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Meet Jim Ardery

After over 42 years in the Laguna and South Orange County markets Jim’s name is synonymous with luxury real estate, his incomparable local expertise and connections have made him the go to agent of Hollywood stars, directors, producers, and seasoned real estate investors worldwide, not to mention his many clients that he sells their first family home, retirement home or their children’s first homes. Jim has the best referral network in the business.

Jim’s style is resolutely hands-on in phases of the transaction.  Jim treats his clients to the most attentive service and comprehensive strategic real estate planning, from identifying desirable neighborhoods and developing targeted home tour itineraries to designing an aggressive marketing campaign and leveraging his vast network of contacts on their behalf.

After years of remodeling and reselling high-end properties, Jim has a finely tuned talent for assessing value and potential. Clients regularly seek his advice on the ins and outs of the local remodeling/building process. He also has a famously unerring eye for home staging — one more thing he doesn’t leave to others. Jim has learned these skills from his several high-end Design clients he represents.

Jim attended California State University at Fullerton after two years of active duty in the Naval Reserves during the Vietnam era. This experience along with his background in competitive sports once ranked as the number one diver in California and training for the Mexico Olympics taught him the importance of determination and stamina.

Meet The Team


Geoff Dunlevie

A top producer consistently throughout his real estate career Geoff has been able to draw on his extensive experience in sales and marketing in his background in National Accounts sales to a successful local real estate business. This professional experience combined with his hard work ethic, interpersonal skills and professionalism make him a valuable asset to buyers, sellers, and investors in the ever-changing real estate markets. Taking a client-centered approach with what is one of the most important financial decisions his clients will make, helps to ensure they purchase the right property for their lifestyle and unique needs. A tireless worker, known for his calm demeanor, honesty, trustworthiness and hands-on approach that has earned extensive repeat business and enthusiastic referrals from many satisfied clients.


Katie Brennan

Originally from the East Coast, Katie moved to Orange County 18 years ago to pursue her dream of becoming an entrepreneur. After getting married in Laguna Beach, she knew this was where she was meant to be and has been living in Laguna Beach ever since. With over 25 years of experience in both corporate sales and running her own businesses, she has all the tools to offer a bespoke service by really listening to her client's needs. “I truly believe that there is no such thing as too much communication.” Katie’s interest in real estate began as a child with her mother being a Broker. She then began to pursue that passion by buying, selling and leasing homes for personal and investment use. She brings that experience to the real estate profession and always looks out for her client's best interests as if they were her own. Having been in all aspects of the transaction she is committed to making the transition seamless. “Moving doesn’t have to be stressful.” Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, cooking and entertaining friends in the “most beautiful place in the world.” She is active in the PTA and is on the Laguna Board of Realtors Community Outreach Committee. She also loves to go shopping. Wanna go house shopping?


Mariana Figueroa Gruenberg

After 15 years of international real estate experience, Mariana chose Laguna Beach as the perfect location to raise her daughter and enjoy all that Southern California has to offer. Laguna Beach’s perfect mix of culture and lifestyle fuels her desire and motivation to share her experience and knowledge with potential home buyers and sellers. After years working in fine arts, antiques as well as real estate all over the world including Mexico City, Sao Paulo, London, Paris and Spain, Mariana is fluent in 6 languages. She has developed an ability to exceed the expectations of the most discerning clientele and deliver an unmatched experience for buyers, sellers and investors alike.


Zach Eckert

Zach, a Director at JSerra High School, turned his focus toward real estate in 2018. With a passion for hard work and known for his integrity, Zach delivers his clients not only the detailed information they demand but excellent service in every step of the process. He also assists the team in social media and online marketing as well as providing valuable backup for all transaction-related processes. He is also earning his MBA from the University of Dallas.



"If honesty, kindness and knowledge of the area is what you are looking for, Geoff is the right agent for you! Geoff Dunlevie worked with us for almost a whole year while we were looking for our first own house. On June 21 we finally became the owner of a perfect house and we are so happy! Geoff has been a tremendous help and a great support along the way. He has a lot of knowledge and is genuine, honest and kind."


"James has helped me time and time again throughout the years. Expert. Professional. Consistent. No doubt about it. He has helped my family move, sell and acquire property over the years on various occasions - from Laguna Beach to Newport Beach to Mission Viejo. Highly recommend."


Orange County

South Orange County is a diverse region in Southern California. It's known for its beautiful beaches, the boat filled harbours of Newport and Dana Point and the stunning hill sides of Laguna Beach. No matter your interests there are miles of wilderness and open spaces with hiking and biking trails of the Laguna Canyon Preserve or the beaches and tide pool of Oceanfront Crystal Cove State Park. Also known for wonderful restaurants and world known shopping opportunities at Fashion Island and South Coast Plaza. Living in South Orange County has something for everyone so let us be your guide to finding your home in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

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