A familiar face who spent 20 years in the entertainment industry as a prominent actress and model, Cindy Ambuel now leverages her natural ability to connect with people as a full-time agent helping clients buy and sell the most luxurious properties the greater Los Angeles area has to offer.
Tell us a bit about your childhood—where did you grow up? Any hobbies or interests?
Ambuehl: I grew up in Orange County and had an amazing childhood with my parents and my sister. We were a very close-knit family. I was a super tomboy, and used to barrel race horses and play football in the streets with the neighbor boys. I was involved with every club in high school. Cheerleading, songleading, etc. I volunteered a lot of time reading to underprivileged children and tutoring them in math.
What was your first job?
Ambuehl: Mr. T’s! It was our local version of Tastee Freeze. I started working when I was 14 years old. I was so tall that they didn’t even ask me what my age was, they just gave me the job. Best part was eating as much ice cream as I wanted.
What inspired you to enter the world of real estate?
Ambuehl: I always had a love for real estate and did it as a hobby throughout my 22-year acting career. I used to take my studio bonuses and buy duplexes and apartment buildings in Orange County. I also bought a couple properties in Yorba Linda. I always enjoyed it.
How has your time in the entertainment industry helped you in real estate?
Ambuehl: “You’re only as good as your next job.” I hate to say that, but in the entertainment industry, you have to stay relevant and keep auditioning for that next role. You also have to be okay with the ups and downs. In both industries (entertainment and real estate), there are times when you are working around the clock, day in and day out, and there are other times when things have slowed down, and you are waiting for the next big season. The entertainment industry taught me to ride out those lows. Like a plane, we are built to withstand the turbulence …
Do you represent homes in all neighborhoods of the Palisades?
Ambuehl: Yes, every neighborhood has something special to offer and I enjoy sharing it.
Tell us about one of your favorite current listings.
Ambuehl: How can I only choose one?! I have so many favorites right now. 12760 S Bristol Circle: A serene and sensational new build. 2383 Mandeville Canyon: a truly magical compound. 701 Rochedale Way: an incredible home with even more incredible views.
808 San Vicente Blvd.: an entertainer’s dream home in prime Santa Monica. 159 Fraser Ave.: a wonderfully charming craftsman beach home.
What advice do you have for first-time home buyers?
Ambuehl: The same advice I give any buyer: Be smart, don’t be house poor, but definitely extend if you plan to be there for a long time. Really think about your plan and the location fitting your lifestyle. Is this a long term or short term home for you? All of that makes a difference in your purchase, because we truly believe in selling a lifestyle and experience. First time home buyers are usually younger, and I always ask them where they see themselves in five years. Sometimes having that long term vision in mind can change the direction of their decisions.
What are some of the current trends in real estate?
Ambuehl: People are steering away from the McMansions with little yards and looking more toward a home with modest square footage and extensive outdoor space. I think quarantine taught us that outdoor space in your home is extremely important.
What do you do for fun when you are not working?
Ambuehl: When I’m not working, 99.9% of my time is spent with my husband and our six boys. That’s my happy place and that’s when I feel like all the hard work is worth it. It’s always for them. We have a lot of fun, and we all really enjoy our time together. We laugh so much. My family is everything to me. Happy squad!
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