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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, NorCal.   

Mixing Metals
Silver, gold, tin and copper will be shining in 2020. It’s been predicted that retro tin panels will gain traction as kitchen backsplashes while the mixing of contrasting metals like iron, gold, and bronze will become more common. The only rule? Try not to combine more than three metals in a space, such a blend could end up being overwhelming.

Warm Earth Tones
Try working in colors and textures that mimic wood, metals and foliage and apply them to furniture and home accessories.


After a day out and about in San Francisco, trekking the trails in the Marin Headlands or exploring the scenic landscape of wine country, there’s no better feeling than coming home to a cozy space. Here, we share hot tips to keep your Northern California home warm, welcoming and stylish all winter long. 

Rearrange Furniture for Gatherings
Create spaces to facilitate cozy, intimate conversation by bringing chairs, ottomans and seating poufs away from walls and into comfortable groupings. Floating furniture eight to 12 inches away from walls can create a feeling of space and lightness and prevent guests from feeling drafts from outside.

Bring Home the Green 
Add some easy-to-care-for plants—like succulents or cute cacti—to your space. These touches of green add

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


Whether you’re drawn to glitzy yacht parties on the Bay or relaxing spa treatments in Carmel, Northern California has plenty of options to help you usher in the New Year in absolute style and comfort. 

New Year's Ski Party and Fireworks in Lake Tahoe
Head to the mountains for the annual New Year's party at the Main Lodge at Mt. Rose—the peak with the highest base elevation of any Lake Tahoe ski resort. Spend the final day of the year on the slopes before heading to the evening party, complete with a Snow Cat Parade and fireworks just before 6pm.

New Years Day at Carmel Valley Ranch Spa
Book a night at the Carmel Valley Ranch and spend New Year’s Eve day at Spa Aiyana, which offers an herbal hot rock massage, honey lavender manicure and much more. And


On a crisp December evening, Northern California agents, their clients, friends and family gathered in downtown Healdsburg to celebrate the latest addition to The Agency’s growing network of offices in the region. Located on North Street, the outpost joins the firm’s new locations in Noe Valley, Danville and Marin. Additional Northern California offices are set to be unveiled in the coming months. 

KR Catering provided snacks for a crowd that topped more than 250 by the end of the night. 

The Healdsburg office will be led by local real estate industry veterans Bob Besancon and Taso Tsakos, both of whom have extensive experience in the region. 

“Healdsburg was a natural part of our strategic expansion, and we are delighted to partner with industry

From our first Global Forum and 8th birthday party to new office openings and mega-mansion unveilings, this past year was filled with unforgettable celebrations. But more important than the glimmering glasses of bubbly, gourmet food and A-list crowds was The Agency’s contribution to GiveBack Homes. This year’s soirees helped raise funds to build homes for families in need in Los Angeles, Park City, Culver City, Denver and Orange County. 

As we enjoy this year’s holiday party season and raise a glass to 2020, we take a look back at 2019’s most fabulous fêtes. 
 

Global Forum & 8th Birthday

In September, we held our first-ever Global Forum, a two-day conference that brought together hundreds of agents from across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the

2019 has been a banner year for The Agency Development Group, which has been inking new deals with incredible properties and brands around the globe, selling out projects at home and abroad. 

“2019 has been a landmark year for our team at TADG,” says Mike Leipart, Managing Partner of The Agency Development Group. “From Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco to incredible private residences at Mayakoba in Mexico, it’s such an honor to represent some of the most forward-thinking, exciting new developments around the world. We’re all looking forward to what 2020 will bring.”

The Agency Development Group offers a fully integrated approach to the representation of new, luxury development clients worldwide. The company is comprised of leading real estate


It’s the season for making, sharing and enjoying delicious drinks, cool cocktails and flavorful mocktails. Here, four of The Agency’s own from our Danville and Noe Valley offices share their go-to winter beverage recipes, perfect for warming up wintery nights. 

Sean Mauser’s Santa's Little Helper
- 2/3 oz (2 parts) coffee liqueur 
- 1 2/3 oz (5 parts) vodka 
- 1 oz (3 parts) eggnog

To make Sean Mauser’s punchy holiday-themed cocktail, start with a rocks glass and fill it with ice. Then, pour in the coffee liqueur, followed by the vodka. Top with the eggnog and serve promptly. 

Zach Knapp’s Apple Cider Old Fashioned
- 1/2 cup of ice
- 2/3 cup apple cider
- 2 shots of whiskey 
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- Apple slices, cinnamon 

Zach Knapp’s recipe for an apple cider

The holidays are upon us, and the gifts just keep coming. Coverage for our properties and personalities are front and center in top publications and news networks, from the Wall Street Journal to Departures and Forbes. Unwrap some of the month’s most exciting media moments below.

THE AGENCY HEALDSBURG & YERBA BEUNA ISLAND - Inman spotlighted the debut of The Agency’s new Healdsburg office, which joins our roster of Northern California outposts - Noe Valley, Danville and Marin. The Agency founder and CEO Mauricio Umansky noted that Healdsburg was “a natural part of our strategic expansion” and that the company is delighted “to grow our footprint in Sonoma County.” The article also spotlighted the new residential community at Yerba Buena Island, for


Yes, you can win at gift-giving. It’s all about getting creative and staying true to the individual’s interests. Here, we spotlight seven locally-inspired gift ideas that promise to be very well received, from city-specific stocking stuffers to surf and skate gear, from top-tier food tours to spa getaways and more.  

Sunset Dinner Cruise - Get family or friends together and gift them a special private San Francisco Bay cruise on one of six yachts, which range in size from 65 to 124 feet and can accommodate 10 to 400 guests. See the city skyline light up after sunset and enjoy cocktails on the bay—it’s an experience you and your guests will treasure for years to come. 

Carmel Food + Wine Tour - The three-hour Classic Carmel-by-the-Sea Food Tour guides guests