Three years ago, Mauricio Umansky and Billy Rose, founders of The Agency (of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fame), handpicked real estate connoisseur Andrew McDonald to spearhead the company’s O.C. expansion. Yet, that’s not his only brush with stardom; he was instrumental in producing Bravo’s What’s for Sale? With a View and has appeared on episodes of Million Dollar House Hunters, Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, Holiday Dream Homes, Behind The Gates, Find Me a Luxury Home and more. Whether he’s selling a $500,000 home or a $50 million property, he’s passionate about bringing world-class acumen to every client he works with—and he takes that investment in the superior seriously in his personal life too. “The word ‘luxury’ is often representative of an affinity for best in class or a status symbol,” says McDonald, “but it is shallow, without substance, character and purpose.” Here, the California native shares his appreciation for the finer things in life—all of which go beyond the price tag to deliver distinctive quality.
“Luxury real estate is defined not only by the ultimate location but also by a profound experience that harmonizes self and surroundings. 58 N. La Senda in Laguna Beach delivers all of the above.” $38.9 million, theagencyre.com
“The Range Rover Sport SE offers an incredible driving experience: all-wheel drive, all-roof sunroof and an amazing sound system.” 2019 models from $68,500, Land Rover, Anaheim Hills, Mission Viejo and Newport Beach
“I use the Breville Barista Express six days a week with my wife—we make oat milk cappuccinos, lattes and flat whites.” $600, breville.com
“When I’m not in loafers or dress shoes, I wear these Achilles sneakers with slacks or jeans.” $420, by Common Projects at nordstrom.com
“Omega’s Seamaster Diver Commander’s watch in yellow gold is classic and timeless.” $33,500, similar versions in Seamaster Diver 300M collection, omegawatches.com
“My favorite Porsche has long been the Panamara, but the 2020 Porsche Taycan is the modernized, electric version I’ve been dreaming of.” Price upon request, Porsche Irvine
Photography by: the agency; product photos courtesy of brands