Charles moved to the Palm Springs area from Chicago, IL in December of 2017 as a result of the unexpected death of his husband, Frank Kiesel - a Top Hairstylist in Winnetka, IL, at the end of March, 2017. (Charles and Frank had a wonderful 22 years together!) Through Charles' numerous TV and Radio commercials, since receiving his California real estate license in March of 2018, he has already had several sales. Currently, with a variety of listings in and around Palm Springs, Charles is now marketing himself in Beverly Hills and Bel Air as well! Charles' specialty is Listings that include a 3D Matterport Tour, Custom Photos, and a Floor Plan with dimensions. He is also an FAA Licensed Drone Pilot and incorporates is Drone photos and videos in his marketing as well.
Charles is exceptionally knowledgeable about the Palm Springs/La Quinta and Beverly Hills/Belair Real Estate Markets. He has become a seasoned Palm Springs to Beverly Hills Realtor®.
With offices in Palm Springs and Beverly Hills, Charles is able to assist his clients in both areas since many of his clients already own properties in both places.
Charles had lived between Glencoe and Chicago's Gold Coast his entire life. His father's family settled in Northfield, IL in the mid-1800s, and his mother's parents were located in Glencoe in 1912 when her father was hired by the Stonehill family, their home later to be called "The Lady Esther Estate", to be their resident carpenter. In 1918, Charles' grandfather, Albert C. Hillinger, left the employ of the Stonehill's and began his career as one of the leading builders of fine homes and mansions on the North Shore. Charles' father, Ralph "Barney" Barenbrugge, joined the construction business upon his return from "World War II" and became a fixture on the North Shore for his detailed cabinetry work.
Charles continues the family tradition of giving exemplary service in the Real Estate Industry. He believes that it can make a world of difference to have an agent who goes that extra mile for you, which he does for all of his clients.
Charles worked for 10 years in Property Casualty insurance (Fred J. Sauter & Co., Alexander & Alexander, and Marsh & McLennan) and also has 7 years of experience as a mortgage broker from 1992 - 1999. "Insurance and financial knowledge always come in handy during a Real Estate sale", and he uses all the tools he has to complete sales quickly and easily, his primary reason for forming Luxicrat, LLC. Charles' target area is from the Gold Coast to the North Shore and is able to assist both buyers and sellers with International Property Sales worldwide!
Charles is a 1970 graduate of New Trier East High School, a graduate of the U of IL at Chicago with a BA in Economics, a native of Glencoe, IL, and a former resident of the Gold Coast for over 15 years.
Charles is exceptionally knowledgeable about North Shore to the Gold Coast Real Estate markets. He has had numerous listings and sales between the Gold Coast and The North Shore for over 30 years and now has become a seasoned Coachella Valley to LA Realtor® as well.
Charles continues the family tradition of giving exemplary service in the Real Estate Industry. He believes that it can make a world of difference to have an agent who goes that extra-mile for you, which he does for all of his clients.