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The Agency was thrilled to take part in one of the world's most fascinating and unique festivals, Modernism Week, which recently wrapped its signature February event in Palm Springs. The annual celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion, and culture featured more than 250 events, including architectural bus tours, lectures, and signature home tours. The Agency was on-hand for the much-anticipated debut of Desert Palisades, the last hillside enclave situated along the storied, sun-drenched landscape of Chino Canyon.  

Entry GatePoised to become the new model for extraordinary, modern architectural vision, Desert Palisades is a collection of 110 homesites, each appointed to preserve the natural

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The 2017 Genesis Open may have been delayed by L.A.'s rather rainy winter, but the weather didn't stand in the way of a terrific ending to the tournament. The world's best golfers competed at the Riviera Country Club, with only one taking home the trophy. 

The play came to a close on Sunday, February 19, when The Agency hosted the VIP lounge, The Backlot, where guests mingled and enjoyed views of the 18th hole. Guests toasted with signature Bloody Marys, nibbled on brunch bites, danced to the house DJ and enjoyed the chic setting created by Calamigos Ranch.

The Agency's CEO Mauricio Umansky also competed alongside Ernie Els in the Pro-Am tournament this past Wednesday. The final round closed with Dustin Johnson ultimately capturing the trophy,

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Calabasas is among the cities leading the charge in environmental stewardship in California, recently registering with the National Wildlife Foundation (NWF) as a Community Wildlife Habitat. The program empowers citizen leaders to take action, providing them with the framework to restore wildlife habitat and educate community members while working to attain the NWF's esteemed certification as a wildlife-friendly community.

Through its Garden for Wildlife Program, the NWF engages homeowners, businesses, schools, parks and community organizations in creating and certifying wildlife-friendly properties. Each individual site within the community, whether a backyard or community garden, must provide the four basic elements to sustain wildlife: food,

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If you’re a shoe fanatic then you’ll know there’s nothing like finding a pair of shoes that’s both classic and cutting-edge. From painting the town red with the soles of an iconic So Kate Christian Louboutin stiletto, to enjoying the sexy silhouette of a quirky Swarovski crystal-embedded Giuseppe Zanotti pump, there’s no limit to the amount of creativity that that goes into the design and construction of an innovative, exemplary shoe. Over the years, footwear has pushed the limits of style and form, making way for shoes that are fashionable, functional, and often nothing short of works of art… which is why there’s no better time than now to make a trip to Peabody Essex Museum for the “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain” exhibit.

If you’re an avid admirer of

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With the 89th Academy Awards ceremony just around the corner, people are gearing up for some fun for the big night. While some spectators are assembling Oscar-worthy outfits for a night of champagne and big-screen entertainment at one of the many viewing parties offered around town, others are preparing for a cozy spot on the couch in front of the living room TV. No matter what your viewing plans are, we can all agree that on Oscar night, it's all about the ambiance. In honor of the occasion, here are some of our top listings with incredible spaces for enjoying the show.

1041 Laurel Way | Beverly Hills

Set just north of Sunset Boulevard, you'll feel like you're right in the midst of the Hollywood glamour and action without ever having

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The most love-filled holiday of the year is just around the corner, and with it comes lots of romance, inspiring declarations of love and other sentiments of affection. If you're looking to impress your sweetheart with a charming, unforgettable offering to show you care, The Agency's list of gifts is sure to leave a lasting impression on your beloved beau.

Tequila Casa Dragones Joven

This Valentine's Day, give your tequila lover a personalized bottle of Tequila Casa Dragones Joven, a special gift that they'll truly love. Each personalized bottle is hand-scripted by an expert calligrapher with the recipient's name or a personalized message on the label for a unique touch. Tequila Casa Dragones Joven is a master blend of 100% Blue Agave

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Our picks of places to go + things to do to make the most out of your February.

DON'T MISS → Modernism Week in Palm Springs, one of the most popular events of the year. Running Feb. 16-26, enjoy many different events like double decker bus architectural tours, midcentury modernism shows, art shows, educational events, lectures, parties, and much more. This year's celebration will include more than 100 featured events, including our top picks: Desert Palisades Al Beadle Home 1 and O'Donnell Home 1 Tour, Desert X Exhibition Preview with Artist Panel, Finishing Touches First Look: The Christopher Kennedy Compound, Cocktails at Tiffany's, and Beyond "Poolside Gossip". 

DRINK HERE → Greenbar Distillery hosts weekly cocktail classes throughout the

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In his latest column for MarketWatch, The Agency’s Edward Fitz weighs in on how the L.A. housing market may be losing momentum in residential sales this year. Although 2016 ended on a high note with two residential sales surpassing the $100 million mark, and several other multi-million dollar deals being closed, the number of overall sales hit a decline toward the end of the year. A large factor to consider is that the average home is unaffordable for most Los Angeles County residents, which makes homeownership seem like an unattainable goal for many.

According to the California Association of Realtors Affordability Index Third Quarter Report for 2016, the median home price in L.A. County was $536,720, an amount that only 26% of residents in the

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The Agency was thrilled to sponsor the 6th Annual Winter Wine Classic, a lively event showcasing more than 100 classic California wines from some of the state's most celebrated winemaking masters. Held Saturday, January 21 in Santa Barbara, the capital of Southern California's wine country, the event was one of many in the "California Wine Festival" series, hosted at various locations across the state each year.

The Winter Wine Classic took place steps from the ocean under a heated tent at The Fess Parker Resort, where two acoustic guitarists set the mood with California-inspired melodies. The VIP crowd, donning The Agency-branded, red bracelets, enjoyed a more intimate first hour, sipping selections from California's notable wineries and dining on

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Ventura Blvd Magazine joined The Agency in co-hosting the exclusive unveiling of the newest model home in the Country Ridge Estates collection, Paso Fino Estate. More than 110 guests were treated to a first glimpse inside the 6-bedroom residence situated on 12 acres of untouched countryside at the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains in Calabasas.      

As guests toured the property, enjoying far-reaching mountain and canyon views at sunset, they were serenaded by live music led by Los Angeles-based musician, David Villafaña. A selection of wines was provided and served by local importer Studio di Sole, and beverages were provided by sponsors Stella Artois and Penta. The Natural Mixologist featured a signature cocktail bar serving up three

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