A dedicated musician with a background in marketing and the entertainment industry, Chris Vargas brings a welcome dose of talent and dynamism to his role as Buyer Specialist with the Tracy & Keely Real Estate Team. From working in production for feature films and television (including Dexter, Iron Man, and Transformers) to serving as a Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator for an agency in downtown Los Angeles (where he developed social media strategies and influencer activations for clients such as Nike, Pepsi Co., and Supreme), Chris is no stranger to creative problem solving and facilitating seamless strategies from a behind-the-scenes perspective.
In fact, it was while apprenticing with a finish carpenter and general contractor that Chris received his first taste and appreciation of the real estate industry. After spending so much time transforming homes with his own hands, Chris yearned to experience the entire process—and especially to witness the people’s reactions to the properties he had restored. “As a contractor, I got to go see and admire the inside of the same character homes that I had grown up riding my bicycle past as a kid. I started to become acutely aware of not just Eagle Rock’s wide range of architectural styles but the layout of the streets and neighborhoods,” shares Chris. “Since I enjoy working with people and appreciate the homes and neighborhoods of this special area, exploring real estate made obvious sense.” As a result, Chris received his real estate license in 2014 and was mentored by the Partners Trust La Canada office prior to joining the Tracy & Keely Real Estate Team.
In what may be perceived as a twist of fate, Chris’ passion for both music and real estate converged when he discovered a house that held a secret stash of vintage drums. Beyond adding a few pieces to his personal collection, Chris devised a renovation plan to give the home a much needed cosmetic facelift and, together with his crew, was able to get the seller $280,000 over the original listing price.
Chris’ early interest in the arts prompted him to attend the Musician’s Institute of Hollywood where he studied drum set performance and the music business. To this day, Chris enjoys spending his free time playing drums with his band and other local artists, restoring old homes, and even refurbishing classic automobiles.