East Bay

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From the outlandish (and rumored-to-be-haunted) former residence of the heir to the Winchester gun fortune to otherworldly parks and forests, the East Bay is home to countless historic sights and hotpots worthy of a visit. Here’s a look at some of The Agency’s favorites.

JOHN MUIR NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE - Affectionately known as “John of the Mountains” and “Father of the National Park,” John Muir was one of America’s most famous conservationists and staunchest advocates for wilderness preservation. Over the course of his lifetime, Muir fought to protect the natural wonders he loved, and his writings successfully convinced the U.S. government to protect such beloved spots as Yosemite, Sequoia and Grand Canyon as National Parks. Today, outdoor enthusiasts

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While the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island are likely the first historic, globally recognized symbols that come to mind when one thinks of San Francisco, the city is chock full of historic hotspots worth visiting and of course, photographing. Below is a look at some of The Agency’s favorite historic must-see destinations.

PAINTED LADIES - One of the most photographed and iconic landmarks in San Francisco, the Painted Ladies make up Alamo Square’s “postcard row” of Victorian houses, backdropped by the soaring skyscrapers of Downtown San Francisco. Situated at Hayes and Steiner Streets, the Painted Ladies, with the city behind, create a stunning visual treat. Featured in movies and on TV, the Painted Ladies are one of the 11 historic districts

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T3 Sixty has released its second annual Swanepoel Mega 1000, a comprehensive brokerage and franchise rankings report, and we're proud to share The Agency ranks Number 21 on their report of the nation's top 1,000 brokerages, with $6.54 Billion in sales volume for 2018. The ranking comes just months after The Agency’s Founder and CEO Mauricio Umansky was recognized among the most powerful and influential leaders in residential real estate by Swanepoel Power 200 for the second year in a row. The Agency could not have achieved these incredible designations without the loyalty and trust of our amazing clients, who have given us the opportunity to represent some of the most incredible properties around the world.

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Talk about a golden opportunity. For just under a million dollars, a once-in-a-lifetime land offering in the California desert will afford one lucky buyer 163 acres of desert land—complete with their very own gold mine.

Located in the 29 Palms area of San Bernardino County, just one mile from Joshua Tree National Park, the offering, represented by The Agency’s Kenneth Marmon and Brandon Sanford, is home to century-old mines that produced some $50 million in gold back in the day.

Known as The Supply and Nightingale mines of the Dale District, the mines were closed during World War II, but according to the land’s owner, have the potential for renewed production. First staked in the early 1890s, the Supply Group was owned and operated by the Seal of Gold

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The Wall Street Journal recently featured One&Only Mandarina Private Homes along with one of its founding homeowners, San Francisco Giants pitcher Mark Melancon. As long-time admirers of the One&Only experience, the Melancons jumped at the opportunity to be among the first to own a piece of the One&Only lifestyle, purchasing a 19,000-square-foot oceanside villa at Mandarina. Mandarina is a new master-planned community on Mexico’s pristine Riviera Nayarit, featuring the new One&Only Mandarina beach resort and the first collection of One&Only villas to own in the world.

With Melancon’s busy schedule keeping him from visiting the site, the Mandarina team flew to California to recreate the floor plan on Melancon’s home field at Oracle Park. The

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Indoor-outdoor living is the design de rigueur these days, but rarely do homes hit the market that are created by the original purveyors of the aesthetic. Masterfully executed by celebrated architecture firm Buff & Hensman, 1405 Afton Street, also known as The Shiell-Shalack house, is one of the last projects completed by the celebrated duo, whose distinctive approach has become synonymous with California’s most coveted design feature.

Set on a quiet cul-de-sac in Pasadena’s beloved Linda Vista neighborhood, the 5,150-square-foot home, represented by Chris Reisbeck, was the perfect setting for a spring twilight soiree. Agents, family and friends from across Los Angeles joined to

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Where to sip and swirl from San Francisco to Carmel.


SOUTHERN PACIFIC BREWING - Named after the Southern Pacific railroad line, which ran down Harrison Street in the early 1900s, this expansive bar, restaurant and brewery in San Francisco’s Mission District boasts a unique, 15-barrel mechanical system that results in clean, true-to-style beers. Housed in a former machine shop, the space boasts an award-winning happy hour, lively outdoor patio and upper mezzanine primed for people watching.

ANCHOR BREWING - America’s first and oldest craft brewery (its roots date back to the gold rush), this sleek copper brewhouse in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill, perhaps best known for its Anchor Steam Beer, offers guided public tours of the brewery daily (by reservation

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It’s no secret The Agency marches to the beat of our own drum, and when it comes time to showcase our exquisite properties, nobody strikes a sweeter note. For a unique evening under the stars, self-professed music lover and real estate aficionado Phillip Caruso partnered with Sofar Sounds for a secret concert at his new listing located at 2245 Aralia. The newly built coastal modern farmhouse in Newport Beach, designed by architect Dennis Bedford, provided the perfect backdrop for a night that will long be remembered.

“As a musician myself, it was an honor hosting Sofar Sounds, friends of The Agency and these awesome bands for an incredible night at 2245 Aralia,” says Phillip. “I’m a huge supporter of what Sofar

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We've had a lot to celebrate in Northern California, with the listing of the most spectacular property in Pebble Beach and the opening of our new Carmel-by-the-Sea office.

As part of the ongoing celebration, The Agency hosted an elegant twilight event at 3290 17 Mile Drive, one of only 31 coveted waterfront properties in Pebble Beach. Set on an unprecedented, two-acre lot, the villa showcases a soaring, open floor plan and extraordinary ocean views from every room, with vistas extending from the Pebble Beach Golf Links to the white sand beaches of Carmel and Point Lobos State Park.

Braden Sterling, Managing Director of The Agency’s Carmel office and Principal of Sterling|Huddleson Architecture, agent Cicily Sterling and The Agency’s Founder and

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22313 CARBON MESA ROAD 
- Oscar-winning actor and director Mel Gibson has listed his old-world Malibu estate, and it’s the toast of Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, Los Angeles Times, Town & Country and Forbes. Represented by Sandro Dazzan and located in the canyons with panoramic ocean and mountain views, the home showcases nearly five-and-a-half park-like acres, complete with magnificent, rustic interiors and massive fireplaces The Los Angeles Times  touts as “befitting a scene from Braveheart.”

9927 GIFFIN COURT - Basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neal has put his larger-than-life Florida abode on the market, and the property, represented by Chris Franciosa, Jared Ringel and Dustin K. Fealy, scored major accolades in The Star. Located in the

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