About Carol Ann Walls-Sandell
I love what I do!
I’ve been a licensed Realtor® for over 17 wonderful years and have active licenses in California & Illinois
(@properties Christie’s International Real Estate). This expanded perspective gives me a unique edge when
working with our clients.
I began my real estate career in my hometown, Chicago. In early 2015, a new chapter began as I set my
sights on Southern California, obtaining my California license, and diving headfirst into the dynamic
market. As a co-founder of the CAL Estates Group at AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate, my business
partner and I bring 29 years of experience. Our partnership is built on values of compassion, creativity,
collaboration, and unwavering integrity. Our complementary strengths and personalities elevate our
client’s experiences from excellent to truly exceptional. Our focus extends beyond transactions – we’re
dedicated to helping clients achieve both their short-term and long-term lifestyle dreams.
Before my path led me to real estate, I carved out a niche in the Hospitality industry. Years spent
immersed in customer service, marketing, and technology lent me a robust skill set. Not only did I own
my own restaurant, I managed several well-known restaurants in Chicago, held the role of Fresh
Foods/New Concept Manager for a franchise with 200+ locations, and served as Sales Manager for a firm
that provided tech solutions to the restaurant industry.
When I’m not immersed in the world of real estate, you’ll find me living in a mid-century gem that is the
very home where my husband grew up. Our household is a lively mix of our daughter, rescue animals
(we’ve got two awesome dogs and a cat), and a shared love for exploration. Whether it’s seeking out live
music, indulging in good food, or exploring Southern California, we are always up for anything exciting. I
also have a love for DIY and am more comfortable around a lumber yard than a shoe store. My next big
endeavor: transforming our garage into a music studio for my husband’s musical pursuits. Life is a grand
adventure, and I’m thrilled to be on this journey, helping clients and enjoying every moment along the
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