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Keller Williams prepares to officially open Main Street location in downtown Los Altos

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Keller Williams Bay Area Estates recently moved into a suite at 400 Main St. in Los Altos, above. While staff from the Residential Sales department have been working out of the space since November, the grand opening will likely take place in late February or early March to allow for further preparation.

Keller Williams Realty plans to ring in 2019 with two new office openings – one in Los Altos – and largely credits its expansion to success with its previously established Bay Area locations.

KW opened its first Bay Area Estates location in Los Gatos in 2013, finding it was the ideal site to launch the brand, according to KW communications manager Bryon Zapf.

“KW Bay Area Estates has achieved over $1 billion in sales volume annually for the past three consecutive years,” he said.

Two and a half years later, the Bay Area Estates team had the opportunity to assume management of an international office in Carmel. In 2017, the company established two additional Coastal Estates offices in Pacific Grove. Management from the original Los Gatos office developed a profit-sharing system with KW agents that was previously unheard of in the Carmel office, prioritizing sharing the prosperity with employees in the wake of the expansion.

The Residential Sales department of Keller Williams moved into its downtown Los Altos suite at 400 Main St. in November, but the branch is delaying its grand opening to late February or early March to recover from the busyness of the holidays and an annual company conference.

If Keller Williams continues one of its trends in Los Altos, employees will work to earn the community’s trust. Nationally, agents and other employees have raised and donated money for Hurricane Harvey relief. Locally, KW annually sponsors youth sports teams, community events, food banks and other charity efforts across Santa Clara and Monterey counties, Zapf said.

“Having established ongoing support of local community events in our other markets, KW Bay Area Estates and its agents prioritize engagement within their local communities, and work tirelessly establishing itself as a valuable member of the community,” he added. “We take great pride in leading by example. This philosophy is a shared passion with our agents, who are encouraged to do the same.”

The Los Altos office was designed to welcome in passersby, Zapf noted, consistent with the aesthetic of a downtown retail space.

“We wanted to maintain the integrity of the building by keeping the space open and light-filled,” he said. “Our agent workspaces and offices are farther back in the space, so they don’t encroach upon the beautiful arched windows of the building.”

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