We are Karen and Hillary Murphy - The Murphy Team of Village Associates, Lamorinda's #1 real estate brokerage. Combined, we have nearly 30 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 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. We were involved in just about every parent's club, booster club, baseball league and football team that came our way while the kids were young, and formed many wonderful friendships along the way.
My professional 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 serving as President; 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. Needless to say, I'm a big believer in our public schools and the fabulous community around us.
I am proud to have helped establish Village and help it remain #1 all these years. I currently serve on the board of directors in addition to being a very active agent.
About Hillary Murphy
I feel extremely lucky to work in a community that I love. Since joining Karen at Village I've helped dozens of clients buy and sell wonderful 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 skills I honed in the corporate world have translated into wins for my current clients.
My husband Brian, who is Karen's youngest son, was raised in Orinda attending Del Rey Elementary, OIS and Miramonte High School. When it was time for us to leave San Francisco in 2009, Orinda seemed like a practical place to raise a family. But to be honest, I am a city girl at heart and was reluctant to "trade it in for the burbs." As we got settled, I fell in love with the friendly community, great climate and other wonderful activities near us. Easy access to Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco eased my worries, and some of our best friends followed us here which was wonderful.
10 years later... we have two energetic children - one in second grade and one in pre-school - a dog and a white picket fence (seriously) and fantastic "village" of friends and neighbors old and new. My detailed knowledge of living in the East Bay with young children is valuable to many clients who move here for the schools. I know that a move may involve much more than a house; it's a new network of babysitters and teachers and doctors and pre-schools and activities that must be re-established, and I aim to be as helpful in those arenas as clients request.
I studied Economics at UC Santa Barbara and Oxford University, and I grew up in the heart of Sonoma County's beautiful wine country, where I still love to visit.
National Association of Realtors: ABR® Designation.