The Office of ACME Real Estate

The Office of ACME Real Estate

Marcia Prentice
Jun 24, 2013

Name: ACME Real Estate 
Location: Atwater Village; Los Angeles, California
Size: 400 square feet
Years in business: 2 years

Who would ever expect a realtor's office to look this cool? Courtney and Andrew completely scored when their designer/house flipper client, Steve Jones of bettershelter, offered to help decorate their new office, wheeling and dealing through the flea markets with a $3,000 budget to transform their 400 square foot workspace into something unique...

The ACME Real Estate office is located in a loft type building filled with creative space — handbag designer Clare Vivier is next door. My advice for ACME: when business is slow, take a quick walk around to the other studios and you may just have your next client. But hey, I am just a spectator who loves design and real estate. I hope Courtney and Andrew's approach to real estate selling and office design is the new trend.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Bohemian modern inspired/designed by ACME's keystone client, Steve Jones of bettershelter. It's a mix of flea market finds, local, custom-made furniture, and special pieces we've collected from boutique shops. We wanted to make sure to have a sense of humor about the space, too — e.g. our stash of fluorescent yellow nail polish, our vintage dollhouse, and our trophies.

Inspiration: We wanted our workspace to feel comfortable and clean, like the homes we sell and the homes buyers want. Vaulted, breezy and bright — it's like a Brooklyn beach house in the heart of an industrial/creative neighborhood. A little gritty with the concrete floors and train noise, but we don't mind getting our hands dirty. We do find ourselves drowning out the sounds of construction by playing the new Daft Punk album loudly and dancing around the office! 

Favorite Elements: The huge red A, jug light fixtures from Cisco Home, custom walnut desk from Highland Park's Matters of Space, and the triangular golden vintage wall piece, a Pasadena flea market find. What is it? A coat rack? Guess! 

Biggest Challenge: Keeping the space warm, professional, and inviting without it feeling too cluttered or personal. We push major paper, so finding places to hide it in 400 square feet can be quite a challenge. Like a hotel room — comfortable but not lived in. One might wonder where all the paper is!  

What Friends Say: "I could totally live here! Is this place for sale?"

Biggest Embarrassment: The A/C robot. We don't have air conditioning here, so we bought a silly looking portable R2D2 air conditioning unit which we try to hide, except on very special occasions or among our most non-judgemental friends. A big vent has to hang out the window for it to work. HA! It's like an enormous outdated cell phone.

Proudest DIY: Buying our office a white paper mache bunny rabbit. We believe he helps us beat out the competition in multiple offers. But he needs a name! Help! Hoppy? Escrow? Boops?

Biggest Indulgence: The Room&Board dining table was not in the budget! But we loved the look and the solidity of the wood. It's like a great bed or expensive perfume — if it gets everyday use, it better be high quality. 

Best Advice: Whether in real estate or dating, the inventory has no idea when you'll start your search. It's ok to fall in love on the first date. Let go and trust yourself.

Dream Sources: 

Resources of Note:







  • Concrete


  • Eastern Oriental Rugs - 243 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101, (626) 440-9938

Thanks, Courtney & Andrew!

(Images: Marcia Prentice)

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