From the priciest penthouse for lease in Downtown L.A. to a cliffside stunner in Baja, our listings nabbed major headlines this month. Check out the latest installment of The Agency’s Hotlist.
THE AGENCY → “Meet The Agency, where co-founder & CEO Mauricio Umansky and co-founder & president Billy Rose insist egos must be left at the door,” writes Forbes. This month, the outlet caught up with Mauricio and Billy in a feature exploring The Agency’s humble beginnings, from a single 1,800-square-foot office space to an industry-disrupting powerhouse with more than $12 billion in transactions and 16 locations worldwide—and counting.
VICA SILVER LAKE → Seamlessly integrating the authenticity and urban spirit of L.A.’s much-loved Silver Lake neighborhood with modern-day, European sensibilities, Vica is the first new-build condominium offering to come to Silver Lake in more than a decade. Located on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Micheltorena Street and developed by Barth Partners and Barry Leddy Developments, the highly anticipated project, readying to open in spring of 2019, was featured in Curbed Los Angeles.
CASA FINISTERRA → Built into an enchanting cliff 250 feet above the Pacific, this Steven Harris-designed refuge was showcased in Galerie Magazine. Represented by Billy Rose and Jeff Kohl, the 7,500-square-foot glass and steel home is built around an exquisite courtyard that incorporates boulders found on-site. Hidden skylights, walls of glass, and slender clerestory windows bathe the residence in natural light, while a two-story outdoor living room and cantilevered infinity pool overlook mesmerizing views of the Baja Peninsula.
924 PALISADES BEACH ROAD → Situated on Santa Monica’s fabled Gold Coast, this phenomenal beachfront residence, represented by Santiago Arana, was designed with the aesthetics of a modern yacht in mind. From its central architectural staircase, inspired by the stairs to the California Incline, to a breathtaking rooftop lounge and staggering master suite with 12-foot glass walls revealing expansive views of Santa Monica bay, its opulent features caught the eye of Cottages & Gardens.
888 S. OLIVE → Among the most expensive penthouse residences for lease in Los Angeles, 888 South Olive St. is an entertainer’s dream. The fully-furnished, two-level penthouse boasts four chef-caliber kitchens, 10 bathrooms, a lounge with full bar, two formal dining rooms and an oversized living room that leads to an expansive terrace overlooking the glimmering city skyline. Represented by Kerry Marsico and offered at $100,000 a month, the penthouse recently nabbed a feature in The Washington Post.
GINA BLANCARTE → “[Emerald Bay] is where CEOs wear their board shorts to come and relax and not be bothered," Gina tells CNBC’s Secret Lives of the Super Rich. Among those trading their suits for trunks in the prestigious beachside hamlet is none other than legendary investor Warren Buffett. In the latest episode of the popular show, Gina takes viewers behind the scenes of an $18 million Emerald Beach stunner and dishes on what makes the tony enclave shine.
19936 PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY → The sound of gently crashing ocean waves isn’t the only thing musical about this Malibu beach abode. For listing agent Don Heller, the home itself is reminiscent of a grand concert hall. “‘You get all the sensory experiences of sound, light, views and connection to people,’” Don muses to The Star. The 3,680-square-foot abode home boasts soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass windows showcasing 50 feet of breathtaking beachfront. The master features a large fireplace, spa-like bathroom and ocean view balcony, while all lower level bedrooms open to spacious decks with direct access to the beach.
WEINTRAUB ESTATE → The awe-inspiring contemporary home built for famed producer Jerry Weintraub graced The Los Angeles Times this month. Tucked into the mountains and spanning approximately 1.5 acres in Palm Desert’s elite Bighorn Country Club community, the Guy Dreier-designed home, represented by Richard Bartholomew, David Findley and Mauricio Umansky boasts architectural interiors designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding desert landscape. Sliding pocket doors make way to reveal two infinity-edge swimming pools and spas, while expansive outdoor living spaces overlook the golf course and desert canyons beyond.
2401 COMMONWEALTH AVE → Actor Chris Diamantopoulos and wife, Ugly Betty’s Becki Newton, share quite the pretty Los Feliz pad. Sited on an elevated corner parcel surrounded by mature cypress trees, the three-story architectural estate made headlines in The Los Angeles Times and Variety. Boasting four bedrooms and three baths across 3,165 square feet of living space, the home, represented by Aileen Comora and Paul Lester, features an imported German kitchen and both formal and informal living and dining rooms. Sliding walls of glass flow to gracious outdoor entertaining areas complete with olive trees, a fireplace, pool and spa.