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Schooner Realty

Dreaming of an anchorage in sunny and vivacious Santa Cruz on California's central coast? Need a navigator to steer you through the shallows to the home of your dreams? We are Schooner Realty, a women owned brokerage of professional realtors, including owner and broker Celeste Faraola-Perie.

Schooner Realty has always been Santa Cruz local since its genesis in 1973. Launched under the sensitive helmsmanship of founder, (and celebrated Santa Cruz community activist), Harriet Deck, Schooner Realty became known for matching homes to the visions of the famously diverse Santa Cruz population. Partnering with Harriet in 2006, Celeste Faraola-Perie took over sole ownership of Schooner Realty in 2016. If your dream is a cottage on the beach, a retreat in the redwoods, or an elegant architectural masterpiece overlooking Monterey Bay, the tradition of patiently listening and sensitively responding established by Harriet Deck, lives on with Celeste and her crew of real estate professionals at Schooner Realty.

Our Agents

Celeste Faraola Perie
Decades of experience

Celeste is a fifth-generation Santa Cruz local, and she and her associates were raised in the relaxed neighborhoods of Santa Cruz beaches and redwoods. In-depth local knowledge, creative, professional and far-reaching creative marketing, decades of experience, and a commitment to our clients will help you navigate a course straight to one of California’s most magical landfalls.

Licensed Realtor® since 1991
Real Estate Broker since 2010
Owner of Schooner Realty since 2014

(831) 239-4646
Anne Lipman
I have a passion for real estate and property management. Helping people to navigate one of the biggest investments in their lives brings me joy. And, I’m thrilled to be working in a great place like Schooner Realty, which has a supportive, collaborative, women-driven team that is making a difference for people living in or looking to live in Santa Cruz and the surrounding areas.

I actually used Schooner Realty to buy our current home in Santa Cruz and was so impressed with their professionalism that I decided to work here. Having lived and moved several times around the country, I know how daunting a home search can be. Whether you’re moving across the globe or just across town, you need someone with expertise. Throw in a tight timeline, and the stakes are even higher.

Thanks to my experience and knowledge of the dynamic Santa Cruz market, I am confident that I can help you and your family find the best home to meet your lifestyle and needs. It’s about empowering you to succeed throughout the entire real estate process. If you are looking to find a future home or looking to sell your current home, I’ll work hard to make sure you are well represented in any transaction so that you can relax. I sweat the small stuff so you don’t have to!

DRE: 01963582
(831) 295-1481
Connie Sanchez
As a native Californian and well travelled, I feel our Santa Cruz area community offers the best active lifestyle, which is why I have chosen to live here for the past 21 years. I grew up with real estate, my father was a broker, am passionate about properties and helping clients find the right one for their lifestyle and investment goals. I can honesty say that I view your real estate investments as precious and important as if they were my own.

I understand the home buying and selling process, and the need to adapt to changing market conditions. My goal is to apply the utmost integrity and work ethic to all my clients’ real estate transactions. Whether this is your first home, second home, forever home, or an investment property, you can count on my expertise and knowledge. Prior to entering the real estate field, I had a thriving career in high tech marketing in Silicon Valley.

For fun, I like to turn to the unique nature and outdoors of the Santa Cruz Mountains. You can find me trail running in Henry Cowell, Wilder, and Pogonip. I also enjoy snowboarding in the winter, tennis in the summer and spending time with my family in between. Please call me with any real estate questions or needs, I am here to help! Se habla español.

DRE: 02016868
(408) 832-3794
Heather Smith James
Hey there, I’m Heather! I’ve called Santa Cruz home for the past 20 years, and absolutely love this town. I mean, we have it all- mountains, redwoods, beaches and world renowned surf spots nestled in the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary, amazing organic produce, great food, great bars, great people.

Santa Cruz offers so many diverse areas, my goal is to help my clients find their perfect place here. Be it a first home, second home, a mountain retreat, a beach house, a home with acreage, I’m confident we can find the right fit. On the flip side, if Santa Cruz is no longer your place, or you need to upsize/downsize, let’s find the right buyers for your home so you can move on to your next phase. Whatever it is, I look forward to helping my community with buying or selling their homes so we can all get the most out of this town we get to call home.

DRE: 02143750
(760) 213-3073