Orange County

Found 40 blog entries about Orange County.

Each year, the Los Angeles Business Journal recognizes 500 of the most influential people in the city; out of 10 million people, we’re proud to announce that Mauricio Umansky, The Agency’s Founder and CEO, and Santiago Arana, Managing Partner, were recognized among the publication’s exclusive LA500.

We’re also pleased to share that our Chief Operating Officer & Chief Technology Officer, Shane Farkas, was named a finalist in the Rising Star category of the publication’s esteemed CTO awards. As part of The Agency’s founding team, Shane has played an instrumental role in developing our operational systems and processes, spearheading the development of industry-leading proprietary software platforms for our residential and New Development divisions.

“Not

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2 DE WITT DRIVE - Ever wondered what it would be like to live inside the Sistine Chapel? You can get pretty close with this Renaissance-style mansion in the desirable enclave of Ross, California, just outside San Francisco. Situated on two acres of romantic grounds, the opulent home is complete with 8,660 square feet of hand-painted murals, columns and carved marble figures that Robb Report boasts would impress Michelangelo himself. Represented by Rachel Swann and Kayla Grae, the sprawling estate also features multiple fine living areas, expansive verandas, a resort-like pool, tennis courts and old-world gardens.

ONE&ONLY MANDARINA PRIVATE HOMES - Talk about getting in the zone. As long-time admirers of the One&Only experience, San Francisco Giants

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Agents from all corners of the globe made their way north of the border to celebrate The Agency’s recent expansion into British Columbia, Canada. Among them was The Agency’s Co-Founder and CEO Mauricio Umansky, who joined the Canadian team to mark the official opening of its two Vancouver Island offices in Victoria and Nanaimo.

“It was such a thrill to welcome our fellow agents and members of The Agency family from around the globe to Vancouver Island and provide a glimpse of B.C.’s stunning natural beauty and incredible real estate,” says Brian Danyliw, who spearheads the two offices along with fellow B.C. native and industry veteran Jason Binab.    

“The excitement and support we feel from the global team is exactly what

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SPOT SOME WHALES HERE
- Offering whale watching trips daily all year-round, Newport Landing puts visitors up close and personal with giant blue whales, finback whales, gray whales and dolphins in their natural habitat—just moments after leaving the bay. May through November brings warm waters and the chance to see blue whales, finbacks, dolphin pods (numbering in the thousands!), seals, orcas and more. Guests can choose from general public cruises or go for the full VIP experience and charter a private ship.

GET YOUR SEA LEGS HERE - There’s nothing like spending a warm afternoon on the water. Whether you’re looking for a chartered sailboat or a full-blown yacht experience, Newport Beach Sailing Charters is your ticket to the high seas. Aspiring skippers

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Where to sip and swirl from San Juan Capistrano to Anaheim.

DOCENT BREWING - San Juan Capistrano’s first brewery and public house, Docent Brewing Co. takes pride in crafting high quality, balanced and easily drinkable artisan beers brewed with the freshest ingredients. Sample standout sips in their sleek tasting room (try the Grandpappy, a dark chocolate, graham cracker, dried cherry and espresso-flavored imperial stout with a stiff 9.5% abv to boot), accompanied by a food menu inspired by all things fermented, including a Korean Rueben with house kimchi, citrus pork quesadilla with pickled onions, or house fermented veggies for snacking.

THE WINE LAB - Located in Costa Mesa’s uber-hip, eco-friendly retail campus The Camp, this science-themed wine outpost

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From hip dives to world-class concert venues, Orange County is home to some of the country’s premier live music destinations. Here’s a look at some of The Agency’s favorites.

FIVEPOINT AMPHITHEATRE - Built in 2017 on the site of the former Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, this 12,000-capacity, open-air amphitheatre bordering Irvine’s Great Park is the OC’s definitive, go-to concert venue. In addition to a calendar jam-packed with top talent (upcoming concerts include Zac Brown Band, Morrissey and Santana), the Live Nation-backed venue offers an elevated spin on traditional concert concessions; fans can indulge in everything from Cassell’s burgers to contemporary Korean cuisine from award-winning chef Chris Oh’s Hanjip Korean BBQ before a show.

FOUNDATION ROOM -

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Every home has a story, but it takes vision and creativity to bring it to life. That sentiment certainly isn’t lost on our award-winning public relations division, which was just recognized by the prestigious Hermes Creative Awards for the third consecutive year.

Working in partnership with more than 550 agents across offices in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, our stellar team leverages relationships with the world’s premier print, broadcast and online media outlets, securing regular coverage in The Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and more. The international competition, administered and judged by the Association of Marketing & Communication Professionals, honors the accomplishments of the world’s leaders in marketing

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In honor of Earth Day, members of The Agency family stepped away from their desks and showings to clean up the Santa Monica shoreline. Sporting their Agency swag, the cleanup crew kicked off the day at the famed Santa Monica Pier and covered 2.6 miles of coastline, removing a staggering 127 pounds of trash from the beach. We were proud to partner with MOTEV, which plants a tree for every booking, and provided our team with transportation to the beach.

While Earth Day is a great excuse to break out the gloves and trash bags, The Agency is committed to extending its efforts throughout the year, and we look forward to hosting more beach cleanups and community outreach initiatives in the months ahead.

View more photos from the cleanup below.

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

SNACK & SHOP HERE - Inspired by the lively night bazaars of Asia, OC Night Market brings more than 180 local food, merchandise, games and art vendors to OC Fair & Event Center for its sixth year during the months of May, June and August. Billed as the only large-scale night market festival in OC, innovative street food staples, including unicorn elotes and pho tacos, are served alongside a revolving program of dance competitions, live music, eating contests and a vibrant Art Walk.

GET YOUR LOBSTER ON HERE - The only thing better than all-you-can-eat lobster? All-you-can-eat lobster for a good cause. Now in its 10th year, Tustin Lobsterfest brings an endless supply of

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Mexico’s resort destinations boast some of the world’s most coveted homes and resorts, drawing visitors to their pristine ocean shores, blue-water bays, prime surf breaks and innovative cuisine. Aspiring buyers come from around the globe to put down roots and scoop up their own slice of paradise.

One method of second-home buying, in which a property is purchased and owned collaboratively, continues to gain steam. We caught up with Joni Ross, one of our Los Cabos real estate experts, to learn more about the rhyme and reason behind fractional ownership—and whether it just might be your ticket to paraíso.

What is fractional ownership? 

The simplest description of Fractional Real Estate Ownership is shared ownership of a deeded property, with usage

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