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San Francisco East Bay Five Star award winners


Karlyn Hunt | Jim Walberg | Ann Marie Nugent

Luxury And Global Real Estate Professionals
The Bay Area Team
01456375 | 01119801 | 1230832
360 Diablo Road
Danville, CA 94526
Office: 925-876-7089 | 925-260-8800 | 925-260-8883 | |

The Bay Area Team is the ultimate resource for home buyers and sellers, whether it’s across town or across continents. Founded by industry veterans, this experienced brokerage team offers an unmatched level of local knowledge and global reach, specializing in the San Francisco Bay Area real estate, with professional connections throughout California, nationally and internationally.

From luxury homes, unique equestrian facilities and exclusive wine-country estates, these seasoned experts serve as trusted advisors for discerning buyers and sellers. Each have a keen understanding of real estate transactions and a great comfort level conducting business locally, domestically and overseas – offering the broadest luxury and global marketing available.


Five Star Professional conducts market-specific research throughout the U.S. to identify service professionals who demonstrate professional excellence and provide quality services to their clients. The Five Star Real Estate Agent program is the largest and most widely published award program for real estate agents in North America, covering more than 40 major markets. Five Star award winners do not pay a fee to be included in the research or on the final list of award winners.

The Five Star Professional research team contacted thousands of recent homebuyers, consumers and industry leaders to identify San Francisco East Bay-area real estate agents who stand out in their industry and community.

To learn more about the research methodology, click here.

Ann Marie Nugent

Luxury And Global Real Estate Professional

Phone: 925-260-8883
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Delivering an extraordinary service experience is the core of Ann Marie Nugent’s client services. A successful businesswoman and Realtor® in the local and international markets, she is dedicated to each client’s unique needs whether they are moving across continents of simply across town.

Empathetic to the challenges of relocation, Ann Marie made the East Bay her home in 1993 after living in Geneva, Switzerland and Toronto, Canada. She began her real estate career in 1997, garnering the Rookie of the Year Award followed by many industry achievements and rave reviews from her clients – including being a 10th year recipient of the 5-Star Award which recognizes service professionals who provide quality services to their clients. 

In 2005, Ann Marie and her husband Jim Walberg formed The Bay Area Team, specializing in luxury properties and global real estate. They they are part of the national powerhouse real estate brokerage, Compass, where they remain a top team, and are also highly sought-after for their expertise in country/equestrian properties. 

Ann Marie is a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and a Corporate Relocation Specialist. These designations afford her the privilege of representing distinctive homes and estates worldwide, as well as assisting corporate relocation clients from major companies with selling or buying a home. She is associated with Who’s Who In Luxury Real Estate, the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, Luxury, and is an active member of the local, state and national Association of Realtors®.

Fluent in French and widely traveled, Ann Marie has a strong customer service background having worked for the United Nations and Geneva International Airport. This Southern California native earned a degree in Business and French from University of Colorado, Boulder. She has lived in Danville since 1992 and has served on her neighborhood HOA Board for over 18 years.  In Ann Marie’s spare time she enjoys hiking with friends in the local regional parks, dinner parties with dear friends and clients, traveling, and spending time with her wonderful husband/business partner and three adult children.


Jim Walberg

Luxury And Global Real Estate Professional

Phone: 925-260-8800
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"I am a husband, a dad, a REALTOR, a community volunteer, a blogger, a philanthropist, an athlete, a wine detective, a sailor, a skier, a passport stamp junkie and a cancer thriver," is how Jim best describes himself.

A California real estate veteran in the Top 1% of Realtors nationwide, Jim Walberg is deserving of and humbled by his professional achievements. Yet his greatest honor is the repeat and referral business he continually receives from a loyal clientele. 

“Connecting extraordinary properties with extraordinary lives with our dedication to client services and through plain old hard work” is the philosophy behind his success. Jim is passionate about serving people when making one of life’s most important financial decisions. His commitment to ensuring a smooth, satisfying purchase or sale experience revolves around building deep and wide client relationships for life. 

Jim began building luxury spec homes in 1974. He later became a founding partner in a boutique brokerage in Danville. Next, he took the leadership role for Prudential California Realty in their Danville office for ten years. In 2005 Jim and his wife, Ann Marie Nugent, joined forces and formed The Bay Area Team. They are now part of the national powerhouse real estate brokerage, Compass. Jim specializes in luxury sales and is the go-to expert on equestrian and country properties. His experience even spans across borders, representing upscale property throughout Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Karlyn Hunt

Luxury Real Estate Professional

Phone: 925-876-7089
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Expect extra when Karlyn Hunt is on your side of the real estate negotiating table.

Energized and poised to go the distance, Karlyn prides herself on the value of personal hands-on client care and her authenticity shines through with every encounter. She navigates the business side of a real estate transaction relying on her profound attention to detail, extensive market knowledge, and business acumen, but she also believes it’s the little things that make a difference.

Building life-long relationships and nurturing friendships is equally important to her at the end of the day and treating people with kindness and genuineness leads to successful transactions.

Clients say they feel “no stress with Karlyn running the show”. She approaches each transaction with a level of care as if it’s her own. Recognized for her follow through timely communication, responsiveness, it is also her “extra effort” that sets her apart from others. The longtime Danville resident and community volunteer knows that buyers and sellers don’t like surprises and she is diligent about keeping them informed every step of the way and continually exceeds their expectations when it comes to communication. The result is that more than 80 percent of her clients come from referrals, which she calls “a priceless compliment”.

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