To really and truly deliver on the promise of outstanding real estate service, it takes a village. That’s why the essence of Surterre’s culture is teamwork. When you choose a Surterre agent to help you bring your goals to fruition, you gain not only the support of that single agent, but the support of our entire family of professionals—and every single one of us is invested in your success.


Thinking and Acting "Green"

Southern California accounts for one of the most breathtaking places in the world. As an organization that promotes the area’s coveted environment, we at Surterre believe it’s our duty to do everything in our power to preserve its stunning natural beauty for generations to come. But becoming a U.S. Green Building Council member and earning our Certified Ecobroker® designation are just a couple of examples how we think and act green. Since our 2006 launch, we’ve made every effort to create the most eco-friendly working environment imaginable, utilizing environmentally conscious materials in our day-to-day business and appointing our offices with furniture that’s made of reclaimed and recycled materials. What’s more, we’ve partnered with like-minded organizations to further this mission, holding monthly eWaste drives in five locations.

Monarch Beach

South Shores Church

32712 Crown Valley Parkway

Dana Point, CA 92629

  • Saturday, November 14, 2015

Newport Beach

Surterre Properties, Inc.

1400 Newport Center Drive

Newport Beach, CA 92660

  • Saturday, November 7, 2015


Why We Get Involved

Supporting our community is every bit as important to us as supporting our clientele. As such, we’ve worked hard not only to rise to the top of Orange County’s real estate industry, but to make philanthropy one of our top priorities as an organization. Each and every one of our agents and employees places value in giving back. As such, we’re involved with a wide variety of charitable programs, foundations and services, and offer “matching” donation to partner with our team.

Our Involvement

  • Blood Drives – Giving blood means giving life, which is why Surterre partners with the American Red Cross to hold blood drives at our Newport Beach headquarters on a semi-annual basis.
  • Toys for Tots – Each holiday season, we partner with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program to collect toys and bring joy to less fortunate children in our community.
  • Habitat for Humanity – In partnering with Habitat for Humanity, Surterre’s agents give back in a way that’s truly hands on, rolling up their sleeves and working as a team to build brand-new homes for highly deserving families in Orange County.
  • Miracles for Kids – A nonprofit whose mission is to improve the lives of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses—not to mention, the lives of the families who care for them—Miracles for Kids is an important organization we’re proud to support.


  • Gary Legrand

  • President

A fixture in Southern California’s luxury real estate market for more than two decades, Gary Legrand has led the industry to new levels of innovation, service and success. In launching Surterre Properties®, which he co-founded in 2006, he introduced to coastal Orange County a new standard in the way of outstanding real estate service—one that’s upheld by a team of more than 400 top-performing professionals. With offices in Laguna Beach, Corona del Mar, Monarch Beach, San Clemente and Irvine in addition its Newport Beach headquarters, Surterre maintains the majority market share in much of coastal Orange County year after year. Before launching Surterre Properties®, Legrand led the teams at many of the region’s most successful real estate firms, including Coldwell Banker Previews. A longtime Newport Beach resident, he was also an investor and CFO for Coast Newport Properties.

  • Paula Ansara-Wilhelm

  • CMO

A nationally recognized real estate marketing and branding expert, Paula Ansara-Wilhelm is a creative visionary whose work has changed the way people buy and sell property. Upon creating the Surterre brand and co-founding Surterre Properties® in 2006, she established the Surterre Studio—the only full-service advertising agency of its kind in the real estate community. Under Paula’s leadership, The Studio has received more than 60 awards to date—and, even more importantly, it’s created an immeasurable advantage for Surterre’s agents and brokers, who utilize the Studio’s talented team of 15 to develop customized marketing plans for their homes. Prior to her work at Surterre, she co-founded Strada Properties and headed the marketing efforts at other industry leaders, including Coldwell Banker Previews, Strada Properties, Coast Newport Properties, Century 21 and E.R.A. She also worked at major ad agencies like Foote, Cone & Belding and Bozell Worldwide. Today, she is on the board of Miracles for Kids, a nonprofit whose mission is to improve the lives of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.


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