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Peter Cowperthwaite


Real Estate Broker

Peter is the founder of Cowperthwaite & Company, a boutique real estate firm that specializes in providing exceptional and personalized service to clients in Portola Valley, Atherton, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Woodside and Los Altos Hills. Peter’s real estate career spans almost three decades, and he has consistently ranked in the top 1% of agents in the country.

Peter’s education is in finance and economics and he practiced as a Certified Public Accountant in his early career. After leaving Canada, where he worked for Peat Marwick, he moved to California where he worked for three iconic Silicon Valley companies: Cisco, Apple and the San Francisco 49’ers. Although those were exciting experiences, Peter realized that he loved working with people more than numbers and that’s when he decided to go into real estate. A natural competitor, he loves negotiating and winning a great deal for his clients.

Peter has been happily married for 33 years. He lives with his wife in Portola Valley where they have raised two sons together. Peter is an avid outdoorsman who loves to bike, hike, golf and play tennis. He is also an ardent sailor who has taken two year-long sabbaticals to explore the East Coast and the Caribbean.


  • National Association of Realtors®
  • California Association of Realtors®
  • Silicon Valley Association of Realtors®

Q & A with Peter

Q: How did you get started in real estate?

A: I was educated in finance, but I never really loved accounting. I loved people and everyone told me that I should go into sales, plus a family member was in real estate, so that’s what I did and I never looked back.

Q: How did you know that real estate was the right career for you?

A: I loved it immediately. Real estate was different back then. A lot of cold calling and door knocking. I was young and I didn’t know a soul, but I had a very strong work ethic. It wasn’t easy, but I liked it so it never seemed like work.

Q: Why do people choose you to be their real estate agent?

A: Clients say they choose me because of my integrity, reputation, personality and energy . People also tell me they appreciate that I am honest and a straight shooter. I will tell them the truth, not make empty promises just to get the listing.

Q: How are you different from other agents?

A: I have my own company, which means I can be more in control and independent. My name is on the shingle so I feel responsible and accountable to my clients.

Q: Why did you form your own brokerage?

A: I would turn that question around and ask, “Why doesn’t everyone start their own Brokerage?”  I like to do things a certain way and be in control of what I can provide to my clients. I guess my belief is I’d rather be the captain of a smaller sailboat than be the crew on a Cruise liner.

Q: What is your philosophy?

A: To tell people the truth. Try and get the highest price for my sellers and to get a bargain for my buyers.

Q: What’s the best part of your job?

A: How elated the client is when they get the house or sell the house. Finding something for a buyer that they didn’t think they could get or getting a top price for a seller is a great feeling.


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Shaler Barnes


Real Estate Broker

Shaler is a licensed Broker at Cowperthwaite & Company Real Estate and has been selling residential real estate for over a decade. Prior to that, she worked in the Marketing & Brands Legal group at Sun Microsystems, Inc. Her legal background, coupled with marketing and brands, has allowed her to bring much knowledge and experience to the table. Confident and personable, she is dedicated to helping her clients. Organized and efficient, she is meticulous in all endeavors. Shaler will certainly go the extra mile to get the job done. Shaler loves to play tennis, run, read, cook and spend time with her family. She and her husband reside in Menlo Park with their three daughters. Shaler's areas of expertise are: Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Palo Alto, Atherton and Redwood City.


Tom Boeddiker


Sales Associate / Property Manager


Tom brings over 28 years of local residential real estate experience to Cowperthwaite & Company. Tom grew up in Menlo Park and provides his clients with an intimate knowledge of Menlo Park and the surrounding communities. Tom is an active member of the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club. Tom also manages numerous multi-family investment properties in the immediate area. If you need property management help with your rental properties, Tom is the person to call. Tom specializes in Menlo Park, Atherton, Palo Alto & Redwood City