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For the third year in a row, The Agency was proud to be the exclusive sponsor of the VIP Lounge at The LA Art Show, which took place between January 10 and 14 at The Los Angeles Convention Center. One of the country’s most celebrated annual art events, the show, now in its 22nd year, kicked off with a star-studded premiere party hosted by Emma Roberts to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Drawing inspiration from our favorite living rooms, The Agency’s Partner and Founding Member, Paul Lester, teamed up with Meridith Baer Home to present an elegant and eclectic hangout for this year’s VIP Lounge that also served as an exhibition space in its own right. Street artists from across Los Angeles, including booleep, Megzany, Jennifer

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As someone who has developed and built homes, The Agency’s Craig Knizek marvels at the fortitude and skill of those who not only have what it takes to navigate the difficult process to subdivide property, but to then create something truly beautiful and beneficial to the community.

Craig is an admirer of renowned designer and builder Evan Gaskin, whose current masterpieces include the breathtaking 16003 Valley Vista Boulevard in Encino and the recently sold 9361 Saint Ives Drive. Both properties, among others he has built, set the bar in the city for exemplary architecture.

Craig has been privileged to represent him on a number of other projects and caught up with him to discuss the challenges and successes of Evan's new project: the private

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BEVERLY HILLS-BASED LUXURY BROKERAGE CONTINUES EXPANSION WITH NEW OFFICE IN PRIME MEXICO MARKET


The Agency announced the official opening of its new Punta de Mita office, located next to The W Hotel. The opening marks the continued expansion of the Beverly Hills-based brokerage around the world, bringing the total to three international offices, following the 2016 launches in Los Cabos and Turks and Caicos. The news from abroad comes as The Agency continues its expansion stateside, with offices set to open this year in Palm Springs, Calabasas, Phoenix, Malibu and Pacific Palisades.

“The Agency established an international reputation by building a strong culture of collaboration and a world-class team throughout the L.A. area, a prime market

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For those who value space, luxury, and serenity in equal measure, it doesn’t get any better than 499 Halvern Drive. Tucked behind private gates on approximately an acre of park-like grounds, the sprawling Brentwood compound, represented by The Agency’s Billy Rose, is a refuge from the bustle of city life just minutes from the 405 Freeway and everything L.A. has to offer.

In the following video, Billy takes viewers on a private tour of this incredible property and speaks to the homeowner, veteran music producer and former Geffen Records chairman Ron Fair, whose credits include albums by the likes of Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Ariana Grande, and The Black Eyed Peas.

The thoughtfully renovated property features five standalone

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 The Agency is thrilled to announce the launch of our new and improved website. We strive to bring our clients the most innovative product to give the best details, insights, and stories behind the beautiful homes that we have the privilege to represent. The sophisticated new design and updated features offer a seamless browsing experience that make searching for a home more efficient than ever.

With each visit to the new site, expect to find enhanced features that enable faster and easier property searches, from our stunning architectural estates to our international new development properties. Users can register for a free account, save specific search criteria, favorite top properties, and get the most relevant listings delivered all in one

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In his latest column for MarketWatch, The Agency’s Edward Fitz draws attention to the iconic homes found along the sloping streets of Santa Monica Canyon and Rustic Canyon and the neighborhood’s Hollywood roots.

For Hollywood legends looking to escape the glare of paparazzi lights and fanfare, the Canyons are a pleasant and often much-needed retreat. From the prestigious photographer Edward Weston, who planted roots on Mesa Road in the early 1930s, to Vice Media’s CEO Shane Smith, who recently purchased a $23 million home once owned by actress and writer Victoria Foyt—and listed by Edward himself—the hillside homes set between the sprawling Santa Monica mountains and oceanside have not lost their allure or luster.

In addition to its rich

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We are excited to announce our CTO, Shane Farkas, will be representing The Agency at Inman’s first ever Hacker Connect. The day-long conference, to be held on January 16 in New York City, is the first Inman event created by and for the real estate technology community and will bring together some of the most talented engineers, developers, designers, product managers, database architects, webmasters, and technology executives in the country for a day of stimulating panels and conversation.

Named by Inman as one of the brightest minds in tech, Shane serves on the Inman Connect Technology Advisory Committee and will be leading a session for real estate CTOs and technology executives about building best practices for technology in real estate

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Photo credit: The Hollywood Reporter

Photo from The Hollywood Reporter

With the Sundance Film Festival kicking off January 19, many are jetting off to Park City to catch the latest premieres, mingle amongst the celebrities and hit the slopes of the country’s largest mountain resort. And with many of the country’s ski destinations blanketed in fresh powder, we looked into the best way to plan a mountain escape, whether looking for an ultra-luxurious experience or simply to maximize your time and money.

“Unlike cruises or safaris or complex itineraries, many never consider using a travel agent or specialist when planning a ski trip. That’s a big mistake,” writes Forbes Contributor and travel buff, Larry Olmsted. Upon consulting with some of the nation’s expert travel agents and ski

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Visiting 23 open houses in three hours is quite a feat, and in Episode 7 of Real Estate Life, The Agency’s Ben Belack sets out to see if it can actually be done. We sat down with Ben to find out what inspired him to challenge President Billy Rose’s Broker Caravan record, and, of course, we couldn’t help but ask Billy if the legend was fact or fiction.

Ben, what inspired you to challenge Billy’s caravan record?

 They say success leaves clues. I was determined to uncover the secret of our founder’s success. And because our culture is so open and collaborative, it’s much easier [than at other firms] to take on each other’s successful practices.

 So, was it more about learning than beating a record?

 For me it wasn’t just about beating his

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Now that the stress and excitement of the holidays are behind us and the winter chill has set in, it’s the perfect time to treat yourself to a little R&R. From soaking tubs and steam showers with extraordinary city views to a Turkish-style spa in a French-inspired chateau, these four fabulous spaces will help you relax and recharge in record time.

Le Belvédère | Bel Air

Elegant doesn’t come close to describing this French-inspired chateau in Bel Air. Among its 35,000 square feet of opulent living space is a Turkish-style spa complete with floor-to-ceiling iridescent Moroccan tiles and suspended Turkish lamps that will transport you to a traditional hammam in Marrakech without ever leaving L.A.

1041 Laurel Way | Beverly Hills

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