The Agency Daily

By Kofi Natei Nartey, Director, Sports & Entertainment Division at The Agency

Although the $2 Billion purchase of the Los Angeles Dodgers by Magic Johnson and his investment group has definitely stirred up new interest in the franchise, I had not jumped in line for season tickets yet. My younger brother was drafted in the second round by the New York Mets several years ago. I had considered this as my family’s contribution to baseball, and it marked the height of my interest in the sport. However, there might be a “change up.”

Recently, I took over a listing that belonged to an executive with the Dodgers. The property had been on the market with another agent for the previous 9 months with no activity (Strike Out!). The purpose of my initial

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Restaurateur and wealth manager Kerry Moy has joined the growing number of executives and entrepreneurs who now call Downtown Los Angeles home. Moy, who has 11 restaurants in Southern California, including Wokano and the Green Hut Cafe in Downtown L.A., has purchased a one-bedroom, two-bathroom home with a den at The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE, the five-star luxury residential tower where residents are pampered 24-hours a day by the legendary Ritz-Carlton Hotel services.

As the L.A. Times reports, the 1,303-square-foot residence "takes in views of the swimming pool, the downtown skyline and L.A. Live." Moy, who, in addition to being a restaurateur, is VP of Wealth Management at Merrill Lynch in Beverly Hills, says the home is fast becoming

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The star-studded attention and summer-like temperatures in January are reason enough, but in true California fashion, we’ve given the rest of the country something else to be jealous about: our ability to cultivate an outdoor haven well after the sun has set. As was the case with our earliest ancestors, the magestic nature of fire still remains a focal point of human interaction today. A dream home in California just isn’t complete unless your gathering with friends has been beckoned outside by the warm glow of an outdoor fire. Sorry, candles…you don’t cut the cake anymore. Here are five properties that really turn up the heat.

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Location: 12 Bay Island, Newport Beach, CA

Size: 5 Bedrooms / 7 baths; over 5,400 square feet

For Sale:

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It's no secret we're excited about all the new development in Downtown Los Angeles, from top-tier restaurants and casual cafes to boutique hotels, residential developments and more. Yes, the revival is in full force, and it's about to get even better for those who live, work and visit the heart of our city, as Los Angeles County officials announced that the Grand Park will finally open this summer. The 12-acre park, which runs from Grand Avenue at the Music Center to Spring Street at City Hall, will be downtown's largest green, gathering space, with a capacity for 18,000 people.

As stated on the park's website, the vision of the Grand Park is "provide Angelenos of all walks of life a place where they can come together to celebrate, reflect, and shape

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Location: 8274 Grand View Road, Hollywood Hills

Size: 4 Bedrooms / 3 baths; 3,000 square feet

For Rent: $10,000/month

Agents: Aileen Comora and Paul Lester

As daylight fades and the lights of the city below begin to flicker from dim to bright, take a seat at the edge of the pool at 8274 Grand View Road, perched high above it all in the Hollywood Hills. This post and beam 4 bedroom, 3 bath home, designed by famed architect Richard Dorman, takes full advantage of its perfect setting on the appropriately-named Grand View Road. The pool, gardens and yard provide a welcoming respite and stellar city-to-ocean view any time of day, but it doesn't get any better as, and when, the sun goes down. Step inside and you can still soak it all up from the

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Some referred to it as “Sportsageddon” while others called it “Playoff-Palooza”—either way, last weekend in Downtown Los Angeles marked an unprecedented amount of action for the entertainment powerhouse AEG (Anschutz Entertainment Group), owner and developer of the Ritz Carlton Residences at LA LIVE. The Staples Center and LA LIVE! complex were host to tens of thousands of fans shuffling back and forth to watch their favorite athletes hit hockey pucks, three-point shots and the pavement.

When Staples Center General Manager Lee Zeidman received Sunday’s schedule, his response was, “you’ve got to be kidding.“ The arena had to seamlessly coordinate a Kings’ playoff game in the afternoon followed by a Clippers’ playoff battle that evening—not to mention

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Once the deals are closed, bar tabs are settled and friends are dropped off at LAX, all you really want to do is settle back into a calm place to call home. Say hello to West Hollywood, a meeting ground for creatives, suits and beach bums itching for a cultural awakening that can only be found by venturing inland to the epicenter of all that's fun, stylish and cool in L.A. We bring to you three properties situated between the drama of Sunset Blvd. and Santa Monica Blvd. and at the heart of The Avenues, a SoCal region boasting year-round activities that celebrate art, design and the diversity of the district.

Location: 8265 Fountain Avenue #401, West Hollywood

Size: 3 Bedrooms / 4 baths; 3,000 square feet

For Sale: $1,895,000

Agent: Manuela

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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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I have often been asked the question: What is the best neighborhood in Los Angeles? Being a native Angelino to me the answer to the question is not where is the best place but rather what fits your lifestyle the best and is your living space an extension of your personality. For me, the East side fits the bill.

L.A. is never short on personality, and that’s especially true on the East Side. Many leading architects have designed and built homes throughout the area, providing a diverse selection of architectural styles to choose from. The proximity to the Silver Lake Reservoir, Griffith Park Observatory and the Downtown L.A. skyline create an incredible feel and offer spectacular views of many of the city’s most famous landmarks.

On the East Side

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The proverbial American Dream isn't one that's always fulfilled on U.S. soil. Just ask Joanne and Bruce Kerner, two television producers who found success and well-being more than 7,000 miles away on the South Island of New Zealand.

As a second act to prolific careers in Hollywood, the couple bought 99-acres of land in the breathtakingly beautiful Marlborough region of New Zealand, converted it to a vineyard and built a spacious 6,458-square-foot home on the property designed for both entertaining and enjoying the solitude of the countryside. The two have since created a family business, Kerner Estate, that produces award-winning wine and olive oil, all the while soaking up the good life of living and working in one of the most scenic places on the

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