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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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As part of Palm Springs Modernism Week, the iconic Elrod House will open its doors to the public for five tours over three days this February 24-26. The world-famous home, which appeared in the classic 1971 James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever (including this classic scene), was designed by John Lautner for interior designer Arthur Elrod in 1968. At one time an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright, Lautner is revered for his bold, organic, timeless designs that featured unusual shapes and structures.

Commenting on The Elrod House, The Agency's Billy Rose shared:

"The Elrod is one of my favorite all time houses. No question in the Hall of Fame or Pantheon of modernist architecture. I had dinner there one night, and it still burns indelibly in my brain.

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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.

By Mike Leipart, CMO of The Agency

This is not a blog about how Twitter, or any other social media, is going to help your career skyrocket. I’ll leave that to the plethora of so-called gurus who haunt these channels like a bully looking for lunch money. What I do want to discuss today is why you should be using Twitter for your own personal enjoyment. No Temple of Gold, but just because you will like it; and if done right, you’ll be enriched with a steady

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By Billy Rose

Featuring exceptional modern/contemporary design, the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|LA) Home Tours are a favorite of mine.  The just-announced upcoming Spring tour on April 1 is no exception.

Highlighting five homes in Mar Vista, the tour will open homes designed by highly acclaimed architects including Neil M. Denari, Santiago Ortiz, Douglas V. Pierson, Richard Seltzer and the powerhouse team of Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena. Denari’s widely published Alan Voo House alone should be worth the price of admission.

For more info about the tour and to purchase tickets, go here.

More photos of the Alan Voo House below.


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The Agency's listing at 12 Bay Island is featured today as the AOL Real Estate "House of the Day." The daily spotlight piece showcases exceptional homes listed for sale, and 12 Bay Island, with its unrivaled location and exquisite Balinese-inspired design, is the epitome of exceptional. Indeed, the stunning "Point Property" situated on magical Bay Island in the Newport Harbor is heralded by many as one of the most beautiful homes in Southern California.

From the AOL article:

"A refreshing respite from the typical California McMansion, this Balinese-style home boasts tropical greenery throughout, Eastern-style wooden ceiling fans affixed to thatched ceilings, rich color themes, and stunning, waterfront outdoor decks with fire pits. Plus, the

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The Agency is proud to have recently joined Prestige MLS, a business association exclusively dedicated to serving the luxury real estate market in Europe and throughout the world. The partnership instantly gives The Agency's listings increased international exposure, ensuring that its clients are well-represented in every corner of the world.

"Our clients are expanding their real estate and vacation appetite beyond their primary residence," said The Agency's CEO/co-founder Mauricio Umansky. "Though we can’t be experts in every corner of the world, through Prestige MLS, we can affiliate ourselves with an expert in each corner and rely on our international partners to ably assist our clientele."

Prestige MLS Members are strictly selected for their

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The Agency's CEO and co-founder Mauricio Umansky is the cover feature in the February issue of Top Agent Magazine. The article highlights how The Agency, under the guidance of Mauricio and co-founder/president Billy Rose, is attracting a number of top agents to its roster while changing the way real estate is done with its collaborative partnership approach, comprehensive concierge program and focus on the international market.

"We're trying to change real estate from selling properties to selling a lifestyle," Umansky told Top Agent.

"In our business we have had the privilege to meet leaders from every industry," said Mauricio, who was recently recognized by The Wall Street Journal as the #7 top producing agent in the country. "From these connections

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Mark Fleming, chief economist at Core Logic, reports that "the time is right in 2012 for prices to begin growing again." In an article published in CoreLogic's MarketPulse newsletter, Fleming points out that the U.S. economy has shown an "encouraging level of stability" and was able to stave off stagnation last year despite a number of negative forces, including fiscal policy indecision here in the U.S. and the economic crisis over in Europe. Fleming believes that the U.S. economy will continue to show stability while moving towards positive growth in 2012.

In making his assessment, Fleming considered indicators such as an improvement in consumer sentiment and the fact that households are now paying off their debts while also having greater access to

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