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As the weather heats up, so too does the real estate market. In the spring, buyers venture out to explore the latest offerings—it’s an ideal moment to make certain your home is looking (and smelling) its best. Here, we’ve shared a few of our favorite tips for making any home sparkle, whether looking to put your home on the market or to polish it up for a new season. 

Have a Home Checkup
Hire a professional inspector to point out any hiccups, quirks or problems potential buyers will notice. Go through room by room and make a list. If there are notes about more expensive items—like a new roof or windows—get estimates from pros and share those with your real estate agent (this info can come in handy during buying negotiations). Whether you want to sell or just


As we adapt to spending more time at home, day dreams of hyper helpful (and entertaining) at-home amenities begin to dance in our heads. From the comfort of your couch, we’re bringing you an inside look into great properties with cool modern conveniences—from chef-inspired kitchens to sports courts and home theaters. 

18 DOVETAIL LANE
Take time to perfect your serve on this 2.45-acre estate’s private tennis pavilion, then practice some free throws on the basketball court. A few guests can settle into the standalone guest house and join in for screenings in the Harry Potter-themed movie theatre or Bordeaux tastings in the wine cellar room in the main estate. 18 Dovetail Lane is represented by Gus Ruelas.

1725 ORLANDO ROAD
This French-style estate is filled


A great view goes a long way. Whether its city lights or ocean horizons, fields of flowers or scenic hillsides, these six estates offer perspectives that bring a little peace and inspiration. 

 

1130 CAROLYN WAY | BEVERLY HILLS


This hilltop home’s breathtaking views stretch from Downtown L.A. to Catalina Island. Masterfully designed by architect Philip Vertoch and completed in 2019, the 12,127-square-foot estate sits above Sunset Boulevard. Its expansive pool terrace looks out on lush green treetops, the skyline in the distance and the Channel Islands on the horizon. 1130 Carolyn Way is represented by Blair Chang.


CASA BAHIA ROCAS | SAN JOSE DEL CABO


Set on two oceanfront acres within the ultra-private Villas Del Mar community in Palmilla, this

One click can deliver invaluable aid. The Agency’s longtime charity partner, Giveback Homes, has announced they are raising funds to benefit a trio of locally-connected and international organizations—each is providing critical assistance to communities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 

“We have loved partnering with Giveback Homes over the years to build houses for families in need, and I have always been inspired by how our team at The Agency comes together to help,” says The Agency’s Founder and CEO, Mauricio Umansky.  “Right now, our communities are facing a totally new challenge, and we want to get the word out about three great organizations Giveback Homes is helping raise funds for—if you can provide support, know that it will make a

Open fields, sun-dappled trees, grass rippling in the breeze—your daily dose of sunshine and natural beauty is here. These five sprawling estates showcase the best of contemporary ranch living, from the coast of California to the mountains of Colorado.  

Three Hawks Ranch, Santa Barbara, California
Ever heard of a “coastal ranch”? 2700 Refugio Road just outside Santa Barbara perfectly melds sweeping Pacific ocean views with more than 100 acres of pastoral beauty. Represented by Billy Rose and built in the 1920s, this newly expanded six-bedroom, six-bath estate now features a pair of on-site yurts (complete with air conditioning and heat) plus a pool, a 60-tree fruit orchard, an updated chef’s kitchen, two barns and an outdoor dining terrace. 

Crafted with beauty and functionality in mind, 8111 W. Romaine Street in West Hollywood is one of five homes named after traditional Japanese Bento Boxes (typically used for packaging cuisine). Designed by L.A.-based architecture firm Modative, the Bento Box Five residence seamlessly spans three levels and is filled with natural light. Clean lines, expansive windows and private terraces foster a connection with the outdoors while premier finishes add a sleek, bright, modern feel. 

Each residence within this small lot subdivision provides the privacy of a single-family home while offering the “lock-and-go” convenience of a condo in a lively area of Los Angeles. 

“I love the location of this home—it's in prime West Hollywood, and there are amazing views

From a classic Neutra to a new build in Beverly Hills, a bounty of hot homes were making waves this month. Take a look at what made headlines in March at The Agency. 

1684 N. CRESCENT HEIGHTS - American Idol alum Adam Lambert has tapped Emil Hartoonian and Nicholas Siegfried to sell his chic Hollywood home. Fox Business gave readers an inside glimpse of the contemporary abode, which features a designer kitchen with marble finishes and a sliding glass wall framing views of Hollywood. Meanwhile, Realtor.com called the residence a “Sexy bachelor pad (that) boasts an awesome location, a stylish pool area, separate studio facilities, and everything that a glamorous rock star could desire.”

4616 DUNDEE DRIVE - The listing of The Lovell Health House by Marci

 

Panoramic ocean views, acres of century-old oak trees and sprawling hills thick with groves of avocado, citrus and olive trees—every corner of Three Hawks Ranch outside Santa Barbara blossoms with natural beauty rooted in history. 

First built in 1918, the 106-acre coastal ranch’s main house was fashioned from property-sourced sandstone, a material that the current owners—Michael Kong and Stacy Twilley—recently employed again to expand its footprint. Michael and Stacy, founders of Modern Luxury Media, first encountered 2377 Refugio Road—represented by The Agency’s Billy Rose—when it was advertised in C Magazine and were immediately taken with its unique combination of land and sea views. “I was looking for beach, and Michael was looking for land,”

Los Angeles Business Journal is out with its annual ranking of top agents who drive the Los Angeles residential real estate market. Seven of The Agency’s own are featured on the list, following a year that LABJ says was “defined by escalating growth, the rising presence of international buyers and record-breaking prices for luxe estates.”

 Here are the highlights from the Top Residential Real Estate Agents List, ranked by 2019 L.A. County sales volume. 

Mauricio Umansky ranked No. 3 with $554 million in sales.

Santiago Arana ranked No. 17 with $249 million in sales.

Jon Grauman made the biggest jump on the list this year, surging 33 spots to No. 20 with $228 million in sales. 

James Harris and David Parnes ranked No. 27 with $196

Daydreaming of peaceful white-sand beaches, vibrant blue waters and palm trees ruffled by the ocean breeze? Look no further than Villa Vale O and Villa Sega na Leqa, a pair of picture-perfect beachside vacation rentals on Wakaya Island in Fiji. 

Part of the exclusive Wakaya Club & Spa Resort, which spans more than 2,200 acres on a private Fijian island (once owned by the founder of Fiji Water), these two palatial villas—represented by James Harris, Michelle Ficarra and David Parnes— are surrounded by dense rain forests, lush farmland and the sapphire blue South Pacific ocean. 

While staying at the estates, guests can access a wealth of unforgettable local activities or opt for total relaxation. Spend a day snorkeling and scuba diving amidst giant clams,