MEET ROMNEY O'CONNELL
Romney came to real estate as a natural outgrowth of her background in the arts and architecture. She has a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University, where she studied painting, sculpture and architecture. She received a Fulbright fellowship to study painting in Assisi in 1990. Her focus was the frescoes of Giotto as well as her own studio work. A Pollock-Krasner award followed in 1992.
Romney’s lifelong interest in architecture has informed her renovation of older homes, with a concentration on opening smaller spaces to light while retaining period detail and enhancing indoor/outdoor flow.
She is a member of the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, whereshe often researches the histories of particular homes, fascinated by the richness of character and sense of place that a home acquires over time.
Clients tend to describe Romney as warm and diplomatic yet tenacious and assertive, a skilled negotiator who never loses sight of the big picture. She is driven by relationships that are clear, open-hearted and energetic. Buying or selling a house is a high-stakes transaction comprised of countless important details and emotional decisions. It takes calm perspective and real integrity to navigate both the business and personal aspects of finding or selling a home. Romney has found creative solutions for countless buyers who ended up with their dream home despite the odds. She has advised sellers as to how to efficiently prepare their home for market to show it’s best advantage. Her marketing materials are beautifully rendered and her clients are consistently happy.
The resulting trust that has developed over the years has been both a source of great business and of great satisfaction.
Romney lives in Berkeley with her husband and three children. The O’Connells received the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association’s Preservation Award (2007) for the renovation of their 1904 home.