Village Properties, Santa Barbara County’s largest independent real estate brokerage, is now solely owned by co-founder Renee Grubb after the retirement of co-founder Ed Edick.
Grubb and Edick began Village Properties in 1996 with the goal of creating a locally owned real estate company founded on teamwork, community consciousness and high ethical standards. Today, it has offices in Montecito, Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez with agents and brokers serving Ojai, Ventura, Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito, Santa Barbara, Goleta, Solvang, Buellton, Lompoc, Los Olivos and Santa Ynez.
“Twenty-two years ago Ed Edick took a chance with me when we went into business together to establish Village Properties, and I will always be grateful,” Grubb said. “We’ve been through a lot and learned a lot together, and through our hard work, perseverance and talented agents, we built the best real estate company in Santa Barbara County.”
Grubb became the firm’s managing partner in 1996, leading the day-to-day operations. She is revered as a knowledgeable and gifted leader with scrupulous standards for hiring full-time, dedicated agents.
The Teacher’s Fund, a nonprofit organization founded by Grubb and Edick in 2002, will continue to support Santa Barbara-area elementary, middle and high school teachers by funding classroom resources, equipment and supply needs as it has done for the past 16 years.
Grubb co-chaired the South Coast Business and Technology Awards, has served as president of the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors, chaired the board of the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce, and has recently joined the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
She has been recognized numerous times for her philanthropy, volunteerism and advocacy, most recently by the American Heart Association. She is the board chair of the American Heart Association and has served on the board of directors for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and serves on the master plan committee.