Meet The Dynamic Duo

Having worked together since 2017, Darlene and Kelsey are the perfect team to guide you through your purchase or sale in the Sun Valley area. Darlene's expansive knowledge of local growth and trends pairs perfectly with Kelsey's digital marketing expertise to form a team that will guide you every step of the way.

We will always take the time and effort to go the extra mile to make your property dreams come true. Whether you are ready to sell or want to just discuss the possibility of buying, we are here for you. We would love to take you out for coffee to talk about your goals and help you in your real estate journey in the Wood River Valley.


Darlene Young

Going the extra mile is the defining principal in Darlene’s client-centric philosophy in her long-time success as a high-end resort property broker. Her career spans over 30 years in sales, brokerage and executive management, with personal sales volume exceeding one billion dollars. Darlene has first-hand experience in the area’s growth, value and market trends. Over 75% of her clients have worked with her in multiple transactions throughout the years, clearly relying on her insight and extensive expertise when it comes to acquiring properties as well as passing them on.

Engel & Völkers’ exciting approach to global reach motivated Darlene to join the Company’s Sun Valley division as a Partner in 2017.  That has proven to be a successful strategy in promoting her high end properties.  Darlene entered Real Estate in 1985, became a Partner in Associate Brokers of Sun Valley in 1992, the broker in 2000 and the same year instrumental in selling the Company to Sotheby’s International Realty, a part of the Fortune 100 Cendent Corporation.  Eventually franchised and acquired by John Huntsman, Darlene remained in charge of the Sun Valley operations as Executive Vice President and Designated Broker besides being engaged as a business resource within the greater Sotheby’s organization till the end of Huntsman’s ownership in 2016.  Joining Engel & Völkers, Europe’s leading real estate brokerage with rapid expansion in the US, became the next step in providing the best business resources for her clients.

Darlene and her family appreciate Sun Valley’s natural beauty, its people, and all it has to offer for a year-round stimulating lifestyle, and she is committed to give back to the community that has given her so much.  She is currently a sponsor of the Girls on the Run and has a long history of volunteer activities in Sun Valley’s community organizations.

Darlene is a La Jolla, California native and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Kelsey Bates

REALTOR & Marketing Director

Kelsey may have grown up in Bellevue, WA, but ever since her childhood, she considered the Wood River Valley her second home. In fact, it was a family vacation at the ripe age of 6 years old that caused her to fall in love with figure skating, a sport she dedicated the next 19 years to by both competing and coaching. When she moved to Boise for college, every spare weekend was spent experiencing all that Sun Valley had to offer. With so many fantastic memories, including her husband proposing on the outdoor ice rink, when the opportunity came to move permanently in 2013, she jumped on it!

Kelsey graduated from Boise State in 2009 with a degree in Public Relations. She spent the next seven years in Digital Marketing, specializing in SEO and AdWords for businesses that range in size from local business to multi-million dollar ecommerce companies. She has successfully parlayed this expertise into real estate, giving her clients unparalleled local and national marketing exposure. This combined with her hard work, knowledge, and exceptional negotiation skills, will ensure that your next real estate transaction is a rewarding experience. Whether you are buying or selling, looking to be in Sun Valley, Ketchum, Hailey, or Bellevue, and whether it is a condo, vacation home, family home, or land, Kelsey Bates can ensure your next real estate experience is exceptional.