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The Agency’s Guide To Palm Springs

Jul. 11, 2014
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Palm Springs is hot (no really, it’s like 115 right now). I’m talking about the heat Palm Springs has been getting the last few years. Some will say that this happens every 20 years or so, and that this is just another instance in the usual cycle. But this is different. There is definitely a renaissance happening.

The Agency Guide To Silver Lake

Mar. 6, 2014
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There’s a reason Silver Lake has become one of the hottest neighborhoods in Los Angeles for homebuyers over the last decade. The lifestyle it allows is hard to duplicate, as there’s something intoxicating about the Mountain and City views, abundant green spaces and the progressive, ever-changing atmosphere of this well established LA enclave.

The Agency Guide To Echo Park

Feb. 12, 2014
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To me, Echo Park represents the Eastside at its best, a diverse, colorful neighborhood full of energy, pop-up boutiques, amazing restaurants, coffee shops, inventive graffiti murals and lots of exciting real estate (with prices fast on the rise). Flanked by Silver Lake to the west and Downtown to the east, Echo Park is where I spend most of my days when not in New York, and it has a walkable, village feel not unlike Brooklyn.

The Agency Guide To Pacific Palisades

Jan. 28, 2014
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By Santiago Arana As a real estate agent who spends most of my week traversing the city, going from home to home and meeting to meeting, I really look forward to a day off, when I can simply stay in the Pacific Palisades and spend the entire day with my family. I usually start the… Read more

The Agency Guide To Playa Vista


Hip, urban, contemporary, family friendly, pet friendly, walkable, unique – these are all words I’ve heard used to describe my amazing neighborhood, the Westside community of Playa Vista. Located between Marina del Rey, Westchester, Culver City and Playa del Rey, Playa Vista is one of the newest fully-planned communities in Southern California. With over 3,000 existing homes and hundreds more on the horizon, housing is just the beginning of what this amazing community has to offer.

The Agency Guide To Manhattan Beach

Nov. 5, 2013
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As a lifelong resident of Manhattan Beach, I am proud to be a local in what is and has always been an amazing city. Manhattan Beach has changed dramatically in the last 15 years, and many of the old spots that made Manhattan Beach the off-the-radar, mom-and-pop store, surfer beach town it once was are now gone. Many people only know Manhattan the way it is seen today, with a multitude of highly rated restaurants, boutique hotels and high-end shops.

The Agency Guide To Oxnard Shores

Oct. 8, 2013
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If you want to catch the next wave of beachfront properties on the highly coveted California shoreline, a great place to start is in the community of Oxnard Shores.

The Agency Guide To Montecito, California

Sep. 18, 2013
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I spend as much time as I can in Montecito. It’s a wonderful little village that sits on the ocean, bordered by the mountains, painting a picture of serenity. There is such a ‘hometown’ feel about it. No traffic jams – it’s all very casual and laid back. Yet Montecito is also full of celebrities and the wealthy who have chosen to own a home here. I have many friends and clients here, and they all have two or more homes.

The Agency’s Guide To Malibu

Jul. 24, 2013
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Located just 12 miles north of Santa Monica lies the once sleepy, rustic beach town known simply as the “Bu.” Malibu Beach is a 20-mile stretch of coastline that was once made famous by the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean. Most of the time, the “Bu” is still quiet and uncrowded – except for the summer months, when the affluent residents go on holiday and rent their beach houses for up to $100,000 per month.

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