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Known for its stunning, rugged coastline and dense redwood forests, the lesser-known, yet award-winning wine region of Anderson Valley in Mendocino County has been quietly producing some of the finest wine in California for decades. With its cool, coastal climate and mineral-rich soil, the 15-mile-long stretch of rolling hills and vineyards, just 10 miles from the Pacific Coast, produces some particularly delicious Pinots.Now in its 22nd year, the annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival brings together more than 50 local producers in the Anderson Valley for a weekend dedicated to sipping and savoring the beloved, light-bodied varietal. Guests are invited to enjoy food and wine pairings by top local chefs, live music, educational seminars, winemaking dinners and winery open houses, all set amidst the beauty of Anderson Valley’s vineyards and towering redwood trees.Perfectly positioned in the heart of the Anderson Valley “tasting” corridor along Highway 128, and poised to make its debut on Sunday’s “winery open house day,” is 16165 Dear Meadows Road. Represented by The Agency’s Mark Stevens, the hilltop beauty is situated on more than 200 acres overlooking the Anderson Valley. Just moments from the quaint town of Boonville—home to some of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wineries in California—the luxe, gated French villa showcases 2,585 square feet of living space plus a 1,100-square-foot guest home and detached three-car auto gallery. Replete with 20-40 plantable acres, the beautiful property brings a taste of the French countryside to Northern California. If you’re in the Anderson Valley area—or looking to make the journey for Pinot fest—be sure to stop by for a visit Sunday, May 19th from 1pm to 4pm.Planning an Anderson Valley tasting trip of your own? Be sure to check out Wine Country Getaways’ guide to the best Anderson Valley wineries. To purchase tickets to the Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival, visit its website.    
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Over the past few years, the dynamic desert enclave of Old Town Scottsdale has emerged as a global luxury destination in its own right. A host of innovative art galleries from Los Angeles and New York, paired with high-end, chef-driven restaurants and new hotel-branded luxury residences, are bringing a decidedly polished sheen to Scottsdale’s beloved historic district.Among the neighborhood’s most anticipated new developments is a collection of two Modern Terrace homes conceived by CP Drewett, AIA (the esteemed architect behind the enclave of residences at the nearby Ritz-Carlton project) in collaboration with Rich Brock of BedRock Developers and MARA Interior Design. Represented by The Agency’s Raul Siqueiros and Jack Luciano, the two urban residences will feature 5,530 square feet of masterfully designed living space, with three levels of bespoke interiors, three master bedrooms, spacious lounges and rooftop decks with breathtaking views for year-round al fresco entertaining. Clean lines, towering walls of glass and elements of wood and stone will lend a textural warmth to the soaring, loft-like living spaces, while an elevator to all floors and three-car garages with direct access elevate the offering.“These residences represent a new era for Old Town,” says Raul. “Many people still associate Old Town with a club scene, and while there are plenty of happening spots nearby, they’re actually over a mile from the offering. The recent influx in high-end real estate has permeated all aspects of life in the neighborhood, bringing upscale shops and restaurants and renowned, international galleries to cater to the demands of a stylish and affluent crowd.”6933 E. 1st Street is just a heartbeat from Hotel Valley Ho, the stunningly reimagined midcentury hotel—home to a set of exclusive penthouse residences, also represented by Raul and Jack with Marilyn Cavanaugh and Jim Cavanaugh—along with several hotly anticipated new hotel-branded residences. Moments from home is the ever-popular Cafe Monarch, The House Brasserie, soon-to-be-unveiled Nobu at Scottsdale Fashion Square, and renowned museums and attractions.“What’s great about these homes is that they offer a true lock-and-leave lifestyle—which is particularly appealing to second and third homeowners who have their sights set on a highly walkable, increasingly cosmopolitan area. Jack and I cannot wait to debut these extraordinary residences in February and find the perfect buyers to call them home.” The Agency recently celebrated the launch of the residences with a grand soiree. Check out images of the event below.    
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SIP, SHOP & SOAK UP VIEWS HERE - With delicious food, a fantastic atmosphere and spectacular views to boot, Deer Valley Grocery~Café is a neighborhood favorite for locals and visitors alike. Situated in the Deer Valley Plaza in the Snow Park area, the restaurant’s dog-friendly, lakeside terrace overlooks the waters popular for stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and canoeing during the summer months. Meet for coffee, pastries, lunch or cocktails, then shop for gourmet groceries and take-away entrées to enjoy on the trails or at home.DINE & CATCH SOME RAYS HERE - Situated at 8,100 feet, the secluded Silver Lake Lodge is a popular mid-mountain destination. In the winter, the award-winning Mariposa restaurant is a favorite among skiers. In summer, the Royal Street Café offers dining on the outdoor terrace amidst spectacular mountain views. The lodge is also one of Deer Valley’s most coveted wedding venues and offers 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space.STAY, DINE & SPOT THE STARS HERE - Nestled mid-mountain is the world-class, European-style ski lodge (and celebrity favorite) Stein Eriksen Lodge. Awarded the Forbes Five-Star ratings year after year, the lodge features Utah’s only Five-Star Spa and Four-Star dining at the Glitretind. Surrounded by stunning mountain views, the resort is popular among both tourists and locals, who often stop by for the lodge’s famous Bloody Marys and breakfast buffet. OR HERE - An incredible ski-in/ski-out resort, Montage Deer Valley is fantastic all year round, featuring the largest spa in Utah, five restaurants, including a pub with a bowling alley, and seamless access to miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, golf, outdoor concerts and fly-fishing.SPIN YOUR WHEELS HERE - Sprawled across six mountains, Deer Valley is a mountain biker’s paradise, featuring 70 miles of fun and thrilling trails for beginners and experts alike. Three lifts provide access in the summer, including Silver Lake Express, Sterling Express and Homestake Express, and some trails connect with Park City’s extensive 400-mile trail network.LIVE DEER VALLEY HERE - 2755 Telemark Drive is one of the few newly constructed homes on its much-coveted street in The Solamere subdivision of Deer Valley. Represented by Mike Mazzone, the contemporary mountain home boasts five bedrooms, six baths, a three-story glass elevator, a workout room with dry sauna and warm wood finishes, including white oak floors. An expansive chef-caliber kitchen opens to the stunning dining room and great room with wet bar and glass wine room.
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GO BACK IN TIME HERE - Orange Grove Boulevard has long been known as “Millionaire’s Row” for the stately mansions that once lined the street, and while most of the lavish buildings are gone, chewing gum magnate William Wrigley’s three-story, 21-room home remains. Built in 1906, the Italian Renaissance-style mansion has been reimagined as the headquarters of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association and is now home to extensive Tournament of Roses memorabilia, including tiaras worn by former queens. The home’s expansive grounds, which span four-and-a-half acres and feature more than 1,500 varieties of roses, camellias and annuals, are open to the public year-round; the house is open to the public from 2-3 pm every Thursday from February to August.CATCH A PLAY HERE - A Pasadena landmark, the Spanish Colonial Revival-style Pasadena Playhouse has hosted productions of works by some of America’s greatest playwrights since 1924, including Eugene O’Neill, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Tennessee Williams. The playhouse has carried on that tradition for the past 100 years, earning a reputation as one of the most prolific theaters in American history. Upcoming productions include Gather: Surprising Stories & Other Mischief and Good Boys.STROLL THE GARDENS HERE - Featuring massive libraries, an impressive art collection and 16 stunning, themed gardens spanning 120 acres, Huntington Gardens is one of the best places to while away a day in Pasadena. From its serene Japanese garden teeming with bonsai trees, bridges and tea houses to an expansive desert wonderland, the L.A. landmark is as vast as it is transportive. Should you tire of its magical gardens, you can pay a visit to the Huntington’s renowned library and exhibition halls, or indulge in high tea in the Rose Garden.GRAB A SLICE HERE - Situated in Pasadena’s historic 1934 Del Mar Train Station, The Luggage Room Pizzeria was once an actual luggage room, housing the bags of Golden Age movie stars as they made their way to and from Hollywood. Now there’s a pizza oven where the suitcases were once stacked, churning out crisp sourdough crust pizzas alongside craft cocktails and beer from next door’s Stone Brewing Co.LIVE HERE - Originally built in 1901 and stunningly reimagined in 2019, 639 S. Los Robles Avenue, a six-bedroom, Prairie-style home in Pasadena’s historic Madison Heights neighborhood, represented by Chris Reisbeck, boasts old world charm and contemporary appeal. Dual-paned windows bathe the living spaces in natural light, including an elegant master suite with a private balcony, sophisticated chef’s kitchen and oversized living and family rooms with French doors to a covered, wraparound terrace and sprawling, grassy yard.
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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 are invited to take the wheel or get their hands on the lines and trim the sails, or sit back and enjoy a drink while the captain takes care of the rest.SHOP & DINE HERE - Orange County’s answer to Rodeo Drive, South Coast Plaza boasts the highest concentration of luxury retailers in the county, all situated within two blocks of connected shopping structures conveniently tucked off the 405. Replete with an indoor carousel, the mall draws shoppers of all ages and stripes, from teens searching for back-to-school digs at Aercrombie and Fitch to well-heeled fashionistas rounding out their wardrobes at Gucci, Chanel and Louis Voutton. AND HERE - The open-air shopping mecca aptly known as Fashion Island boasts chic luxury boutiques, cafes and high-end restaurants in an upscale California-cool setting. Shop ‘til you drop at Alice + Olivia, Anthropologie, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, and stick around for dinner at Fig & Olive or R+D Kitchen. GRAB A FROZEN BANANA HERE - Balboa Island in Newport Beach feels like stepping back in time to the summer of ‘65. Park your car and grab a frozen banana (or signature Balboa Bar) from rival stands Sugar N Spice or Dad’s before perusing the charming mom-and-pop shops along Marine Avenue. Then, hop on the $1 ferry and enjoy a quick trip across the water to the iconic Balboa Fun Zone, where you can stroll along the bayside boardwalk, ride the old-timey ferris wheel, play vintage arcade games and pretend it’s the sixties again.LIVE HERE - 2245 Aralia, represented by Phillip Caruso and Michael Caruso, was crafted with an eye for the quintessential Southern California lifestyle. The five-bedroom, six-bathroom coastal modern farmhouse in Eastbluff features a soaring great room and oversized chef’s kitchen lined with sliding glass doors that fuse the spaces with a stunning pool, spa, firepit and outdoor home theatre. Located just moments from Fashion Island, Corona del Mar, Balboa Island and the Peninsula, the luxe home puts the best of the OC at your fingertips.      
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BEACH IT HERE - Pack a lunch, park your car and walk the trail down the bluffs onto the golden sand for the perfect beach day. El Matador is popular among locals and tourists alike for its massive rock formations and ethereal caves, making it a Malibu staple not to be missed.AND HERE - If you’re looking to catch some rays and waves, paddle out at world-famous Surfrider Beach, one of the hottest surf spots in Southern California because of its first-rate swell coming in from Malibu Point. After your session, walk up to the pier and treat yourself to a bite at Malibu Farm, which serves up delicious, locally sourced food, including eggs from chickens raised on the owner’s own backyard farm.GET YOUR STEPS IN HERE - If you're in the mood for a hike and epic views, follow Los Liones Trail to a stunning ocean lookout point that offers a birds-eye view of all of Malibu. Take a breather on the well-worn bench and savor the experience. The 2.6-mile roundtrip hike has an elevation gain of 550 feet.FIND YOUR CENTER HERE - Calling all yogis and water gurus: Checkout Water + Spirit, a guided spiritual/meditation experience that takes place right on the water. Combining the energy of the ocean and the subconscious (and a little help from paddleboards to stay afloat) it’s an oh-so-L.A. experience you don’t want to miss.CRACK OPEN SOME CRAB LEGS HERE - A favorite of everyone from Harley Davison enthusiasts to hungry surfers, Neptune’s Net at Malibu’s famed County Line is probably the most beloved seafood shack on the Southern part of Highway 1—and it’s not just because of the stunning ocean views. Grab a cold beer from the refrigerator and order your favorites from the extensive menu: fried calamari, clam chowder and Neptune’s Sample: a heaving plate of fish, shrimp, scallops and clams.SHOP HERE - The perfect Sunday shopping escape, Malibu Country Mart is home to dozens of shops like Paige, Levi's and Fred Segal—so you’re sure to find the perfect summer staple you’ve been looking for. Hungry? The Mart offers food galore, with restaurants including SunLife Organics, Marmalade Cafe and Cafe Habana. Kids in tow? Let them blow off steam on the playground while you indulge in as much retail therapy as you need.TAKE A WINE SAFARI HERE - Explore 1,000 acres of Saddlerock Ranch and Vineyard in Malibu on a custom-built, open-air Safari vehicle with Malibu Wine Safari. Stop to sample local wines and get up close and personal with the resident animals, including zebras, camels, alpacas, bison, and everyone’s favorite, Stanley the Giraffe.LIVE HERE - 28955 Selfridge Drive is set on more than an acre of flat land in Point Dume. Represented by Eric Haskell, the beautifully updated, private home by Reath Design showcases a bright chef’s kitchen with custom tile work, light-filled living room, five bedrooms, an office or fitness space and more. The voluminous second-story master, complete with a spacious balcony and custom, hand-cut Moroccan tile bathroom, overlooks a spectacular backyard oasis, replete with an ozone swimming pool and tennis court.
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SOAK UP CULTURE HERE - Originally created as a winter home for American businessman James Deering, the stunning, turn-of-the-century villa known as Vizcaya is now a National Historic Landmark and accredited museum. Just moments from Downtown Miami, the Italian estate features expansive bayfront gardens, an exceptional art collection, rotating cultural events and plenty of Instagram-worthy backdrops to warrant return visits.SWIM HERE - A world-class aquatic facility in Coral Gables, The Venetian Pool is among the city’s most beloved summer attractions for locals and tourists alike. Created in 1923 from a coral rock quarry, the pool features historic lookout towers, waterfalls, cave-like grottos and views over the City Beautiful. Though it may sound wasteful, the 820,000 gallon pool is filled and drained daily in the spring and summer, fed with spring water from an underground aquifer.EAT, SHOP & STROLL HERE - The popular, pedestrian-friendly streets of Giralda Plaza boast restaurants, bars, cafes, live music and art installations galore. On Sundays from 12-5, the plaza comes alive with unique products and treats by local artists and craftsmen. AND HERE - Miracle Mile & Downtown Coral Gables is considered the epicenter of dining, shopping and culture in South Florida. High-end shops, salons, restaurants, art galleries and a theatre can all be found here.STOP & SMELL THE ROSES HERE - The 83-acre Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is the perfect place to while away a day in Coral Gables, featuring an extensive collection of rare tropical plants, flowers, vines and trees in a breathtaking setting. Its biggest claim to fame is it’s palm and cycad collections, which are widely considered the greatest in the world and nationally recognized by the American Public Gardens Association. The garden also plays host to numerous events throughout the year, including the International Chocolate, Mango and Orchid festivals.BUY A NEW BOOK HERE - Set in a historic Spanish building with a romantic courtyard, Books & Books is the kind of place that inspires—and encourages—lingering. The locally owned, independent bookstore (which boasts two other South Florida locations) was founded by local book lover Mitchell Kaplan in the 1980s and is credited with putting South Florida on the literary map. Stop by for a new book and make an afternoon of it with a stop in the shop’s charming cafe.LIVE HERE - 451 Hardee Road in Coral Gables, represented by Justin Fealy, is a gem in the City Beautiful, just moments from top restaurants, shopping and attractions. The light-infused, four-bedroom, three-bathroom, single-story residence sits on a large lot with expansive living and family rooms, an entertainer’s kitchen and backyard with a large pool surrounded by palms and greenery. OR HERE - The only new, fully completed condominium offering in Coral Gables, Merrick Manor features masterfully designed, turnkey residences ranging from spacious one-bedrooms to expansive four-bedroom penthouses. Neighboring The Shops at Merrick Park, Merrick Manor offers full-service living, with 24-hour concierge and valet, as well as exceptional amenity spaces designed by the award-winning Interiors by Steven G. Represented by The Agency Collective, Merrick Manor features a resort-style saline pool and summer kitchen, residents’ lounge, state-of-the-art fitness studio and ground-floor boutique shopping and dining.      
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Perfect weather, delicious cuisine, friendly neighbors, vast undeveloped land and pristine beaches—all surrounded by picturesque ocean, desert and mountain views. Life in Todos Santos moves at a slower pace, blissfully in sync with the swaying palm of this desert oasis located north of Cabo San Lucas. And if all the above wasn’t reason enough to entice one to the Pacific Coast of the California Baja Peninsula, Alejandro Mitre of The Agency Todos Santos outlines his Top Five reasons to call the seaside town home. THE CHARM OF PUEBLO MAGICO - There are only 111 Pueblo Magicos throughout Mexico, and each one is characterized by its tranquility, security, architecture and internationally versed community bringing a unique style and quality of life. Symbolism, culture, legends, traditions, history, transcendent facts, everyday life; in short, magic that emanates in its socio-cultural manifestations, making each location enormously attractive as a tourist destination. THE LIFESTYLE -  Despite being a small town, Todos Santos has it all—renowned yoga studios, scenic bike paths, world-class surf, art galleries, microbreweries, craft cocktail lounges, farm-to-table restaurants, trendy cafes and organic markets. Todos Santos has become a refuge for adventurers from all over the world who seek quality amenities and a simpler lifestyle. Finding both in one place can be tricky, making Todos Santos even more attractive. There are diverse activities offered every day of the week, as well as iconic festivals that, year after year, have added a distinct personality to the town. Festivals of art, food, wine, music, sports and cultural events, such as Day of the Dead, fill out the calendar. VIBRANT NATURE - Due to the surrounding Sierra de La Laguna mountain range, Todos Santos offers fantastic year-round weather, with a variety of micro-climates nurturing an abundance of flora and fauna, from the rich desert landscape to the tropical, blue-water beaches. And with more than 300 sunny days a year to enjoy, numerous outdoor activities such as cycling, surfing, camping, fishing, hiking and whale watching, make for an effortless connection with nature. CONNECTIVITY -  Todos Santos lets you get away from it all, without completely getting away from it all. Work from home? Not a problem. Todos Santos has everything today’s digital nomads need to stay connected to the office, friends and family. Todos Santos is also within a less than one-hour drive from two international airports—Los Cabos and La Paz. AFFORDABILITY - Todos Santos has more than enough room for newcomers, and real estate is still affordable. Using statistics from the Todos Santos MLS database, average land prices are currently $45.71 USD per m2 with construction costs for homes of $205 USD per m2. As a bonus to the owner, vacation rentals have become very popular and are an excellent source of additional income. It’s no wonder the eyes of the world are watching Todos Santos. For more information about real estate opportunities in La Paz, visit The Agency Todos Santos or visit the new office located at Esquina Centenario y, Bonifacio Topete, Centro, 23300 Todos Santos, B.C.S., Mexico. All Photos Courtesy of Alejandro Mitre.
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The Agency, our agents and staff are committed to doing their part to make a difference in the communities we call home. Recently, four of our own spearheaded initiatives in the L.A. area for causes they hold dear—and The Agency was proud to play a part.A proud supporter of Alliance of Moms (AOM), a program that supports pregnant and parenting teens in the L.A. County foster care system, Natasha Barrett hosted a pre-Mother’s Day event at the new Fred Segal boutique in Malibu. Shoppers enjoyed treats from Le Pain Quotidien, rosé from Summer Somewhere, custom embroidery by C. Bonz, and trunk shows by Morgan Lane and Stacy Nolan jewelry, with 10 percent of the proceeds from each purchase going directly toward vital funding for the organization and its programs. The event was a smashing success, drawing dozens of agents, family and friends to the ‘Bu for a lively afternoon of shopping and philanthropy. Founded in 2014, Alliance of Moms offers educational programs to young moms with a focus on practical tools that empower them to become informed and successful parents.Meanwhile, Tracy Taggert, Michelle Schwartz and Holly Hatch were busy spearheading efforts for Sipurbia Wine & Beer Festival in support of Bumblebee Foundation, a non-profit founded to support the well-being of families affected by pediatric cancer. Held at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas and sponsored in part by The Agency, the festival brought together local craft breweries, wineries and food trucks for an unforgettable afternoon of music and fun in the sun. Founded in memory of Jarren Donatini, who was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma at the age of three, the Bumbleebee Foundation is driven by the mission to inspire hope and faith by providing support to families affected by pediatric cancer.View more photos from the events below, and visit Alliance of Moms and Bumblee Foundation to find out how you can get involved. Alliance of Moms x Fred Segal - Photos by Katee Grace Photography Sipurbia Wine & Beer Festival
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  Rachel Swann, Kayla Grae and Mauricio Umansky brought the spirit of Italy to Marin, California in what was undoubtedly the festa to remember. Hosted at the magnificent Villa La Sosta, an ethereal, Italian-inspired estate in Ross, the home’s phenomenal grounds and old world gardens served as the perfect setting for the lively affair, as agents, family and friends gathered for an afternoon in the sunshine to experience the incredible offering.The Agency was proud to partner with Merchants Exchange Club, Napa Valley’s Peju Winery and Peroni alongside British Motor Cars to create an interactive Lamborghini experience for the event. A harpist provided a whimsical soundtrack in the estate’s soaring entrance gallery, surrounded by romantic wall and ceiling frescos hand-painted by master artisans, while others enjoyed a spirited tennis match on the grounds.Represented by Rachel Swann and Kayla Grae and elegantly positioned on two acres of land, the property is unlike any other offering in the area, serving as the quintessential entertainer’s dream home. Multiple fine living areas and expansive verandas accommodate gatherings large and small, while exquisite gardens, a resort-like pool, tennis and bocce ball courts offer the perfect blend of high-minded luxury and effortless recreation.“Kayla, Mauricio and I were thrilled to invite our Agency family and friends to this magnificent estate,” says Rachel. “From the home’s stunning Italian-inspired interiors to its expansive grounds, Villa La Sosta brings a timeless, European romance to one of Northern California’s most coveted communities. We can’t wait to find the perfect buyer to call this amazing property home.” View photos from the event and an exclusive video below.    
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