Meet The Team

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With a partnership spanning back to 2017, Darlene and Kelsey offer an ideal blend of skills to navigate your Sun Valley real estate journey. Darlene's deep-rooted understanding of local developments and market trends complements Kelsey's prowess in digital marketing, ensuring comprehensive guidance at every turn.

Dedicated to exceeding expectations, we prioritize personalized service to transform your property aspirations into reality. Whether you're contemplating a sale or eager to explore buying options, we're committed to your success. Let's connect over coffee to delve into your objectives and embark on your Wood River Valley real estate adventure together.

Darlene Young

Designated Broker, Private Office Advisor

Darlene Young’s career spans over 35 years in sales and brokerage management throughout the Wood River Valley. With a remarkable personal sales volume exceeding one billion dollars, Darlene possesses invaluable insights into the area's growth, property values, and market trends.

Renowned for her expertise, over 75% of Darlene's clients have repeatedly entrusted her with their real estate needs, relying on her unmatched knowledge and guidance in both acquiring new properties and facilitating seamless transitions to new owners.

In 2017, Darlene embarked on an exciting next step with Engel & Volkers, drawn by the company's innovative approach to global outreach. Joining their Sun Valley shop as a partner, she has leveraged their cutting-edge marketing strategies and business resources to effectively promote her properties, ensuring optimal exposure and success for her clients.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Darlene has a deep appreciation for Sun Valley's natural splendor and vibrant community. Committed to giving back, she actively engages in volunteer activities with local organizations, embodying her dedication to the community that has enriched her life.

Originally from La Jolla, California, Darlene is a proud graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara

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Kelsey Bates

Real Estate Advisor

Growing up in Bellevue, WA, Kelsey always felt a special connection to the Wood River Valley, considering it her second home since childhood. It was a pivotal family vacation at the age of 6 that ignited her passion for figure skating, a devotion she pursued for the next 19 years through both competition and coaching. Even after relocating to Boise for college, every spare moment was dedicated to soaking in the wonders of Sun Valley. The memories made there, including her husband's unforgettable proposal on the outdoor ice rink, cemented her desire to call it home permanently when the opportunity arose in 2013.

With a degree in Public Relations from Boise State University, Kelsey embarked on a career in Digital Marketing, honing her skills in SEO and AdWords over seven years. Her clientele ranged from local businesses to multi-million dollar e-commerce ventures. Leveraging this expertise, she seamlessly transitioned into the realm of real estate, offering her clients unparalleled local and national marketing exposure. Combined with her tireless work ethic, depth of knowledge, and adept negotiation skills, Kelsey ensures that every real estate transaction is a rewarding journey. Whether buying or selling, whether seeking a cozy condo, a luxurious vacation retreat, a family home, or prime land, Kelsey Bates guarantees an exceptional real estate experience in Sun Valley, Ketchum, Hailey, or Bellevue.