Chris Cortazzo is an icon. His name is synonymous with Malibu, California, a rare breed of real estate agent who was born and raised in the famed coastal haven. When Chris speaks about his beloved hometown, you don’t just hear the passion in his voice — you sense it at the soul level. It’s one of the many reasons why countless celebrities and high-profile business leaders continue to seek him out for real estate representation. “Malibu is the greatest place to live and work in the world,” he says. “My clients trust me because I know the market better than anyone. I understand the locations and the lifestyle each unique area provides.” Knowledge, passion, discretion and integrity have been the undercurrents of his real estate business for over 25 years. His natural charisma, combined with his ability to be laser-focused on clients in a way that makes them feel like there is no one else in the room, are well-known trademarks.
With over $5 billion in sales, Chris has been widely hailed for his outstanding production and his market making opinions, which are sought after by business and financial publications, and broadcast media.
How does Chris continue to defy market expectations? A Malibu native, he has unsurpassed knowledge of the local market, enabling him to instinctively match clients with their ideal properties. Chris also excels at the negotiating table, navigating even the most challenging situations with grace and ease.
Central to Chris’s success, however, is his dedication to his clients. Given his high-profile persona, many are surprised to find him warm and down-to-earth, with an uncanny ability to connect with them on a personal level. Chris is his clients’ greatest advocate, always keeping their interests top of mind.
Chris’s very first multimillion-dollar transaction was for a prominent celebrity. Since then, he has attracted some of the biggest names in entertainment and business. Though these powerhouses may be the backbone of his clientele, Chris has always welcomed all types of clients. “No matter the price range I’m working in, it’s a tremendous pleasure helping someone buy or sell their home and fulfill their dreams.”
Chris lives on Point Dume, where he spends his rare free time surfing, traveling, collecting fine art, and enjoying the company of his family, friends, and pets. An avid philanthropist, he supports many charities that include local organizations like the Malibu Boys & Girls Club and Point Dume Marine Science School as well as national/international charities such as Farm Sanctuary, UNICEF, Operation Smile, and the Elton John Aids Foundation.