I specialize in historic homes with unique character, prestige properties and comfortable homes to raise a family. Communication is the key to my success in matching buyers and sellers so that each transaction works best for my clients. I am available day or night to respond to my clients needs— from our first brainstorming session to close of escrow.
I grew up in Washington state and graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in history. I moved to southern California in 1991. Before falling in love with Ojai and its mix of outdoor adventure and unique sophistication, I lived in Silver Lake (near downtown LA) for 15 years. There, I founded Sonya Ooten, my fashion fine jewelry line sold in luxury stores worldwide including Barneys New York, Barneys Japan, Stanley Korshak, Browns in London and Bergdorf Goodman. I ran my flagship retail store for 10 years in Larchmont Village near Paramount Studios. My jewelry adorned the fashion spreads of Vogue, Town & Country, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and many stars on the red carpets in Hollywood. I understand the luxury market and that’s why I’m a proud member of the LIV Sotheby’s family. My unparalleled concierge-style service matches the excellence of our brand. Whether you’re searching for your dream home nestled among majestic oaks or marketing a vineyard property, I am there to guide you every step of the way.
I approach my real estate career with the same entrepreneurial passion, attention to detail and impeccable taste that I do as a designer. I bring decades of experience in satisfying private clients who put their trust in me. I live off of Foothill Road and have intimate knowledge of each Ojai neighborhood— from the Arbolada to Matilija Canyon and the many incredible homes in between. Time flies when I’m maximizing Sotheby’s reach and technological resources to drive value for my buyers or while developing a bespoke marketing plan and materials for my sellers. I can even help you stage your home, if needed, as I am addicted to scouring exclusive estate sales in the area for unique furnishings that I make available to my clients.
I’m mom to three awesome children with my husband of over 25 years, two at Columbia University and one in middle school, and we all absolutely adore the lifestyle here in Ojai. At the end of the day, relationships matter most and I’m deeply grateful to call so many of my clients my good friends. When I’m not serving them as their agent, you may see us living the dream on the tennis court, hiking, knitting, crafting or sipping wine while basking in the pink moment. Let me help you learn your way around and I bet you’ll fall in love, too.