Fresh Perspective…Innovative Marketing…Local Expertise
Consistently in the top tier of sales agents in Santa Barbara, Cara Gamberdella fuses a fresh perspective, innovative and dynamic marketing and a life-long knowledge of the Santa Barbara lifestyle with a relentless work ethic and excellence in professional skills. All with the backing of Santa Barbara's premiere locally owned brokerage, Village Properties.
Cara joined Village Properties in July 2006 as a full-time sales agent after nine years as an English teacher and journalism adviser at San Marcos High School.
As a former teacher, Cara is skilled in multi-tasking, collaborating with diverse personalities, motivating those around her and facilitating others in achieving their goals – as well as giving her an insider's knowledge of the Santa Barbara school system and local educational opportunities.
Drawing on almost 40 years as a Santa Barbara resident, a tireless work ethic and a keen sense of professionalism, Cara has flourished and closed over $68 million of real estate in a rapidly changing market. Cara’s sales figures in recent years are as follows:
2014 – $23,728,300 sales volume – Top 2 percent of all agents in Santa Barbara MLS in total sales volume and top 1 percent of agents in number of transactions. Named one of Village Properties’ Top-10 sales agents in 2014 and had the highest sales volume in the Village Properties Santa Barbara office.
2013 – $14,451,820 sales volume – Top 3 percent of all agents in Santa Barbara MLS in total sales and in the top 4 percent of agents in number of transactions.
2012 – $9,305,500 sales volume – Top 8 percent of all agents in Santa Barbara MLS in total sales volume and in the top 5 percent of agents in number of transactions. Named one of Village Properties’ Top-10 sales agents in 2012.
2011 – $7,459,000 sales volume – Top 8 percent of all agents in the Santa Barbara MLS in total sales volume and in the top 6 percent of agents in number of transactions.
Local Background and Interests
Santa Barbara local since 1976
Nine years as local public high school teacher (San Marcos High School)
Extensive local and regional contacts and network developed through family, friends, professional relationships and almost 40 years as a Santa Barbara resident
Avid runner, cyclist, swimmer, triathlete
Santa Barbara Triathlon – multi-year competitor
Boston Marathon Finisher – 2010, 2011
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo - California Single Subject Teaching Credential, English, 1997
University of Southern California - B.A. Journalism/Public Relations (cum laude), 1994
Alumna of local schools - Vieja Valley Elementary, La Colina Junior High School, San Marcos High School (Class of 1990)
Santa Barbara Association of Realtors and Multiple Listing Service, member
California Association of Realtors
National Association of Realtors
Community and Local Affiliations
Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table, Board Member, President-Elect
Semana Nautica, Board Member
Reef and Run, Sponsor and Race Committee Member
Santa Barbara Triathlon Club, member
Cara’s active lifestyle and athletic pursuits allow her to enjoy all of the beauty of Santa Barbara. Ocean swims, trail runs, long bike rides…restaurants for all occasions, cheerful festivals…excellent entertainment, art and culture…non-profit and community involvement…these are just a few of the ways Cara stays connected to her hometown and the people that make it special.
Cara's family and community ties run deep in Santa Barbara. Her parents built their home here – where they still live – in 1978. Her father, Frank, is a widely respected and recently retired physician, and her mother, Jacque, is active throughout the community. Her siblings are all local – Paul a partner with Radius Commercial Real Estate, Marc a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch and Jennifer, a medical sales executive. She is also aunt to eight beautiful nieces and nephews.
According to Cara, it is truly a privilege to live in Santa Barbara. She relishes any chance she has to share the beauty, character, charm and culture of her hometown with friends, family and visitors. She can help you attain your own slice of paradise and enjoy pride of ownership on the American Riviera.
As a professional dedicated to loyalty, honesty, integrity, commitment and ethics, Cara is ready to help you in all of your real estate needs.