My name is Bri Chmel, and I am the founder of Live Love Santa Cruz.

I am a Realtor®… and much more.


I have special skills.  With a degree in sales and marketing from the top sales program in the nation, I have many creative techniques that can be used to help you buy or sell your home.

I know how to win.  I won the World Wakesurf Championships seven years in a row, and I bring the same level of intensity and focus to my professional career. 

I have a decade of experience with new construction and remodels on the California Coast.  I have worked with the county and regulatory agencies, managed numerous projects, and know how to build and renovate in California. I can share my local network of contractors with you.

I am a design consultant for homes and spaces.  From tropical color to modern sophistication, open indoor living spaces to a dreamy backyard paradise, my photos will give you an idea of the spaces I have designed and built.

I am dedicated and scrupulously vigilant about details.  When I decide to do something, it gets done well.  I respond to all communications and questions about my business on the same day.

I am passionate.  I love architecture, cool neighborhoods, and a coastal lifestyle.

I am persistent.  When I decided I wanted to live on Pleasure Point and there weren’t any houses for sale, I found one anyway. People always ask me how I got so lucky to find my home in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Santa Cruz. I tell them that luck is what happens when hard work meets opportunity.


In a time when there was nothing for sale, I used creative hunting techniques to buy a beach bungalow in the renowned Pleasure Point neighborhood. For two years I personally managed the construction and loving restoration of my house. Soon after, I took on my next project. Acting as owner builder, I wore a tool belt and ran the crew on the ground-up construction of a rustic, contemporary dream house in the Carmel Highlands. These drastically diverse jobs taught me the differences between a remodel and new construction, tropical color and modern sophistication, and exactly how much persistence and perseverance is required to get exactly what you want in the finished product.  All projects combined, I have earned seven years of experience with county and regulatory agencies, construction management, and the pitfalls and challenges of building and renovating on the California coast.

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Bri Chmel's Accomplishments:

2019 Good Times Santa Cruz, Best of Awards - voted “Best Real Estate Agent”

2019 Good Times Santa Cruz, Best of Awards - voted “Best Real Estate Agency”

Represented highest price per square foot sale in the history of Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz Sentinel April 2018

First female professional kiteboarder on the cover of a magazine, The Kiteboarder Magazine April 2005

Professional Wakesurfer, 7x Women's World Wakesurfing Champion, 2007-2014

UCF Business Plan Competition winner, 2008

UCF Business Marketing and Sales degree, 2009

Graduate of UCF Professional Sales Program, #1 ranked senior year university sales program, 2009

Top sales rep in the nation, Core Essence Orthopedics, 2012

Territory manager for Arthrex Santa Cruz/Monterey/Salinas, 2013-2016

2015 Arthrex National Sales Meeting "Million Dollar Territory Award" at 113% quota

Pleasure Point home owner by age 29

Real Estate License

Private Pilot License

Traveled worldwide to over 35 countries

The following is a compilation of photos that I have chosen to represent me. The home photos are all projects of mine that I have either designed or built by hand.  I have also included photos of the things that I am passionate about in life, and my past sports career.