We are Karen and Hillary Murphy - The Murphy Team of Village Associates, Lamorinda's #1 real estate brokerage. We have a combined 27 years of experience helping buyers and sellers achieve their real estate goals in Lamorinda (Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda) and the neighboring communities of Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek and Alamo. Whether you are a first time buyer, are relocating from afar or are ready to downsize, we have the skills and relationships to make it happen smoothly. 

Our business has been built 100% on referrals from clients who recommend us for the following reasons:

  • decades of experience in every type of market
  • our wealth of local knowledge and connections
  • sound strategic counsel and negotiating skills
  • a straightforward approach to listing or purchasing your home
  • and of course, responsive, professional service

About Karen Murphy

I have lived and worked in Lamorinda since 1983 and have been a top producing agent at Village Associates since I co-founded the company in 2000. I have ushered buyers and sellers through hundreds of successful transactions. My husband Tim and I raised our two grown sons, Brian and Ben, in this community that is home to amazing schools, great weather and access to all the benefits of Bay Area living. 

My background is in finance. Prior to real estate I practiced as a CPA with Arthur Andersen & Co. I earned my undergraduate degree at Stanford and an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. I served two terms as a member of the Orinda Union School District Board of Trustees; I was on the Board of the Educational Foundation of Orinda, served as co-president of Del Rey and Miramonte Parents' Clubs and I served on the Miramonte Boosters Club board.

About Hillary Murphy

I feel extremely lucky to work in a community that I love. Since joining Village Associates I've helped dozens of clients buy and sell fantastic properties. Prior to real estate, I spent 13 years working in PR and marketing for high-profile tech innovators and Fortune 500 companies in San Francisco and New York. When I took the plunge into real estate, I quickly discovered that the marketing and communications skills I honed in the corporate world have translated into wins for my current clients. 

My husband Brian (Karen's youngest son) was raised in Orinda attending Del Rey Elementary, OIS and Miramonte High School. When it was time to leave San Francisco in 2009, this seemed like the practical place to raise a family. But to be honest, I was reluctant to trade city life for "the burbs."  As we got settled, I was immediately impressed by the friendly community, great climate and all the wonderful things near us. The easy access to San Francisco was also a must. 

These days, we have two small children (a first grader and a pre-schooler), a dog and a white picket fence (seriously) and fantastic "village" of friends and neighbors. My current knowledge of living in the East Bay with young children is valuable to many young families who move to our area. I studied Economics at UC Santa Barbara and Oxford University, and I grew up in the heart of Sonoma County's beautiful wine country. 

National Association of Realtors: ABRĀ® Designation.