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Evocative of works by California’s great modernist architects, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra—yet with a contemporary sophistication all its own—1450 Blue Jay Way is among the most exceptional architectural offerings to grace L.A.’s fabled Bird Streets in decades. Represented by The Agency’s Michael Druker and Jeff Kohl and deftly executed by KAA Design, the home recently played host to the city’s foremost architects, designers and agents for an invite-only, grand unveiling event.

“It was a privilege to work with such a talented team of architects and designers on this project,” says Michael Druker, who oversaw the home’s development from inception to completion. “It’s a special home on a special street, and

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From its rolling, green hillsides, scenic horseback riding trails and close-knit country charm to its blue-ribbon schools, expansive yards and enviable acreage counts, it’s no wonder angelenos and foreign buyers alike are setting their sights on Calabasas.

“Calabasas is attracting more and more families not only on the basis of value compared to the rest of L.A. but out of a specific demand for its gated communities, award-winning schools and incomparable quality of life,” says Emil Hartoonian, Managing Partner of The Agency's Calabasas office and one of the area’s top-producing agents. Emil recently represented the buyer of Prado De Los Suenos, Calabasas’ top sale of 2017. Featured in Los Angeles Times, the custom-built home, formerly owned by

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The Residences at The Sawyer is proving luxury, amenity-rich, condominium living is an enticing draw in the revitalized downtown center of Sacramento. All of the penthouse residences are now sold, bringing the project past the 70% sold mark, according to The Agency Development Group, which represents sales and marketing. The collection of 45 contemporary homes is nearing completion, perched atop The Sawyer, A Kimpton Hotel, now open at Downtown Commons. The residences offer a host of residential and hotel amenities, as well as exclusive access to the neighboring Golden 1 Center.

“As construction nears the final stretch, sales momentum has kicked into high gear, with each one of the six penthouses now under contract,” said The Agency’s Christopher

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This year’s annual report is sure to delight your inner globetrotter. Pack your bags, because we’re taking you on an around-the-world jaunt to 13 of our office locales with our first-ever Passport Edition.

In anticipation of the full report, this week we bring you to our first destination, not too far from our Beverly Hills headquarters: Venice. Take a look at the neighborhood’s market performance and get the inside scoop from resident expert Michael Grady on what makes the iconic seaside enclave one of the hottest real estate markets in L.A.

View the Venice spotlight here, and stay tuned for the full report coming next month.



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It’s the beginning of a new year, when spirits are high and fitness resolutions are in full swing. From swimming pools and tennis courts to sprawling equestrian properties and beachfront yoga palapas, you’ll have no trouble sticking to your guns with the fitness-centric amenities at these five exceptional listings.


Boasting nearly 4,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor living space, this three-bedroom residence, represented by John Herkenrath, is one of only 23 homes on Caimancito Beach, located on the stunning shores of the Sea of Cortez. Built to extraordinary architectural and design standards, the residence includes a plethora of fitness amenities, both indoor and out, including beachfront yoga palapas, a

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As we settle into the new year, we’ve got home design trends on the mind. From Los Angeles and Calabasas to Palm Springs and Los Cabos, we touched based with our resident real estate experts to get the inside scoop on the top design trends and biggest selling points for homes in 2018.

In Los Angeles, land of perpetual sunshine and palm trees, it may come as no surprise that buyers set their sights on homes that embrace the indoor-outdoor lifestyle. “In Los Angeles, it’s all about that indoor-outdoor flow,” says David Parnes, who represents 1041 Laurel Way, a transitional contemporary estate in Beverly Hills. “Pocket and bi-folding doors that integrate indoor and outdoor spaces are a huge selling point, along with open, airy floor plans and double

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As we gear up for New Year’s Eve, we’ve got entertaining on the mind. From an oceanfront estate on the Southern California coast to luxury towers in Los Angeles, these five listings across the golden state will have you planning your next soirée before the ball drops.


Among the most impressive oceanfront estates on the Southern California coast, this nearly three-acre, gated, seaside compound, represented by Santiago Arana, was masterfully designed for entertaining. Showcasing 450 feet of ocean frontage and views from every major room, French doors off opulent two-story entertaining spaces offer an effortless flow to incredible grounds beyond. With nearly 13,000 square feet of luxurious living space plus

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From our six-year anniversary party at a historic estate in Encino to a glitzy masquerade ball at Mr. C Residences in Beverly Hills, The Agency had plenty to celebrate in 2017. With the New Year upon us, we thought we’d take a look back over our favorite events of the year and toast to all the good times had.

THE AGENCY’S 6TH BIRTHDAY PARTY → Our six-year anniversary and annual Labor Day party was one for the books. Agents, family and friends joined founders Mauricio Umansky and Billy Rose on the grounds of a historic estate in Encino for a classic Southern-style picnic, complete with barbeque, mint juleps and old fashioned lawn games—the perfect send off to summer and celebration of another year of growth and innovation in real estate.

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New Year's Eve is fast approaching, and what better way to get in the spirit of celebrating than with a new cocktail recipe—or five. From a champagne cocktail in The Agency’s signature red to a peach cosmo that will take you back to the 90s, these sips are sure to help you ring in the New Year right. Cheers to 2018.

Red Currant Champagne Cocktail → Everyone who’s anyone knows red is our color, so it may come as no surprise that we can’t get enough of this red currant champagne cocktail from the inimitable Martha Stewart. It’s an easy way to class up a not-so-pricey bottle of bubbly—or take that Dom to the next level. Get the full recipe on Martha Stewart.

Old Fashioned → It doesn’t get more classic than a good ol’ fashioned old fashioned (after

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There’s something about the holiday season that’s got us dreaming of crackling fireplaces and steaming, hot beverages. And while the following locales aren’t exactly synonymous with a chilly winter season, they each boast homes with fireplaces so covetable, you’d be hard-pressed to resist cozying up to them—even if it’s in a swimsuit and towel.  


What better way to spend a brisk winter’s day than curled up by the fireplace with a good book? In this case, the only thing harder than deciding what to read is which fireplace to warm up next to. Represented by Andrea Korchek, Craig Knizek and Natasha Barrett, this iconic property in Sherman Oaks’ Longridge Estates boasts grand-scale living spaces, including

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