ABOUT CJ & JAY

CJ and Jay Cole are partners in Venice Beach Living, a boutique real estate company in Venice, California, founded in 2008 … CJ is a Realtor® and the Broker, Jay is a Realtor®. CJ has been successful in real estate for 23 years … Jay for 10. CJ and Jay, as real estate professionals, enjoy a long list of satisfied clients.

“Our philosophy is ‘Venice Service, Venice Style.’ We share common interests and lifestyles with the people who buy and sell real estate in Venice … a casual informality; an entrepreneurial background in art, architecture, design, computers, publishing and marketing; a love of being close to the ocean; an enjoyment of golf, tennis, canoeing, biking, pilates and walking our beagle Snoopy Too along the beach or Canals. We have a true commitment to Venice as a way of life.”

As a result of CJ’s background in the fashion, computer and publishing industries, she lends a creative edge to the real estate business. She designs and produces customized marketing materials (both print and electronic) for all clients as well as an award-winning web site venicebeachliving.com. She has a keen sense of Venice property values stemming from many years of specialization and experience in Venice real estate. CJ has a distinguished track record of community service, having been treasurer of the Venice Neighborhood Council, our local government advisory body, and a long time board member of the Venice Canals Association. CJ was also a Venice Chamber of Commerce officer, a volunteer/supporter for the Venice Art Walk and the Venice Garden Tour.

Jay was Vice President of Petersen Publishing Company, the largest publishing firm on the West Coast when the company sold and went public in 1999. Subsequently, he became a consultant (and partner) to an Internet start up and to publishers of local newspapers. Jay is also a journalist and has written articles for national magazines and local newspapers. Prior to involvement in real estate, Jay and CJ owned a publishing firm in the Sierras (sold to the previous owners of the Santa Monica Outlook) and a chain of clothing stores. Jay brings to the team a strong background in management, financial, marketing and editorial.

Venice Beach Living’s real estate website was established in 1986 by CJ Cole to serve the needs clients desiring to purchase properties in Venice and residents wishing to sell properties. The website is now number one on the Google® search engine when searching for ‘Venice California real estate.’ Additionally, the web site (venicebeachliving.com) is a community resource that provides information on local neighborhoods, restaurants, shopping and the beach scene. Recently CJ and her husband Jay started a new blog … Venice Digs … to provide regular ongoing updates and conversation on Venice real estate and community activities.

CJ and Jay’s goal is to provide an extensive information base that will assist clients in making the right decisions for themselves and their families. They are proud of the fact that their list of satisfied buyers/sellers numbers in the hundreds. Their strength is marketing, via the website, blog, email, signage, direct mail and media advertising. They tailor the plan based on individual requirements. They also have a well-established database of potential buyers and agents that they communicate with weekly via email.

CJ and Jay may not be typical of the real estate sales person’s image. They are real people, involved in Venice issues, and always looking out for the best interests of their clients. They own their home on the Venice Canals where they have their offices and a marketing operation on site. Clients are invited to visit for a consultation or to join them for a cup of tea or a Diet Coke® and a discussion about Venice … very informal, very honest, very professional, very informative. And, if you decide to buy in Venice, they can make your dreams come true.

Venice is a unique beach community with a long history dating back to early 1900′s when Abbot Kinney planned Venice of America … a replica of Venice, Italy. Much of that early history still exists. Venice has always been a creative haven and continues to be. That is one reason why Venice is the choice of many residents, investors and worldwide visitors. Today Venice is a community of 40,000. Mostly residential, Venice is known for its community atmosphere, plus excellent restaurants, shopping, art galleries and, of course, the beach. It is still the most affordable community on Santa Monica Bay and one of the most desirable.

CJ and Jay love Venice, please visit their web site or call 310.823.3129 and then stop by and say hello!

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