Growing up in South Africa, I learned that success is more than just a desire: it’s a goal that takes hard work and dedication. My parents, Barney and Louise, were the ones that taught me that lesson. My dad owned a builder’s emporium (where they supplied everything you need to build a home) while my mom was a real estate agent in our hometown of Plettenberg Bay. They were both driven and successful, and I was ready to take on life just like they showed me.

I worked with them at the European bakery they owned, Chez Michele, until I went to Europe myself at age twenty-one. After earning two culinary degrees, I began traveling throughout the continent, until I eventually ended up across the Atlantic in the United States.

I wasn’t planning to stay at first. In fact, I had already made up my mind to return to Europe. But while I was visiting some friends in San Luis Obispo, I met my future husband, Jack—and suddenly, my plans had changed.


Jack and I were married in 1991, and made our home in North San Luis Obispo County, where we reside now in Templeton, in the beautiful wine region. A few years later, I followed my mother’s path and began my career in real estate. She always took her clients’ needs to heart and went above and beyond to help them achieve their goals. I adopted that philosophy and set out to help people tackle their challenges.

That dedication has become the driving force in my own life and career, as well. While I enjoy tackling the professional challenges brought to me by my real estate clients, I never forget about the personal challenges some families must overcome. For that reason, I donate a portion of every commission to the Children’s Miracle Network and the Race for the Cure.

I would love nothing more than to lend my knowledge and experience toward helping you with your real estate endeavors, but I don’t expect your business simply because of our relationship—I only ask that you take the time to interview me and see if I might be the best agent for you.


Buying or selling real estate is often an enormously important transaction, and the representation you receive from your agent can have significant impact on your results.

It is important for you to choose the person who will do the best job for you, and who is the right fit for your particular needs. I’ve worked hard as a professional to be able to provide the highest level of service, so I mightbe a good choice for you. I want you to know that if you do not choose me, I will never be disappointed. But if you do, I promise to work diligently to exceed your expectations.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about me. When you or someone you know is in need of a real estate agent, I hope you give me the opportunity to demonstrate my services and interview for the job; Whether it be Residential, Ranch Estates, Vineyards, Wineries or Commercial, I'm here for all of your needs.


Michele Smith


My name is Chandler Charnley, I am working under Michele Smith, who has been in the Real Estate industry for over 25 years; I am currently studying to get my Real Estate license as well. I am born and raised in Templeton California, and my family has built many homes in the Central Coast. I have always been passionate about Real Estate and I couldn't be more excited to be apart of the Real Estate industry. I enjoy meeting new people and I am reliable, professional and have a very determined work ethic.

Contact Info
Michele Smith
DRE#: 01143667
eXp Realty of California Inc.