More About Marcella

Marcella’s Story

Marcella joined top-ranked Village Properties after careers in both retail and interior design.  She earned a degree in Business Economics from UCSB in 1979, and made Santa Barbara her home while operating her popular women’s clothing store. When she started her family, she became an interior designer, working with her husband to create kitchens and baths throughout Santa Barbara.  As a lifelong entrepreneur, it is important to her that the company she works with is locally owned, shares her client-focussed business ethics, and has global connections. She helps clients buy and sell homes throughout the South Coast, and uses a vast referral network to help relocate clients throughout the world.   

As a lifelong learner, Marcella has earned NAR certifications for expert representation of Buyers, Sellers and Seniors, as well as in Green design, which can make a property more sustainable for the future. Her design skills help determine the best staging techniques for sellers, and buyers can see the best potential of a property. She is a fan of using technology to market properties and keeps her transaction files as paperless as possible.  

Whether working with home sellers or first-time home buyers, Marcella presents a calm approach to real estate transactions. Her business strengths are ones that both buyers and sellers can admire; including graceful negotiating skills, property valuation and market knowledge, a sophisticated eye for property marketing and staging, as well as the nuts and bolts of the escrow process. And, she has an uncanny ability to connect her clients with what they are looking for.

Marcella is an enthusiastic volunteer in the Santa Barbara community, and serves on several boards of organizations dedicated to preserving the quality of life here. She enjoys the arts, spending time with her family, and exploring the outdoors with her young Australian Cobberdog in her spare time.

“Making a home in Santa Barbara gives one a feeling they have married the right person. There is a quality of life here that is incomparable. I like that I’m playing matchmaker for one of people’s most important relationships--their real estate investments.” For Marcella, it's all about providing full-service representation to her clients, while ensuring a great transaction experience and sharing the inimitable Santa Barbara lifestyle.

Clients have this to say.....

Marcella provided fantastic service to us in selling our investment condo. Throughout the entire process, she had our best interests in mind and was available any time to talk with us to provide guidance and advice. She worked diligently with the repair men, the HOA, and the buyer when we got into escrow with an unrepresented buyer. Each step of the way she was persistent and professional all while being warm and engaging. We recommend her to all our friends and family.--Paul and Marilyn G.

Mike and I want to thank you for representing us in the purchase of our home. From the first time we met, you were professional and had an enthusiasm for real estate that was refreshing.

You listened to what our needs were, and then found us the perfect condo before it hit the MLS. We liked the network of professionals that you suggested for us to work with. They all made us feel like we were their only clients too, as we worked through the escrow process during a very busy time of year.  Once again, a big thank you from our family! --Mike and Stephanie F.

When we decided to retire out of state and put our long time family home on the market, Marcella successfully guided us through potential problems and pitfalls. Following her staging advice, we received multiple over-asking price offers in the first few days on the market. We were able to begin the next phase of our lives with much more than we expected, and highly recommend Marcella to anyone purchasing or selling a home in the Santa Barbara area. --Myra and David C.

Thank you for helping me find the perfect home for my family! I have lived in lots of wonderful homes in my life, but this is the best one ever--and it was a painless search. I am very grateful to have found you, because you have a gift for real estate. You listened carefully, and helped me figure out what was important to us. In no time at all, you made a complicated deal work for all concerned, with me on another continent! Your many loyal connections in the community, and your good reputation are no mystery to me. You have been a great guide, every step of the way.  Thank you! --Carren S.

When we arrived in Santa Barbara, we thought there was no chance we would ever be able to buy a home here. Now, two years later, we are living in our home--and not just any house, it is beautiful, with a spectacular view, and it is ours! Your efforts to get us this home that had been off the market, finding us a lender adept in VA loans, and your experience throughout the inspection process make this happen for us. We couldn’t have done it without you!--Richard C.and Nick C.

The process of buying a home in Santa Barbara can be surprisingly complex. Marcella greatly facilitated our search for a new home by giving us the benefit of her considerable local knowledge and experience. More importantly, she intuitively understood what it was we wanted in ways few other agents could. She tackles her work with joy, passion, commitment and just enough humor to make the process a pleasure.  My wife and I highly recommend Marcella Simmons to anyone interested in making Santa Barbara their home. --William and Shirin B.

Thank you for your assistance in selling my father’s home in Santa Barbara.  I’ve worked with dozens of realtors, and I must say this transaction was absolutely without fault. Your knowledge of the market and area specifics was spot-on. And the team at your disposal to assist with repairs, moving and storage was absolutely the best! Escrow closed early and the entire process was professionally handled….it really made my life that much easier. Thank you again! --Mark S.

NAR Certifications

SRS: Seller Representation Specialist

BRS: Buyer Representation Specialist

SRES: Senior Residendential Specialist

GREEN: Green Design Specialist