From a glamorous, Gatsby-inspired twilight open in Bel Air to a star-studded soirée celebrating our 25th office opening in Downtown Los Angeles, 2018 was one for the books. As we set our sights on 2019, here’s a look back at our favorite parties of the year.
642 PERUGIA WAY PARTY – If Jay Gatsby threw a party in 2018, it would look a lot like James Harris, David Parnes and Mauricio Umansky’s epic twilight open at this stunning architectural estate in Bel Air. Flapper dancers performed on the pool terrace while aerial acrobats dazzled, pouring champagne for thirsty guests against a backdrop of the glimmering city lights.
THE CASTLE VIP LAUNCH EVENT – The Agency and hosts Paul Lester and Sandro Dazzan pulled out all the stops for the grand unveiling of The New Castle, an unprecedented property in the heart of Malibu by designer and builder Scott Gillen. Guests were whisked to the property in chaeffered Teslas and enjoyed sake and savory bites by Nobu Malibu as they explored the 12,500-square-foot residence and basked in sweeping ocean vistas.
VIP TWILIGHT OPEN AT SOLANA – The twilight soirée, hosted by Santiago Arana, Stefan Pommepuy and Mauricio Umansky, was the perfect homage to the iconic estate, blending the property’s enduring, Old Hollywood appeal with a lively, modern spirit. Two Roll Royces, courtesy of O’Gara Rolls Royce Westlake, looked right at home parked in the palm tree-lined motor court as guests made their arrivals, reveling in breathtaking ocean views that encompass the entire Montecito Valley past Santa Barbara’s waterfront to the Channel Islands.
461 BELLAGIO ROAD VIP LAUNCH – Originally designed for Robby Krieger of The Doors and his family, this midcentury modern Bel Air abode, represented by Sacha Radford, was the picture-perfect setting for a 70s-themed soiree. As guests made their arrivals, they posed for photos with groovy models in front of a vintage red Ferrari. Handle Bar spirits shook up inventive cocktails while attendees mingled and toured the 6,624-square-foot stunner.
511 N. ARDEN VIP LAUNCH – Million Dollar Listing L.A.’s James Harris and David Parnes hosted VIP guests for an exclusive twilight open at this stunning contemporary home in the heart of Beverly Hills. Guests indulged in an intimate ROE Caviar tasting, cocktails and apps as they toured the striking glass and steel home.
8854 THRASHER TWILIGHT OPEN – Perched atop the exclusive Bird Streets of L.A. with sweeping city-to-ocean views, this modern masterpiece defines the Hollywood Hills lifestyle. Blair Chang hosted agents and esteemed guests for a sophisticated twilight broker’s open, featuring sushi from Katsuya and Siempre Tequila cocktails.
THE AGENCY’S 7TH BIRTHDAY – We’ve come a long way in seven years; from our humble beginnings in a tiny office space in Beverly Hills, just a handful of agents and a few folding chairs, to our rise as an industry leader. So when it came time to ring in lucky number seven, we had to throw an elaborate Southern-style barbecue to celebrate—an Agency tradition.
600 E. RUSTIC VIP LAUNCH – Originally designed by Frank Gehry, this spectacular one-acre compound in Santa Monica’s coveted Rustic Canyon, represented by Cindy Ambuehl and Blair Chang, is a sight to be seen. Guests enjoyed cocktails and sushi by Chef Colin Whitbread of Soosh LA while reveling in the property’s transportive grounds, which proved ideal for the early fall fete.
GLENMERE WAY VIP LAUNCH – In a stunning display of The Agency’s passion for collaboration and technology, Billy Rose celebrated the grand unveiling of The Starview Estate in Brentwood with an elegant twilight event at the property. Co-hosted by Perkins Development Group and Workhorse, the industry-disrupting company behind the SureFly, the night also doubled as the West Coast unveiling of the highly anticipated drone helicopter.
25TH OFFICE CELEBRATION AT METROPOLIS – Situated in the flourishing Downtown Los Angeles sports and entertainment district, Metropolis Los Angeles—the largest mixed-use development in the Western United States—proved the perfect setting for a lavish twilight event celebrating The Agency’s 25th office, now open in South Florida. Well-heeled agents, family and friends, including Mauricio, his wife Kyle Richards and her fashionable friends, joined to toast the milestone.