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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. Whether you’re big on begonias or tired of buying basil at the grocery store, the spectacular gardens at these three L.A. abodes will inspire you to dust off those gardening gloves and put your greenest thumb forward.

2401 Mandeville Canyon Road | Brentwood

Built by renowned architect John Byers, this classic 1939 estate in Mandeville Canyon has secret garden written all over it. The home’s magical grounds, which feature a picturesque 
greenhouse and multiple gardens, look as if they were plucked from a fairytale—and the large pool area and outdoor fireplace will make

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The Agency officially launched its Arizona location last week. The office, located in Scottsdale, will be led by prominent Valley real estate agents Raul Siqueiros, Raquel Barbey, Jack Luciano and Roxanne Johnson. 

Guests mingled and mixed during the launch party at a private studio in Scottsdale, enjoying cocktails, sushi by RA Sushi and a special tasting of Coco 21. Sounds by DJ Rani G, gorgeous florals by A Rosebush and an Agency floral wall by Lotus Creative completed the evening.

The Agency looks forward to being a vibrant part of the greater Phoenix community. The Agency is currently representing four high-profile new luxury development projects in the Valley including ENVY Residences, Edison Midtown and Inspire Downtown Scottsdale by

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The Agency is excited to be partnering with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) for Make March Matter—an initiative in which local communities and businesses help raise awareness of children’s health care needs. In its effort to raise funds for the cause, The Agency hosted  DipJars—which collect credit card donations—at two broker’s open events earlier this month: Bel Air’s Bellagio Estate, represented by multiple agents and 9505 Lania Lane, represented by Stacy Gottula and Mauricio Umansky. DipJars will also be featured at upcoming broker’s opens for 15967 Valley Vista Boulevard, represented by Craig Knizek, and 1317 Delresto Drive, represented by Billy Rose, Paul Lester and Santiago Arana.

CHLA holds significant meaning for many of our agents,

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“Time may change me,” David Bowie sings on "Changes," "but I can’t trace time.”

This week, Swiss watch brand Raymond Weil unveiled a ticking tribute to the late Bowie that's as unique as the shapeshifting artist himself, proving you might not be able to trace time, but you sure can look good keeping it.

In collaboration with the David Bowie Estate, the elegant freelancer-model “David Bowie” timepiece pays homage to the legendary musician just in time for what would have been his 70th birthday. The 42mm case features a dial that resembles a vinyl record along with Bowie’s signature design cues, including the iconic lightning bolt from the cover of his 1973 album, Aladdin Sane, and the red Bowie logo from 1974’s Diamond Dogs.  

Produced in a

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Looking for an extra special something for that special someone? How about a 59.60-carat pink diamond? Dubbed the “Pink Star,” the oval-cut rock is the largest Internally Flawless, Fancy Vivid Pink diamond ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America, and next month it’s hitting the auction block at Sotheby’s.

Graded a Type IIa, the dazzling stone sold for a staggering $83 million at Sotheby’s Geneva in 2013—the highest ever recorded sale for a diamond—but the buyers reneged on the deal. Now, it’s headed to Hong Kong for a do-over.

“At a time of unprecedented demand for the finest in colored diamonds, I am delighted to be bringing this magnificent stone back to the market,” said David Bennett, worldwide chairman of Sotheby’s Jewelry

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St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most celebrated holidays of the year, and with it comes lots of corned beef and cabbage washed down with green beer or Irish whiskey, weekend-long parades and festivals—and tons of green apparel. If you’re looking to join in on the festivities, you’re in luck. Here are some of the best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Great Horror Movie Night Presents: Leprechaun

If you’re a fan of the Leprechaun horror film series, then this St. Patty’s Day gathering is for you. Griffith Park’s abandoned Old Zoo will have you shaking in your shamrocks with its lively display of fright-filled entertainment. On Friday, March 17, prepare to be spooked into oblivion with horrifying monsters wreaking havoc on the grounds and

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The Agency is turning up the heat in Palm Desert, where some of fashion’s elite will be making their way to the area for the 12th Annual El Paseo Jewelers Fashion Week. The weeklong affair, which kicks off Saturday, March 18, is the place to be as designers show off the latest trends in designer and couture runway fashion shows.

During opening night, guests will have the chance to mix and mingle with cocktails and specialty drinks sponsored by Effen Vodka in The Agency Lounge—furnished by luxury furniture company Rapport International—one hour before the show. The Agency’s Co-Founders Mauricio Umansky—along with his wife, Kyle Richards—and Billy Rose will also be in attendance during the big night.   

El Paseo Jewelers Fashion Week will run from

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If the mention of a weeklong Caribbean cruise evokes haunting premonitions of bad Hawaiian shirts and awkward group dinners, you haven’t heard of Celebrity Edge, a new line of luxury cruise ships poised to change everything you thought about cruising.

An offshoot of Royal Caribbean Cruises, the five-billion-dollar fleet will be the first to feature “Infinite Verandas,” a cutting-edge design that effectively brings staterooms as close to the ship's edge as possible—rendering once-revered balconies obsolete. Guests need only push a button and the cabin’s floor-to-ceiling windows retract, so they can take in sweeping ocean views from the comfort of their king sized beds. The newly reimagined design also increases the staterooms floor plans by an

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California’s wet winter may have put a damper on our morning commutes for a bit, but the heavy rains made way for some of the most striking wildflower displays in more than a decade, and nature lovers everywhere are flocking to the deserts and coasts of The Golden State to take in the sights. From the mountains and valleys of Joshua Tree to the oceanfront bluffs of Point Reyes, here are four of our favorite places in California to see this year’s super bloom.

Antelope Valley California Poppy State Reserve

There’s a reason the poppy is California’s official state flower. The delicate gold bud rears its head almost anywhere the sun shines, but perhaps nowhere is there a more radiant display than Antelope Valley California Poppy State Reserve.

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A celebration of legacy and forward-thinking design, Phoenix’s leading broker community was in for a special treat at the recent Two Biltmore Estates VIP Broker’s Open. The event offered a first look at Building 4, the last building to be completed as part of the Final Phase of Two Biltmore Estates, revealing a brand new, elegant and contemporary design and one-of-a-kind views.

With only five estates remaining, this special event offered the valley’s elite agents a progressive tour through three of the exclusive listings available. Known for its unique vantage point, which offers pristine views of the Phoenix skyline and the meticulously manicured Adobe golf course at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, there was no question the developers of Two

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