Our Team

Kelly Knight Michelle Eskandari Santa Barbara RealtorsKnight Real Estate Group brings outstanding client advocacy, true professionalism and unsurpassed knowledge of the field of real estate to all aspects of the buying and selling process in Santa Barbara, Montecito and Hope Ranch.

Offering a unique value proposition, Knight Real Estate Group provides exceptional real estate representation with a lawyer’s insight. We truly listen to our clients’ needs and present them with opportunities, solutions and the type of creative thinking that only a team well-versed in real estate law can provide. This skill affords their clients the comfort and security of knowing that one of their most important investments is in good hands.

We invite you to contact Knight Real Estate Group for a confidential consultation at (805) 895-4406.

Kelly Knight

Founder, Knight Real Estate Group

kelly_knightKnown for her exceptional communication skills, professionalism, unwavering integrity and esteemed background as a real estate and business attorney with a sharp eye for detail, Kelly Knight brings clear-eyed confidence to her clients’ every real estate need. A veteran advisor with uncompromising discretion and concierge-level service, Kelly has built a strong client network based on referrals and recommendations from former colleagues, business associates, past clients and friends.

Prior to obtaining her Broker’s license in 2005 Kelly spent 15-years working at one of Santa Barbara’s top law firms, consistently performing at the highest levels of excellence. “I am completely focused on assessing, understanding and serving my clients’ needs,” says Kelly. “As with the practice of law, my real estate clients receive from me exceptional knowledge, skill, diligence, discipline and preparation. I am able to dive into the nuances of complex contracts, and understand and explain the ramifications of a purchase or sale in a way that most agents cannot. I fully embrace my responsibilities as a fiduciary, and work tirelessly to protect my clients’ interests.”

A career in real estate has allowed Kelly to channel both her intellect and her creativity for the benefit of her clients. “I consider myself a life-long learner, and there is always something new to learn in real estate. I explore anything that engages my spirit and adds value to my clients, whether it’s an interest in architecture, historic preservation, design trends, Santa Barbara’s rich history, the latest economic forecast, or new technology,” says Kelly. “Creatively, I love advising my clients on high-impact, strategic design techniques to prepare a property to sell at the best possible price, drafting engaging property descriptions, working with photographers and videographers to ‘get the shot,’ and collaborating with my team to prepare marketing collateral that will best present to the world the property and the exceptional lifestyle it affords.”

When she’s not working for her clients, Kelly commits her expertise and financial resources to the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara and the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara, local non-profits where she serves as a governing board member.

“My education and legal background have given me much throughout my life, personally and professionally,” says Kelly. I’m also passionate about providing those most vulnerable in our community with equal access to justice.”

Originally from coastal Maine, Kelly attended Bucknell University where she earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration. Kelly moved to California in 1985 and attained her law degree with an emphasis on business, tax and real estate. Now a 30-year resident of Santa Barbara, Kelly enjoys early morning hikes in the nearby foothills with her dogs and time on the ocean with her husband, Mike, during her free time. She is also the proud parent of a Bowdoin College attendee.

Proven Success and Experience
  • Full-time licensed Real Estate Broker since 2005 – License #01463617
  • Personally managed over 175 transactions with sales in excess of $225 million
  • Member, Professional Standards Committee, Santa Barbara Association of Realtors
  • Member, Board of Directors, Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara
  • Member, Board of Directors, Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara
  • Member, Board of Directors, Santa Barbara Club
  • Practicing Attorney 1988 – 2004
  • Santa Barbara Local since 1988
  • Santa Barbara Homeowner since 1991
Education and Experience
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bucknell University, Pennsylvania
  • Juris Doctor from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • Certificate of Mediation, Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University
  • Adjunct Professor, Santa Barbara College of Law 2002 – 2004
Professional Affiliations

Member, Santa Barbara Association of Realtors
Member, California Association of Realtors
Member, National Association of Realtors
Member, California State Bar
Member, National Association of Women Business Owners
Member of ProVisors (Professional Network Group)

Michelle Eskandari

Associate, Knight Real Estate Group

Michelle began her career as an invaluable member of an ultra-luxury real estate team contributing to sales in excess of $400 million over four years. During that time Michelle became well-versed in the nuances of high-end estate sales and complex contracts, gaining deep market knowledge and exposure to the unique needs of luxury buyers and sellers. A reputation for meticulous attention to detail and the ability to balance all aspects of the escrow process with grace and ease quickly followed.

“Michelle is whip-smart,” says Kelly. “We are fortunate to have her talent on our team. Michelle has a knack for matching buyers with the perfect property and guiding them towards a sound investment. Her Midwest values and genuine love of what she does makes the real estate process enjoyable, educational and personal for our clients.”

Originally from Wisconsin, Michelle moved to Santa Barbara to pursue her passion of photography. She fell in love with the rich and varied beauty of the area while attending the esteemed Brooks Institute of Photography. A career in real estate has provided Michelle with the perfect avenue to channel her keen artistic eye and love of design, whether it’s capturing the essence of an estate

during a marketing shoot, assessing the hidden potential of an investment property, or managing her personal renovation projects. She brings exceptional vision and knowledge of the building process to clients looking to add value to a particular property of interest.

When she’s not working with clients or investigating an off-market property lead, Michelle enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with her two young children and husband. Together they have successfully renovated and sold several high-end estates in Montecito and Hope Ranch.

Proven Success and Experience
  • Full-time licensed Real Estate Agent since 2009 – License #01861525
  • Participated in over 100 transactions with sales in excess of $400 million
  • Santa Barbara Local since 2003
  • Santa Barbara Homeowner since 2008
Education and Experience
  • Bachelor of Arts, Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara