About Shari
Exceptional service, extremely satisfied clients As a top-producing Realtor with extensive experience, Shari is known for her warmth, professionalism, and high quality customized service. Her approach combines personal attention and superior negotiation skills with knowledge of prevailing market conditions, innovative marketing strategy, and use of state of the art technology, to skillfully guide clients through every step of the home buying and selling process. A large percentage of her business is based on client referrals resulting from the exceptional service she provides.

A longstanding and active Peninsula resident since 1965 and Realtor since 1989, Shari has represented clients from San Carlos to Los Gatos while specializing in Mid-Peninsula properties. Over the years, she has developed an extensive network of local home service professionals and resources to address her clients needs. Shari leverages her familiarity with the community with her real estate expertise to achieve the most profitable results for her clients. Education and experience A graduate of the University of Miami with a major in sociology and psychology, she brings to her real estate practice a background as a social caseworker focusing on family issues. This has enhanced her sensitivity to her clients individual wishes. As a longtime Stanford Campus resident, Shari offers her clients superior in-depth knowledge of Campus housing and the communities surrounding the University. Shari and her husband, Don, a Stanford professor, continue to live on Campus where they raised their three children who were educated at Palo Alto schools.


“Shari Ornstein was an excellent Realtor in the sale of our parents' home in Palo Alto. She had to really go all out for us, because we don't live in California, and she strongly and admirably lived up to the challenge. Initially she gave us great advice on whether to rent or sell and played a key role in helping us to decide to sell. She offered excellent tips on how to improve the sale ability of the home and supervised that work in our absence. She helped us with a lot of related paperwork and even pointed out the need for us to file an insurance claim. We cannot say enough wonderful things about Shari Ornstein as a real estate agent and as a great person. Alain Pinel is lucky to have such an intelligent, resourceful, organized, and wise agent working for them."

“Shari was my agent when I bought my house in Menlo Park in 1998. She was a delight to work with--knowledgeable and well organized, but also personable and fun. She went the extra mile in a very competitive buying environment and I got the house. In 2005, when I planned to sell, Shari was the first person I called, and she helped me get the house ready and on the market in record time, where it sold for a very good price. I highly recommend Shari's services.”

“When I decided to sell my Stanford campus house, I knew I would need a real- estate agent who understood the local market, but wanted to find someone who would also be comfortable to work with and completely trustworthy. I knew from Shari Ornstein’s reputation among my friends that she would probably be the right person for me, but it turned out to be an even more fortunate choice that I had expected. Shari has an engaging manner, and a wide network of good relationships with people who can provide the various services one needs in getting a house ready for sale. She makes herself fully available to help with all kinds of matters, large and small. Her brisk efficiency and her sensible no-fuss approach made things easy that had seemed, in anticipation, to be hard. I can recommend her in the highest terms.”