We had the good fortune of connecting with Peter Turman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Peter, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
When people ask how I am, I sometimes say “I’m on top of the world.” This may sound trite and have the irritating ring or hollow enthusiasm of someone who is trying to sell you something, but there’s a story behind it. It’s actually very personal and how it came into my mind as a mantra of sorts transforms it into something else. It’s not an affirmation that is symbolic. When I say it to myself I mean it quite literally: I. am. on. top. of. the. world. This first occurred to me when I was taking a solo hike one day, as I am prone to do when I want to collect my thoughts and connect with myself. I was up on the fabulous, ocean-view trail that starts at the top of Paseo Miramar in the Palisades, and I had been motoring up the very steep hills at a fast pace and wanted a break. Sometimes I like to stand quietly when hiking so I can take in the sounds of nature rather than just the sounds of my feet and their crunch on the ground. In this case, though, I chose to lay down on my back and just stare at the sky and take it all in.(Yes, I guess sometimes I’m that weird guy you see you lying on the ground — but honestly, there was no one around.) And then it occurred to me: “I am on top of the world. Like, literally. I am lying on top of the earth, on the crust. Because I am alive. One day I will be buried in the earth. But today, today I am on top of the world.”
So, when I wake up in the morning with another day ahead of me, or when I am tempted to succumb to negativity or feeling defeated, I turn to this phrase to remind myself how lucky I am to be alive, to be “on” the earth, as it were. I say this to myself to engender gratitude and to appreciate that I am “on top of the world” and get revved up to do something with that fact.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I represent clients on the purchase and sale of their homes throughout Los Angeles, more often than not on the Westside. It’s a bit of a generic-sounding thing to do in this town where you can throw a rock and, if you’re lucky, you’ll knock down a real estate agent or two, but because of my personality it’s anything but generic. For one thing, I’m not really driven by money. It’s just too abstract for me. I understand and respect its importance, and I protect it for my clients, but it’s not what motivates me. What drives me are emotions and solving problems, and truly making something happen that improves the quality of my clients’ lives. I’m also a super curious person and love to get to know my clients and their world. On top of that, I have my share of hot takes on everything under the sun. So between my curiosity and the nature and intensity of the short-term ‘relationship’ of buying or selling a property, it becomes a very dynamic interaction that has a lot of energy, fun,and learning.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
It’s hard to recommend things because so much depends on a person and their interests, and I would name different things for different people. But some things that I myself enjoy include driving down PCH and jumping in the water at Zuma beach; I think watching the sun set from Palisades Park in Santa Monica is a treat; walking around the reservoir of Lake Hollywood is a revelation for Angelenos who haven’t done so—it’s surprisingly lush and well-maintained; I love cookbook in Echo Park for stocking up to have some fun in the kitchen—it’s like the best of the farmer’s market, and a quick bite at Joy in Highland Park has never done me wrong; Clementine in Century City is about the best old fashioned American food you can find; and no list of the best of LA would complete without my favorite tennis shop, Westwood Sporting Goods, where it’s old-school and they don’t take credit cards. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’ll throw a shoutout to everyone who’s out there quietly doing the right thing and not cutting corners in whatever it is that they do. The dignity of personal integrity helps everyone.