Orange County

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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 smart home technology to exquisite wine vaults and chef-inspired kitchens. 

2512 GLENNEYRE | LAGUNA BEACH
This home’s modern style matches its contemporary perks. This Moss Point estate is outfitted with smart home technology and thoughtfully designed to have numerous spaces for relaxing and reflecting. In addition to camera surveillance, it also boasts Nest thermostats and a Sonos audio system—ideal for adding some musical ambiance to every room. A sleek onyx-clad kitchen leads to a great room,

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

Around the globe, our agents are nabbing headline-grabbing listings, setting records, connecting with their communities and teaming up with their colleagues to give back. Here’s a rundown of the latest and greatest regional happenings from The Agency’s global team.

British Columbia - Jason Binab—Managing Partner of our Vancouver Island office—and Mark Nelson made a record-setting Cordova Bay sale in just 21 days of rebranding and relaunching the property. 1104 D’Arcy Lane sold for $3,095,000.

Los Cabos - Spring is just blooming, but many are already dreaming of summer. Luckily, Janet Jensen of The Agency Los Cabos represents a pair of the region’s most spectacular homesites, situated at La Montaña in Villas Del Mar (Homesite Three and Homesite


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

CELEBRATE THE WHALES HERE - There she blows! The 49th annual Dana Point Festival of Whales dives into town, featuring two fun-filled weekends for the whole family March 7-8 and 14-15 at the Dana Point Harbor. Head out to sea for a two-hour whale-watching excursion or sailing and kayak demos, or stay on land to enjoy a street fair, parade, art shows, sand sculpting competition, clam chowder cook-off, live music, ocean awareness workshops and much more. 

WELCOME SPRING HERE -  The annual celebration of Japanese and Japanese American culture, The Orange County Cherry Blossom, kicks off March 13-15 at Huntington Beach Central Park. Take in the blossoming trees while


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

CELEBRATE THE WHALES HERE - There she blows! The 49th annual Dana Point Festival of Whales dives into town, featuring two fun-filled weekends for the whole family March 7-8 and 14-15 at the Dana Point Harbor. Head out to sea for a two-hour whale-watching excursion or sailing and kayak demos, or stay on land to enjoy a street fair, parade, art shows, sand sculpting competition, clam chowder cook-off, live music, ocean awareness workshops and much more. 

WELCOME SPRING HERE -  The annual celebration of Japanese and Japanese American culture, The Orange County Cherry Blossom, kicks off March 13-15 at Huntington Beach Central Park. Take in the blossoming trees while


While the results are almost always a grand improvement (and worth every stressful moment), the process of rehabbing a property is a true challenge. Here, we’ve shared a few of our favorite tips to ensure your “after” hits all the marks. 

Do Interview Your Contractor - This step is key. Interview and vet your contractor or decorator carefully—think of them as a potential new teammate in a very important game. Also take into account references and past reviews—and speak to past clients in person if you can. 

Commit to a Complete Reno - Natalie Amir from The Agency in Calabasas—who sold a renovated residence at 18411 Hatteras Street in Tarzana last summer— recommends fully committing to a smart renovation, because today’s buyers have an eye for


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

SAY CHEESE HERE - Bring your appetite to this year’s Mac & Cheese Festival, which heats up Saturday, February 8. Dozens of local chefs will be there cooking up more than 40 variations of the classic pasta dish. While you sample some fresh-made food, take in live music and play some lawn games. The festival kicks off at 11am and tickets start at $30—be sure to plan ahead, tickets will not be sold at the gate. 

DO JAZZ HANDS HERE - Don’t miss the Newport Beach Jazz Party, a three-day celebration of the coolest musicians on the scene today. Taking place February 13-16 at Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, this lively event will feature performances by the


It’s a new year and a new decade—now is the perfect moment to refresh your space. 

Here are a few looks that are gathering momentum for 2020, culled from a range of trend-setting sources, from design fairs to fashion runways and beyond. Happy (re)decorating, Orange County. 

Curves Ahead
Furniture with curved edges and rounded corners work well in modern interiors while giving the space a retro twist. Look for bubble light fixtures, round mirrors and wavy design accessories, all of which were front and center at Milan Design Week 2019. 

Go Gold
Warm, rich and inviting, gold works in nearly every part of the home. Try adding gold-framed mirrors, framed pictures, faucets, handles or gold-legged end tables. 

Canopy Beds
Create a truly serene space with a canopy


While Orange County may not get the wintery temps other regions experience—you win, Park City—the season still brings cooler days with fewer hours of sunshine. So why not make home the coziest, happiest place to be? Here, we spotlight decor tips to keep your SoCal home welcoming and stylish all “winter” long. 

Layer Soft, Touchable Accents
Layer in soft accessories that add comfort to common spaces—think cashmere or velvet throws for the sofa, faux fur blankets for your bed or big lounge-friendly armchairs. Fold the blankets over the sofa or chair back when not in use, or roll them up and display them in a large, bountiful basket.

Bask in Candlelight. Or Go Flame-Free
A small grouping of candles on a coffee table, side table or countertop adds ambiance to a

Outlook 2020—from emerging markets to increasing demand, low interest rates to competitive pricing—our team of agents from Turks & Caicos to the California coast weigh in on the real estate trends to watch in the new year.   

Michelle Schwartz | The Agency Sherman Oaks


We have continued to see an increased demand for single-family residences under the $1.3 million price point in the Valley. As such, I anticipate more northern areas such as Van Nuys, Valley Glen and Lake Balboa continue to grow, develop and thrive as developers continue to buy, fix and flip, as first-time homeowners relocate into turnkey properties. With interest rates super low, turnkey properties are ideal – across all price points, I’m noticing buyers valuing the amortization