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Sir Richard Branson, the business magnate behind the world’s first space tourism program, is at it again—only this time he intends on sending travelers in the opposite direction.

For his latest endeavor, the Virgin Airlines founder partnered with a global network of researchers, philanthropists, and artists to turn an abandoned WWII naval ship off the British Virgin Islands into one of the most unique dive sites in the world.

Under Branson and his team’s guidance, the “Kodiak Queen”—one of only five ships believed to have survived the attack on Pearl Harbor—escaped demolition and has literally been sunk to glory, transformed into an underwater art installation and wildlife habitat dubbed Project YOKO BVI Art Reef.

The eco-dive and ocean

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Palm Springs' last hillside enclave, Desert Palisades, has released its first homesites available along the colorful, boulder-strewn landscape of Chino Canyon. The breakout star of Modernism Week, Desert Palisades is home to acclaimed architectural masterpieces, including the Lance O'Donnell-designed Desert House No. 1 (above) and a home based on the never-before constructed plans by famed midcentury modern architect Al Beadle. 

Offering the first opportunity to own within the gates, the initial release of homesites offers varying acreage, elevation, and topography, capturing sweeping views of the Coachella Valley and surrounding mountain peaks. Homesites range from .34 to .62 acres, each appointed to preserve the natural contours of the land and

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The Agency is proud to announce the sale of 15 Strauss, a breathtaking estate located within the prestigious guard gated Renaissance in Rancho Mirage.

The area’s highest-priced sale in twelve months, the spectacular property, represented by The Agency’s Richard Bartholomew and Gregg Fletcher, is an oasis in the heart of The Valley, boasting a fabulous 75 foot swimming pool, 12-person spa, waterfalls, a sunken-lit tennis court and putting green surrounded by exceptional mountain views.

15 Strauss is just one of three luxury listings our Palm Springs office has closed in the last two months, evidence the desert market is hot—and it shows no signs of slowing.

While Palm Springs and the surrounding communities have been a popular respite for

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Spring has officially sprung in the City of Angels and the smell of jasmine and orange blossom is in the air, along with the promise of warmer days and colorful blooms ahead. From spectacular backyard gardens to luxe outdoor lounges, these four L.A. homes will inspire the ultimate spring staycation.

9505 Lania Lane | Beverly Hills

Rivaling the finest resorts in the world, this opulent Mediterranean villa in Beverly Hills showcases 25 acres of outdoor space, including vineyards, a tennis court and pavilion, 128-foot scenic reflecting pool and fountain, and impeccable landscaping. A gorgeous entertainment center with vanishing pocket doors to the pool allows for grand-scale entertaining while enjoying striking sunsets against the iconic L.A.

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From three-dimensional patterned tile on bathroom walls and a laundry room ceiling to strategically placed brass and gold fixtures, guests of the 2017 Pasadena Showcase House of Design were fascinated by the bold and beautiful updates in configuration found on the grounds and inside of a newly-renovated 1916 English estate.

The Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, incorporates the vision of more than 20 interior designers to use their talents to transform the landscapes and interiors of some of Pasadena’s most beloved homes, including renowned designer AARON B DUKE, who tastefully remodeled the home’s library into a timeless sanctuary.

An homage to the late Gerald "Jerry" Robertson—who was the tastemaker and visionary for the Polo Ralph Lauren

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While our planet deserves to be celebrated every day of the year, there’s no better excuse than April 21st—the officially designated Earth Day—to show our love for the environment and embrace the great outdoors. From earth-centric events at L.A’s zoos and botanical gardens to festivals and workshops in parks across the city, there is no shortage of opportunity to pay homage to this fabulous planet we call home.

Celebrate earth’s creatures all month long at the L.A. Zoo. Marking the zoo’s 50th anniversary, Wild for the Planet features an entire month of conservation-focused shows, presentations, and activities, including animal care programs that guide visitors through the daily care of zoo animals, interactive puppet shows, and Eco Action stations

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Small lot subdivisions are gaining in popularity in Los Angeles as an alternative housing solution to traditional single-family ownership and condominium living. Developers are embracing the approach to urban living while providing much-needed inventory in some of the city's most sought-after neighborhoods. New small lot subdivisions have hit the market in Silver Lake, Echo Park and Toluca Lake, with a number more slated for commuter-friendly locations in Sherman Oaks, Mar Vista and Valley Village in the coming months. 

In an expanding metropolis, where new construction is in high demand, the small lot subdivision ordinance was designed to provide a smart-growth alternative to the single-family home as well as a more space-efficient, economically

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The Agency celebrated the launch of The Residences at The Sawyer, offering an amenity-rich, full-service living experience at Downtown Commons, Sacramento's new epicenter of sports, culture and entertainment. The offering features 45 contemporary residences perched atop The Sawyer, A Kimpton Hotel, located steps away from Golden 1 Center, the world's first LEED Platinum sports arena and home to the Sacramento Kings. 

"This is the first residential offering of its kind in Sacramento, placing residents amidst the energy and excitement of the city's revitalized downtown center," said Christopher Miller, Vice President of The Agency Development Group. "Residents enjoy a new level of exclusivity, including private residential and hotel amenities, as

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The Agency is excited to announce that Billy Rose and Mauricio Umansky have been selected as semifinalists in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Awards in the Greater Los Angeles program.

As the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes innovative trailblazers in more than 145 cities in 60 countries who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Billy and Mauricio were selected as semifinalists by a panel of independent judges from a tremendous number of nominations. The semifinalist group was narrowed down to just 60 business leaders representing 40 different companies in the Greater Los Angeles

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Beverly Hills was the place to be on Saturday, April 8, as The Agency hosted an extravagant affair to unveil the new luxury listing, 1317 Delresto Drive, represented by Santiago Arana and Billy Rose. Guests were welcomed to tour the newly designed, contemporary estate, which boasts grand-scale details including an elegant, sun-filled great room with sliding pocket doors that open to a remarkable outdoor living area and an awe-inspiring luxury master suite equipped with lavishly detailed dual spas, a private office and a cushy sitting room with wet bar.

Guests mingled within the estate while enjoying flavorful morsels by Pitchoun and music by DJ Tony Martinez. Choux Choux served the bar along with their signature drink, "The Delresto," and guests

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