Johnny Drake is a native of San Francisco and the youngest of 14 children. Growing up in a large family taught him the value of hard work, perseverance, and the art of communication. Johnny started a business called Johnny’s Java in 1996. After opening nine locations throughout Sonoma County over a 20 year period, he decided to pursue his dream of working in real estate.
Johnny brings his experience as a heart-centered business owner, driven entrepreneur, and talented marketer to his real estate career. Above all else, he delivers exceptional service and unmatched devotion to every client. His attention to detail and level of transparency helps him guide clients through the intricacies of buying and selling a home.
As a regular volunteer and charitable donor in the Sonoma County community, Johnny supports many causes. They include; Canine Companions, Sonoma County Humane Society, Redwood Empire Food Bank, and Sonoma County High School Athletics & Little League and is the former Executive Vice President of the Volunteer Center Board of Directors.
Furthermore, Johnny is a dedicated, hands-on member of NorBAR, California Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Sonoma County Alliance and active member of the Humane Society Board of Directors.
After graduating from Hotel Management School in Europe, Alain spent 25 years in the upscale hotel, private club and winery management industries. He grew up living between Brussels and the St. Emilion/Bordeaux area, due to his family’s extensive history in some of the most prestigious wineries of Bordeaux. In 1994 Alain discovered Sonoma County, and was immediately drawn to the stunning beauty and lifestyle, which is so similar to where he came from.
His passion for real estate grew after buying, renovating and selling a dozen homes in Healdsburg, Geyserville, Cloverdale, San Francisco, Palm Springs and Florida. This experience uniquely positioned him to counsel buyers and sellers in the sale and acquisition of homes, country properties, vineyard estates and wineries all over California.
The key to bringing a buyer and seller together is an extensive contact list. Alain’s network of friends and colleagues is vast; if you walk with him across Healdsburg’s town square, you’ll be stopped repeatedly by people wanting to chat with the area’s unofficial “French Ambassador”. As a result of this network, Alain is deeply familiar with the intricacies and unique challenges and opportunities of this wonderful region.
Alain is an active board member of The Healdsburg School. He is also an active participant in a variety of charitable organizations and events throughout the year.
Consistently ranking in the top 10% of all real estate agents in Sonoma County, Alain helps transform his clients’ real estate dreams into reality.
As a Sonoma County native, Leslie is passionate about sharing this beautiful area with both locals and new residents. She literally learned to drive on these streets and witnessed first hand the evolution of our small farming community turned robust wine country. Sonoma County has become one of the world’s top ten most desirable places to live, and she is genuinely enthusiastic about helping her clients achieve their dreams of calling this place home. Leslie brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise about buying and selling real estate in Sonoma County. She can also help you locate homes, investment properties, and vacation homes almost anywhere in the world! It is her mission to create a smooth and seamless transaction for her clients, and to make buying or selling an enjoyable and effective experience!
Natalia Donavan is an executive assistant to Johnny Drake of the Alain Pierret and Johnny Drake Group, and Compass team-member. Natalia is a Sonoma County native and licensed Realtor dedicated to her clients. She has a broad-range of experience working with buyers and sellers; including rural country properties, condos, vacant and fire lots, as well as luxury estates across Sonoma County. Natalia understands that the most important part of what she does is maintaining integrity and building trust for long-term client relationships and referral bases by handling every unique transaction with the utmost care and reliability. She has worked with a diverse client base and her in-depth understanding of the local real estate market has earned her the confidence of her colleagues and clients. Natalia understands the importance of creative marketing and works with inspired energy to present her listings beautifully, with both local and broad exposure.
Natalia considers real estate to be her true life’s work rather than a job. She offers a wealth of resources and a solid network to help sell listings efficiently. She recognizes the Sonoma County market from a truly local perspective. She is an expert on the many neighborhoods, schools, and the different sub-cultures throughout Wine Country. She has observed the growth and changes of the local communities, which has given her the experience and vision to be a trusted advisor for potential investment opportunities. She enjoys learning and understanding the specific criteria of buyers to help find the property that fits their distinct needs.
Natalia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Sonoma State University. She has a professional history in the wine industry and she is an expert in agriculture/viticulture properties. She enjoys traveling both nationally and abroad, and feels truly blessed to call Sonoma County home with all it has to offer; here she relishes in her hobbies of hiking, biking, wine tasting, world-class cuisine and farm-to table home cooking. She is an animal-lover and people-person. She enjoys supporting her causes both fiscally, and by volunteering consistently for causes including animal rescue projects, as well as local homeless shelters. She profoundly understands the importance and value of having a place to call home, and endeavors to be part of a solution to help those temporarily without one.
As the office manager and resident bookkeeper, Katina wears many hats and is an essential member of Alain and Johnny's team. She is also the co-owner of a yoga studio in downtown Healdsburg, runs a successful interior design practice and remains active in a variety of philanthropic interests.
Martha a native of Marin County and studied Design at California Polytechnic State University. For the last eight years, Martha has been the foremost authority of real estate staging in our area. Her taste, talent, and skills extract quality and beauty out of each property she works on, producing exceptional results.
Alain and Johnny's real estate team honors a high level of commitment, style, and attention to detail when working with clients. Whatever your real estate goals, they are well prepared to help you accomplish them.