About Hugh | Hugh Cornish

Hugh Cornish

Hugh Cornish is in the top 1% of all Coldwell Bank agents internationally

A consistent top producer at Coldwell Banker, Hugh Cornish, with career sales of over $2 billion, continues to earn high honors. He has achieved the distinction of International President’s Premier by placing in the top one percent of all Coldwell Banker agents worldwide, and was ranked #210 of the Top Sales Agents by Sales Volume by The Wall Street Journal, 2018.
Hugh offers an exceptional level of expertise and personalized real estate service. A dedicated support team, including a licensed assistant, a professional marketing consultant, and a marketing production company, expands Hugh’s capabilities while allowing him to commit more time to each individual client. Hugh is personally in touch with his clients, from start to finish, throughout each real estate transaction.
For the convenience of both buyers and sellers, Hugh also maintains a network of reputable home-improvement professionals, from contractor and painters to landscape architects and interior designers. Hugh is pleased to provide his Cornish Concierge Service as another benefit of his proven marketing approach, and personally coordinates the preparation and all the services required to bring a property to market.
Hugh was born and raised in Atherton, which adds to his intimate perspective of the surrounding communities. He presently lives in Portola Valley with his wife Laura and their three children.
  • Residential specialist in Atherton, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Portola Valley and Woodside
  • Ranked #210 of the Top 1000 Sales Agents by Sales Volume by The Wall Street Journal, 2018
  • Over $2 billion in career sales
  • Top 1% of all Coldwell Banker agents internationally
  • Dedicated support team for maximum efficiency and results
  • Homeowner’s concierge service providing a network of reputable home-improvement professionals

History of the Cornish Family

H.J. Cornish
H.J. Cornish
Jim Cornish
Jim Cornish

Hugh is proud to represent the third generation of his family as a residential real estate professional in the Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside and Palo Alto areas.

Hugh’s grandfather H.J. Cornish, along with G.E. Carey, opened Cornish and Carey Realtors for business in 1935. In the early years, the firm focused on selling homes and developing small subdivisions in the greater Palo Alto area. H.J. Cornish died unexpectedly in 1955 at the age of 56, just as the company began to grow. Hugh’s father, Jim Cornish, joined the company a few years later. Over the next forty years, the company grew into the largest independently owned residential real estate company in Northern California. The company’s owners all lived locally and were actively involved in the affairs of the community. Following family tradition, Hugh looks forward to serving the Atherton, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, and Woodside communities for many years to come.

Support Team

Support Team
Erica Ratiner works with Hugh as his licensed Executivie Assistant. Her main responsibility is to provide Hugh’s clients with exclusive, personalized service and to make sure each real estate transaction goes smoothly. Erica oversees and coordinates all listing and sale documentation. She also prepares market analyses, client correspondence, and documents feedback from buyers and their agents after each showing of Hugh’s listings. In addition, Erica manages the marketing for Hugh’s listings using both traditional and online avenues, and assists in creating ad copy for newspapers, magazine ads, direct mail, websites, and newsletters.
Erica is a licensed Real Estate Broker. She entered the real estate industry as an offi ce manager/broker assistant in 2003. Before discovering her passion for real estate, Erica enjoyed a career in theater working as a stage manager and company manager for theaters in San Francisco and Sausalito. Originally from the East Coast, Erica has been living in the Bay Area for 17 years and currently resides in Sunnyvale.

About Hugh | Testimonials

After being on the market for an extended period, we really needed a fresh eye and a new marketing strategy. You brought energy, enthusiasm and a new vision to the project. From the beginning you had a clear plan on what needed to be done to sell the property. Your ability to coordinate the vendors and schedule all of the work certainly took a lot of pressure off us.

— Jackie Safier Woodside

We chose you because of your strong reputation in the market. We then developed what we now consider to be a lasting relationship based on your overwhelming knowledge of the market, your professionalism, your passion for the industry, and your genuine ability to care about your clients.

— Drew and Cynthia Norris Atherton

You were able to sell both our Menlo Park homes with ease, allowing us to get the most favorable terms. Your thoughtful recommendations to optimize our sale price and your attention to detail were outstanding. When it came to finding a new home in Atherton, we realized that we could not have been in better hands. Every time we would visit a new street, you would off the top of your head tell us the history of just about every house, whether on the market or not.

— J. C. Sarner Atherton

I was very impressed with your handling the details of repairs, showings, contract hiccups, and everything to make this go smoothly. I and my siblings are very happy with the outcome. I have sold a lot of properties and feel that this could have not have been done any better than it was. I know it was not your most expensive property, but I'd have never known it from the way it was handled, from the first meeting on.

— Pat Fuller Menlo Park

I completely enjoyed working with you. I appreciate the times you drove me around, the "heads up" you gave me about properties coming on the market, your uncensored opinions about the goods and bads of the places we saw, your follow-up to my perennial Sunday walk-throughs, your comments about noise and traffic, sunshine and safety.

— Barbara Goodrich Portola Valley

About Hugh | About Coldwell Banker

Coldwell Banker

Immediately following the San Francisco earthquate of 1906, Colbert Banker and Benjamin Banker saw an opportunity to help rebuild the City by offering knowledgeable, competent, and respectable real estate services. The high standards set by these early real estate professionals remain the benchmark for Coldwell Banker today.

Coldwell Banker is home to nearly 85,000 sales associates in some 3,000 offices in 49 countries and territories. The company’s luxury home marketing program, known as Global Luxury, represents an average of about one out of four homes sold in the United States each year. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is one of the leading residential real estate brokerages in Northern California and serves the markets from Monterey to Tahoe and nearly every market in between. The company has 57 office locations and approximately 3,900 independent sales assolicates throughout Northern California.