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Once the deals are closed, bar tabs are settled and friends are dropped off at LAX, all you really want to do is settle back into a calm place to call home. Say hello to West Hollywood, a meeting ground for creatives, suits and beach bums itching for a cultural awakening that can only be found by venturing inland to the epicenter of all that's fun, stylish and cool in L.A. We bring to you three properties situated between the drama of Sunset Blvd. and Santa Monica Blvd. and at the heart of The Avenues, a SoCal region boasting year-round activities that celebrate art, design and the diversity of the district.

Location: 8265 Fountain Avenue #401, West Hollywood

Size: 3 Bedrooms / 4 baths; 3,000 square feet

For Sale: $1,895,000

Agent: Manuela

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Following the release of its annual "Celebrity 100" list, a ranking of America’s most powerful stars, Forbes asked The Agency's Billy Rose what qualities in a home do the world's most powerful celebrities look for most when buying in Los Angeles.

“The number one feature celebrities need in a house is that it’s ‘stoparazzi,’” said Rose, who noted that his clients mostly prefer properties that are "quietly tucked behind long, gated driveways, outfitted with extensive security systems and guard houses." Rose tells Forbes that privacy concerns often begin long before the celebrity is settled into their home. It’s not uncommon for Rose to have to deal with a pack of paparazzi when taking a celebrity house-hunting around L.A. How does Rose address this

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I have often been asked the question: What is the best neighborhood in Los Angeles? Being a native Angelino to me the answer to the question is not where is the best place but rather what fits your lifestyle the best and is your living space an extension of your personality. For me, the East side fits the bill.

L.A. is never short on personality, and that’s especially true on the East Side. Many leading architects have designed and built homes throughout the area, providing a diverse selection of architectural styles to choose from. The proximity to the Silver Lake Reservoir, Griffith Park Observatory and the Downtown L.A. skyline create an incredible feel and offer spectacular views of many of the city’s most famous landmarks.

On the East Side

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The proverbial American Dream isn't one that's always fulfilled on U.S. soil. Just ask Joanne and Bruce Kerner, two television producers who found success and well-being more than 7,000 miles away on the South Island of New Zealand.

As a second act to prolific careers in Hollywood, the couple bought 99-acres of land in the breathtakingly beautiful Marlborough region of New Zealand, converted it to a vineyard and built a spacious 6,458-square-foot home on the property designed for both entertaining and enjoying the solitude of the countryside. The two have since created a family business, Kerner Estate, that produces award-winning wine and olive oil, all the while soaking up the good life of living and working in one of the most scenic places on the

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Below is a look at media coverage The Agency homes received this week. 

"Home of the Week: Sleek contemporary in Beverly Hills"

L.A. Times

The L.A. Times selects our listing at 1060 Woodland Drive, Beverly Hills as “Home of the Week." Listed by The Agency’s Mauricio Umansky and Jay Harris, the stylish and chic 4 bedroom / 4.5 bath home is situated above a quiet tree-laden street in prime Beverly Hills, and as the LA Times notes, it's "designed for entertaining" with its "glass-walled loft and walls of glass looking out onto the swimming pool and deck." Explore this stunning contemporary home through its slideshow on the L.A. Times website.

"Hagy Belzberg Design Above the Sunset Strip Hits the Market"

Curbed LA

Curbed LA takes notice of our Hagy

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By Kofi Natei Nartey, Director, Sports & Entertainment Division at The Agency

Actually, the blue, human-like creatures in Avatar are called Na’vi, which means I sold a house to one of the Na’vi. However, for the purpose of this story, I will refer to my client as an “Avatar,” as most affectionately refer to them. Taking things a step further, my Avatar client is representative of many of the athletes and entertainers that navigate through the luxury real estate market and are represented by The Agency. Some of the basketball and football players are as tall as Avatars, and many of the entertainers are part of a Pandora that is foreign to most.

Day one of the property search started with my Avatar pulling up to our first showing in the Toyota Prius

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From 1945 to 1966, Arts & Architecture magazine commissioned many of the leading architects of the day to design low-cost model homes for the post-WWII housing boom. Only 24 or so architects/teams participated in this Case Study House Program, and Rodney Walker was the only architect/team responsible for more than two of the Case Study Houses actually built.  While not one of the program's homes, The Agency's new listing at 11320 Joffre Street in Brentwood was designed by Walker during this time and showcases his signature design elements. In fact, Walker's design of this 2-bedroom / 2-bath home was so compelling that it served as the personal residence of legendary architect A. Quincy Jones, who also participated in the Case Study House Program. We

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Location: 1145 Sunset Vale Ave., Sunset Strip

Size: 3 Bedrooms / 3.5 baths; 3,300 square feet

For Sale: $3,300,000

Agents: Aileen Comora and Paul Lester

Throughout the hustle and bustle of modern-day, what we are left with feeling is the pressure to have and do it all at an accelerated pace. Luckily, there’s a room tucked away in the lower Sunset Strip hills that has reclaimed what so many of us may fear we've lost: the ability to relax and enjoy life. Sit comfortably by the fireplace or perch your elbows on the balcony and take in the serenity of the backyard and swimming pool down below. A series of floor-to-ceiling glass doors running the entire length of the first level act unveil a lush paradise that is usually only reserved for guests

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Below is a look at some of the media coverage The Agency homes received this week. In addition to the below, The Agency's home at 1467 N. Kings Road was spotlighted on E! News on Tuesday, with Mauricio Umansky talking to designer Faye Resnick, who decorated the home for its once-owner Paris Hilton. Look for additional coverage this weekend as our home at 1060 Woodland Drive will be featured as The Los Angeles Times "Home of the Week" on Sunday.

A Cheery MidCentury

The Wall Street Journal

Listed by The Agency's Billy Rose and Jeff Kohl, 10899 Chalon Road was featured as the "House of the Day" by The Wall Street Journal, which noted the Mid-Century modern estate's "light and airy layout" and "large windows for ample sunlight" while saying it "mixes

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You don’t have to be a full-time Angeleno or be followed by paparazzi to enjoy star treatment in the Los Angeles area. We’ve scouted the city (and our property listings) in search of luxury homes that are sure to fit your desired mood and timetable, whether your stint in town is brief or lasting an entire Lakers' season. Our shortlist showcases five properties that are all available for lease and range from $6,000 to $220,000 per month. From downtown to down by the beach, expect nothing short of premium in exchange for your pretty penny.


Downtown L.A.

#40G, The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE


Vibrant. Energetic. Glam. These are the words that best describe the atmosphere in and surrounding the L.A. LIVE

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