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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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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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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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Tim Leiweke, CEO and president of Anschutz Entertainment Group Worldwide, the owner and developer for The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. Live, recently talked with Bloomberg Television's Willow Bay about the company's plans to bring an NFL franchise to Los Angeles as well as the development of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Leiweke drives home the huge economic impact AEG's vision of bringing an NFL team back to Los Angeles will have on the city. He estimates the development of the stadium and convention center will bring at least 10 new hotels to downtown L.A., which would introduce more than $3 billion in additional development. Altogether he predicts a $5 billion impact as a result of AEG's plan. It would be the leading job creator in L.A.,

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The Agency's Craig Knizek knows that his listing at 15963 Woodvale Road is truly a one-of-a-kind property. "This house and this property, in this location, is pretty much impossible to replicate," Knizek tells Ventura Blvd, which features the 4.62-acre estate, located in Encino's prestigious Royal Oaks enclave, in the magazine's latest issue.

What also can't be replicated is the property's legacy as the former estate of Shirley MacLaine. The Academy Award-winner called the residence her home in the late 1960s through the mid-1970s, a period of time that saw her star in such films as Women Times Seven, Sweet Charity and Two Mules for Sister Sara, which she appeared in alongside Clint Eastwood. When she wasn't on location filming, MacLaine

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When we first featured 431 Howland Canal on The Agency blog, we noted its steps-away proximity to Abbot Kinney Boulevard's collection of fashionable boutiques, great eateries and numerous art galleries, all situated in a laid back setting that only Venice Beach can offer.

Well, GQ has taken notice of what locals have long known (and perhaps wanted to keep their own little secret), declaring Abbot Kinney Boulevard "The Coolest Block in America."

"Just about everything in GQ's Style Bible (plus delicious cocktails and a swim) can be had on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice California," says the magazine (view article here). In making its claim, GQ highlights 14 of the boutiques (Jack Spade, A+R, Guild, Waraku, Milkmade and Surfing Cowboys, to name a

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Here is some of the most recent media coverage of The Agency homes.

"In Beverly Hills, $6.9M Architectural Stunner Awaits Buyer"

Trulia: Luxe Living

Listed by The Agency's Mauricio Umansky and Jay Harris, 1060 Woodland Dr is an architectural masterpiece epitomizing the very best of Southern California indoor/outdoor design with its seamless open plan flow, which includes pocketed Fleetwood sliding doors connecting the walls-of-glass living room to the outside entertainment deck. Explore this stunning home through its photo slideshow on Trulia's Luxe Living blog.

"Hidden Treasure: Palazzo de Sono, 11947 Iredell in Studio City"

Ventura Blvd

As we noted in our post about Palazzo de Sono, this grand Italian estate at 11947 Iredell is used to being in

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It seems the renaissance in Downtown Los Angeles is in overdrive. In the past 30 days, The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE has sold 11 homes – more than $14.5 Million total in sales – to Downtown executives, students attending nearby schools and sophisticated international buyers looking to own a luxury residence in Downtown Los Angeles.

The recent sales come on the heels of the The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE celebrating the one-year anniversary since its first homeowner moved in. A total of 53 homes have closed since February 16, 2011, amassing approximately $96 Million in sales. Compared to any other luxury high-rise development in Southern California, more million-dollar-plus homes have closed at The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A.

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Palazzo di Sono, the grand Italian estate at 11947 Iredell in Fryman Canyon Estates, is accustomed to being in the spotlight. The elegant residence poised atop a private knoll in the exclusive Studio City neighborhood has appeared in episodes of HBO's True Blood, and it is featured regularly on E!'s Keeping Up With the Kardashians as the home of the Jenners. Most recently, Palazzo di Sono garnered attention in the April 2012 issue of Ventura Blvd in an in-depth profile piece titled "Hidden Treasure."

Noting the home's stature as "a celebrity in its own right," the article highlights Palazzo di Sono's extensive renovation inspired by the Medici palace in Florence and its perfect blend of modern features, sophistication and craftsmanship.

The joy and

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We already knew our Blue Hole Bay listing was a one-of-a-kind property in the Bahamas with its sparkling, turquoise waters and white sand beach wrapping around Dean's Blue Hole – the deepest undersea cave in the world. But recent discoveries by marine biologists suggest that it may be even more extraordinary in that it, along with other blue holes in the Bahamas, may hold clues to how life evolved here on Earth.

Marine biologist Tom Iliffe and his colleagues from Texas A&M studied three blue holes in the Bahamas and discovered that each had significantly different microbes living in them from the others. As Discovery.com points out: "The fact that each cave has different conditions from the others and thus a different palette of life helps scientists

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