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No longer “the other desert city,” Rancho Mirage has blossomed into a coveted, architecturally significant neighborhood favored by celebrities, politicians and modernist enthusiasts alike.

Thanks in part to the creation of the now legendary Thunderbird and Tamarisk Country Clubs in the 1950s, what was once a barren expanse of scattered ranches and pre-war homes in the desert east of Palm Springs is now one of California’s toniest neighborhoods. It was here, in Rancho Mirage, where the trend of building luxury homes on fairways was born, inspiring the rich and famous to embrace a new style of desert living. The clubs became an "oasis of influence," with the who’s who of Hollywood—including Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Lucille

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Pictured above, 33020 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu

From a contemporary Malibu estate with a tropical indoor-outdoor garden to a luxe villa in Turks and Caicos with a jungle for a backyard, the grounds and gardens of these six incredible estates will inspire your inner green thumb.

33020 PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY | MALIBU

Tucked behind gates on a private street in Malibu next to some of So Cal’s best surf breaks, this newly designed contemporary estate, represented by Cooper Mount and Sandro Dazzan, brings a tropical island vibe to the iconic beachside living experience. Sliding walls of glass off open, airy living spaces lead to expansive decks and manicured lawns surrounded by lush, tropical foliage. Vibrant bouganvilla and exotic palms color

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As summer draws to its inevitable end, Noe Valley celebrated the high season in true San Franciscan style—with its 9th annual SummerFEST. The five-hour celebration, sponsored in part by The Agency, is a collaboration between the Community for the Noe Valley Town Square, the Noe Valley Association, and the Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals Association, and drew children and adults of all ages for an afternoon of fun, family-friendly activities in Noe Valley Town Square.

The festive event offered an opportunity for the community to come together and for local merchants to share their appreciation. Free activities included a petting zoo, face painting, Pop-a-Shot basketball, Connect-4, a bounce house, balloon artist, and live music by local

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It was a royal affair as Santa Barbara’s finest gathered at Solana, one of Montecito’s original Hilltop Baron estates, to raise a glass as the monumental property comes to market.

Spanning more than 11 knoll-top acres with 360-degree views that encompass the entire Montecito Valley past Santa Barbara’s waterfront and south to the Channel Islands, Solana stands as one of Santa Barbara's most pedigreed properties. Originally built in 1914, the 22,000-square-foot estate was the site of a prominent American think tank from 1958 to 1978 and counts John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. among its esteemed guests.

Represented by Stefan Pommepuy, Santiago Arana and Mauricio Umansky, the century-old estate recently underwent a three-year restoration

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One of the world’s most beloved mountain destinations, Park City has evolved from a winter favorite into a thriving, year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts and cultural denizens alike. Between Park City ski area and nearby Deer Valley, Park City provides 8,200 acres of skiable terrain, plus incredible golf, hiking, mountain biking, open-air concerts, shopping, dining and nightlife—not to mention playing host to the renowned Sundance Film Festival every year. For those not lucky enough to call Park City their year-round home, its proximity to places like Los Angeles and San Francisco means city dwellers can catch a plane at breakfast and be on the slopes—or in the woods—by lunchtime.

This week, the iconic mountain town was the place to see

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From glass skyscrapers to pretty Georgian facades, London offers the discerning house hunter an incredible array of home styles to choose from. In this special edition of Gideon’s Agency Roadshow, the London native met up with The Agency’s partners at Savills and set out to discover two of the capital’s most alluring listings.

There was, of course, only one car for the job—a quintessentially British automobile that remains as captivating today as when it was first revealed to the world in 1961: the E-Type Jaguar. Enzo Ferrari called it “the most beautiful car ever made.” Climbing into a 1966 4.2litre, GT-spec, Eagle E-Type, Gideon got to grips with the £450,000 classic. Eagle was formed in 1984 by Henry Pearman, who set out to redevelop original

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Curated by a team of visionaries, industry leaders and influential global design brands working together to shape the future of luxury lifestyle through architecture, audio, art and contemporary design, The Art of Sound symposium debuted four days of eclectic programming at Frank Lloyd Wright’s landmark Norman Lykes House in Scottsdale.

The symposium, exhibition and immersive experience welcomed well-heeled influencers from around the globe along with local VIPs for a range of panels and presentations exploring contemporary architecture and its impact on art and design. Represented by The Agency’s Roxanne Johnson, Jack Luciano, and Raul Siqueiros, the landmark Norman Lykes House proved the perfect setting for

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A soirée fit for a king marked the grand opening celebration of the newest gleaming tower to grace the Downtown Los Angeles skyline. Metropolis Tower II is now selling its exquisite collection of studio, one- and two-bedroom residences, represented by The Agency Development Group and located within steps of L.A. Live, STAPLES Center and the Arts and Financial Districts. Tower II’s new furnished model residences and amenity offerings were unveiled in unbelievable style Saturday with A Midsummer Night’s Dream bash overlooking the city.

Showcasing innovative, contemporary architecture by the award-winning Gensler, Tower II presents the next opportunity to own within Metropolis, which features three residential towers, the boutique Hotel Indigo and

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With back to school time on the horizon, we’ve shined a spotlight on eight kid-centric causes our agents and friends support that benefit children around the world. From an organization dedicated to helping children pursue their dreams of higher education to programs focused on children’s health and the arts, these individuals and global organizations are making a difference, one child at a time.

LEARNING LAB VENTURES

Dr. Jon Marashi, friend of The Agency and neighbor of our Brentwood office, opened our eyes to this incredible organization, Learning Lab Ventures, whose mission is to disrupt generational poverty and empower high-achieving, underrepresented students to graduate from top colleges. Hollywood’s go-to dentist by day, Dr. Marashi

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Located on Malibu’s prestigious lower Winding Way, where the Santa Monica mountains meet the ocean, Sundance Ranch Malibu offers a sophisticated country lifestyle just 15 miles from Santa Monica and moments from the Pacific. Showcasing panoramic ocean views and world-class equestrian facilities on nearly 11 acres, the breathtaking property proved the ideal backdrop for a sunset equestrian display by Balmoral, trainers of some of the most elite hunter and jumper horses in the nation.

As guests mingled and explored the expansive grounds, Balmoral wasted no time putting the ranch’s incredible facilities—including seven large turnouts, a massive ocean-view riding arena, 2,860-square-foot round pen and two exceptional barns—to use for a range of

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