Hugh Cornish & Associates

Combined, Hugh and Stephanie bring nearly 60 years of experience to their real estate clients. In 2021, they closed $286 million in sales, in 2020 they closed $236 million, and in 2019 (their inaugural year as a team), they closed $194 million in sales. Via the power of two, Hugh and Stephanie offer clients an even greater level of service that ensures each buyer’s and seller’s needs are personally met. As the complexities of real estate transactions increase, the level of service must increase as well. By having two professionals on top of every detail, you can be sure that Hugh Cornish & Associates are dedicated to your individual transaction.

Supporting Hugh Cornish & Associates is an essential team that includes a licensed assistant, a transaction coordinator, a professional marketing consultant, and a marketing production company. This expands Hugh’s and Stephanie’s capabilities, allowing them to commit more of their time to serving each individual client on a personal level. Hugh and Stephanie are personally in touch with all their clients from start to finish throughout each real estate transaction.

They also maintain a network of reputable home improvement professionals – from contractors and painters to landscape architects and interior designers – for the convenience of all their buyers and sellers. For years, Hugh has provided a Cornish Concierge Service as another benefit of his proven marketing approach, which assists with all the preparation and services required to bring a property to market.

  • Residential specialists in Atherton, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Portola Valley and Woodside
  • Ranked #79 of the Top 1,000 Sales Agents by Sales Volume by RealTrends, 2021
  • Over $3 billion in career sales
  • #1 Coldwell Banker Agent 0n SF Peninsula, 2021
  • Dedicated support team for maximum efficiency and results
  • Homeowner’s concierge service providing a network of reputable home-improvement professionals

About Hugh | Hugh Cornish

With career sales of over $3 billion, Hugh Cornish performs at the top of his field year after year. In 2021, RealTrends ranked Hugh Cornish as the #79 Agent in the United States. He is the #1 Coldwell Banker Agent on the  San Francisco Peninsula.

Hugh brings an exceptional level of expertise to the table and proudly offers services with a personal touch. He is proud to represent the third generation of his family as a residential real estate professional in Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, and Woodside areas. Hugh was born and raised in Atherton, which adds to his intimate perspective of the surrounding communities.

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.
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About Stephanie | Stephanie Elkins Van Linge

Stephanie’s first year in residential successfully landed her in the #121 spot in the nation for Coldwell Banker. In 2021, Stephanie was the #7 Coldwell Banker agent in the Bay Area. Stephanie joined Hugh after 33 years of a successful commercial real estate career.

This history of success is not exclusive to her professional life. She was on the U.S. National Swimming Team for four years, including teams competing in the Pan American Games, World Championships, and the boycotted 1980 Olympics. Her impressive accomplishments include a gold medal in the 1978 World Championships, and the American and World Record in sprint freestyle events in 1978. She finished her career as a captain of the Stanford University Women’s Swim Team in 1984, where she graduated “With Distinction” (the top 10% of her class).

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Support Team | April Ratto


April Ratto is Hugh’s and Stephanie’s licensed assistant providing exclusive, personalized service to every client while ensuring each real estate transaction goes smoothly. Licensed since 2017, April initially worked as an agent and then became the Office Administrator/Transaction Coordinator at Sotheby’s International Realty and Compass. April wears several hats: She is both a listing manager and a valued executive assistant. Her duties include, but are not limited to, overseeing and coordinating all listing and sale documentation, preparing market analyses, assisting with client correspondence, and documenting feedback from buyers and their agents after each showing of a listing. In addition, April manages the marketing for Hugh’s and Stephanie’s listings using traditional, online, and social media avenues while assisting in creating ad copy for websites, newspapers, magazine ads, direct mail, and newsletters.

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 earthquake of 1906, Colbert Coldwell 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 associates throughout Northern California.