Mauricio Umansky to Host The Hollywood Reporter’s L.A. Power Broker Awards at Madonna’s Former Home

Mauricio Umansky, the co-founder of real-estate brokerage The Agency — who also stars on Netflix’s Buying Beverly Hills and is a contestant on the new season of Dancing with the Stars premiering on Tuesday — is set to follow up his dancing debut by hosting The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual L.A. Power Broker Awards. The evening will take place Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the famed Castillo Del Lago estate in Lake Hollywood, a grand 1920s Spanish-style mansion once owned by Madonna.

Presented by premier luxury real estate PR company The Society Group, the awards evening celebrates the powerhouse sellers on THR‘s annual list of Hollywood’s Top Real Estate Agents and includes an awards presentation in eight categories. Nominees for six categories — including Stratospheric Sale of the Year, Agent of Historic Architecture and Rising Star — are presented below, with Umansky announcing the winners at the dinner.

Drew Fenton — the CEO of Carolwood Estates, which launched last November — is the winner of THR‘s L.A. Team of the Year Award for his work helming the new luxury brokerage alongside posting his own big real estate deals and working with star clients such as Cher and Justin Timberlake.

Chris Cortazzo of Compass will be honored with the Philanthropic Impact Award for his commitment to giving back and his support of such organizations as the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu, Point Dume Marine Science School, Farm Sanctuary, UNICEF, Operation Smile and the Elton John Aids Foundation.

The third annual Power Broker Awards, in keeping with the theme of the evening, will for the first time take place at a stunning piece of L.A. real estate that’s currently on the market. Castillo Del Lago is listed with Carolwood’s Linda May and Brett Lawyer for $18.9 million. Built circa 1926 by architect John DeLario, the nine-bedroom, 10,500-square-foot house has sweeping views looking out over Lake Hollywood and the Hollywood Sign. Mobster Bugsy Siegel is said to have run a gambling den out of the property in the 1930s. Madonna owned the mansion for a time in the 1990s, and it is currently owned by designer Leon Max of Max Studio.

Post-awards, an exclusive after-party will be hosted by The Beverly Hills Estates, welcoming winners and nominees to a nightclub located inside The Californication House, a $38 million mansion hitting the market tomorrow.

Team of the Year
Drew Fenton, Carolwood Estates

Philanthropic Impact
Chris Cortazzo, Compass

Stratospheric Sale Of the Year
Aileen Comora & Paul Lester, The Agency

Jade Mills, Coldwell Banker

Kurt Rappaport, Westside Estate Agency

Agent of Historic Architecture
Josh Flagg, Douglas Elliman

Aaron Kirman, AKG Christie’s International Real Estate

Brett Lawyer, Carolwood Estates

Media Maverick
Rochelle Atlas Maize, Nourmand & Associates

Jade Mills, Coldwell Banker

Mauricio Umansky, The Agency

Condo Sale of the Year
James Harris & David Parnes, The Agency, and Cassandra Peterson, Coldwell Banker

Leo Medeiros & Bridget Reeves, The Agency, and A. Demitrous Walker, The Hills Premier Realty

Jason Oppenheim & Heather Young, Oppenheim Group, and Tomer Fridman, Compass

Celebrity Property Portfolio
Santiago Arana, The Agency

Tomer Fridman, Compass

Brett Lawyer, Carolwood Estates

Rising Star
Michael Fahimian & Jack Harris, The Beverly Hills Estates

Alexander Howe & Weston Littlefield, AKG Christie’s International Real Estate

Zac Mostame, Carolwood Estates

Bryce Pennel, Compass

Nichole Shanfeld, Carolwood Estates


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