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Vision • Integrity • Knowledge

My introduction to the Mendocino Coast began in 1982, when I moved from the Bay Area to open an inn. My plan was to practice living in the country before making the big move to Australia, where I owned land near Brisbane. Once ensconced on the coast, however, I was drawn in by the peaceful beauty and welcoming community. Australia was set aside to establish roots here on the Mendocino Coast, and I've never looked back.

Since then, I have continued to deepen my connection to the area via several types of businesses and enterprises. My experience encompasses retail development and management, marketing, estate sale management, and through a variety of volunteer associations.

Community is the anchor of this unique and amazing place we call home, and I am happy to be part of the community of caring advisors at Engel & Völkers. Let me assist you in aligning your vision of home with our community.


We worked with Claire to plan a move from the hotter inland of California to the refreshing weather of the Mendocino coast. Claire shared her tremendous local experience and resources. She worked with us in a responsive and professional manner during our search and purchase of the right property for our needs. - N. Lloyd

Claire is a diligent realtor who gets things done. She asked good questions and found good answers for me. She's a delightful personality, but is all business when she needs to be. She knows the coast and she knows the value of things. She was easy to work with and I wouldn't hesitate to work with her again.  - J.H.

Claire handled the sale of our house with expertise and professionalism. She staged our interiors beautifully, found the perfect buyer so we knew we were leaving our home in good hands, sold the property for *ka-ching* more than we were asking, and processed the long-distance closing quickly and painlessly. We couldn't have been more satisfied.  - CRAIG & SUSIE

When we decided to look for our dream home on the Mendocino Coast, we turned to Big River Realty and their agent, Claire Amanno. Claire was relatively new to the realty game, but she demonstrated right away that she was a fast learner and definitely up to the task. She showed us five or six homes in very short order and even gave up her holidays to help us. She was very thorough and perceptive in the negotiation process and we ended up finding the best home we could have hoped for that met all of the criteria for our needs. I wouldn't hesitate to highly recommend Claire for anyone seeking to buy or sell a home on the Mendocino Coast!  - JS&NH

We had a great experience with Claire as our representative while searching long-distance for a house on the Mendocino Coast. She was warm and enthusiastic and really generous with her time and attention during our two trips to the coast before we found a house we love. I appreciated her sense of humor as well as her efficiency and would definitely seek her services if I needed to buy or sell property in Mendocino.  - LF

I began looking for a home in the Northern California Coastal area in late 2018. I worked with about 4 different agents during that time, from different agencies. Though they were always very pleasant to work with, I never felt as if I was a priority for them except for Claire Amanno at Big River Realty.
Claire made me feel comfortable from the beginning. She showed me homes that I wanted to see, suggested some that were not within my radar but was never pushy about any of them. Claire always gave me advice on properties both good and bad.
I'm a very picky client and I looked at many, many homes. Claire was always willing to show me whatever I wanted to see, on my timeline. She was always available when I needed her, rearranging her schedule to accommodate me.
During closing, Claire was right there with me (even though I was 4 hours away). She handled all the difficult problems without a blink. After I moved in Claire made sure that all the issues I had were addressed in a timely fashion, introduced me to contractors and offered assistance if I needed it.
The entire process became much simpler because of Claire. I would recommend Claire Amanno at Big River Realty to anyone looking for a home.  - LC