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It seems the renaissance in Downtown Los Angeles is in overdrive. In the past 30 days, The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE has sold 11 homes – more than $14.5 Million total in sales – to Downtown executives, students attending nearby schools and sophisticated international buyers looking to own a luxury residence in Downtown Los Angeles.

The recent sales come on the heels of the The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE celebrating the one-year anniversary since its first homeowner moved in. A total of 53 homes have closed since February 16, 2011, amassing approximately $96 Million in sales. Compared to any other luxury high-rise development in Southern California, more million-dollar-plus homes have closed at The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A.

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Palazzo di Sono, the grand Italian estate at 11947 Iredell in Fryman Canyon Estates, is accustomed to being in the spotlight. The elegant residence poised atop a private knoll in the exclusive Studio City neighborhood has appeared in episodes of HBO's True Blood, and it is featured regularly on E!'s Keeping Up With the Kardashians as the home of the Jenners. Most recently, Palazzo di Sono garnered attention in the April 2012 issue of Ventura Blvd in an in-depth profile piece titled "Hidden Treasure."

Noting the home's stature as "a celebrity in its own right," the article highlights Palazzo di Sono's extensive renovation inspired by the Medici palace in Florence and its perfect blend of modern features, sophistication and craftsmanship.

The joy and

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Location: 58 Millswyn Street, Melbourne, Australia

Size: 5 Bedrooms / 5 baths; 5,000 square feet

For Sale: $10,500,000

Agent: Deedee Howard

The landmark Victorian residence at 58 Millswyn Street offers an incredibly rare opportunity to own a large home in the premier neighborhood of Australia's cultural capital. The home sits regally on a magnificent tree-lined street in the heart of South Yarra's Domain Precinct, Melbourne's most sought after address. Only steps away are Fawkner Park, Royal Botanic Gardens, exclusive Toorak Road shopping and the city's premier private schools.

Featuring 5 bedrooms plus study accommodation, the home has been exquisitely renovated and mindfully improved to blend rich heritage adornment with elegantly contemporary

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Located in coveted lower Bel Air, 10899 Chalon Road is a Mid-Century Modern (circa 1959) estate reminiscent of the work of Richard Neutra. Poised upon a near-acre promontory, the exceptionally private and secure home is secreted behind stainless steel gates and accessed via a long sweeping driveway that leads to a spacious motor courtyard with parking for 12+ cars.

Recently remodeled and upgraded, the single-story, 3-bedroom/3.5-bath home features an architecturally distinct entry way and calming water feature that unite the home with the property's natural surroundings.

The interior of the home features an abundance of natural light with gleaming terrazzo floors, and its walls of glass and Fleetwood sliding doors create a free flowing movement

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We already knew our Blue Hole Bay listing was a one-of-a-kind property in the Bahamas with its sparkling, turquoise waters and white sand beach wrapping around Dean's Blue Hole – the deepest undersea cave in the world. But recent discoveries by marine biologists suggest that it may be even more extraordinary in that it, along with other blue holes in the Bahamas, may hold clues to how life evolved here on Earth.

Marine biologist Tom Iliffe and his colleagues from Texas A&M studied three blue holes in the Bahamas and discovered that each had significantly different microbes living in them from the others. As Discovery.com points out: "The fact that each cave has different conditions from the others and thus a different palette of life helps scientists

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The below is an article written by Mauricio Umansky that appears in the Winter 2012 issue of Beverly Hills Magazine. 

Over the past few years, I visited multiple countries overseas but I had not yet visited China. Due to the overwhelming increase in Los Angeles real estate sales to foreign buyers, I decided that it would be important to visit a country that now accounts for 9% of foreign purchases in the luxury real estate market. 1.3 billion people live in China, with approximately 300 million people unaccounted for. That means that China’s unaccounted for population is equal to the population of the United States (shocking).

My first stop was Beijing, the capital of China, a beautiful region full of amazing history and culture. Peking duck is

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Joshua Myler The Agency

Our Agents’ Corner features posts written by our agents and management team about a broad range of topics, from thoughts on the real estate industry to commentary on everything but real estate, including entertainment, art, charity, food, sports and more. All views shared are those of the writer, unfiltered.

By Josh Myler

Good real estate agents pride themselves on their knowledge and experience. One attributing factor for this is their openness to learn and their desire to stay ahead of the curve. They understand the importance of continuing their education to help bolster confidence and, in turn, encourage self-reliance.

Working as a team is crucial. It is useful to bounce ideas off of one another, and of course, we do so at The Agency. But let's

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A secluded haven in the midst of one of L.A.'s most vibrant areas, the Venice Canals offer the fortunate few who live in its close-knit community both charming serenity and mere-steps-away proximity to the famed sand, surf and boardwalk of Venice Beach. A few blocks north is popular Abbot Kinney Blvd., named after the man who designed the canals in the early part of the 20th century and known for its lively mix of ultra-hip boutiques, restaurants, galleries and nightlife.

Situated on a rare double-lot-compound along one of the inland waterways of the Venice Canals is 431 Howland Canal. The 3-bedroom main residence and 1-bedroom cottage offer tranquility and enchantment on the water with its own permitted dock. The main home includes a living room

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The most elegant and expansive two-story French Country home in coveted Carmel Highlands, 5 Mentone Road showcases the kind of extreme privacy and dramatic, picturesque views that have earned this secluded community located a few miles south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, its reputation as one of the most expensive and exclusive neighborhoods in the U.S. Its gated entry opens to a tree-lined, private drive which leads you down to gorgeous front gardens fit for a fairy tale. Ocean or tree top views from almost every room, a fully functioning greenhouse, majestic rose gardens bordered by lavender and hydrangea and beautifully manicured grounds complete this extraordinary estate perched above the sea and clouds.

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The latest issue of Ventura Blvd features The Agency's Craig Knizek in its special "Profiles: Real Estate" section. The article highlights Knizek's experience as a real estate agent for the past 10 years, specializing in properties throughout the San Fernando Valley, and his previous career as a producer and director of primetime network television shows ("Mad About You," "The Simpson").

Asked why he thinks clients choose him over another agent, Knizek said he believes his clients recognize the competitive edge The Agency offers. "Our culture of  sharing information and assisting with each other’s listings and buyers means we truly have an incredible amount of energy and dedicated  resources working for the client," said Knizek. "We also have

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