions were expertly and timely managed by an attentive team who offered the ideal solution to all issues. In addition to receiving an attractive price, I saved tons of time and truly enjoyed my interactions with the team. Based on this experience I can highly recommend the The Gillespie Host Group and look forward to working with them again on future transactions.
Conscientious, Knowledgeable and Experienced
Claire Gillespie-Waldron was a pleasure to work with during our two home purchases and one sale. Claire is conscientious, knowledgeable and experienced. While we were looking for a home, she tirelessly previewed homes with us and her enthusiasm and market knowledge were impressive. When it came time to sell one property, she worked cooperatively with our buyer’s agent and made sure our transaction went smoothly. We would highly recommend her!
Does it again!
A special thanks to Team Gillespie (and Host) who captured a dream home for our family again. The whole team leans in, listens, and is fearless in the pursuit of making a dream come true. We love you and are forever grateful (again) to all of you!!!
Great folks and extremely knowledgeable
Claire Gillespie-Waldron is an awesome Realtor. She’s assisted us with finding 2 perfect purchases and done a very thorough, professional job. Actually, she did an even better job of convincing us to walk away from a few properties which in retrospect would have been a nightmare… Great folks and extremely knowledgeable