Ellen Sebastian

Ellen Sebastian

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Hartford County Regional Brokerage

45 East Main Street
Avon, CT 06001
  • Born In:
    Boston, MA
  • Live In:
    Avon, CT
  • Favorite Movie:
    The Point
  • Passion:
    Family, Real Estate, Ceramics
  • Interests:
    Art, Music, Travel, Gardening
  • Favorite Lyric:
    Don't let mistakes be so monumental, and Don't let your love be so confidential, and Don’t let your mind be so darn judgmental And please let your heart be more influential ~Michael Franti
  • Can’t Live Without:
    Family, Friends, Meaningful Work, Stimulating Conversation
  • Inspiration:
    Anyone who has overcome adversity to live their best life.

Ellen is the founding member of The Sebastian Group and has called the Farmington Valley home for over 30 years.  Born and raised in Boston, Ellen moved to Connecticut to attend college, fell in love with the area, and set down roots. She raised her three children in Canton, and is now a resident of Avon.  First licensed in real estate in 1987, Ellen went on to have a 15 year teaching career, before returning to real estate in 2006.  She has worked tirelessly to establish herself as one of the top agents in the region, being nominated and elected as a Five Star real estate agent for 11 consecutive years.

Ellen is a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist focusing on residential and luxury properties in Greater Hartford and The Farmington Valley. Ellen also enjoys giving back to the community and is currently the President of No Shoes Rhythm and Blues, an organization that produces live music events to raise money for charitable causes. She also volunteers her time to plan events and fundraisers for various organizations throughout the community.

“I like being in a business that brings out the best in me, I hold a huge piece of people's emotional and financial lives in my hands and that is a profound responsibility, but passion, commitment, and professionalism go a long way. I love the challenge of creatively solving problems, and real estate provides new and exciting challenges each and every day.”

One of the most essential parts to Ellen’s business is her mission statement:  

“The Sebastian Group strives to deliver first-class service to our clients and exceed their expectations at every step of the transaction. Our goal is to make the real estate process memorable, and one that our clients want others to experience.”

concierge service. priceless advice.

Ellen is the founding member of The Sebastian Group and has called the Farmington Valley home for over 30 years.  Born and raised in Boston, Ellen moved to Connecticut to attend college, fell in love with the area, and set down roots. She raised her three children in Canton, and is now a resident of Avon.  First licensed in real estate in 1987, Ellen went on to have a 15 year teaching career, before returning to real estate in 2006.  She has worked tirelessly to establish herself as one of the top agents in the region, being nominated and elected as a Five Star real estate agent for 11 consecutive years.

Ellen is a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist focusing on residential and luxury properties in Greater Hartford and The Farmington Valley. Ellen also enjoys giving back to the community and is currently the President of No Shoes Rhythm and Blues, an organization that produces live music events to raise money for charitable causes. She also volunteers her time to plan events and fundraisers for various organizations throughout the community.

“I like being in a business that brings out the best in me, I hold a huge piece of people's emotional and financial lives in my hands and that is a profound responsibility, but passion, commitment, and professionalism go a long way. I love the challenge of creatively solving problems, and real estate provides new and exciting challenges each and every day.”

One of the most essential parts to Ellen’s business is her mission statement:  

“The Sebastian Group strives to deliver first-class service to our clients and exceed their expectations at every step of the transaction. Our goal is to make the real estate process memorable, and one that our clients want others to experience.”

concierge service. priceless advice.

Ellen is the founding member of The Sebastian Group and has called the Farmington Valley home for over 30 years.  Born and raised in Boston, Ellen moved to Connecticut to attend college, fell in love with the area, and set down roots. She raised her three children in Canton, and is now a resident of Avon.  First licensed in real estate in 1987, Ellen went on to have a 15 year teaching career, before returning to real estate in 2006.  She has worked tirelessly to establish herself as one of the top agents in the region, being nominated and elected as a Five Star real estate agent for 11 consecutive years.

Ellen is a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist focusing on residential and luxury properties in Greater Hartford and The Farmington Valley. Ellen also enjoys giving back to the community and is currently the President of No Shoes Rhythm and Blues, an organization that produces live music events to raise money for charitable causes. She also volunteers her time to plan events and fundraisers for various organizations throughout the community.

“I like being in a business that brings out the best in me, I hold a huge piece of people's emotional and financial lives in my hands and that is a profound responsibility, but passion, commitment, and professionalism go a long way. I love the challenge of creatively solving problems, and real estate provides new and exciting challenges each and every day.”

One of the most essential parts to Ellen’s business is her mission statement:  

“The Sebastian Group strives to deliver first-class service to our clients and exceed their expectations at every step of the transaction. Our goal is to make the real estate process memorable, and one that our clients want others to experience.”

concierge service. priceless advice.

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  • Agent Designations
    • Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
    • e-Pro, Internet Professional
    • Green
  • Awards
    • 2021 #1Units Sold, #2Sales Volume
    • 2020 Gold Superstar Award
    • 2019 Gold Superstar Award
    • 2018 Gold Award
    • 5 Star Agent Customer Service Awards 2011-2021




  • Specialities
    • Sellers and Buyers
    • Luxury Properties
    • Relocation

Testimonials

Ellen was excellent, start to finish. One week after we listed, the COVID pandemic shut everything down. We considered taking the house off the market but Ellen encouraged us to stay calm while she worked diligently to market our home. She researched local and national real estate pandemic changes and trends and shared her progress every step of the way. She hosted virtual showings and employed a team of Professional photographers with drones and high tech online marketing tools. She encouraged us to focus on the goal of selling and to let her handle the ever changing details. While others may have taken a break from extreme marketing during a shutdown, not Ellen. Having a dedicated, knowledgeable realtor made all the difference. When the real estate market opened up again, she had buyers lined up and ready. We sold for full asking price just two days after the Governor eased pandemic restrictions in our state. We highly recommend Ellen for intelligent, compassionate and personal service.

Sheri Sparks, Preferred Clients

Because we relocated to Connecticut and stayed with family in the interim, we suddenly had to buy during the height of the COVID pandemic, and we had to close very quickly. Ellen made everything happen seamlessly, calmly, yet at warp speed. She recommended professionals and colleagues that we will work with again happily, and will recommend to others. She could sense our style and what we were looking for. She knew what we wouldn't like about a home as soon as we walked in, and knew how to point it out directly yet tactfully. She has an ease, serenity, and humor about her that we enjoyed so much we remained friends with her. Our children love her, too. We are so confident to recommend her to any of our friends or professional acquaintances.

Kristin and Andrew Ingram, Preferred Clients

I would recommend Sotheby's Realty, because of high level of professionalism, and, especially, of Ellen Sebastian's excellent knowledge of the market.

Zoe Martin

Ellen Sebastian negotiated one of the most challenging real estate deals I’ve ever dealt with. She is phenomenal- a master deal maker and advocate for buyers. Without her and her William Pitt Sotheby’s team, I know I would not have been able to buy my dream home. Thank you.

Steven C. McAlpine

Ellen Sebastian was absolutely wonderful to work with! She was on top of everything that needed to be done, and helped me navigate a crazy real estate market with confidence and a sense of calm. Ellen ended up helping me find a condo that is perfect for me, and I couldn't be more grateful. I will be recommending Ellen to everyone I know!

Kimberly Orzech

Our realtor Ellen Sebastian went well beyond what we ever expected. She helped us through the entire search process, offering keen insight and advice each step of the way. Her knowledge of the local communities and recommendations of professionals who could help us knew no bounds. We don't know what we would have done without her -- and thanks to her, we were successful in finding our perfect home.

Suzanne Johnson Nicholas Sigman

I’ve worked with Ellen for several years and she’s absolutely amazing. She listens to my needs and wants and she treats me I believe as she would treat herself when considering potential renters. I will continue using Ellen as my agent for all my future needs. Thank you. Elaine Ryder

Elaine Rider

Ellen did the impossible by helping me to make an offer on a home that had gone off market with a seller who did not use email. She is a master negotiator, an incredibly hard worker, and she makes deals happen. She’s amazing.

Steven McAlpine

I bought a historic house in Hartford, CT without ever thinking about Hartford before. All thanks to Ellen’s fantastic listing. Not only was the house presented flawlessly, with gorgeous photos, beautiful video and a magical 3-D tour, but it was also accompanied by some of the best written descriptions! I could tell right away that the agent put a lot of thought into who would be an ideal buyer and how to help them consider this property. I felt like a kid in a candy store - aerial views of the neighborhood, dream-come-true amenities, detailed list of all restorative works done on the house by present owners, beautifully paced FaceTime tour of the house, all contributed to an exceptional buying experience. If I was not in the market for a house, I would buy it just for the sake of it. But to be a buyer and to find an agent who handled things with kid gloves is as rare as it can be. I highly-highly recommend Ellen’s services. She is simply the best.

Natalia Assa, Preferred Client

We met Ellen through our real estate agent in Colorado when looking for homes in Connecticut. Ellen provided exceptional service to us in looking for a home. She was diligent, knowledgeable, and incredibly helpful. Ellen took the time to take us to new build sites in addition to looking at a number of homes over a short period of time. She sent us listings the moment they hit the MLS that were in line with what we wanted. After we put a contract on the home we purchased, Ellen went the extra mile by taking care of all of the inspections at the house since we lived out of state. She made sure that we were protected and that the seller did their part in getting the home inspection items addressed. I only have positive things to say about Ellen! I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a competent and caring realtor!

Melissa Firestone, Preferred Client

I truly cannot say enough good things about Ellen. She took care of us extremely well during our home selling process. From beginning to end, Ellen was prompt, professional, hard working, and determined to represent us in the best possible way. She made the selling process very easy and efficient. Thank you Ellen! Sothebys is lucky to have you.

Blake McHenry, Preferred Client

Ellen just helped us find and purchase the perfect house! In the midst of a pandemic, with limited inventory and high demand. Ellen managed to get us just what we were looking for. Ellen is a consummate professional. Her Skills as a Real Estate agent are outstanding. She is so knowledgeable, so willing to go the extra mile and such a pleasure to work with. We would recommend Ellen to anyone without hesitation!!!

Susan and Terry McNamara, Preferred Clients

Ellen did a fantastic job on selling my home,and finding me another one. She also helped with moving things out of the house, and did an amazing job. I'm very happy.

Ken Brody, Client

Ellen was a pleasure to work with. She took ownership of my home buying process from beginning to end. Aware that I was new to home ownership, she guided me step by step, helping me to understand each phase of the process and what to expect next. She answered my questions promptly. Her constant presence helped created balance for me in a process that had numerous unknowns and was daunting at times. She would also advise me if she thought the process needed shepherding. She recommended vendors when needed. I still had to do the work of vetting and hiring them, but her referrals were very much appreciated and they all did a great job. She even went above and beyond, finding a first time home buying course, through my mortgage vendor, which discounted my closing costs by $4500. I can't say enough good about Ellen. She was awesome. I highly recommend working with her.

Douglas Pouliot, Preferred Clients

Selling a home that you love is one of those life experiences that one tries to get through without too much sadness. I never thought it could be pleasant and simple and that I would have an angel guiding us. Ellen is knowledgable and kind and experienced and we felt we always received sage advise. Her recommendations were spot on, and we felt like we had an advocate protecting our interests. Her system works: our home sold in a week!! It is with great pleasure that I write to recommend her as a top notch agent. Five Stars!

Deborah and James Wickwire, William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty

Ellen is the best Realtor you could work with. Very professional . Takes care of every detail. Points out the potential problems and finds the solutions. Barb and I want to adopt her. If you are looking to sell a house or buy one in the area she is the Must go to person.

Mike Gentile, William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty

Ellen Knowlton is a true professional with an excellent knowledge of the real estate market.

Zoe Martin

My name is Michelle and my husband Michael and I recently had the wonderful experience of working with Ellen on the purchase of our CT home. We live in California and while I was in Connecticut back in October I found a home that I fell in love with. My husband and I were considering buying a second/vacation home and the Lakehouse was something we didn't think we could pass up.I was referred to Ellen by a friend of mine who lives in Connecticut and has known Ellen for many years on both a personal and professional level. From our first conversation we had a great rapport. Ellen was very professional, yet friendly and personable.We weren't sure what to expect buying a home from across the United States, but Ellen reassured us that she could make it as seamless as possible. She was very knowledgeable about properties in the area and was able to answer our wide variety of questions as we researched and confirmed that we were making the right property decision for us. Once we decided to move forward and make an offer, Ellen handled every step along the way. She was always very easy to get ahold of...even with our 3 hour time difference...and was always willing to talk details through and fully answer our questions. We never felt rushed or pressured.Because my husband and I were not able to travel out to Connecticut during any steps of the buying process, it was comforting that Ellen confirmed she would be there for any/all inspections, she would take photos, videos, and do live chats with us when necessary to ensure that we were very closely a part of everything going on. Ellen worked incredibly well with the sellers realtor, our local mortgage broker, the inspectors, as well as with the lawyer we hired in CT for the paperwork and closing documents. She coordinated things precisely and was persistent if anything needed extra attention. Ellen is a "detail" person which we truly appreciated.  We were very fortunate to have worked with and build a friendship with Ellen, and we would work with her again in the future. We would happily refer her to family and friends. She is a gem!

Michelle and Michael Sanders

Ellen has helped us sell two homes in CT, and she is simply the best—very competent, responsive, trustworthy, helpful, and goes above and beyond to get a deal done. She’s great!

David B.

Ellen’s extensive knowledge and experience helped make my first home buying experience easy and enjoyable. She was always available to answer my many questions, and she gave helpful advice. Having Ellen there every step of the way was comforting and she also made the process fun! Thank you Ellen!

Emily V. G.

Ellen was such a pleasure to work with. She ensured all our bases were covered and sold my home expeditiously. I highly recommend her. I could not have been more satisfied with the sale from start to finish.

Joseph K.

Ellen was extremely helpful and showed me some amazing houses. She listened to to what I was looking for and gave me plenty of options. She walked me through everything and made my first time home buying experience great!

Julia P

Ellen Knowlton is the most professional realtor. She is pleasant to work with, knowledgeable, and puts the client's best interest first. Ellen Knowlton, you are the best!

M. Valquez

Ellen does exactly what she says. Is honest and on time. A beautiful person to have on your side.

Mark B.

Would recommend Ellen to anyone!! Such a pleasure to work with. Very friendly and professional service with great communication.

Paul & Stephanie H

Ellen has years of experience and has been an active member of the community. She has extensive knowledge of the real estate market and is able to clearly explain the buying/selling process to her clients. She is professional and very detailed oriented. Ellen helped me stay focused on the important tasks needed to get my house on the market and was a great teammate. She sat down with me and went through the market analysis she had done to determine the listing price of my home.

Trisha Z B.

What can I say about Ellen?! She is the best realtor there is!!! She was very caring and thoughtful of our needs when it came to searching for our condo. We had a smaller budget, but Ellen came through for us!! Ellen went above and beyond her call of duty!! She was always there for me at any time of the day or night, texting back and forth. We have a great condo now, and it's all due to Ellen Knowlton!!

Valerie P

Ellen was amazing! She knew I was an avid Fly Fisherman and found me a Condo right on the Farmington River. Ellen is attentive, extremely knowledgeable, and a brilliant Agent. THANK YOU ELLEN!!!

Scott

My Listings

6 New Road $150,000 link

6 New Road

Avon, CT 06001 | Hartford County
$150,000
3.4 Acres

Views of the majestic Farmington river can be yours! In this competitive housing market, why not build your own? 3.4 Acre parcel! 2 acres are in Canton (Collinsville) and 1.4 in...

3.40
acre
30 New Road $150,000 link

30 New Road

Canton, CT 06019 | Hartford County
$150,000
3.4 Acres

Views of the majestic Farmington river can be yours! In this competitive housing market, why not build your own? 3.4 Acre parcel! 2 acres are in Canton (Collinsville) and 1.4 in...

3.40
acre
324 Albany Turnpike #4 $400/mo link

324 Albany Turnpike #4

Canton, CT 06019 | Hartford County
$400/mo
100 Sqft 0.52 Acres

One of four offices available. Rent includes all utilities and internet. Rent 1, 2, 3, or all, including 2 common areas and a shared hallway bathroom. Working from home? Need...

100
sqft

My Sales

70 Far Hills Drive $1,447,500

70 Far Hills Drive

Avon, CT 06001 | Hartford County
$1,447,500
4 Beds 5/1 Baths 8,293 Sqft 4.22 Acres

Phenomenal property on Avon mountain has everything you need, want, and then some! This is the perfect home for work and play throughout the seasons! The stunning, unique architectural...

4
bed
5/1
bath
8,293
sqft
102 Oak Bluff $940,000

102 Oak Bluff

Avon, CT 06001 | Hartford County
$940,000
3 Beds 3/1 Baths 4,728 Sqft 4.33 Acres

Every now and then, art is created with brick and mortar. We are proud to present an opportunity to live in an extraordinary home. One of only a few residential projects designed...

3
bed
3/1
bath
4,728
sqft
67 Marstan Trails $805,000 link

67 Marstan Trails

New Hartford, CT 06057 | Litchfield County
$805,000
4 Beds 3 Baths 2,608 Sqft 0.39 Acres

Welcome to pristine West Hill Lake where time stops and relaxation starts. This is a rare and fabulous opportunity to own this year round 4 bedroom, 3 full bath split level home...

4
bed
3
bath
2,608
sqft
100 Cherry Brook Road $790,000

100 Cherry Brook Road

Canton, CT 06019 | Hartford County
$790,000
5 Beds 5/1 Baths 5,103 Sqft 10.94 Acres

Welcome, connoisseurs of fine craftsmanship and chic style, to this extraordinary estate which exudes both elegance and a picturesque New England farm spirit. Totally private and...

5
bed
5/1
bath
5,103
sqft
20 Charter Oak Place $720,000

20 Charter Oak Place

Hartford, CT 06106 | Hartford County
$720,000
8 Beds 6/2 Baths 7,546 Sqft 0.47 Acres

Rare opportunity to own an incredibly special Victorian-Era home richly steeped in Hartford history! The present owners have lovingly restored and renovated this grand Gothic-style,...

8
bed
6/2
bath
7,546
sqft
20 Charter Oak Place $720,000

20 Charter Oak Place

Hartford, CT 06106 | Hartford County
$720,000
8 Beds 6/2 Baths 7,546 Sqft 0.47 Acres

Rare opportunity to own an incredibly special Victorian-Era home richly steeped in Hartford history!The present owners have lovingly restored and renovated this grand Gothic-style,...

8
bed
6/2
bath
7,546
sqft
32 Pheasant Hill Road $662,000

32 Pheasant Hill Road

Canton, CT 06019 | Hartford County
$662,000
4 Beds 4/1 Baths 4,440 Sqft 1.75 Acres

4
bed
4/1
bath
4,440
sqft
265 Lovely Street $585,000

265 Lovely Street

Avon, CT 06001 | Hartford County
$585,000
5 Beds 4/1 Baths 4,299 Sqft 1.58 Acres

5
bed
4/1
bath
4,299
sqft
8 Morgan Road $567,000

8 Morgan Road

Canton, CT 06019 | Hartford County
$567,000
2 Beds 2/1 Baths 2,245 Sqft 2.01 Acres

Introducing a gorgeous secluded retreat 2 hours from NYC. "Morgan castle", built in 1942, is situated on 2 acres of lush landscaped gardens and is accompanied by a three season...

2
bed
2/1
bath
2,245
sqft
54 Queens Peak $529,000

54 Queens Peak

Canton, CT 06019 | Hartford County
$529,000
4 Beds 3/1 Baths 4,429 Sqft 0.75 Acres

4
bed
3/1
bath
4,429
sqft
27 Talcott Notch Road $525,000

27 Talcott Notch Road

Avon, CT 06001 | Hartford County
$525,000
3 Beds 2/1 Baths 2,858 Sqft 2.27 Acres

3
bed
2/1
bath
2,858
sqft
53 Cotswold Way $495,000

53 Cotswold Way

Avon, CT 06001 | Hartford County
$495,000
5 Beds 3/1 Baths 4,354 Sqft 0.93 Acres

5
bed
3/1
bath
4,354
sqft