THE BLANKENSHIPS - PARTNERS IN BUSINESS AND LIFE
Married for 18 years, Lauren and Allen have been almost inseparable since meeting in 1997. They have partnered on several prior ventures and are thrilled to be working together again in the exciting world of Los Angeles real estate.
In 1999, they left their respective corporate jobs to co-found Rouze Media, an early online publisher of lifestyle content. In under a year, they led the firm from concept to acquisition by Playboy Enterprises in a well-publicized transaction.
In 2001, the pair launched Bodyhints, a multi-channel retailer of designer bodywear, swimwear, and loungewear with a 3,500 SF flagship store on West Broadway in SoHo (NYC) and an e-commerce website. Featured in Interior Design Magazine and twice named as “Best of New York” by New York Magazine, the store was frequented by celebrities, stylists, and the fashion press. Despite opening just one month after and one mile from the 9/11 tragedy, the store achieved annual revenue exceeding $1.5 million and was acquired by a multi-store operator in 2005.
Besides their entrepreneurial ventures, the couple has successfully invested in two adaptive reuse projects, in both cases the conversion of former industrial warehouses into loft condominiums.
Away from work, they are avid hikers, brunch aficionados, recreational golfers, and tournament poker players. They live in Culver City and absolutely love introducing people to this wonderful area of West L.A.
Lauren Spertus Blankenship | DRE #02011052
Lauren is certainly not your typical Agent. With an MBA from Yale (top of class in “Negotiations”), several successful entrepreneurial exits, years devoted to helping celebrities and affluent individuals buy/sell 6-figure show horses, and strong success as a private real estate investor - Lauren has a unique background that let her quickly build a thriving real estate practice.
Lauren also brings to her practice at Coldwell Banker a keen eye for design, tireless energy, a true passion for real estate, and strong knowledge of the market. With ties to Los Angeles that date back to grade school in Westwood and Rolling Hills through undergraduate studies at USC (Go Trojans!), Lauren is a true evangelist for all L.A. has to offer, for how each little neighborhood is special.
When not exceeding client expectations, Lauren can be found with her husband of 20 years/partner in business on a hiking trail, at a concert, club or theater, with their lovable mutts at a dog park, or sitting at a poker table. Lauren also believes in giving back to the community so she volunteers often and has sat on the Boards of a number of non-profits.
Allen Blankenship, Jr. | DRE #02011050
Allen is a licensed realtor with over 20 years of high net worth advisory experience spanning the real estate and corporate securities markets. He specializes in the acquisition and sale of luxury homes, investment properties, and development opportunities throughout the Westside of Los Angeles.
Trained by top institutional property investors, Allen brings a unique analytical skill set to his advisory practice, honed by years of investment committee participation through the acquisition of over $1B in commercial and residential real estate. His prior engagements include senior-level capital markets positions with Origin Investments, Realty Mogul, Merriman Capital, and Bank of America Securities. He began his career with the Private Client Group of Solomon Smith Barney in New York and has completed advanced coursework in real estate investment analysis at UCLA.
Born and raised outside NYC, Allen moved to Southern California in 1994 and instantly fell in love with the topography, architecture, and lifestyle. Married for 20 years to his partner in life and real estate, Lauren Spertus Blankenship, they spend their free time with their rescue dogs, at the gym, on backcountry hiking trails, or enjoying live music.