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When he first uprooted his New York City-based lifestyle and settled on the west coast, Fredrik Eklund sometimes felt like a "salty Swedish fish out of water." But the Million Dollar Listing New York agent quickly adjusted to life amid the sunshine and palm trees. Not only is Fredrik's career booming on both coasts: He also has some exquisite real-estate of his own.
Fredrik is living in a gorgeous Bel Air estate, which we've seen glimpses of on Instagram. But when the super agent sat down with BravoTV.com, he gave some more scoop on the stunning rental. "We are completely obsessed," he said about his new home. "I feel like a constant high. I wake up in the morning and I look at [my husband] Derek and we can’t believe it, you know?"
"Our master bedroom is the size of my apartment back in New York," Fredrik continued. "We have two terraces on the master. Two bathrooms in the master. It just, it’s an incredible property. I mean, I can’t brag about it because I don’t own it ... but it’s really special."
Fredrik is famously emotional when it comes to real estate (just ask Josh Flagg), and he has all the feels about this gorgeous manse. "The owners of the house ... [raised] their kids there and their family and... they gave me a spiritual feeling," he said. "It’s like a big warm hug and then it has two acres anywhere of flat land ... We have a tennis court, I just started playing tennis. The kids have multiple playrooms. One’s downstairs, one upstairs. The dog, Cash, is running around freely, ‘cause it’s all fenced in. There’s, like, never-ending space everywhere around us."
Not only do the kids have tons of space for playtime, but they have year-round sunshine that allows for more outdoor adventures. That comes as a welcome change, Fredrik said, after muscling "through the winters of New York for so long." And it's not just the twins that are digging the vitamin D.
"And then grew up in the Swedish winters. To have that sunshine, for me, still, I’m on a constant high. I don’t think that will ever go away. And then at nighttime, when the kids go to bed, it is very romantic, the house. We turn the fireplaces on, we have a glass of wine." He added: "It’s a really just ... a stunning property."
And let's not forget location (location, location.) "I love the layout because I work in the Bel Air but I do a lot of my business right now in Beverly Hills," Fredrik said. "West Hollywood [is] our big hub, so to go there, where we live on the upper part of Bel Air is like when you go into the suburbs in a way. You’re getting away out of the city and it’s so green, it’s so lush, it’s so gorgeous, and then you kinda, like, go home."
"It’s like ... seven minutes from Beverly Hills Hotel, 10 minutes from Bel Air Hotel," he added. "You know, wherever you wanna go, it’s very close, but it’s far away enough." Going to Bel Air, Fredrik said, feels like "getting [slightly] out of it all, and that’s a nice feeling. That and coming home, you can kinda like, leave the work world and [come] home to the world."
—Reporting by Jocelyn Vena.
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