Meet Our Team

KK Ciruli

KK Ciruli, Broker/Owner

KK Ciruli, Managing Broker, President and owner of Distinctive Coast Properties is also a licensed and practicing CPA in California. She and her husband have owned their home in San Clemente for twenty-one years, and have also bought and sold investment properties in San Clemente over the years. KK’s longtime career in finance and accounting lends a unique perspective to her activities in the real estate world. She enjoys using her experience to help her clients wade through the complex financial and tax considerations related to property purchases and sales. She can understand her clients’ long-term expectations and help tailor the transaction to meet their expectations.

Dedicated to giving back to her community, KK is an ardent supporter of arts organizations and has served on many civic and cultural boards. Currently Distinctive Coast Properties is a Rose Sponsor of the San Clemente Garden Club, and KK chaired the 2019 San Clemente Garden Tour. KK is an avid traveler, movie-goer, and loves to cook. She attended cooking schools in Mexico and Italy and worked part-time as a sous chef for a gourmet catering firm in order to pick up new skills. Although KK graduated from the University of Colorado, she’s outnumbered by the UCLA Bruins in her family – her husband and both daughters. The whole family loves getting together on the beach!

Elly Harris

Elly Harris, Agent

When you sell real estate in San Clemente, it’s not about selling a house, it’s about selling a truly unique lifestyle that only those of us who live in San Clemente can fully appreciate. After moving here from Marin County almost 20 years ago, I can honestly say I have embraced the San Clemente lifestyle and am truly blessed to call San Clemente home.

I have been selling real estate in San Clemente for over 15 years and am extremely proud of my continued success and commitment to excellent customer service. My mom and I founded Distinctive Properties over 10 years ago with the goal of bringing boutique real estate services to our valued clients and each year just gets better and better.

What you won’t see is my name on a shopping cart or a notepad. What you will see is a business based on referrals and past clients that understand my commitment to each transaction with unique marketing skills, extensive experience and a one-on-one contact with my clients each day.

My commitment to this community goes well beyond my business. I have two boys that have both gone through the Spanish Immersion program at Las Palmas and am excited to be part of the “one town, one team” community at San Clemente High School. I have been a PTA Board Member for over 10 years, am a board member for the North Beach Community Association and spend more time than I would like to admit sitting on the sidelines at soccer games. I taught myself to surf 3 years ago because around here, as the saying goes, if you can’t beat them, join them.

Living here, raising my family here and having a job I am passionate about is more than a dream come true. I am proud to be your local real estate agent and look forward to helping you with all of your real estate needs in the future.


Julie Merlino

Julie Merlino, Agent

Julie Merlino began her Real Estate career about 15 years ago, working as an assistant to her mother who has been a Broker/Owner for 47 years. Raised in the industry, and with a brother who also chose a career in the industry as a mortgage broker, Julie received her Real Estate license and has never looked back.  Working in South Orange County for several years, Julie has made RE a full time career enjoying it every step of the way. Here’s what Julie has to say… I see a very successful future working with the entire team at Distinctive Coast Properties. We all have one simple philosophy, and that is to work with and for our clients “every step of the way.”

In addition to Real Estate I am a wife and the mother to three great children. In my spare time you can find me walking the San Clemente beach trail, or tending to our garden ! We love to entertain, try new restaurants and head out for what I like to call “field trips” with my husband or family/friends to try new places and see new things in the OC. We love hopping on the train and heading out to explore. Our kids have various interests and are either in college and/or  already finished and on their own starting adulthood. My husband and I just want our children to know how great it is to be alive, to appreciate the awesome community in which we live, and to give thanks for each day!” I love living in San Clemente. It’s near and dear to my heart. A native Californian and San Clemente HS Alumni, I constantly bump into people from the past. The small town feel of San Clemente, along with its beauty, and local atmosphere make it what it is today. When it comes to Real Estate, growing up in Mission Viejo has also given me a knowledge of all the South OC communities. I see the demand for real estate in this beach town of San Clemente where I now live and the surrounding areas.  I’m proud to work and live in an area that has so much to offer. Working in the Real Estate industry for me is exactly what I’m supposed to be doing; helping others make their “dream home” a reality! Your best interest always comes first with me. I can’t wait to work with you, and hope that when you are looking for an experienced agent you like and trust, that you will think of me. I look forward to helping you with your home buying or selling needs “every step of the way!”

Lisa Adams

Lisa Adams Is One Of The Top Real Estate Agents in Orange County

Lisa Adams has worked for over 29 years to become a top realtor in Orange County—and with her long record of satisfied customers, impressive sales, and numerous awards, Lisa’s hard-working demeanor and warm personality continue to earn her real estate success. Lisa is a buying, selling, and relocation specialist for Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, and San Clemente. Lisa is passionate about helping her clients find everything they want and need.

For Lisa, helping clients sell their property or find their dream home isn’t just work—it’s what she loves to do. Her extensive experience allows her to pinpoint common road-blocks in the housing market, and she’s skilled at staying two steps ahead of the game to make the process easier. Lisa is famous for her engaging, high-energy personality and dedication to successfully delivering what her clients want. Her clients not only highly recommend this Distinctive Coast Properties realtor to others, but she’s known for becoming lifelong friends with her clients.

Lisa Adams’ regional knowledge offers her clients great homes in renowned neighborhoods and schools with many recreational opportunities. Lisa spends most of her time working hard as a premier San Clemente realtor, but in her free time, you may spot her strolling the beach trails with her husband, John Adams, who is a San Clemente native, along with their lovable Bernese Mountain Dog Hank!

Prue Putnins

Prue Putnins, Agent

Prue has worked in the Real Estate business for 30 years developing processes that create the best possible experiences for her clients. Prue has a unique ability to match clients with the perfect properties for them. She is consistently a top producing realtor and ranked in the top 5% nationwide. She is known for her unparalleled customer service, outstanding negotiation skills and her vast knowledge of real estate contracts. Prue is highly respected by clients and real estate professionals for her incredible attention to detail.

susan hennebry

Susan Hennebry, Broker-Associate

Highly regarded for her extraordinary attention to detail and extensive knowledge of the entire real estate process, probate and trust-certified senior real estate specialist, Susan, offers her clients experience, energy, and enthusiasm that continues well after the close of escrow. With a leading goal of negotiating the best deal possible for her clients, whether they are buyers, sellers, dealing with unique situations, including short sales, or simply utilizing her skills as a consultant, Susan always makes sure that they achieve or exceed their goals. With her more-than-20 years of experience in residential real estate sales, Susan has successfully helped hundreds of clients realize their dream of homeownership. A recipient of the Quality Service Survey Award with 100% client satisfaction, Susan believes in taking the real estate profession to the highest levels of integrity and service.

With her real estate broker license and a background in the legal field, Susan brings an extensive knowledge of real estate contracts that are invaluable to her clients to the table. Susan is a Southern California native and has a broad range of knowledge regarding school districts and neighborhoods, which helps her match each client to a home that is just right for them.

Michelle Stegmaier

Michelle Dalton Stegmaier, Agent

An attorney by training, Michelle Stegmaier possesses the unique and varied skill set required of a successful Realtor in this competitive marketplace. With prior professional career experience as an estate planning attorney for high net worth individuals–in both a large law firm setting and as the owner of her own successful estate planning practice in San Clemente–Michelle developed extraordinary skills in analytics, negotiation, marketing, communication, and, most importantly, highly-tailored counseling of her individual clients and their unique needs.

As a native of Orange County and a resident of San Clemente for nearly 15 years, Michelle has a deep knowledge and understanding of the intricacies of the local real estate market, providing her clients with a unique perspective on the varied features of the area.

Michelle lives in San Clemente with her husband (Sean), two boys (Dexter and Quentin), and two dogs (Captain and Babe). When Michelle is not working, she is very likely shuttling her two boys to water polo practice and games! Michelle’s hobbies also include hiking with her dogs, paddle boarding, going to the beach with her family, and cooking. As an added bonus, Michelle is fluent in Spanish.

What differentiates Michelle from most other agents is her technical and client-driven experience as an attorney. She has a unique understanding of contracts, marketing, negotiation, communications, analytics of the market itself, and an unyielding commitment to the specific needs of her clients. Michelle is and always will be your primary point of contact throughout each stage of the transaction. She has developed a highly-effective administrative and marketing support team that enables her to focus on what ultimately matters most: guiding her clients through the stages of buying or selling their home or investment property.

Michelle’s journey as a Realtor was founded upon a vision of excellence, which drives her relentless effort to redefine the real estate experience. Her mission is to provide clients with a hands-on approach to real estate, not just as a Realtor, but as a confidant whom clients can turn to with any questions or concerns, whether related to real estate or not. She holds herself to the highest standard of excellence to exceed her clients’ expectations at every opportunity with concierge level service, as well as on-going and consistent communication, availability, and accountability.