Rachel Saunders

RealtorĀ® Partner

Though Rachel spent her childhood in New York’s beautiful Hudson River Valley, she now considers herself a bonafide Californian, having lived here since 1999. At the age of 20, armed with a college degree and having no idea what to do next, she headed west to San Francisco.

In 2008, following several years of research, Rachel founded her artisan jam company, Blue Chair Fruit, an exhilarating and life-changing endeavor that challenged her in every conceivable way. She was incredibly lucky to fulfill a lifelong dream in 2010 when the first of her three books, The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook, was published and nominated for a James Beard Award. Rachel’s roles in her business included author, owner, jam maker, manager, mentor, art director, editor, branding wizard, teacher, and face of the business, appearing on Martha Stewart and in countless publications. Rachel continues to offer jam-making classes at Preserved in Oakland.

Rachel eventually hungered for something new, and real estate called to her. After spending the first year and a half of her real-estate career as our team’s marketing manager, she achieved her dream of being an agent on our team. She could not be more thrilled to be working with her dear friends Andrew and David and with her phenomenal colleagues.

In her early days, Rachel studied art through Pratt Institute in Tuscany, worked as an HIV test counselor in San Francisco, did musicology research at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, and spent a year studying French literature at the Sorbonne. She holds a degree in French Studies from Smith College.

Nowadays, in her spare time, Rachel can be found cooking, baking naturally leavened bread, mixing craft cocktails, biking, doing Pilates, keeping up with her French, reading, or snuggling with her three rescue dogs. She lives with her husband and beloved partner of 16 years, Mark, in a beautiful 1928 house in the Oakland Hills.