About Lawrence Realty
Lawrence Realty is a family owned and operated California real estate business deeply rooted in Olympic Valley, and also serving the surrounding communities within North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. Larry Lawrence, the founder of the company, has been selling real estate since 1974, became a broker in 1977 and established Lawrence Realty in 1985. Chiara Gajar, his daughter joined him in 1998, creating “A Father Daughter Team”. Ron Gajar, Chiara’s husband, joined the family business in 2005. Larry, Chiara and Ron each contribute their own strengths resulting in a dynamic, well-rounded team. Lawrence Realty is an integral part of the community, not only as involved individuals but also as a first-class real estate company.
Lawrence Realty is focused on providing the utmost service to all clientele, from the seller of a luxury home in a private subdivision to the buyer of a slope side studio condo. With Lawrence Realty, luxury is measured by the quality of service and the caliber of the clientele. Over the years Lawrence Realty has worked with numerous executives and employees from some of the nation’s top corporations. These business connections have become an extensive referral network resulting in repeat business and continuous referrals. In addition to their own networking efforts, Lawrence Realty is also a member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate and Leverage Global Partners. Both networks connect Lawrence Realty to top notch brokers worldwide, allowing referrals to happen. For a boutique real estate company, Lawrence Realty has a strong local presence and broad international reach.
Larry Lawrence, principal broker and CEO of Lawrence Realty, moved from Chicago to Olympic Valley in 1969, became a licensed realtor in 1974, a broker in 1977, and founded the company in 1986. He is backed by decades of real estate experience which he uses to guide clients through transactions. With refined negotiating skills and distinct attention to detail, Larry repeatedly earns the trust of his clients and respect of his peers.
Larry cares deeply about his family and the community. He is happily married to Vikki (Ruggiero) Lawrence, originally from Marin County. Together they raised two daughters, Chiara and Sabrina, in Olympic Valley, and have five grandchildren. A powder hound at heart, Larry enjoys skiing at Palisades Tahoe, as well as golfing at Martis Camp, where he is a property owner and member. Beyond the mountains, the ocean and boating have always been a part of his life, especially in the Bahamas where he visits several times a year.
Arriving in California as a graduate of Northern Illinois University, Larry transitioned to a local and fully immersed himself in the mountain lifestyle and real estate community years ago. He has served on a variety of local boards, participated in important community conversations and is proud of the Olympic legacy that put Olympic Valley on the world map.
Chiara Gajar, president and broker of Lawrence Realty, was born and raised in Olympic Valley, California and joined her father, Larry Lawrence, in the real estate business in 1998. With her father’s mentoring, she quickly learned all aspects of owning and operating a business and thrived as she gained the respect and trust of both her clientele and peers. Chiara listens to her clients and uses her years of experience to guide them along the real estate journey, confidently negotiating and working hard on their behalf.
Chiara’s passion and dedication are just some of the attributes that shine through in her work but were gained through competitive sports. She successfully competed in Ski-cross at both the Winter Gravity Games and Winter X Games, winning gold, silver and bronze medals. Chiara, who loves skiing and the mountains, is a Palisades Tahoe Ski Team alumni, and coached the youth ski teams for many winters. She is currently the head volleyball coach at her alma mater, North Tahoe High School in Tahoe City. In this role, she taps into her years of playing volleyball, especially at the NCAA Division I level for the University of San Francisco where she studied Exercise Physiology.
Chiara and her husband Ron live in Olympic Valley and are active members of the community. They volunteer their time, attend local events and meetings, and can regularly be found on the slopes and trails of Olympic Valley. In addition to proudly raising their two children, they also enjoy traveling, skiing, mountain biking, boating, and breathing the fresh mountain air.
Ron Gajar was born in Australia and grew up in Slovakia where he studied dentistry at UPJS University, Kosice. Following his love of the mountains and skiing, he came to the beautiful Tahoe area, and made his home in Olympic Valley, California. In 2005, Ron became a realtor and joined his wife and father-in-law in the family business, Lawrence Realty.
Ron is very detail oriented, is both technologically and mechanically capable and cares about the outcome of his efforts. Whether at work or in the community, he dives deeply into projects, willing to research or teach himself what is needed to be successful. Ron’s background in construction adds to his knowledge and understanding of systems, buildings, and homes. He contributes useful insight and perspective when talking with clients and contractors about properties and their projects.
Ron and his wife Chiara live in Olympic Valley and are active members of the community. They volunteer their time, attend local events and meetings, and can regularly be found on the slopes and trails of Olympic Valley. In addition to proudly raising their two children, they enjoy traveling, skiing, mountain biking, boating, and breathing the fresh mountain air.