Nick Donohoe and Eric Emanuel

Nick Donohoe CFA – Top Los Angeles Real Estate Agent

Nick Donohoe is a five-start reviewed real estate agent in the Los Angeles Westside and San Fernando Valley.  He specializes in luxury residential real estate.


Nick is from the Napa Valley, where, growing up, he learned about real estate development and vineyard management. He lived in the Carneros wine district, one of the world’s most famous wine appellations.  His parents were both teachers: his father was a college history professor, and his mother was a professor of mathematics. Most of his closest friends owned vineyards and wineries in Carneros.  Nick Donohoe spent many summers exploring Mexico, Greece, and Spain when his father taught abroad.


Nick Donohoe attended Justin-Siena High School, a Lasallian Catholic day and boarding school. He studied economics, finance, and philosophy at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California.  Nick was interested in global macroeconomics and quantitative finance at Saint Mary’s, which led him to earn a Master of Science in Financial Analysis and Investment Management.

Nick has also earned the prestigious CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst).  He enjoys reading economics literature and papers from the Austrian School, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, and Henry Hazlitt.

Early Career

Nick began his career as a hedge fund accountant for CITCO in the financial district of San Francisco. There he valued derivatives and exotic instruments for the Standard Pacific Capital hedge fund.  Afterward, he took on the portfolio manager role for the Bank of New York Mellon. Nick traded global equity and managed transitions for some of the world’s largest asset managers, like ADIA (Abu Dhabi Investment Authority), and large pension plans, like SWIB (State of Wisconsin Investment Board).

He started coding to develop solutions to client requests, first in Excel and then in Python.  Nick Donohoe became inspired by Barra Portfolio Manager, a risk management modeling software that institutional asset managers to model portfolio volatility.  He went on to create a full-stack SaaS application used by high-net-worth asset managers to bring the same quantitative framework to retail investors.

Some years later after overseeing the selling of several commercial and residential properties for his uncle’s estate, Nick decided to shift gears away from finance and into residential real estate.  “I wanted to provide a higher level of professionalism and expertise for residential buyers and sellers.  I was determined to offer my clients the same quality representation that I was providing my institutional clients.”


Nick Donohoe’s clients buy and sell homes in the best neighborhoods of Los Angeles, including Bel Air, Brentwood, Hancock Park, Studio City, Tarzana, Woodland Hills, and Calabasas.

“We specialize in maximizing value for our clients.  Before we list any home, we gather our team and hone in on the ideal buyer persona.  We then draft a pre-sales plan to have maximum impact when the listing goes live.  When we represent buyers we work closely with our clients to identify properties that will produce excellent ROI in the coming years.  We pride ourselves on advising our clients as if making the purchase or sale ourselves.  Our clients are part of our family.”

During all his years buying and selling real estate in Los Angeles, Nick has become an expert on neighborhood culture, environmental and regulatory issues affecting real estate, value, architecture trends, and much more.


Nick and Shawn Donohoe have been married for over 17 years. They have four beautiful children Blair 10, Royce 9, Bianca 6, and Axel 1.  Nick enjoys playing golf, tennis, and going on hikes with his Irish Setter, Bruno. When they need a little escape, the Donohoe family likes visiting their family ranch in Lompoc, just north of Santa Barbara, Rancho San Julian est. 1837.