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• Ranked in the top 1/2 of 1% of agents in the United States in 2019
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M.A. Michigan State University
B.A. Michigan State University

About Ellen

Ellen Ashley

A trusted source of real estate information, Ellen is passionate about life on the SF Peninsula and is a tremendous resource on the communities, lifestyle, and real estate opportunities of this vibrant and very special area.

Ellen's success is based on attention to detail, quick and creative thinking, and a comprehensive understanding of activity and trends in the local marketplace. She knows her neighborhoods inside and out and can introduce you to areas and off market opportunities you may not otherwise be aware of.

Getting to know you and understanding your priorities, interests, wants and needs is where it all begins. Ellen listens carefully and takes the time to find out what really matters allowing her to become an effective advocate on your behalf. She is a savvy and creative negotiator with backbone, a sense of humor, and an easy and competent style.

Ellen was a real estate industry executive for 20 years before joining Alain Pinel Realtors, now Compass, and has been a top producer since she arrived. Her educational background includes a B.A. and M. A. from Michigan State University.

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Client Testimonials

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"We gave Ellen a nearly-impossible task: find the dream home for two very picky buyers — and she did! She did a great job screening out houses that didn’t meet our criteria and cheerfully showed us only the best candidates. When Ellen found our dream house, we’d unfortunately scheduled a vacation right at the same time. We made an offer and took off, but Ellen smoothed out all the potential issues and handled everything while we were traveling. Everything worked out perfectly! When selling our previous house, Ellen connected us with landscapers and a stager that made the house look amazing. It sold in less than a week for over the asking price. Needless to say, we were thrilled and would happily recommend Ellen to anyone buying or selling a house in the area." - Leslie Wallace and Derek Clegg, Menlo Park

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"I met Ellen Ashley last year when I was selling my home in Woodside. I instantly liked her and decided to have her help me look for a home in the San Mateo Park area. She was wonderful to work with, understood my needs and what I was looking for. She found a perfect home for me and I felt I could not be better represented. She is very professional, knowledgeable and was always there to answer any question I might have. I loved working with her." - Bente Tellefsen, San Mateo Park

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"We recently sold our home in Menlo Park after living there for 16 years. Ellen was amazing every step of the way. She helped us get our house ready to sell, bringing in a phenomenal designer who recommended upgrades and staging to ensure our house would appeal to current tastes. Because we had already moved out of the area, she oversaw day-to-day management of the entire process. She then priced and marketed the home to attract buyers, but also to give us some headroom for competitive bidding. Not only were we thrilled at the outcome, working with Ellen was a lot of fun. I can’t recommend her highly enough." - Susan A. Thomas, Menlo Park

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"Thank you for making the sale of our home so easy and so pleasant. We appreciate everything you did for us from staging to strong negotiations, all of which resulted in a sale in 5 days well over our asking price. Again, thank you for managing the many details and also for our lasting friendship." - Mrs. Al Stevens, Woodside

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"We just wanted you to know how much we appreciated you handling the sale of our home. As in most ventures, it's a can-do attitude that makes all the difference and you poured your energy and enthusiasm into this effort. Your marketing plan, professionalism, solid negotiation skills, and just plain good advice all contributed to the successful sale of our property. And, aside from the professional relationship, we were delighted to have the chance to get to know you." - Margaret Allen, MD and Richard Weller, MD, Woodside

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"Thanks you so much for all of the extra effort you put in to getting us settled in our first house. We couldn't be happier! We appreciate all the ways you went above and beyond for us - thank you!" - Drs. Marina and Andy Martin, Woodside

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"We worked with Ellen to purchase our home in Woodside and sell our home in Menlo Park. She is one of the best agents with whom we have ever had the pleasure of working. For buyers, she is creative and points out issues and opportunities. She is effective in negotiations, has a valuable network of professionals to get things done, and was there for us after the sale. For sellers, she is strategic, knows the market well, and was able to position our home well and attract highly motivated buyers. Ellen manages the entire transaction to ensure everything goes smoothly, and she is fun and easy to work with. We highly recommend Ellen Ashley for all of your real estate needs." - John Matheny and Lena Plamondon, Menlo Park

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SOLD - 873 Rubis Drive

Sunnyvale  4 Bed  2.5 Bath  2,178 SF  SOLD for $2,350,000  

Exceptional two story home located in a private setting on a beautiful tree lined street in the sought after Old Orchard neighborhood. Meticulously maintained with 4-5 bedrooms, this light and bright home offers a thoughtfully designed floor plan with approximately 2178 sq ft of living space. This home offers an easy blend of indoor and outdoor living in a magical garden setting with a spacious rear patio perfect for relaxing or entertaining. Click Here to Learn More

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SOLD - 295 Cervantes Road

Portola Valley  4 Bed  2.5 Bath  3.070 SF  SOLD for $4,300,000  

Majestic views surround this very special property nestled in a beautiful and private 1.7 acres +/- in central Portola Valley. Framed by nature, there are expansive vistas in every direction and a myriad of outdoor areas for relaxation, play and entertaining. Located on a private country lane, this perfectly sited home offers the best of country living in the heart of the Peninsula. Click Here to Learn More

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SOLD - 165 Josselyn Lane

Woodside  6 Bed  6.5 Bath  4,000 SF  SOLD for $7,495,000  

Welcome to Vinegrove. History, Charm and Privacy come together on this 4.3 acre property (per survey) on a private lane, less than 1.5 miles from the village center. Great horse property. This level lot contains a charming 4000 sqft main home, a one bedroom cottage and a vintage 4000+sqft barn, with stalls and paddocks. Click Here to Learn More

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SOLD - 250 Dedalera Drive

Portola Valley  3 Bed  2 Bath  1,675 SF  SOLD for $2,900,000  

This beautifully updated Mid-Century Modern gem is located in the desirable neighborhood of Ladera, with its outstanding community amenities. Retaining the best features of its forward-thinking design, it boasts entire walls of glass, sleek finishes, plus slate and hardwood floors all contributing to its cool, mid-century modern vibe. Click Here to Learn More

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