Combined we have nearly 30 years of real estate experience. With professional backgrounds in finance (Karen) and corporate communications (Hillary), we bring a complementary set of skills and knowledge to every client and transaction.  Whether you are a first time buyer, are relocating, moving up or downsizing, buying an investment property or a family estate, we have the skills and relationships to make it happen smoothly.


Karen Murphy

I have lived and worked in Lamorinda since 1983 and have been a top producing agent at Village since I co-founded the company in 2000. My professional background is in finance. Prior to real estate I practiced as a CPA with Arthur Andersen & Co. I earned my undergraduate degree at Stanford and an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. I served two terms as a member of the Orinda Union School District Board of Trustees serving as President; I was on the Board of the Educational Foundation of Orinda, served as co-president of Del Rey and Miramonte Parents' Clubs and I served on the Miramonte Boosters Club board. Needless to say, I'm a big believer in our public schools and the fabulous communities of Lamorinda.

I have ushered buyers and sellers through hundreds of successful transactions. My husband Tim and I raised our two grown sons, Brian and Ben, in this community that is home to amazing schools, great weather and access to all the benefits of Bay Area living. We were involved in just about every parent's club, booster club, baseball league and football team that came our way while the kids were young, and formed many wonderful friendships along the way.

I am proud to have helped create and build Village Associates into the premier independent brokerage in the East Bay. I currently serve on the board of directors in addition to being a very active agent.


Hillary Murphy

I feel extremely lucky to work in a community that I love. Since joining Village in 2014 I've helped dozens of clients buy and sell a wide range of properties. Prior to real estate, I spent 13 years in various marketing and communications roles for high-profile tech innovators and Fortune 500 companies in San Francisco and New York.

My husband Brian was raised in Orinda graduating from Miramonte High School. When it was time for us to buy a home in 2009, Orinda seemed like a practical place to raise a family but I was reluctant to leave San Francisco. I quickly fell in love with Orinda’s friendly community, warmer climate and easy access to the city.

10 years later... we have two energetic kids ages 8 and 4, and a fantastic village of friends. My experience living in the East Bay with young children is valuable to many clients who move here for our amazing schools.

I know that a move involves much more than a house; it's a new network of activities, babysitters and teachers and doctors and pre-schools that must be re-established, and I also love helping clients make those connections in addition to finding their next home.

I studied Economics at UC Santa Barbara and Oxford University, and I grew up in the heart of Sonoma County's beautiful wine country where I still love to visit.

National Association of Realtors: ABR® Designation.