About Phillipa Criswell

About Phillipa

Phillipa's life has been one of change. Her journey has taught her that while change can be a little scary, it can also be exciting – bringing with it wonderful new people and experiences.


Born in New Zealand, Phillipa moved to Australia for high school, then back to New Zealand to attend nursing school. Upon graduating from nursing school, Phillipa came to San Francisco, where she worked as an emergency room nurse.

Discovering Belvedere

While working as an ER nurse in San Francisco Phillipa lived in Sausalito and Tiburon, exploring southern Marin on weekends. On one of her drives, Phillipa came across a breathtaking piece of land in Belvedere that had recently sold. Tenacious and undeterred by the challenge, she took a chance and wrote a letter to the new landowner, conveying her interest in the property.

Change has a way of impacting others, and as luck would have it, the new landowner received Phillipa's letter shortly after getting a cross-country job transfer. She purchased the land and subsequently built a home, where she initially learned and was fascinated by construction. 

A life re-evaluation led Phillipa to pursue real estate, her love of architecture, design, and property investment. Captivated by the landscape, Phillipa stayed in the Belvedere area and raised her family. Today, Phillipa is a well-known property expert within Marin County, where she has lived and worked for more than 40 years. 

Marin Market Expert

With over 18 years of real estate experience, Phillipa enjoys analyzing local market conditions, advising clients on investment opportunities, and helping people find well-constructed homes in communities that match their lifestyle. Understanding the importance of making an intelligent property investment decision, Phillipa protects her client's interests and pursues their goals strategically. 

As a seller's agent, Phillipa leverages her exceptional marketing skills and the superb marketing team at Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty to maximize exposure for her clients' listings locally, nationally, and internationally, both online and in print.

As a buyer's agent, she uses her in-depth market knowledge to advise clients about top Marin neighborhoods, the culture and vibe, amenities, and market value. Her children attended both public and private schools in Marin County and San Francisco.

Apart from her family, Phillipa's proudest achievement is being called "responsive, thoughtful, kind, knowledgeable, competent and a good negotiator" by her clients.