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Consistently in the top tier of sales agents in Santa Barbara, Cara Gamberdella fuses a client-centered business philosophy, innovative and dynamic marketing, and a life-long knowledge of the Santa Barbara lifestyle with a relentless work ethic and excellence in professional skills. All with the backing of Santa Barbara's premier locally owned brokerage, Village Properties.


Since joining Village Properties in 2006, Cara’s experience, professional skills and network, and relentless work ethic has made her an invaluable asset in marketing, negotiating and advocating on behalf of her clients. Combining over 45 years as a Santa Barbara local with intimate knowledge of the South Coast’s unique neighborhood niches, home values and market trends, she provides an unmatched resource for her clients to be informed, supported and successful in buying or selling a home or investment property.


Cara’s sales consistently rank her in the top percentage of all agents in the Santa Barbara MLS in total sales volume and in number of transactions year over year. She has been honored multiple times as a Top-10 sales agent with Village Properties.



A Santa Barbara local since 1976, Cara has been committed to and involved in her hometown for decades. She spent nine years as a local public high school teacher at her alma mater, San Marcos High School. Cara has developed extensive local and regional contacts and network through family, friends and professional relationships during her more than 45 years as a Santa Barbara resident. A life-long athlete, Cara continues to train and race as well as support local high school, collegiate and amateur athletics as well as events and non-profits.


  • Santa Barbara Association of Realtors and Multiple Listing Service

  • California Association of Realtors

  • National Association of Realtors


  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo - California Single Subject Teaching Credential, English, 1997

  • University of Southern California - B.A. Journalism/Public Relations (cum laude), 1994

  • Alumna of local schools - Vieja Valley Elementary, La Colina Junior High School, San Marcos High School (Class of 1990)


  • Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table, Board Member, Past President

  • Reef and Run, Sponsor and Race Committee Member

  • Avid cyclist and swimmer

  • Santa Barbara Triathlon – multi-year competitor

  • Boston Marathon Finisher – 2010, 2011


Cara’s active lifestyle allows her to enjoy and share all of the beauty of Santa Barbara. Ocean swims, mountain hikes, long bike rides…restaurants for all occasions, cheerful festivals…excellent entertainment, art and culture…non-profit and community involvement…these are just a few of the ways Cara stays connected to her hometown and the people that make it special.


Cara's family and community ties run deep in Santa Barbara. Her parents built their home here – where they still live – in 1978. Her late father, Frank, was a widely respected local physician, and her mother, Jacque, is active throughout the community. Her siblings are all local – Paul a partner with Radius Commercial Real Estate, Marc a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch and Jennifer, a medical sales executive. She is also aunt to eight beautiful nieces and nephews. Cara’s husband, Shayne Taylor – also a long-time local – works alongside his father at Robert Taylor & Associates, General Contractor, building and renovating some of the finest homes in our area.


According to Cara, it is truly a privilege to live in Santa Barbara. She relishes any chance she has to share the beauty, character, charm and culture of her hometown with friends, family and visitors. She can help you attain your own slice of paradise and enjoy pride of ownership on the American Riviera.

As a professional dedicated to loyalty, honesty, integrity, commitment and ethics, Cara is ready to help you in all of your real estate needs.

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