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So, you’ve got a new place—time to celebrate! Welcome friends and family into your fresh digs with a housewarming party. Here, we spotlight five tips for throwing a fun, stress-free fête that will help you and your guests feel at home in your new abode.

CHOOSE A THEME - There are many ways to make your party stand out. Invite friends over for a Paint-a-Room Party, it’s a fun way to give your new walls some color—just make sure to offer your hard-working guests great food and drinks for their efforts. If your move-in date is in the spring or summer, go with a Garden Party theme, and ask attendees to help plant a few new bulbs and send them home with succulents or seed packets. Or, tap into your friends’ creative brains with a Design a Room party, where

Panoramic views, absolute privacy, the ultimate in exclusivity—there’s just something about the penthouse life that never goes out of style. Here are five incredible penthouses on the market right now. 

132 N. SWALL DRIVE, PH#2 

Set in a brand new, contemporary four-story luxury condominium in one of L.A.’s trendiest locations, Penthouse #2 is represented by James Harris and David Parnes and features an airy 2,575-square-foot floor plan that spans two levels and offers three bedrooms and three baths. On the main level, find a minimalistic white Calacatta Blanco marble-clad chef’s kitchen with Miele appliances, Herringbone-patterned wood floors and an eat-in five-seat bar. The kitchen opens to the living room, which centers on a gas-powered

Feeling at home also means feeling at peace, and these four residences have been thoughtfully designed—some using the ancient energy-focused Chinese art of placement, Feng Shui—to maximize good vibes and positive energy. 

720 Griffith Way, Laguna Beach

Built in the 1940s, this pair of beach cottages boasts an eclectic mix of retro-chic style and breezy, new-age serenity. Crystal chimes are hung prominently in the living room, and an amphitheater yard is the perfect setting for relaxing outdoor movies or transporting musical jam sessions. Represented by Michael Caruso and Phillip Caruso, these quaint, beachy abodes will capture the heart of today’s bohemian-spirited nature-lovers. 

Oakview, Montecito

Represented by Eric Haskell,

Whether it's mixing and matching clients with the perfect property or creating the best cocktail, our agents know how to deliver. 

Mauricio Umansky, Santiago Arana and Sandro Dazzan took a break from the rigorous world of luxury real estate to craft some cocktails at coastal hotspot SHOREbar in Santa Monica. The late summer event benefitted Giveback Homes, an organization that builds housing for families and individuals in need around the U.S. and abroad. Recently, The Agency’s Beverly Hills office helped construct ten homes in Culver City for one of Giveback Homes’ L.A. area Build Days. 

“This is such a great way to support an organization we hold in such high regard. And we’ve had such an incredible turn out of supporters!” said Mauricio, who


Summer is winding down, but there’s still time to savor the season. From food tasting tours to weekend wine tastings, here are three of our favorite end-of-summer adventures in Pasadena. 

STREET FOOD CINEMA - On Saturday, September 21, head to Victory Park for Street Food Cinema, a fun, open-air event with an ever-changing lineup of local eats, music and movies. This is a picnic-friendly affair, so bring along some blankets—they’ll come in handy when the sun sets and the film kicks on. Tickets are $9-$15.  

OLD PASADENA FOOD TASTING TOUR - Sneak in a little summertime learning with Melting Pot Food Tours, which guide guests through the history, architecture, and folklore of Old Pasadena. Discover colorful alleys and secret passageways as you stop into some


From the picturesque hills of Montecito to the pristine beaches of Punta Mita, here are seven of the poshest properties available for lease right now. 

1020 PALISADES BEACH ROAD - A comfortably contemporary home with an Old Hollywood pedigree, this six-bedroom, seven-bath estate was originally built in 1928 for silent film star Norma Talmadge and was a hangout for the industry elite. While it retains the style, materials, elegance and ambiance of Hollywood’s Golden Age, the home—represented by Santiago Arana—has been tastefully updated for today’s casual resort lifestyle. Plus, the entire home has been redesigned to maximize the sweeping views that span the entire Santa Monica Bay.

350 ORTEGA RIDGE ROAD - Experience Montecito living at its finest in


Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month in and around Pasadena.

GET SIPPIN’ HERE - Fancy a fabulous cocktail? Dive into SIP-tember, a craft cocktail celebration and competition that began August 15 and culminates at the Taste of Pasadena on October 10 at the Rose Bowl. Mixologists from local restaurants and lounges in the greater Pasadena area will enter their forward-thinking interpretations of traditional drinks and vie to be in the running—and patrons can cast a vote for their favorite drink. 

CATCH A MOVIE HERE - If you haven’t enjoyed an open-air movie yet this summer, here’s your chance—on Sunday, September 7, The Langham Huntington Summer Movie Series will screen Back to the Future in the hotel’s iconic Horseshoe

In its third annual installment of “Who’s Brokering L.A.,” the Los Angeles Business Journal has honored several outstanding professionals from The Agency’s team for their positive impact on the city’s residential real estate community and local economy. According to LABJ, this list is comprised of “brokers who have the knowledge, skills and dedication to go the extra mile for their clients.” This year, LABJ has recognized The Agency’s Founder and CEO Mauricio Umansky, Co-Founder and President Billy Rose, and dynamic agents Santiago Arana, James Harris, David Parnes, Jon Grauman and Michelle Schwartz. 

“I think I speak for all of us when I say that this is a fantastic honor,” says Mauricio. “We all work as a team, but I am personally thrilled to see

435 Marguerita Avenue in Santa Monica was the perfect setting for a late summer backyard party, complete with lawn games, cocktails and fresh barbecue. Ideally located moments from Palisades Park, Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade and the shops and restaurants of Montana Avenue, this six-bedroom, nine-bath residence is perfect for families—in fact, its current owners have raised their own on its quiet, palm and oak tree-shaded lot for the past 20 years. 

For this casual afternoon event, guests mingled in the private, verdant backyard—which is filled with colorful hydrangea bushes and lush ferns. Attendees sipped cocktails, noshed on barbecue, cold veggie salads, fresh-cut watermelon and cotton candy twirled on-site. Everyone was invited to


A memorable day calls for an epic venue, and these six spots in and around Southern California promise to provide truly unforgettable settings. Whether you and your partner are drawn to ocean views, hotels with a Hollywood history or rustically elegant ranches in the Santa Monica Mountains, these SoCal venues have something to appeal to every couple. 

MILLENNIUM BILTMORE HOTEL - If it's Old Hollywood glamour you seek, book the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. For more than 100 years, this iconic Downtown Los Angeles venue has been a coveted site for weddings and receptions. The hotel’s legendary Crystal Ballroom—with stunning, hand-painted 30-foot ceilings, carved columns and glimmering mirrors—was host to the Academy Awards in 1927. Dazzling Austrian crystal