Sarah Ellis

Principal, Broker, GRI

I grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia, before moving to Athens to attend the University of Georgia, where I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in education. After studying abroad at Oxford University in England, I returned back to Athens and taught Middle School in Clarke and Oconee Counties for four years. I’ve lived with my family in various Athens neighborhoods ever since and I’ve been fortunate to get to know the city as home.

As I was seeking an alternative career path, I was looking for something that kept me out and about and with people. Real estate was exciting, and Athens is an amazing town with so many different unique neighborhoods that each have their own personality.

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I joined a national brokerage firm and was named their Newly Licensed Agent of the Year. I found my love for real estate through my interactions with clients: when someone finds the house that perfectly fits, you can see it happen in their eyes when they walk in the door if you’re paying attention to your client. 

Christy, Stephanie, and myself formed CJ&L in 2005. I obtained my broker’s license in 2006 and was named Managing Broker of CJ&L. I’ve earned my titles of consistent top producer in the Athens market, Graduate Realtor Institute designation, and Broker of CJ&L for 16 years. I chose to work with CJ&L because I wanted to be a part of a small, supportive, hard working group of agents who work from the same set of work ethic and goals. I love the boutique feel of our agency, and the support is amazing. We’re incredibly proud of how far we’ve come, as CJ&L has grown to be the #1 Independent Firm in Athens year after year. 

I am efficient and I understand what it is my clients need in order to achieve their real estate goals without putting them through an exhaustive experience. My education background affords me the ability to thoroughly explain the process, and my years of experience have offered me the opportunity to anticipate and protect against almost any scenario.

It’s part of our company culture to be sure that we are reaching a wide variety of organizations with our resources. I felt called back to my public education roots, and I served for 8 years on the Clarke County Board of Education. It was a rewarding and transformational time for me. I currently serve on multiple boards at the Athens Area Association of Realtors, and I support a large range of organizations around town with both time and financial commitments. Athens is a city with high needs and lots of opportunities to support nonprofits.

My Reviews

My Under Contract and Sold Listings

Beautiful Tanglebrook European-inspired estate that has been perfectly refreshed and is move-in ready. This large home has soaring ceilings, grand trim, large rooms, and plenty of space. The foyer opens to a living and dining area with a grand curved staircase with custom iron detailing. The true gourmet kitchen has chef's grade appliances, custom cabinetry, new marble countertops and backsplash, a center island, and a large eat-in area. From the living and dining room is access to a balcony that spans the entire back of the home with an outdoor fireplace and built-in grill. Additionally, there is a butler's pantry with glass cabinetry, beverage fridge and ice maker. The owner's suite is on the main with a huge bathroom with custom cabinetry, custom coffee bar, perfect built-in closets, and separate laundry room. Upstairs are four large additional bedrooms with great closets, one with access to a Juliette balcony, and two large bathrooms. There is also a huge bonus room / office with separate staircase and entrance from the garage with a balcony. The basement is finished with a beautiful wine cellar, large open room, two full bathrooms and flexible rooms, and a separate (additional) 2-car garage. The backyard is flat, wooded, and large and offers great views of the river. The owner has refinished all of the hardwood floors, updated the kitchen, and the house has all new interior and exterior paint. This home has so much space and is perfectly appointed - a great opportunity in one of Oconee's most convenient subdivisions with access to so many restaurants, shopping, and quick access to Atlanta via 316. 910,000 sold

1200 Tanglebrook Drive Athens, Georgia

5 Beds 5 Baths 4,652 SqFt 1.790 Acres

This is a stunning custom home in Oconee's convenient Tanglebrook subdivision. It's a one-of-a-kind design by David Matheny to maximize the views and treetops. Cypress board-and-batten plank siding combined with the natural beauty of real stone add a comfortable, understated luxury. At over 5800 sq feet, this 4BR, 4.5BA home was constructed for visual appeal as well as lasting quality. Perfect for entertaining, the rooms are spacious and open with loads of natural light, pristine hardwood floors and reclaimed heart-pine accent walls on the main level. The main living space boasts an oversized stacked stone fireplace with huge windows flanking either side. A true chef's kitchen offers an abundance of space, custom cabinetry, granite counters, dual sinks and tongue-in-groove heart-pine ceiling. Adjacent to the kitchen is a comfortable sunroom offering additional living spaces and windows galore. The owner's suite on the main has a deep trey ceiling with an inset of heart pine and a series of oversized windows. Along with another full bath, you'll also find a nice sized bedroom/office and a large dining room on the main. An open staircase illuminated by step lights, is the terrace level finished with the same level of quality as the upstairs. Two more bedrooms with ensuite baths, a media room open to a private patio and a screened in porch, a half bath and plenty of storage round out this gorgeous living space. You'll enjoy a private 3 acre lot with creek views, and a convenient circular driveway. One of Athens' most coveted addresses zoned for North Oconee High School. 779,000 sold

1100 Tanglebrook Drive Athens, Georgia

4 Beds 4 Baths 4,050 SqFt 3.130 Acres

What a perfectly updated surprise of a beautiful home in one of Oconee's most convenient locations. The front porch entrance will greet you into a great and livable floor plan has been lovingly cared for. The main level has beautiful hardwood floors throughout, plenty of light, and designer paint colors. The kitchen has been artfully updated to include painted cabinets with a large center island for bar stools, extra storage, granite countertops, and is perfectly appointed for cooking. The large owner's suite on the main level has a fully updated bathroom, great closet spaces, and access to a beautiful covered porch. There is a side entry from the driveway into a  mud room expertly designed for storing all of the bags and sports equipment. Upstairs are three generously-sized bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a great bonus / media room. The basement has been finished with one large great room / bedroom, a full bathroom, and tons of storage. The backyard is huge with plenty of space for any activity, and there is a beautiful large deck, patio area with fire pit, covered porch, and it's all fully fenced. 600,000 sold

1221 Beverly Drive Athens, Georgia

5 Beds 4 Baths 2,990 SqFt 0.650 Acres

Spectacular farm-style house perfect for multi-generation living or for those who just want plenty of room to spread out. The original home has been painstakingly updated with a brand new gourmet kitchen and an exceptional renovation to all bathrooms and lighting. A wide front porch spans the entire front of the house - perfect for rocking chairs. The entry is flanked by formal living and dining rooms with the owner's suite at the rear of the main level.  The brand new farm style kitchen has new custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, designer fixtures, center island with seating, beautiful appliances including wall oven and gas stove. The owner's suite boasts a luxurious bathroom and large closets.  Upstairs are 4 additional bedrooms, one with ensuite bathroom that could also be an upstairs owner's suite The others share a hall bathroom. All bathrooms have designer tile, new fixtures and cabinetry, and are beautiful. The large addition has two huge multi-purpose rooms, one with cathedral style ceilings and large windows. Upstairs is a separate apartment complete with mini-kitchen. There are three fireplaces - in the great room, living room, and dining room. Many updates including tankless hot water heater, new high-end carpet in the addition, all new paint throughout, and more. This home is situated on 5 beautiful, wooded, and private acres. A truly unique opportunity. 565,000 sold

1391 Twin Oaks Trail Watkinsville, Georgia

6 Beds 4 Baths 5,660 SqFt 4.770 Acres

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