Broker / Owner
As Owner/Broker for the past 19 years of the boutique real estate firm, Designer Homes Realty, Natalee and has successfully delved into both residential and commercial avenues. She has built many investor portfolios including working with impact investors, and has worked with high-profile clients & celebrities, primarily focused on high-end homes and smaller commercial developments. She prides herself on her honesty and respect to reach her clients goals. She has a keen eye for finding the "deal" for buyers, and when selling has a record of raising the values in the neighborhood by getting top dollar. Natalee is dedicated to making each transaction seamless and goes above and beyond to make sure the needs of her clients are met.
Being passionate about the environment, Natalee holds a GREEN Designation and is a member of the GREEN Resource Council. She has compiled an extensive list of energy efficient and sustainability resources for clients so they are better able to make educated decisions about green design, green living, green incentives that in turn can help each buyer and seller receive a higher return on their investments. She believes that, without sacrifice, together we can improve the quality of our lives and our planet, by living a greener lifestyle.
A long time time resident of San Diego, Cindy Rankin has a proven sales record of hard to sell homes. She has also helped first time buyers navigate the process of purchasing their first home.
Born in the Netherlands, Cindy moved to Southern California as a teenager. She has earned the reputation as one of the pre-eminent makeup artists in Southern California. After working with celebrities like Sylvester Stallone, CEOs of businesses such as LinkedIn, WeWork, Instagram, and Adidas, not to mention various films and television shows. This has helped Cindy meet the needs of various types of personalities. The long hours of a workday in the film industry solidified a steadfast work ethic, which was ingrained as a young teenager having horses and a farm to tend. This combined experience made representing a member of a popular band in the purchase of a high end luxury home come very naturally.
Cindy sold 31 homes in just a few years, and now looking forward to transitioning into a partnership with Designer Home Realty.
Business is about relationships and negotiations - and bridging divides is a part of negotiating. "How can we make this work?" is a question Cindy usually asks in a difficult negotiation.
Cindy strives to maintain a work-life balance by spending time with her two sons and friends. She also loves cooking, gardening and her animals - including a few chickens.
Agent & Design Consultant
Born and raised in San Diego, Ashley’s passion for real estate and design began when she was a little girl when she would walk around her fathers commercial properties. She loved to watch as the blue prints would would jump off the pages and develop into reality. With a love for real estate she decided to combine her strengths of project designer and agent to better serve her clients needs. Ashley can walk into any home and give you advice on staging or remodel depending on what your needs are.
She believe’s good design is an expression of many contradictions. One that is simple yet complex, considers form and function while possessing a timeless quality that pushes the boundaries of design. Ashley’s approach is a mixture of innovation and functionality to create spatial experiences.
Working primarily with investors and builders on both residential and commercial spaces has given her the freedom to approach design that speaks to her. It’s about designing and creating a space she would want to live or work in. With an approachable, collaborative way of designing and problem solving, Ashley believe’s in dreaming big and vaulting over obstacles to arrive at fresh new solutions.
Meet The Dream Team
Natalee MacDonald, broker/owner of Designer Homes Realty, has an extensive array of life and previous work experiences she utilizes in all aspects of leading the Designer Homes Realty dream team!
This incredible team includes Cindy Rankin, record breaking sales agent and top negotiation extraordinaire and Ashley Tatum, real estate agent and lead design consultant/founder of GNR Designs, all of whom are friends and offer different services that are custom tailored to best serve each clients personal unique needs.
Working both in unison as well as independently, each team member share the same value system and treat each client as if they were family! In fact, most clients are referrals based and return clients, which speaks for its self.