About Kristen

It’s not often that you find a Realtor who not only knows where the best schools are located, but also where the best place is to pop a celebratory bottle of champagne! Combine that with a top-notch work ethic and the ability to infuse a sense of humor when needed, and you have Kristen von Bargen. If you want to work with a smart, pro-active and successful Realtor with an effervescent personality, Kristen is your woman.

Kristen von Bargen is a top producing real estate agent for buying and selling luxury real estate in San Francisco’s fabulous East Bay. A self-proclaimed “real estate matchmaker,” she achieves much more than assisting clients buy and sell houses. She has a knack for finding a new homeowner the right home in the right neighborhood and navigating a seller through possible obstacles to assure a smooth transaction with the highest return.

While every transaction is unique, she anticipates what to expect and how to navigate it seamlessly. Kristen loves when clients think the entire process has been a piece of cake – that’s when she knows she has been successful!

When you work with Kristen, you get a 30-year Bay Area resident who knows and appreciates the many unique neighborhoods and communities that make up the East Bay. She is a mom who knows the best school districts, a professional who keeps abreast of the latest housing trends, and a tireless advocate for her clients.

Kristen officially began her career as a Realtor after purchasing her first home—an experience that shaped her client service philosophy. “I strive to be the kind of Realtor that I was after when I purchased my first home!” she says.

Prior to becoming a Realtor, Kristen spent many years as a travel consultant exploring some of the world’s most inviting places in an effort to find the perfect place to call home. After traveling the world, she realized that the Bay Area had it all.

Kristen attributes her keen ability to navigate the fast, ever-changing world of real estate to her experience learning to successfully maneuver through many different countries and environments. Part of adapting to the changing market is learning how to think on your feet and outside of the box. The same creative, fearless spirit that led her abroad is incredibly beneficial in her career as Realtor today. It’s no wonder that Kristen find innovative ways to market a house that often result in multiple offers and a selling price over-asking!

When she is not working, Kristen loves spending time with family and friends, writes screenplays on occasion, and plays a pretty decent set on the bagpipes (often in snappy tartan heels around her hometown of Montclair).

Kristen’s friends, family, and even clients will be the first to tell you that she is an incredibly fun person, but that she also gets the job done. Kristen’s sales are in the top 10% of Bay Area Realtors and in the top 3% nationwide. She has won national awards with Better Homes & Gardens Mason-McDuffie, garnering a Silver award in 2012, Gold in 2013, and another Gold in 2014. She attributes her success to the support of Highland Partners and how their collaborative spirit has encouraged her to thrive.

“Highland Partners really is a team. When you get one, you’ve got the rest behind you–truly a unique and fantastic atmosphere in which to work.” This must explain why Highland Partners was voted Best Real Estate Agency in the East Bay!


More About Kristen

Growing up in Carmel and traveling extensively cemented Kristen’s love for beautiful places and diverse lifestyles. She has called the Bay Area home for over 30 years because it has it all: richly diverse communities, fabulous food, cultural events, a wonderful climate and sheer, and natural beauty.

Plus it’s close-by to just about every other activity you could want—from the Maverick’s surf contest to skiing in the Sierras all in one day!


Being around kids; being in and around water; a good story (whether a movie, a book, or someone who tells a good tale); drinking champagne; rooting for the underdog!

Doesn’t Enjoy:

Spelunking. (yikes!)

Would like to:

Win an Oscar for best original screenplay (already has her acceptance speech memorized).


Highland Partners named Kristen a 2013 Top Producer and a 2014 Top Producer. Read more about this and Kristen’s interview here.

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Read more about the award and Positive Luxury here.


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