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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Bel Air, CA

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Bel Air, CA offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.


Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.


Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.


Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.


Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.


We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.


Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.


If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level


We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are refurbished grade or better
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.


High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.


When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

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Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.


Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.


Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Bel Air, CA, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.


We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Bel Air, CA, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.


You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.


Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.




Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Bel Air, CA. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.



Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.



Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.



When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.


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Latest News in Bel Air, CA

Travis Scott Announces First Festival Performances Since Astroworld

After performing and DJing at two private events earlier this year, Travis Scott is slated to perform publicly for the first time since the tragic Astroworld 2021 music festival that left 10 dead and countless injured. Scott is headlining three Primavera Sound festivals in South America: He’ll perform in ...

After performing and DJing at two private events earlier this year, Travis Scott is slated to perform publicly for the first time since the tragic Astroworld 2021 music festival that left 10 dead and countless injured. Scott is headlining three Primavera Sound festivals in South America: He’ll perform in São Paulo, Brazil on November 6; Buenos Aires, Argentina on November 12; and Santiago, Chile on November 13.

Scott is also billed to appear at Miami’s E11even nightclub on May 7, as TMZ points out. A source close to the situation tells Pitchfork that Scott will host but will not be performing at the event.

In late March, Scott performed a brief set at a private pre-Oscars house party in Bel Air, California, as TMZ initially reported. Videos of Scott performing “Sicko Mode” at the event circulated online the following morning. The rapper also appeared at a Coachella afterparty, where he played five of his own songs during a brief DJ set in a La Quinta Venue.

Last week, Scott joined Future and 808 Mafia producer Southside on the new song “Hold That Heat.” The track marked Scott’s first widely available single since Astroworld 2021.

Revisit “Who Will Be Held Responsible for the Astroworld Disaster?” on the Pitch.

Don Carter named Belleville deputy fire chief of emergency response

Article contentCity Fire Chief Monique Belair, director of Emergency Services, has appointed former training officer Don Carter as deputy fire chief of emergency response.Article contentA veteran member of Belleville Fire and Emergency Services (BFES) for three decades, Carter’s “dedication, diligence, and attention to detail have distinguished his service,” the city stated in a press release.Carter entered firefighting in 1992 as a volunteer firefighter with Station 3 in Point Anne and in 20...

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City Fire Chief Monique Belair, director of Emergency Services, has appointed former training officer Don Carter as deputy fire chief of emergency response.

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A veteran member of Belleville Fire and Emergency Services (BFES) for three decades, Carter’s “dedication, diligence, and attention to detail have distinguished his service,” the city stated in a press release.

Carter entered firefighting in 1992 as a volunteer firefighter with Station 3 in Point Anne and in 2000 became an urban firefighter on a permanent full time basis.

“Don has accomplished great things as the training officer for BFES,” Belair said. “Among his many achievements, he has developed and cultivated relationships with multiple high-value stakeholders, other city departments and fire service leaders in our region.

“Don has demonstrated that his insightful understanding of the training requirements for our department and his capabilities are crucial as BFES embarks on establishing a robust training system to meet proposed provincial regulation regarding certification to NFPA Standards for Ontario Fire Services. His knowledge, wide network, and length of fire service tenure with the City of Belleville are exactly what BFES needs at this point in time,” Belair said.

Carter held the position of ice/swift and surface water trainer from 2010-2020 and his colleagues value his professionalism, knowledge and skill in this area of technical rescue. In early 2022 he was selected by his peers and currently represents BFES on the provincial branch of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1006 Ice/Surface and Swift Water Advisory Committee.

Prior to taking on the role of training offficer in 2019, Carter was promoted to acting captain in 2018 and often fulfills the role of incident safety officer at emergency scenes

Carter has been an active member of Belleville Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 497 and throughout his career has participated in many charitable events and fundraisers. Additionally, Carter served as the chair of the Bereavement Committee from 2002-2012.

Fast-fashion CEO, 40, revealed as winning bidder of $141 million Bel Air mega-mansion ‘The One’

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Richard Saghian, owner of the fast-fashion business Fashion Nova, has emerged as the winning bidder of the Los Angeles mansion known as “The One.”

The 21-bedroom, 49-bath Bel Air estate sold Thursday for $141 million to an undisclosed bidder, whose identity was confirmed to be Saghian Sunday.

Saghian beat out four other offers for the 105,000-square-foot home, the biggest U.S. home ever to go up for auction, according to the LA Times, which was first to report the top bidder’s name. He owns two other homes in Southern California, including a $14.7 million Malibu beach house purchased from Netflix Inc. Chief Executive Officer Ted Sarandos, and a $17.5 million home in the Hollywood Hills, the newspaper said.

“There is nothing else like it,” Saghian, 40, said in a statement. “As a lifelong Angeleno and avid collector of real estate, I recognized this as a rare opportunity that also lets me own a unique property that is destined to be a part of Los Angeles history.”

Saghian is a fan of the architect Paul McClean, according to Branden Williams, the real estate agent who with his partner Rayni Williams and Stuart Vetterick of Hilton & Hyland, introduced Saghian to the Bel Air property.

“He really sees value for the price he got it,” Branden Williams said. “It’s a spectacular property.”

Saghian’s company, known for its ties to celebrities like Cardi B and Lil Nas X, has annual sales that exceed $1 billion, the LA Times said, citing a person close to Fashion Nova. The property could be used as a marketing tool for the company, serving as a backdrop for influencers showing off its designs, according to the newspaper.

While the winning bid was more than double the previous record for a U.S. home auction, it fell short of the estate’s $295 million list price. The sale requires approval by a bankruptcy court judge, with a closing scheduled by March 21.

‘The Fresh Prince’ fans, rejoice: ‘Bel-Air’ brilliantly reimagines a comedy classic

Flipping pop culture on its head is a not-unpopular pastime: “Mary Poppins” envisioned as a horror film, “The Shining” with a laugh track, “Seinfeld” with the laugh track stripped out — there is a well of this stuff running deep into t...

Flipping pop culture on its head is a not-unpopular pastime: “Mary Poppins” envisioned as a horror film, “The Shining” with a laugh track, “Seinfeld” with the laugh track stripped out — there is a well of this stuff running deep into the internet. In 2019, Morgan Cooper, a Kansas City, Mo.-based filmmaker, went further, producing an original, contemporary, accomplished dramatic twist (in trailer form) on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” a sitcom that premiered around the time he was born. It was not a joke but a thought experiment — and ultimately, if “ultimately” can be used to describe something that happened 12 hours after the piece appeared on YouTube, a calling card. Will Smith‘s production company got in touch, and now we have “Bel-Air,” the impressive realization of that speculative trailer, premiering Sunday on Peacock.

The opening quarter of the pilot breaks out into drama the backstory “The Fresh Prince” encapsulated each week in its rapped opening credits. Jabari Banks plays Will Smith (originally played by Will Smith), a West Philadelphia teen who runs afoul of a local gangster on a basketball court. (This being a drama, something heavier than being spun around in the air by a bully is required; it also involves a gun, a trip to jail and a threat to his life.) Before Will knows it, literally, his mother (April Parker Jones) has packed his bag and is driving him to the airport, having arranged for him to stay with the Bankses in California, people he barely knows in a place that does not interest him (not being West Philadelphia, with its cheesesteaks and water ice).

Missing the car sent for him, Will falls in with Jazz (Jordan L. Jones, in the role originally played by DJ Jazzy Jeff Townes), in signature sunglasses, a colorful rogue ride-share driver (and, according to his card, a DJ) who delivers Will, by a strangely inefficient route, to Bel-Air and the Banks mansion, where nearly every room is big enough to house a house. (“You did not tell me that your family was white,” Jazz says. As dramatically unburdened comic relief, I hope to see a lot more of him.)

Not every situation comedy would work equally well reimagined this way — “Gilligan’s Island,” you could refit as a Pirandello play, maybe, but it’s hard to imagine milking an ongoing drama out of that unlikely crew. (Then again, “Lost.”) But “The Fresh Prince” provides “Bel-Air” a solid foundation that manages at once to honor the original — and not just in the way that Will wears a ball cap sideways and his Academy jacket lining out — while taking it somewhere new; it’s more exploration than exploitation.

It helps that “The Fresh Prince” kept its focus on family, which we are told more than once here is the thing that really matters, and that family matters remain unchanged through the ages. Cultures will always clash. (“The Fresh Prince” is something of an artifact, yet it remains reliably funny and on point.) Socially and politically, on the other hand, the current climate demands of the premise something other than a lighthearted neon-colored comedy. “Bel-Air” goes all in on class difference, racial and economic privilege and distance traveled from one’s roots.

It helps too that the characters are not drawn as extremes — less so than in the situation comedy, in some cases — and that the drama, for all the confrontations these early episodes contain, stays shy of melodrama. There are instances where the writers’ desire to make a point is a little too plain — T.J. Brady and Rasheed Newson, whose shared credits include “The Chi,” “The 100” and “Army Wives,” are the showrunners — but for the most part character leads the way. These people will drive one another (and themselves) crazy, but none is evil, and all are easy to be around.

As characters in a serial drama, the Banks family will face challenges that can’t be framed between punchlines or resolved in half an hour. They are nearly all in flux, having, like their new mansion-mate, to figure out who they are. Aunt Viv (Cassandra Freeman), portrayed here as a once-rising artist, has put aside her paints and canvas to raise her children and support her husband; she teaches art at the university level, which ought to get some textual respect.

Uncle Phil (Adrian Holmes), still a successful lawyer, strict and not unwise, is running for district attorney, an echo of original Uncle Phil’s run for a judge’s seat; his memories of seeing A Tribe Called Quest “at the Civic Center with Biggie and Wu-Tang,” like his predecessor’s love of James Brown, suggest he can let his hair down — or could, if he had hair. He is stern with Will (“A real man takes the time to consider the consequences of his actions; a real man knows when to let go of his pride and make the most of a second chance”) and encouraging, giving him a copy of Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist,” “about a boy who finds the courage to follow his heart. In pursuit of his personal legend.”

Geoffrey (Jimmy Akingbola), immediately “G” to Will, is no longer a snooty butler but the “house manager,” Jamaican by way of London, who drinks (I’m going to say) Scotch and shoots pool with Phil. As is usually the way when the rich are portrayed on television by someone other than Julian Fellowes, the working class that keeps a mansion humming — housekeepers, cooks, gardeners (except when some D.H. Lawrence plot line may be afoot) — are, oddly here, invisible.

Among Will’s cousins, Hilary (Coco Jones) gets an aspirational upgrade, Carlton a bit of an emotional downgrade, and Ashley (Akira Akbar), after being allowed a line about “global warming and the polarized political climate in this country,” is essentially sent to her room with a pat on the head.

Hilary is still a bit of a material girl — a social media influencer, inevitably — but also an aspiring guru of food, something her sitcom predecessor only knew how to eat. Carlton (Olly Sholotan) is immediately conscious of Will’s capacity to steal a portion of his family’s attention — and that of his old girlfriend Lisa (Simone Joy Jones). Captain of the Bel-Air Academy lacrosse team (“I do kind of run the place,” he says of the very white school Will will attend), with his sights set on Princeton, he has something unstable in him, and his rivalry with Will is more aggressive, less passive, than in the sitcom of old. He’s still short, but that the drama spares us jokes on the subject is not the least of its good points.

There are no weak spots in the cast; everyone brings the right authority to the role. Most crucial of course is newcomer Banks, an excellent selection. He’s long and thin like Will Smith (the person), with the quality of still growing into himself, and while one might argue “Bel-Air” is its own show, and that shouldn’t matter, it does, given the identification of the player and the part. Otherwise, why not call the character Ed Jones and set the show in Southampton or Atherton? Sliding down a bannister or just walking into a room or flashing a smile, Banks projects light and high spirits, but he’s handy across the emotional spectrum, and as an actor, he’s a great listener; the camera will sometimes hang on his face while he’s being spoken to, just to watch him think. He looks good on a basketball court. And he’s from West Philly too.

Only three episodes (of the first season’s 10) were available for review, so it’s impossible to know how storylines will develop or be introduced over the longer term. (A second season was ordered at the time of the first.) Obviously there will be capital-D drama, and darkness, and possibly danger; hints to the last are introduced. And, as before, there will be lessons to learn. Sixteen-year-olds don’t know everything, and the “Fresh Prince” brand, running back to the music videos, has never been shy of self-deprecation, of not merely playing the fool but sometimes being one. (That “Bel-Air” is a basically teen-centric show that does not rob older generations of wisdom makes it feel satisfyingly old-fashioned.) Will is streetwise enough to have stayed out of trouble until the pilot episode, but there is an innocence about him, a naivete that makes his projected self-assurance palatable.

“I’m not a thug,” he’ll say, “I’m a smart-ass.” He’s a good kid, and as good kids have through the history of fiction, he also will have something to teach.

Top 3 Reasons Real Estate Is Fast Becoming Hollywood's Favorite Side Hustle

Ellen DeGeneres has had a few tough years that have culminated in her finalizing her decision to finally retire from the Ellen show. However, these struggles have not slowed Ellen down in other areas of her life, least of all her real estate investments.Ellen and her wife, Portia De Rossi, are two of Hollywood's most notorious real estate owners and investors. While many other celebrities hold on to their mansions, Ellen has become somewhat of a real estate tycoon with her constant flipping of houses. This real estate strategy is now ...

Ellen DeGeneres has had a few tough years that have culminated in her finalizing her decision to finally retire from the Ellen show. However, these struggles have not slowed Ellen down in other areas of her life, least of all her real estate investments.

Ellen and her wife, Portia De Rossi, are two of Hollywood's most notorious real estate owners and investors. While many other celebrities hold on to their mansions, Ellen has become somewhat of a real estate tycoon with her constant flipping of houses. This real estate strategy is now fast becoming Hollywood's favorite investment.

In one of their most profitable ventures, Ellen and Portia purchased the Brody House for $40 million and, after some significant restructuring, were able to sell it for a whopping $15 million profit in a transaction that Annetta Powell, the author of Finding, Fixing & Flipping Properties and CEO of Infinity Properties Group, describes as a textbook case of amazing flipping.

In Powell's words, "The average real estate flipper can make upwards of $50,000 per house, but A-list celebrities have access to enough funds to play the game at the higher levels, making a $15 million profit on a $40 million property still aligns with the percentage earnings expected in the industry, its a textbook case of amazing flipping."

Jennifer Aniston is another celebrity that has since made a name for herself in the real estate industry. Not only is she Hollywood royalty, but her shrewd displays in the real estate market have also made her real estate royalty as well. Aniston has been playing big in the California real estate market for some years now and seems obsessed with the creative challenge that every new project presents.

Aniston's approach to buying and selling her Beverly Hills mansion got rave reviews. After purchasing the property for $13.5 million, she invested some time and money in renovations, then featured it in the Architectural Digest, which instantly upped its value. She later sold the property for $35 million, allowing her to double her investment. More recently, Aniston sold her Bel Air Mansion that she had purchased jointly with her ex-husband Justin Theroux for a stunning $75 million, effectively tripling their initial $21 million investment in the property.

Why Real Estate?

It's not new news that celebrities love buying and owning massive homes, but in recent times, we see more celebrities tilting more towards house flipping rather than ownership, and this trend is not just enjoyable. It makes a great deal of sense as well.

"Real Estate investments are very stable," Powell explains, "The only restriction that people have in entering into real estate is access to funds, and this is not something that A-list celebrities struggle with, so it makes sense that they would be attracted to these kinds of investments."

Powell has been flipping houses since her early 20s. She has garnered over $50 million in profit from her flips and has become a prominent advisor and investor in the industry.

Powell insists that Hollywood's sudden obsession with house-flipping only mirrors what has been happening among average real estate investors and entrepreneurs in America for decades; "The best thing you could ever invest your money in and sleep well at night is real estate, and I don't see that changing any time soon. The beautiful thing is that real estate increases its value over time, just like a fine wine, so the longer you own a property, the more the neighborhood evolves and improves, the more money you can make."

Fame doesn't last forever.

Most celebrities are acutely aware that they only have 5-minutes of fame. For celebrities, what they do during their active earning years could extend their fame a little longer.

For instance, Shaquille O'Neal's shrewd investments during his playing days have turned him into one of the country's most notable entrepreneurs and investors. Like many other celebrities, Shaq also boasts an impressive real estate portfolio and a thriving real estate investment business; O'Neal Group.

Music artists seem to be the ones affected the most by fading fame, and a few of them have also made real estate investments a haven for themselves.

Vanilla Ice - aka Rob Van Winkle - is probably one of the most notable music celebrities who has made a fortune from real estate. Ice's music topped Billboards in the 1990s. Ice also used his heydays to purchase single-family units and condominiums. Long after the music fame has faded, Ice has made a fortune flipping houses and even hosts a house-flipping show on the DIY network.

Short turn-around-time and huge ROI

"Celebrities are entrepreneurs at the end of the day," Powell explains, "and as entrepreneurs, we are always looking for the most profitable investments that can earn us the most profit in the shortest possible time. That's what real estate investments and especially house-flipping achieves."

If there is anything that celebrities have an abundance of, it is funds, connections, and a large following, making real estate investments extremely attractive and practical. According to Powell, the average time to flip a house differs based on available funds and the size of the property. However, she estimates that an investor should be able to successfully flip a house between 6 months to 1 year at the most. This kind of opportunity has turned into a massively appealing investment to both celebrities and real estate entrepreneurs alike.

Celebrities always seek to expand their portfolios and diversify their proficiencies; no one wants to be known for only one thing. As it turns out, this desire is not just wise. It is profitable too.


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