Antonio Israel Barraza was born in East Los Angeles; raised in El Monte; and has lived in Northeast Los Angeles, Hollywood, Playa Del Rey and West Los Angeles.
Tony, as he is known to his friends, worked as a draftsman with various architects and civil engineers in the area while attending UCLA. He enjoyed the idea of mixing technology and science with art and aesthetics. He discovered a passion for creating beautiful imagery, which eventually led to a 17+ year career in computer animation at Rhythm & Hues Studios, one of the top five visual effects studios in the world. Tony has numerous feature film, TV and commercial credits to his name. The fast-paced world of visual effects is littered with complex and unique problems. After a brief time, Tony thrived and excelled at discovering innovative and creative solutions for his discerning clients. His desire to teach and learn coupled with his patience and hard work resulted in a successful and respectable career.
But something was missing. While his work entertained millions of people, ultimately, what he wanted to do was contribute to people’s lives. He remembered his childhood home. A house that his father, Israel, built from the ground up. Every weekend, for many weekends, his father and extended family toiled. Tony wasn’t very keen on it at the time. He just wanted to watch television. Nonetheless, he realized that what his father did was not just build a house; he built a home. That home changed their lives. They felt safe. With that memory, his true calling became clear, help families find homes. There is nothing more important or fundamental than having a place to call your own.
After spending most of his adult life on the Westside, Tony has returned home and now specializes in uniting new and growing families and places to call home in Northeast Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley.
Tony presently lives in Eagle Rock and is an enthusiastic member of his community. He enjoys running, music, cooking, and showing his clients the best that Southern California and its foothills have to offer.