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The results are in for REAL Trends’ "The Thousand 2017," and The Agency is thrilled to have 13 of its agents recognized among the best of the best. In partnership with The Wall Street Journal, the annual ranking is among the most prestigious in the industry, paying tribute to the top 1,000 real estate professionals in the U.S. by sales volume. 

CEO and Co-Founder Mauricio Umansky was named the Number 5 agent in the U.S. with a total sales volume of over $430.5MM. 2017 marks Mauricio’s seventh consecutive year (excepting 2011, when he didn’t submit due to Co-Founding The Agency) placing in The Thousand’s Top 10. This year, Mauricio represented one of L.A.’s highest-ever recorded sales, The Playboy Mansion, which closed for $100 million.

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It was a lively affair as guests gathered to celebrate the grand opening of The Agency's new Calabasas office last week. Located near The Commons at 23622 Calabasas Road, Suite 148, the office will be led by The Agency's Managing Partner Emil Hartoonian, Sales Manager Jason Galardi and Estates Director Craig Knizek.

Guests mingled and mixed during the launch party, enjoying cocktails while savoring bites from neighborhood Italian eatery Rosti Tuscan Kitchen. SoulCycle Calabasas gifted free class passes and Rosti provided 10% off coupons for patrons to enjoy. A ribbon cutting ceremony organized and presented by the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce served as a fitting prelude to what will surely be an exciting new chapter at The Agency.

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The Hollywood Hills and the word “flat” are hardly synonymous; however, a new, modern architectural gem has melded the two, situated on an extremely rare, flat, nearly half-acre site in the highly sought-after Macapa Enclave. 7139 Macapa Drive is in a league of its own, making the most of its location amidst the rolling hills and canyons, capturing views of the Hollywood Sign, Griffith Observatory, and the downtown skyline.     

The four-bedroom, single-story home was designed and built by the acclaimed team of Unified RES to offer grand-scale features and amenities that take residential living to new heights. Masterfully designed interiors transition seamlessly to the expansive, 200-foot long, flat outdoor living area—envisioned as a private,

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As the summer heats up, the thirst for cool, fruity cocktails to accompany long days spent poolside rises. Whether throwing an outdoor soiree or perfecting your summer glow, a drink in hand makes everything better. Here are some of our top picks for cocktails and other mixed drinks to satisfy your taste buds and keep you cool and refreshed all summer long.

ROSÉ LEMONADE → There’s nothing more peaceful than swaying lazily in a hammock with the summer breeze sweeping by and a glass of lemonade in hand—that is unless a touch of rosé comes into play. Mixing two of summer’s most classic drinks together is nothing short of heaven.

Recipe: Mix one bottle of rosé with three cups of lemonade and one can of club soda into a pitcher of ice.

PEACHED ICED

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

EAT HERE → Gratitude in Beverly Hills. This plant-based eatery, which opened last month, is the new hotspot in town. From the folks at Cafe Gratitude, this location features health-conscious drinks and food that follows a similar suit to their other outposts (see: Cafe Gratitude and Gracias Madre). The menu, designed by Executive Chef Dreux Ellis, features several Cafe Gratitude fan favorites, including the mole enchiladas and pad thai kelp noodles. Need more of a pick-me-up? Try one of the restaurant's exquisitely crafted cocktail creations from Beverage Director Jason Eisner, like the Turmeric Mule, featuring cold-pressed turmeric and essential oils, and the Cleansetini,

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Sacramento is in the midst of a real estate boom. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that bidding wars are heating up as downtown undergoes a modern revitalization, attracting "a rush of buyers and flurry of development." Naming Sacramento California's newest real estate hotspot, the WSJ reports the city is experiencing "spillover" from the San Francisco and Silicon Valley tech boom, as buyers flock an hour-and-a-half to the northeast for its ease of living and walkable, bikeable lifestyle. 

Downtown is now bustling with urban-renewal projects, among them the newly completed indoor/outdoor NBA arena, Golden 1 Center. The home of the Sacramento Kings gained worldwide acclaim as the first solar-powered, LEED Platinum sports arena in the country.

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The newest residential offering in Santa Monica, AIRE, is nearing completion, set to debut 19 contemporary residences designed to accentuate the city's quintessential outdoor lifestyle. Garden flats and multi-story townhomes feature bright, breezy interiors that flow effortlessly to private outdoor living spaces, some being private rooftop terraces with Pacific Ocean views. 

AIRE is already garnering headlines, recently featured on The Sunday Times' list of the hottest properties around the world, in Ocean Home Magazine's A Breath of Fresh AIRE, and in DIGS Magazine's Reaching New Heights for its double-height ceilings and overall feeling of expansiveness. 

We recently sat down with architect Alice Kimm of the L.A.-based firm John Friedman Alice

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Need some inspiration for your summer travel plans? We've got you covered. Whether you're looking for a relaxing beach escape or a big adventure, The Agency's 2017 Travel Guide features some of the top luxury travel destinations around the globe.

Capri, Italy
The original Italian island retreat, Capri features dramatic views and the bluest ocean you have ever seen. The Agency's Jonathan Ruiz's top pick: Ristorante La Fontelina. Spend the perfect day in Capri with one of the best lunches you've ever had. Relax on the rocks sipping rosé or take a dip in the Mediterranean while waiting for your table. Feast on fresh fish and pasta; all-time favorites include spaghetti with clams and fried paranza. Don't forget to enjoy a post-meal nap on the daybeds!

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The Agency hosted a lively soiree last week, introducing guests to one of the West Side’s newest luxury apartment buildings, Chelsea Santa Monica.

Hosted on the property’s rooftop deck—which showcases some of the most stunning ocean views in the city—guests mingled while enjoying sounds by Daniel Morris Music and savory bites and sips from 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza and Santa Monica Brew Works. Chelsea staff provided guests with tours of some of the model units, which feature chic, modern interiors with designer appliances and fixtures.

As the newest addition to the Santa Monica neighborhood—situated between Ocean Avenue and the ever-popular Third Street Promenade— Chelsea Santa Monica provides residents with an upscale living experience

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With Memorial Day serving as the unofficial kickoff to summer, we've got pool parties on our minds. From a classic Julius Shulman-photographed swimming pool at a mid-century post-and-beam in Fryman Canyon to a zero-edge infinity in Malibu that appears to stretch right into the Pacific, these five homes offer the perfect pools for swimming, sipping, and sunbathing your way through L.A.'s hottest season.

Architectural Estate | Fryman Canyon

Once captured by renowned architecture photographer Julius Shulman, the swimming pool at this mid-century post-and-beam home is perfectly positioned to catch the sun's rays all day long—a rarity in Fryman Canyon. An expansive outdoor wood burning fireplace is the perfect spot to cozy up after a twilight

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