Chris Richardson is the Co-Founder of Richardson Sotheby's International Realty, an award-winning luxury real estate brokerage serving the California Coastline in San Luis Obispo County.
Chris has received numerous industry awards and designations including: Affiliate of the Year, Luxury Agent Specialist, and member of the Master’s Circle.
For more than 20 years, Chris has had an unwavering commitment to being on the leading edge of innovation in real estate. He is a founding member of Realm, a real estate tech startup featuring a virtual platform in the luxury real estate space that helps elite real estate professionals connect with luxury properties throughout the world.
Chris’ career in real estate began early. His grandfather, whom he calls a “real estate cowboy”, was one of the top real estate brokers in Paso Robles, and his father founded Richardson Properties in the late 80s. Chris learned the business from the ground up, working for his father doing final walkthroughs on new homes for sale and occasionally “scraping paint off windows” to make sure they were ready to go.
A firm believer in supporting his community, Chris has been highly involved in a variety of local and civic groups in his hometown of San Luis Obispo including:
• Co-Developer of the 750+ Avila Ranch Community
• Appointed by the SLO City Council to update the City’s Land Use and Circulation Element Update
• Member, Board of Directors for the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce
• Member of the REACH Council, a Regional Economic Action Coalition
In addition to his business and civic activities, Chris is an active member in the World Business Forum and Young Presidents’ Organization and was named one of the Top 40 under 40 by the Pacific Coast Business Times.
Chris is often called upon to represent the industry and has spoken for: Luxury Portfolio International and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.
Chris holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from California Polytechnic and a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Management from Loyola Marymount University.
When he is not busy with all things real estate, Chris spends his time hiking with his dog Shadow, golfing, dining out, wine tasting, visiting with friends and family, and is looking forward to his next trip to Italy.
“Kristen Gentry and her business partner Chris Richardson took the time to understand our real estate needs, our own particular situation and successfully assist in navigating the real estate market. We were able to find and purchase multiple properties that addressed our requirements in a timely manner. We believe and feel the prices we paid were very reasonable. The inspection and other services that were required were done very quickly, thoroughly and reasonably priced. I look forward to working with the Richardson- Gentry Team in the near future.”-John H. Ramsgard
“We knew that selling a long held home in SLO would be a rollercoaster of emotion, details, and coordination. Finding a skilled team to help us complete this arduous process was very important to us. Richardson Properties is deeply rooted in this community, and is the conduit to successfully connect serious sellers and buyers. Chris and Kristen were masterful at every stage of the process from preparing the house for sale, finding tradesmen for the last minute repairs , marketing and presenting the home, coordinating showings, completing the many documents, and facilitating a complicated move. Their constant availability, clear communication, and perfect follow-through was immensely helpful in keeping the myriad of details on track. Their deep local knowledge and well earned reputations ultimately found us a highly qualified buyer in a rapidly changing market. Most importantly; their capable, warm, and reassuring guidance eased us through the many steps to complete the emotional journey. Chris and Kristen are the consummate professionals and friends to have at your side when considering selling a home. ”-Tom and Lori R
“Our experience with Chris Richardson and Kristen Gentry was the most positive real estate experience I have had in my life. 1) They prepared the house for sale and showed the talent and experience to bring out the highlights of the house that was magnificent. 2) They produced a brochure for the house that was magic, and I also felt that they spent money out of their pocket to do one of the best advertisings. 3) They have the experience to handle the ups and downs of negotiations between the seller and buyer. 4) They listen to your needs and work to satisfy. 5) They do know and understand the true pricing of the current housing market. 6) Kristen kept us informed of the buyers needs and wants and handle all of the transactions with the utmost integrity. 7) I don't know them personally, I'm not related, but for sure I will give them 5 stars plus If I have another house to buy or sell, they are the team we would pick.”-Jess Clayton Karr
“My family and I interviewed a total of five real estate agents, and we selected Chris and Kristen because their insight and experience with selling luxury real estate clearly stood out. Prior to putting my home on the market, they were diligent in helping us prepare the home for photography and showings. Their detailed, professional marketing materials were beautifully prepared. Chris and Kristen?s communication was first-rate; they provided regular updates with feedback and pertinent information. When we received multiple offers, they provided valuable input to help me secure an excellent offer, and a strong back-up offer. Chris, Kristen, and their team are professional and capable, and I highly recommend hiring them for your real estate needs.”-Nick Watry
“Kristen is professional, beyond helpful and patient. She guided us every step of the way! We had 3 offers and got more than we expected! I highly recommend Kristen for any real estate needs you may have!”-Robinson Rebecca
“By following Chris's excellent advice we were able to realize a sale price that other brokers had told us could not be achieved. The next time I am contemplating a Central Coast real estate transaction I won't call anyone else.”-David S Siegel
“We highly recommend the Richardson team who laid out an organized plan to market our home. They worked with us to prepare our home to look its best and made sure their marketing material was ready prior to hanging up the "For Sale" sign. Their descriptions photographs brochures and videos were all professionally created and beautifully done. The Richardson team's communication was excellent. Throughout the sales process they provided weekly status reports with clear and concise feedback from showings. These updates were greatly appreciated. When we received an offer they provided valuable input and support throughout the closing process. The Richardson Team acted in a professional manor and met all the promises made when we signed our agreement. My wife and I would use them again.”-Rex Duhn
“Very professional and knowledgeable realtor. It was a pleasure working with him.”-J. Edmondson
“Chris and Kristen were awesome! My 85 year old mother has been suffering with Parkinson's and it was decided her 2 bedroom/2 bath Pismo Beach vacation home which had been a rental the last few years needed to be sold. We live in Los Angeles and from afar they helped get things in shape and sell it quickly. So knowledgeable effective and fast in finding good repair people and dependable in all areas. We got a good price with this kind and easy-to-work with duo. A million thanks!Julie Carole Brad and Roy”-Julie Gonella