About Michelle

Growing up in New England and after graduating from Wittenberg University in Ohio, Michelle headed West ‘just for the summer’ and as so many others have done, she instantly fell in love with Santa Barbara and has never left. It was here that she began a career in retail management that included Talbots, The Limited brands and eventually the locally-based national retailer Big Dog Sportswear where she was responsible for $200 million dollars in annual sales revenue.

Departing from her highly rewarding and high profile position after nearly a decade, Michelle turned her attention to Real Estate. This transition was natural as she was able to use her corporate background rich in sales and management to offer solid experienced-based business acumen, sound marketing skills and a high level of professionalism to her clients. She has enjoyed sustained success and built an impressive referral based portfolio of loyal clients.

Now, as a Santa Barbara resident for over three decades, Michelle has become a well respected and successful Realtor who brings an in-depth knowledge of the area, it’s services, neighborhoods, schools and its people. Michelle is known for her integrity, energy and for always going above and beyond for her clients. She prides herself on the relationships she builds and maintains with her clients and finds herself representing them repeatedly on their home purchases and sales.

Michelle Cook is proud to be associated with Compass, an innovative brokerage bringing fresh ideas to the world of real estate.  Michelle consistently ranks in the top 5% of agents in the Santa Barbara MLS.

Michelle is a member of the National Association of Realtors, California Association of Realtors, Santa Barbara Association of Realtors, Santa Barbara Multiple Listing Services and Santa Ynez Multiple Listing Services.

Michelle is ‘almost’ a Santa Barbara ‘native’ having called Santa Barbara home for over 30 years.  She enjoys home-ownership and shares her life with her husband Mark and three grown sons, Ryan, Dillon and Festo…and of course their darling Golden Retriever, Riley and kitty Brooklyn.