Jeff Johnston
CalBRE #00640865

Jeff Johnston

Broker Associate/REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
7250 Redwood Blvd, Suite 207
Novato, CA 94945


Jeff Johnston Bio

A native San Franciscan who was raised 10 miles across the Bay in the City of Berkeley, Jeff knows what a great place the Bay Area is to live in! 

Five years after graduating from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor's Degree, Jeff elected to venture into real estate as a career and move to Marin County.  Thirty-eight years later he has earned a reputation as one of the North Bay's most respected Realtors, by not only his clients, but also his peers. In 2007 Jeff was nominated and elected to serve a three year term on the Marin Association of Realtors Board of Directors. In addition to serving all of Marin County, Jeff works with clients in two other North Bay Counties, Sonoma and Napa.

Jeff began his career as a full-time real estate professional in 1978, and just 3 years later obtained his California Broker's License.

Coming from a sports background was helpful to Jeff in accelerating his goal to become successful. "The disciplines are not that different. As in athletics, I found my success in real estate through making strong commitments and being consistent." 

Since the early 1980's Jeff has consistently been among Marin County's Top Producing Agents and he is a member of Marin's two most elite Realtor networking groups, "Top Agent Network" and "The Marin Platinum Group."  Membership in these groups is by invitation and only 1 in 10 agents qualify.  "The Realty Alliance", an Association of the largest residential real estate brokers in America, have presented Jeff with their National Sales Award for ten consecutive years. This award is for "recognition of exceptional performance as one of the leading residential real estate sales professionals in America." On at least 4 occasions, Jeff has been asked to speak at the Marin Association of Realtors General Membership Meetings to share his secrets of success.

Jeff is certified with The Five Star Institute Federation of REO Certified Experts (FORCE) and as a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE).  

In November of 1999 Jeff was awarded the Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) professional designation by the Senior Advantage Real Estate Council. SAREC was created several years ago to assist qualified Realtors wanting to meet the special needs and concerns of maturing Americans. 

With Jeff's level of experience, he views himself as a consultant and advocate for his clients, and not so much a sales person. "With my level of experience I know I can be a great resource for buyers and sellers, and give them unparalleled service. I treat my clients with the respect and consideration I would want to be treated with." 


A bit of a fitness buff, Jeff is a former marathon runner turned cyclist and triathlete. He completed 8 marathons dating back to the late 1970's and early 1980's including Boston (1980), Oakland (1980, 2nd place overall), and the Pacific Sun-Marin County (1981, 1st place overall). Based on his performance at Oakland in 1980, Jeff qualified for the Olympic Trials.  

In 2010 Jeff completed his first triathlon (Marin County) and he has participated in 7 century rides (100 miles or greater), including the grueling Death Ride (Tour of the California Alps). While training for a century ride at Lake Tahoe, Jeff was the leading fundraiser for his "Team In Training" cycling team, benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 

Jeff has sponsored and coached little league and youth soccer teams in both Novato and San Rafael.  He resides in Novato, CA.  


Jeff Johnston Testimonials

 “Through several months of intense negotiations on both a sale and purchase, Jeff was exceptionally prompt, attentive, and skilled in all matters… When we have occasion to make another sale or purchase we will unhesitatingly use Jeff.  We recommend him, without reservation, to anyone with the desire to work with someone who is entirely trustworthy and professional.”  

- John and Barbara Brotherton, San Rafael

“I tried to sell my home for 6 weeks ‘for sale by owner’.  During one of my open houses, Jeff Johnston came by and I liked his energy and positive nature.  I listed my home with Jeff and it sold within 2 weeks for over the asking price with multiple offers.  Jeff did a great job and I wouldn’t hesitate recommending him if you want to sell your home.  Thanks again, Jeff.”  

- David C.  Middleton D.C., Novato

“Mr.  Johnston is the ultimate professional in his field.  His courtesies, knowledge and perseverance were very instrumental in selling my property.  The property was very unique and rather difficult to sell, however, Mr. Johnston pursued a very highly professional approach and was very successful in selling the property.  I am very pleased to have met Mr. Johnston and to have had the pleasure of knowing and dealing with him.  I certainly would highly recommend him to my friends and associates.”                                    

- Thamir Al’Hashimi, Belvedere

“When you work with Jeff, whether buying and selling, you have the sense that the industry’s best is working for you and your best interests.  We found this to be reinforced by the fact that he is so highly respected by his peers.  In a word, Jeff is quality.” 

- Yvonne and Michael Allen

“Jeff applies more attention to detail, and cares more about his client’s interests than any other broker we’ve ever come across.  He leaves nothing undone.  The thing that impressed us most about Jeff was that he obviously put our interests above his own.  He was much more concerned with whether we found the perfect house than with whether he would make a sale.  Simply put, he is the best real estate broker around.”

- Gary Ewell and Teresa Oppedal

“Without a doubt, Jeff Johnston was the most professional, thorough, knowledgeable and caring realtor I have ever been associated with.  He was excellent in assessing needs and was very time conscious in terms of showing his clients to include not only spouse, but children as well.  I heartily recommend Jeff Johnston as a realtor, but more importantly as a person.” 

- John Boyens, District Manager, Northwest District, TRW Business Credit Division.

“We could not have been any happier with Jeff, as to both his friendly, professional manner as well as the high level of energy and enthusiasm he put into both our sale and our purchase.  We highly recommend Jeff, and have already done so to friends.”

- Dick and Kim Haney, Kentfield

“I respect Jeff’s judgement.  He is honest and thorough, and a broker you can rely on to represent your best interests.”

- Karen Gilbert, Kentfield

Reviews on Zillow
"Jeff was a pleasure to work with. He was very honest and responsive regarding all of the homes that we were interested in. I truly believe that we ... more "
by sarahjchastain
"Our family had the privilege of working with Jeff as we were planning to move to Novato. Jeff is the most professional, pleasant, kind, considerate, ... more "
by jlee410