Luxury real estate agent Nathaniel Pitchon-Getzels has attended a few garden-variety house parties — as in, the garden had a giraffe wandering through it. These are the types of extravaganzas where the floaties in the pool are synchronized swimmers, sometimes dressed as mermaids, and Snoop Dogg himself is in the backyard dropping it like it’s hot. At one party, a Malibu homeowner entered his gala via a rope attached to a helicopter. “These are like the wildest kids’ parties you’ve ever seen, but for adults,” Pitchon-Getzels said. “You have freedom and comfort — whatever you want to do at your house, it’s much easier to do than at an event space, where you have to worry about getting permission.” In Los Angeles, some of the most over-the-top charity fundraisers, celebrity birthdays, concerts and awards season after-parties take place in private residential homes. Not surprisingly, the ones that boast the most jaw-dropping views and party-ready amenities are in high demand.


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