Charles Barenbrugge

Profile Updated: July 21, 2019
Residence: Cathedral City, CA USA
Spouse/Partner &
Year Married or
Years Together:
(include maiden name
if applicable)
Frank Kiesel - Almost 22 Years! (Frank died in ER at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL - due to doctor error!)
Homepage: www.CharlesSellsTheDesert.com
www.CharlesEstates.com
www.4PercentListings.info
Occupation: REALTORĀ® DRE #02055278 with Realty Source, INC. DRE #01523891
Children's Names & Year of Birth: Konga - A Betta Fish about 8 years old. UPDATE - We are sad to say that Konga died yesterday, March More…15, 2014. He will be missed but he will live in our hearts forever!
Mobile Telephone:

760-600-6389

Work Telephone:

760-600-6389

Bio:

UPDATE (04/19/19):

I have decided to expand my real estate sales to include Palm Springs and Bel Air/Beverly Hills. My plan is to "Cross-Sell" between those two areas. I had the pleasure of attending the poker open houses this past Tuesday and previewed homes priced from $11,500,000.00 (former Elizabeth Taylor's home) to a virtual tear down on almost 4 acres priced at $35,800,000.00. Next Tuesday, I'm already planning to visit a $49,950,000.00 home and a $68,000,000.00 home. There are so many people who live in Bel Air/Beverly Hills and have second homes in the Palm Springs area, so why not establish relationships with them for both areas!

I sang for Lucie Arnaz at the Purple Room in Palm Springs about 6 months ago at a Master Class she sponsored!

Life: Charles has lived between Glencoe and Chicago's Gold Coast his entire life. His father's family settled in Northfield, IL in 1860 and his mother's parents located to Glencoe in 1912 when her father was hired by the Stonehill family, their home later to be called "The Lady Esther Estate", to be their resident carpenter. In 1918, Charles' grandfather, Albert C. Hillinger, left the employ of the Stonehills and began his career as one of the leading builder's of fine homes and mansions on the North Shore. Charles' father, Ralph "Barney" Barenbrugge, joined the construction business upon his return from "World War II" and became a fixture on the North Shore for his detailed cabinetry work.

Charles continues the family tradition of giving exemplary service in the Real Estate industry. He believes that it can make a world of difference to have an agent who goes that extra-mile for you, which he does for all of his clients.

Charles worked for 10 years in property casualty insurance (Fred J. Sauter & Co., Alexander & Alexander and Marsh & McLennan and also has 7 years experience as a mortgage broker from 1992 - 1999. "Insurance and financial knowledge always come in handy during a Real Estate sale". Charles is waiting to take his California Real Estate Exam but since moving to California - Palm Springs/Cathedral City, he opened a 3D Tour Company - www.DesertView3D.com. He is also waiting to receive his commission as a Loan Document Signing Notary Public.

It was Frank's and my dream to one day live in Palm Springs, so, I'm selling our condo at Winston Towers in Chicago (now that Frank passed away last March) and carrying on with our dream and moving to Palm Springs/Cathedral City, California. I am selling real estate from Palm Desert to Palm Springs to LA. I just listed a home in Monterey Hills next to South Pasadena for $1,150,000.00.

Charles is a 1970 graduate of New Trier East High School, a graduate of the U of IL at Chicago with a BA in Economics, a native of Glencoe, IL and resided in the Gold Coast for over 15 years. Charles and his husband, Frank Kiesel, have been together since May 29, 1995. Civil Partners as of 6-9-2011. NOTE: Frank died in the ER of St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL due to an error performed by the resident doctor on March 30, 2017.

Charles has had listings and sales throughout the entire Chicagoland area for over 28 years and is now making a name for himself in the Palm Springs to LA areas in California. Charles has TV and Radio commercials running daily.

Favorite School Memories:

Being in the chorus for Bye Bye Birdie, Pajama Game, West Side Story, My Fair Lady and Lagniappe '68 (still have two vinyl LP's of the soundtrack!!).

Other memories include my advisor Evan Ellis and his going over tardy pink slips that I always seemed to be the winner "Wayward, Errant and Recalcitrant" as he would say every morning! Also, I remember Andies Restaurant where Luciano's is now and their "fabulous" shakes and of course, White's Drug Store and Mary's Cupboard!!

I also remember Mrs. Woolson's ballroom dancing lesson (not Mrs. Wilson) at the Kenilworth Women's Club and dancing with June Woolson!!

I was a member of the Evanston Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. When I was 17 years old, I received my Glider Solo Wings. We used to drive out to Huntley, Illinois early on a Sunday morning to a farm on Algonquin Road just east of Huntley. One of the area CAP leaders owned the farm and also a single engine Piper Cub. They would "tether" the glider to the rear of the Piper Cub and fly us up to 4500 ft and then we would pull the release lever and - then we were on our own. Since there was no radio contact and no on air-craft navigation aids, we had to make sure that we had accustomed ourselves with the area - during our training flights. It was thrilling and scary all at the same time but memories, I will never forget. I also piloted a variety of Helicopters during a one week encampment, the same summer I soloed in Gliders. I piloted the Chicago Police and Fire Pontoon Helicopter, a Jet Bell Helicopter and a troop carrier Helicopter based at Glenview Naval Air Station - now the home of "The Glen".

Junior High School Attended:

Central School in Glencoe

High School Attended: (NTE, NTW, or name of another school)

NTE

Colleges Attended & Degrees:

U of IL at Chicago Circle - BA Economics; Illinois Managing Broker's License - Chicago Association of Realtors; Licensed with California Association of Realtors and is a member of the Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors and CARETS.

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Davi, Adam, Josh and I in the master bathroom at 9066 St Ives priced at $15,950,000.00!
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I Produced, Directed and Hosted a Karaoke Game Show on Public Access TV called Karie Okie Court and I am Charles, The Karie Okie Queen!!
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Davi, Adam, Josh and I in the master bathroom at 9066 St Ives priced at $15,950,000.00!
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My husband Frank a few months before his death on March 30, 2017!
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I was a member of the Apollo Chorus in Chicago from 1970 to 1983.
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I Produced, Directed and Hosted a Karaoke Game Show on Public Access TV called Karie Okie Court and I am Charles, The Karie Okie Queen!!
Posted: Apr 19, 2019 at 10:11 AM
The Queen waiving to the crowds from the "I Love KOC" float while passing The Kit Kat Club on Halsted during the 2009 Chicago Gay Pride Parade!!
Posted: Apr 19, 2019 at 9:56 AM
My partner Frank Kiesel is my #1 Knight!!