For Buyers

Getting to Know You

Our relationships are built on getting to know you and understanding your priorities, interests, wants and needs. We listen carefully and take the time to find out what really matters allowing us to make targeted introductions to properties and neighborhoods that match your needs and your desired price range.

Exploring the Area

Getting to know the Peninsula is a great adventure and you will be hard pressed to find a more inviting area to live. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the SF Bay, the Peninsula offers a mild, sunny climate and a wide range of choices in neighborhoods, communities, lifestyles and prices. It’s an extraordinary area where you can be sailing in the SF Bay in the morning, hiking in the western hills in the afternoon and dining in a five star restaurant in the evening. Awash with natural beauty and an abundance of activities, the SF Peninsula is a highly sought after place to live.

We’ll help you explore the many options available to you, introduce you to communities that could be a good match and then pinpoint special properties in the neighborhoods you like. We know our neighborhoods like the back of our hand and diligently monitor Peninsula market activity. We offer valuable information, insight, and often access to off market opportunities in a real estate market that demands a high level of expertise and local know how.

Making an Offer to Purchase

Once you find the perfect home, we will develop a strategy to determine what to include in an offer to purchase. Price is typically the most important part of the negotiation but there are a number of other factors that can significantly influence a negotiation such as terms, contingencies and conditions. We are savvy, skilled and creative negotiators who come to the table well prepared. You’ll feel confident that you received strong and thorough representation.

After the Sale

Our service extends long beyond the sale and we are always most satisfied when we’ve made a friend along the way. We are great supporters of our communities with extensive resources and relationships to share now and in the future.

We would love to talk with you and find out where you would like to live! Contact us today.

Ellen Ashley

2930 Woodside Road
Woodside, CA 94062
Direct: 650.888.1886
GGSIR email: [email protected]

Contact Ellen today!


Rave Reviews

‘I met Ellen Ashley last year when I was selling my home in Woodside. I instantly liked her and decided to have her help me look for a home in the San Mateo Park area. She was wonderful to work with, understood my needs and what I was looking for. She found a perfect home for me. She is very professional, knowledgeable and was always there to answer any question I might have. I loved working with her!’
Bente Tellefsen, San Mateo,

‘We just wanted you to know how much we appreciated your handling the sale of our home. It’s a can-do attitude that makes all the difference and you poured your energy and enthusiasm into this effort. Your marketing plan, professionalism, solid negotiation skills, and just plain good advice all contributed to the successful sale of our property. We were delighted to have the chance to get to know you. Thanks again for your great work.’

Margaret Allen, MD and Richard Weller, MD,

‘Thank you so much for all of the extra effort you put in to getting us settled in our first home. We couldn’t be happier! We appreciate all the ways you went above and beyond for us – thank you!’

Drs. Marina and Andy Martin,

‘We have recently discovered that the business of selling a house is not a simple one. Detaching yourself from it emotionally is actually easier than navigating your way through the myriad of details that need to be addressed. My wife and I would like to convey our most sincere thanks to you for all of your guidance and professionalism. Your continued focus and marketing made all the difference.’

Steve and Jo Summers, Woodside,

‘As a young family, having Ellen’s resources and experience behind us was an invaluable benefit. The process of purchasing a home is confusing and frustrating at times, at every turn Ellen assisted and gave us the certainty that we were making the right choices for our family. It’s fair to say we really couldn’t have done it without her.’

Marc and Kathy Masnik, Portola Valley,

‘Thank you for making the sale of our home so easy and so pleasant. We appreciate everything you did for us from staging to strong negotiations, all of which resulted in a sale in 5 days well over our asking price .

Again, thank you for managing the many details and also for our lasting friendship.’

Tude Stevens, Woodside,

‘We recently sold our home in Menlo Park after living there for 16 years. Ellen was amazing every step of the way. She helped us get our house ready to sell, bringing in a phenomenal designer who recommended upgrades and staging to ensure our house would appeal to current tastes. Because we had already moved out of the area, she oversaw day-to-day management of the entire process. She then priced and marketed the home to attract buyers, but also to give us some headroom for competitive bidding. Not only were we thrilled at the outcome, working with Ellen was a lot of fun. I can’t recommend her highly enough.”

Susan A. Thomas,

‘We worked with Ellen to purchase our home in Woodside and sell our home in Menlo Park. She is one of the best agents with whom we have ever had the pleasure of working. For buyers, she is creative and points out issues and opportunities. She is effective in negotiations, has a valuable network of professionals to get things done, and was there for us after the sale. For sellers, she is strategic, knows the market well, and was able to position our home well and attract highly motivated buyers. Ellen manages the entire transaction to ensure everything goes smoothly, and she is fun and easy to work with. We highly recommend Ellen Ashley for all of your real estate needs.’

John Matheny and Lena Plamondon,

We gave Ellen a nearly-impossible task: find the dream house for two very picky buyers — and she did! She did a great job screening out houses that didn’t meet our criteria and cheerfully showed us only the best candidates. When Ellen found our dream house, we’d unfortunately scheduled a vacation right at the same time. We made an offer and took off, but Ellen smoothed out all the potential issues and handled everything while we were traveling. Everything worked out perfectly! When selling our previous house, Ellen connected us with landscapers and a stager that made the house look amazing. It sold in less then a week for over the asking price. Needless to say, we were thrilled and would happily recommend Ellen to anyone buying or selling a house in the area.

Leslie Wallace and Derek Clegg,