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What do Jim Morrison and Marion Davies have in common? Aside from being two of L.A.’s most enduring cultural icons, they both roamed the halls of a certain 1920s Hollywood landmark way back when.

Located in quaint Franklin Village, near the base of Beachwood Canyon, Villa Carlotta has played host to some of the city’s most intriguing personalities over the decades. Designed by Arthur E. Harvey in the classic Spanish Colonial Revival Style, the legendary apartment building and designated city historic landmark was deemed “the last word on luxury” by The Los Angeles Times when it made its debut in 1926. Now, after a $5.5 million renovation by CGI Strategies, the historic residence is welcoming a new wave of dreamers looking to make their mark on the

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The Agency is thrilled to announce its arrival in Pasadena. Beloved for its beautiful gardens, iconic Rose Bowl stadium and charming, walkable Old Town, Pasadena is L.A. County’s fourth-oldest city—and it wears its history proud. Pasadena’s historic beaux arts bridges, California craftsman bungalows and romantic Spanish villas serve as a reminder of its storied past, while a host of innovative tech companies, eclectic galleries and creative eateries are attracting a new wave of homebuyers.

The new Pasadena office will be led by Managing Partner Gus Ruelas, who brings more than 20 years of industry experience to the team. More than 10 agents join Gus in Pasadena with many more top producers set to join the firm in the coming months.

“With Gus, we

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The results are in for REAL Trends’ “The Thousand 2018,” and The Agency is proud to have topped the charts once again with 11 of our own recognized among the best of the best in real estate.

Now in its 13th year, The Thousand recognizes America’s top 1,000 real estate sales professionals and teams, who collectively place in the top one-half of one percent of more than 1.25 million licensed real estate professionals nationwide. In partnership with The Wall Street Journal, The Thousand is widely considered the most prestigious ranking in real estate.

The Agency’s CEO and Co-Founder Mauricio Umansky ranked Number 3 on this year’s list with a total sales volume of over $548MM. This marks Mauricio’s eighth consecutive year placing in The Thousand’s

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The dazzling LED video art installation that welcomes residents and guests to Metropolis has won international distinction for its innovation and creativity. “Convergence” spans 100 feet wide and 20 feet tall at the porte-cochere entrance of Tower I and provides an ever-evolving exploration of L.A.’s diversity, creativity, culture and community. Commissioned by Greenland USA, “Convergence” is a collaborative piece by local artists Refik Anadol and Susan Narduli and conceived to express and respond to the spirit of the city in a seamless fusion of digital content, public space and urban life.

“Metropolis is a reflection of the new Downtown Los Angeles community and a gateway to the district,” said Anadol. “Similarly, we’ve built ‘Convergence’ on

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The incredible path to success for The Agency’s James Harris and David Parnes is one for the books. The Million Dollar Listing L.A. stars and "Billion Dollar Brits" sold over half a billion dollars in real estate in 2017, and have just reached $1 billion in listing inventory in the first five months of 2018 alone. How do two lads from the UK move stateside and go on to build a billion dollar real estate empire—and keep the momentum going year after year? The answer may lie in a small but mighty team that serves as the backbone of the operation.

“Our success has been a 100% direct result of our teamwork and the individual strengths that each of us bring to the table,” says David. “Having a strong infrastructure allows James and I to dedicate

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Impeccably reimagined in 2017 and constructed with the finest materials, 1118 Tower Road elegantly blends traditional Spanish architecture and contemporary design in the heart of Beverly Hills.

On Thursday, June 14th, The Agency’s Jon Grauman hosted agents and esteemed guests for a VIP twilight open to showcase the exceptional property. Guests were treated to an evening straight out of Seville, complete with Siempre Tequila, La Caña Spanish wine, tapas by Choux Choux L.A. and the soothing sounds of Jose Garcia’s flamenco guitar while enjoying the cool evening breeze.  

The home’s fully hedged, grassy backyard proved the perfect setting for the alfresco soirée. Designed for elaborate entertaining, French doors off sweeping living and dining

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From a professional tennis court to an entertainer's level beyond compare, we’ve rounded up eight spaces fit for fathers of all stripes. Whether your dad’s a pool shark or wine connoisseur; cinefile or sun god, we’ve got him covered this Father’s Day—and all the days thereafter.

FOR THE POOL SHARK - 8 BEVERLY PARK, BEVERLY HILLS

Trading the typical barroom neon for natural light, the billiards room at this Beverly Park stunner, represented by Christopher Dyson, boasts major indoor-outdoor appeal. Folding pocket doors open the entire space to the pool terrace and lush grounds beyond, so dad can take in the views while he brushes up on his favorite game—and go for a swim to cool off afterward. We call it pool two ways.

FOR THE GUY’S GUY

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It may be June, but there’s no gloom in our forecast. Here’s a look at the hottest properties and personalities making headlines this month.

L.A.’S PANORAMIC PENTHOUSE LISTINGS  “Los Angeles is topping off—pouring on penthouses like a third glass of exquisite champagne,” writes Forbes in a story showcasing L.A.’s most luxurious penthouses. Topping the list was Level Penthouse, an 18,000 SF, two-story residence represented by Kerry Marsico; Penthouse 5 and Penthouse 6 at Ten50, represented by Kevin Dees; and The Penthouse Collection at Metropolis, represented by James Harris and David Parnes.

THE PENTHOUSE COLLECTION AT METROPOLIS  Among the only two-story penthouses in Downtown Los Angeles, The Penthouse Collection, situated atop Tower I at

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Nestled in the guard-gated celebrity enclave of Beverly Park, 8 Beverly Park exudes the timeless grandeur of the city’s most iconic estates. Fully reimagined by internationally acclaimed design firm Harrison Design, the seven-bedroom, ten-bathroom tour de force is replete with unbridled amenities and contemporary finishes in one of the city’s most esteemed neighborhoods.

On Thursday, June 7th, The Agency’s Christopher Dyson hosted agents and special guests for a twilight broker’s open to celebrate the magnificent property. Guests were treated to a caviar bar by Choux Choux, poke from Aloha Poke Co., wine by Chalk Hill, bubbly by Lucien Albrecht and cocktails by VDKA 6100 as they mingled and explored the home and grounds.

Masterfully designed for

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Following the successful completion of their first villas in 2017, and in anticipation of their first rental guest, Gansevoort Villas Turks+Caicos recently celebrated its official launch with a lively beachfront soiree.

The private, six-villa compound, located on the spectacular southern shore of Providenciales in Turtle Tail, has been the the talk of travel zines the world over—from Robb Report to Travel Channel. A short 2.5-mile drive from the renowned Gansevoort Turks+Caicos on Grace Bay Beach, the villas combine the luxury amenities and services of the world-class Gansevoort Turks+Caicos hotel with the warmth and intimacy of a private, residential experience.

Designed to take full advantage of the island’s unique topography and stunning,

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