Kris Johnston

Managing Broker | Partner Engel & Völkers - Santa Ynez DRE#01860722
In a career spanning over 30 years of Real Estate Investment and Development, Kris was the Owner ~ Co Founder ~ Broker of Central Coast Landmark Properties. Recently, Kris has merged her team with a new company and now managing ENGEL & VĂ–LKERS Santa Ynez. Same office location, same team, yet now Globally connected in 30 countries. This company is new and innovative, offering specialized training of each advisor, and has advanced our approach to handling Buyers and Sellers. E & V is selling Real Estate around the world and offering some of the finest Estates, Wineries, Vineyards, Ranches and Undeveloped Land.

Kris's start before CCLP, was Sotheby's International Realty in Santa Barbara where she gained a ranking of Top 1% in a sales force of around 45,000 associates, and has continued that excellence today as one of the Top Producers in the Santa Ynez Valley in her small Executive Brokerage. As Managing Broker and Partner, Kris offers her clients a positive, personal approach, discrete representation, and world-class marketing with internet technology and international reach.
Nov 9, 2019
Kris isn't just a realtor - she's the angel that holds your hand and guides you through the entire process. My husband and I had an unexpectedly tricky sale that involved many other sales to happen concurrently. The average realtor would have given up in horror - but not Kris. She stuck with it to victory and now many people are happily moving into their new homes, none of which would have happened without this incredible lady's help. I only wish we could give her six stars!
Sep 20, 2019
If you want to sell your house in 13 minutes, call Kris. It's just that simple.
(thats what she did with us)
Mar 4, 2019
We were so fortunate to have Kris Johnston and Rodney Smeester as our agents. We owned a home on leased land and were involved in a three-way negotiation. Everything had to coordinate for simultaneous closings. It was no easy task. Kris and Rodney helped us through the process with our constant requests for updates and worries and the “deal would fall through”. Well, it didn’t. We are very appreciative of Kris and Rodney’s 24-hour assistance and assurances that the “home of our dreams” would be ours. They explained everything in terms we understood and gave us ample time to prepare for showings. We could not be happier with their efforts and we highly recommend them to anyone selling and/or buying a home.
Oct 7, 2018
I have been an agent under Kris for 14 years. Her work ethic and level of commitment never cease to amaze me. She continues her exceptional client services long after escrow has closed. She knows the real estate and building business inside and out, and is always willing to help with her vast knowledge of both. She is a national treasure, and all of us at E & V Santa Ynez are very lucky to have her! If there were 10 stars to click on here, I'd look for an 11 th!
Sep 28, 2018
Senior Director HR
I have worked with Kris for the past 7 years, and she is excellent. She is always available for my calls, she is thorough, gives great feedback, and really knows the business. I have bought and sold several homes through Kris, and have recommended several friends to her as well.
Sep 9, 2018
Faculty SBCC
I just met Kris Johnston a few months ago on a purchase of home in Solvang.
Now she is selling my current home and she is doing a bang up job. She is extremely personable and charming.
Kris is working very diligently to get my house sold and I'm very happy with her insight and experience.
I'm so very happy with Kris's attention to detail.
Sep 4, 2018
Vice President, Sales & Marketing Chicago Title & Escrow
Kris is an amazing agent to work with! She is always very responsive and organized and from our perspective, those are essential qualities for a true, professional realtor. We always look forward to our transactions together.
Aug 24, 2018
VP Marketing
Kris and Sandy is the best real estate team I've ever met. Extremely engaged, thoughtful and proactive they took care of us at every step of the process - making it extremely efficient and enjoyable. Nobody knows Santa Ynez valley area better and nobody would find you a better house and make the process so smooth! Highly recommended them for any real estate need you may have here!
Aug 22, 2018
Business owner
Kris Johnston is an amazing realtor that helped us obtain our dream house. Very happy with the way she stayed up on all aspects of the sale. Her personality shines, we are very happy
Jul 23, 2018
Producer, Petforming Artist
In my years of buying and the selling of my homes, never have I experienced the kind of care and determination as I received by Kris. She went to places that all others only contemplated when it came to marketing and expose. The old attacking age that it takes money to earn money is something that she was not afraid to do when it came time for more exposure to promote the sale of my property. She never gave up.

Thank you Kris for a job well done and a new friendship, one that was totally unexpected.

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Jim Messina
Jul 18, 2018
Performing artist and producer
We were completely amazed at what an incredible job Kris did in both personal effort and in the marketing our property. When it appeared as if visibility may begin to waver she bounced back with a new wave of marketing including old school open houses which unbeknounst to me is what untimately sold our home.

Thank you Kris for not just sitting down when the going appeared to get tough and instead, shifting into high gear and taking us to the finish line.
Jul 18, 2018
She’s awesome

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