Marion Forrest creative realtor holds the title for selling Beverly Hills Estates: she’s marketing and selling mini mansions containing genuine Beverly Hills dirt and is cleaning up besides.
Forrest, a Beverly Hills real estate agent, was selling multi- million dollar homes, then times got tough. “I was driving past these mansions that weren’t selling when I noticed a construction site and suddenly it hit me.”
What hit her? “The dirt! There it was, mounds of it in dump trucks being hauled away, why not sell Beverly Hills dirt?”
Forrest negotiated for the terra unfirma; $200. for 18 tons of Beverly Hills dirt, hauling included. She designed a small cardboard mansion, a mini replica of a N. Rodeo Drive mansion she was having a bit of difficulty selling for $4.75 million.
The mini “mansion” comes with a “deed” informing the owner that they have purchased their very own portion of BH 90210 “dirt cheap”. It’s the latest “mini status symbol” that tourists are buying to give to friends and relatives “back
What does Forrest attribute the success of her underground enterprise?
“Well,” she smiles, “I’m not really selling dirt. I’m selling fantasy.” Fantasy never goes out of style.