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As someone who has developed and built homes, The Agency’s Craig Knizek marvels at the fortitude and skill of those who not only have what it takes to navigate the difficult process to subdivide property, but to then create something truly beautiful and beneficial to the community.

Craig is an admirer of renowned designer and builder Evan Gaskin, whose current masterpieces include the breathtaking 16003 Valley Vista Boulevard in Encino and the recently sold 9361 Saint Ives Drive. Both properties, among others he has built, set the bar in the city for exemplary architecture.

Craig has been privileged to represent him on a number of other projects and caught up with him to discuss the challenges and successes of Evan's new project: the private

Blog_Toluca Tour this history-rich home that evokes the spirit of glamorous years gone by. Spotlighted in Home Feature’s July issue, The Agency’s 9956 Toluca Lake Avenue was designed by Paul Williams, the architect behind the residences of Hollywood’s glitterati, such as Frank Sinatra, Lon Chaney, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Originally built for Screenwriter’s Guild cofounder Gladys Lehman (screenwriter of Shirley Temple’s Poor Little Rich Girl), the 7,000-square-foot Tudor revival manor simultaneously embodies high style and classic simplicity. The natural light-filled living room complemented by the beautifully framed fireplace emanates pure elegance, along with the grand entry, gracefully curving staircase, exquisite woodwork and butler’s pantry. The great…

Blog_WSJ_2 The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends, Inc. have unveiled the 2016 ranking of the nation’s Top 1,000 Real Estate Professionals, and The Agency is thrilled once again to lead all L.A. County brokerages with 12 agents represented on the Top 250 Individuals by Sales Volume. In total, 13 of our agents ranked among the best of the best in the U.S. with CEO and Co-Founder Mauricio Umansky named the Number 5 agent in the country. Celebrating a career-defining year, The Agency Principal and Partner Santiago Arana doubled his business over the year before to rank as the Number 1 agent West of the 405 Freeway, Number 4 in California and Number 11 in the Country with $305,272,059 in sales volume. “The personal accomplishments we as agents are able to achieve is a

thumb_4-Privateer-Steet-30-940x600_1024 From the country to the city to the beach, The Hollywood Reporter recently spotlighted three of the hottest niche markets in L.A. featuring market insight and expert knowledge from The Agency team, as well as our notable new developments and standout luxury listings. Calabasas The first stop on THR’s tour is Calabasas, where Country Ridge, a new equestrian-friendly estate community, offers acres and acres of open space and hacienda-style residences minutes from downtown Calabasas and the Malibu coast. Craig Knizek, Director of The Agency’s Estates Division, tells THR that the 100-acre development is the antidote to reality-TV-ready compounds that frequent the area, with room to roam on foot or horseback. The estates, which debut this summer, are…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxWQbp-ia5c&feature=youtu.be The Agency’s Craig Knizek gave us an exclusive look into the Gemstone Ranch estate on LXTV’s Open House on NBC recently, a nationally syndicated show that airs on 80 markets across the U.S. that highlights the hottest homes on the market. In this episode, viewers are invited to peak in to the luxurious homestead across 10 sprawling acres located in bucolic Ojai, CA, just go 60 minutes outside of LA. “As you enter in to this home, you feel like you’re walking into a sophisticated lodge in a famous mountain resort”, notes Craig. Built in 2005, the ranch’s coveted single-story floor plan provides spacious rooms with soaring high ceilings, African walnut flooring, stone pillars and an oversize cozy…

Blog_Melanie-Goldberg The Agency is pleased to welcome Melanie Goldberger to the team. With an exciting 20-year career in the fast-paced publishing world, Melanie is a confident and successful negotiator and excels in the art of relationship building and networking. "Working in New York City within the advertising and publishing world I was able to really hone my marketing and sales acumen," said Melanie. "Developing plans and putting together the pieces of the puzzle so that the outcome is beneficial for all parties is something that both drives and rewards me. In addition, I am constantly connecting and matching people together from all aspects of my life–something that truly makes all the difference in the real estate world." Melanie was introduced to the The Agency by…

[caption id="attachment_90814" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Blog_Children-1 Written by Craig Knizek, Director of the Estates Division at The Agency
[/caption] The most meaningful gift I ever received, was a gift that I gave. As a Board member for the “Child Life – Partners in Play” program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, I recently committed to a 5-year annual donation from The Adam Hunter Knizek Memorial Foundation, which is dedicated to the memory of my first born infant son who passed away in 1995. Blog_Children4The Child Life playroom and teenage lounges, are places where kids can get out of their scary, intimidating and clinical rooms of beeping sounds and flashing LED lights into cool spaces to play games, or just hang out and be a kid. The Child Life specialists funded…


Once home to music legend Smokey Robinson, The Agency’s Southern-style beauty in Encino evokes historic grandeur and upscale charm. Featured on NBC’s Open House, the magnificent colonial was originally built in 1882, and still features the finest 19th century details yet is appointed with all the modern conveniences. 17085-Rancho-Street-32-940x600 The 6,556-square-foot home has five bedrooms, with an impressive master suite that features a soaking tub and sauna. Generous formal living areas showcase an indoor and outdoor flow with a picturesque bedroom veranda and French doors that open out to a beautiful patio. Truly an entertainer’s paradise, the home is situated on one of the largest homesites in the Valley, amidst a host of wonderful amenities and manicured gardens. Enjoy the…


The Wall Street Journal released their 2015 Top 1,000 Real Estate Professionals, and The Agency is thrilled to announce that 20 of its agents ranked among the best of the best in the U.S. in several categories. Although the youngest and the smallest of the brokerages with more than one agent on the list, The Agency led all LA County brokerages with a staggering 13 agents represented on the Journal’s Top 250 Individuals by Sales Volume.

CEO and Co-Founder Mauricio Umansky was named the Number 3 agent in the U.S. and Number 1 in California with a total sales volume of $604,339,372, nearly double the volume that earned him the 6th spot in last year’s national ranking.

“I’m extremely proud of Mauricio’s individual achievement,” exclaims President


In the business of real estate, word of mouth has always been king. Craig Knizek, Debra Jaffe and Michelle Schwartz of The Agency are finding that reinforcing that culture in the Valley comes rather naturally.

The three power brokers recount stories and exchange real estate adage in an article for Ventura Boulevard Magazine. As Craig remarked that, “Every listing is an interview for another client.” However, looking past mere adage--the confluence of experiences amongst three of the Valley's elite real estate veterans, points to the extremely organic manner in which these real estate relationships in the Valley form.

Craig, who grew up in the West San Fernando Valley, is quick to relate to the needs of many of his clients, seeing as the San