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Here, There & Everywhere: The Agency’s Top February Headlines

by | Feb 12, 2021

The Agency continued to make major national headlines in February with The New York Times, Mansion Global, The Los Angeles Times, Inman, Dwell, and many more featuring our gorgeous listings and expert agents. From Santiago Arana’s $50 million listing, to the sale of Shaq’s Bell Canyon home, our agents kept things exciting.

70270 MOTTLE CIRCLE – Listed by Ruben Valerio, this gorgeous Rancho Mirage property was highlighted in The New York Times feature on $975,000 Homes in California. This spacious four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home is located about 20 minutes from the heart of Palm Springs and about the same distance from the Coachella Valley Preserve. Recently re-designed with the goal of creating the ultimate oasis for family and friends, this spacious modern pool home includes a sunken living area, large open kitchen, poolside bar and grill, gazebo dining area and fire pit.

EMIL HARTOONIAN AND NICHOLAS SIEGFRIED – After selling basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal’s Bell Canyon retreat, Emil and Nicholas were featured in the Los Angeles Times. With 5,200 square feet of living space, the two-story home features a pool, terrace, lush landscaping, and custom art—including a Shaq mural in the office and portraits of rappers in the living spaces.

SANTIAGO ARANA – Santiago enlightened Inman readers with six motivational books that are sure to inspire you. With uplifting material that will fuel positivity and motivation all year long, make sure to add these books to your 2021 reading list immediately.

VILLA RUCHELLO – This spectacular, sprawling Mediterranean-style estate belonging to Vice Co-Founder Shane Smith made headlines on Mansion Global when it was listed for $50 million. Represented by Santiago, the ultra-private 13-bedroom, 13-bathroom compound has been completely renovated and updated, featuring an exquisite main house, two guest houses, a pool, cedar soaking tub, and over three acres of lush gardens. Santiago told Mansion Global that when he originally sold the estate to Smith “the property was very dilapidated…It was a beautiful hacienda, but dilapidated. He brought the gardens to life and almost gutted the whole house.” Check out the listing for more details and dreamy photographs.

MAURICIO UMANSKY – Mauricio was featured in 65 Degrees Magazine this month in an article “The Agency from Humble Roots,” which tells the story of how The Agency came to be. “I love what I do,” Mauricio told 65 Degrees. “I love helping sellers achieve their goals. I love watching agents grow their business and become extremely successful. I think applying all the business lessons I have learned over the years with a love for life has led me to this path… Managing an amazing team that I am so truly proud of and being passionate about everything I do every day.” Flip to page 22 of the issue to read the full story.

MAURICIO UMANSKY – In the Mansion Global story, “With Major U.S. Luxury Markets on the Upswing, the Window to Find Pandemic Discounts Is Closing,” they shared that after a year of softening or stagnating prices, luxury buyers are turning their attention back to cities. Alongside many prominent leaders in the industry, Mauricio shared his insight as to what the future of real estate holds: “I predict that over the next three or four months, you’re going to see developers and sellers reduce their pricing more, maybe another 2% or 3%, then we’ll find the bottom and start seeing the uptick.” Read the full story here.

16836 MARMADUKE PLACEGina Michelle and George Ouzounian’s stunning Encino listing was featured by DIGS Magazine as a Rockstar Dig—and it’s not surprising! This architectural masterpiece is breaking boundaries with unparalleled design and jetliner views. Privately gated and offering all the amenities, you’ll never want to leave. Check out the article and the listing for more details.

PACIFIC PALISADES ESTATEThe New York Post penned a story on Matt Damon’s Los Angeles home, which hit the market for $21 million, following his move to NYC. Represented by Eric Haskell, this 13,500-square-foot, seven-bedroom home is a contemporary retreat boasting a 35-foot vaulted mahogany ceiling. Entertainment abounds with a game room, bar, office, gym, and theater. An open-plan living and dining room are surrounded by glass and look out onto the backyard with a pool, spa, waterfall, koi pond, and outdoor entertaining/dining space.

6539 N. 31ST PLACE – Featured by Dwell’s Luxury Homes & Lifestyle section, Wendy Walker and Amanda Malcolm’s gorgeous Phoenix listing, a modern Spanish Colonial home located in the exclusive Biltmore Mountain Estates in Paradise Valley, made a splash. Poised and elegant, this 7,000-square-foot home underwent a million-dollar renovation, and feels like a five-star resort. The estate includes a theater, executive office, wine closet, pool, spa, and magnificent gourmet kitchen. “With its superior craftsmanship,” Dwell writes, “this stunning home is a rare and remarkable residence for the sophisticated buyer.”

JAMES HARRIS, DAVID PARNES, FARRAH LEVI, SANDRO DAZZAN, AND MAURICIO UMANSKY – The Agency had several gorgeous properties featured in the Angeleno, which presented 6 On-The-Market Homes With Killer Views. James and David’s brand new, contemporary Bel Air listing at 971 Linda Flora Drive was highlighted, showcasing its exquisite infinity pool overlooking the Santa Monica Mountains. Additionally, Farah Levi’s listing at 2304 Donella Circle showed off its stunning lake, city, and mountain views from four tiered levels. Sandro and Mauricio’s Malibu property at 31460 Broad Beach Road added beachfront views to the mix, with expansive deck and outdoor spaces maximizing the whitewater views. 

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