Ellen Philips’ real estate story began when she was a child growing up in New England and learned that her great-grandfather had been a prolific New York City architect. Her mother always adored “space,” dabbled in interior design and brought her kids to open houses for fun every chance she got.
Earning a B.S. in Speech at Northwestern University exposed Ellen to Chicago’s breathtaking architecture and Frank Lloyd Wright’s classic homes. After graduating, she spent time touring the country and the world as a bass player in a rock band that enjoyed stints in the Netherlands, Finland and Scotland and she lived for nearly three months in England.
When she moved to Los Angeles in 2001 to pursue a career in TV production, Ellen worked on HGTV’s hottest shows, including House Hunters, House Hunters Renovation, National Open House, Designer’s Challenge and Design On A Dime. This experience furthered her real estate and interior design knowledge, and honed her skills at pleasing high-profile clients (network executives) before she joined Sotheby’s International Realty as a licensed realtor.
Ellen has lived in L.A.’s Silver Lake / Echo Park / Los Feliz community for fourteen years and her expertise serves clients in these neighborhoods and beyond. She has also served as a teacher and Board member for Y.O.G.A. for Youth, a nonprofit organization that helps bring peace, positivity and self-respect to urban and incarcerated youth through yoga and meditation. As a yoga practitioner, Ellen brings a calm level-headedness to every real estate transaction and supports her clients emotionally. First-time homebuyers are drawn to Ellen’s honest communication and educational style as she shepherds them through the biggest purchase of their lives… and seasoned investors praise Ellen for her effectiveness and professionalism.