About Us

Gary Tompkins

Gary Tompkins has been an Idyllwild resident Realtor specializing in resort properties for over 25 years, and he represents buyers and sellers throughout all of Southern California. He has extensive experience in locating, analyzing, and disbursing quality properties of all types.

Gary and his wife Patty were the creators of a very popular Idyllwild Country Inn known as The Cedar Street Inn for over 18 years. Gary’s Regional office on El Paseo in Palm Desert, and Encinitas in San Diego North County, where Gary and his team handles resort properties in each area.

Gary shares his love of resort properties by carefully matching clients and friends with “just the right” properties for both their enjoyment and investment needs.  A long standing member of both the Idyllwild Board of Realtors, the Desert Area Association, and the San Diego Association, Gary divides his time between all areas.

For a free consultation, call Gary Tompkins at (951) 306-5677 or CLICK HERE to send Gary an email.


Our experience with Gary Tompkins was far and away the best and most satisfying in more than 20 years of buying and selling property.  Gary's workwas an extraordinary example of an incredibly dedicated professional going far behond the call of duty.  My family and I are delighted with the purchase of our new home, but closing the deal would have been impossible without Gary's knowledge, counsel and support, and his follow-on client service was indeed exceptional.

Purchasing a home can place enormous stress and strain on a family, but imagine this stress exacerbated by the frustration of distance (with buyers in Denmark and seller in Idaho). Gary's calm good humor, his courteous and kind demeanor, and his focus and professionalism helped us to navigate a complicated transaction indebted to him.  I solute the exceptional performance of this talented and dedicated professional, and I have no hesitation in offering references and referrals.

Terence P. McCulley
Deputy Chief of Mission Embassy of the U.S.A
Copenhagen, Denmark

Gary does what we expect most competent agents to do, and he does it well. What differentiates Gary is learning how much he cares about doing what we need done. His efforts helped me set realistic expectations on the price I might expect from a sale. He laid out a clear strategy to market my property and to identify the niche of prospects that might be most qualified to buy. He drew together contractors who could make upgrades to meet building code changes.

Is Gary the ideal agent for you? I doubt anyone can answer that any better than you, so I got to know Gary as a person, understand his experience and learn of his strategies for marketing my property. Gary's values gave me the confidence to trust in decisions I needed to make along the way. Gary's skills brought the dollar outcome I sought at a price I found reasonable. I recommend him highly.

Richard L. Carlson Palo Alto, California

Gary Tompkins has been instrumental in holding on to this opportunity that was, from the start, not an easy project.  For the duration of the listing and over many detailed obstacles, Gary had the skills of a true Real Estate professional that knew well how to gide the process.  He demonstrated to us and probably also to his colleagues that persistence is one of the ingredients for winning the sales agenda.  We thank Gary for his uncanny ability to "feed the wolf and save the sheep"... Needless to say, Gary has lightened our load in using skills by which we did not have to drive back and forth between Newport Beach and Idyllwild. It was also visible to us that Gary worked very well with the buyer's agency and agent.  He did an excellent job and we are grateful to him and Coldwell Banker.

Richard and Arlene Finn
Newport Beach, CA

Gary Gardener

Gary Gardener became licensed in real estate in 1980, and has had a successful carreer in selling both residential and commercial properties.  He became a Broker in 1992 and has been actively involved in sales and property management ever since.  Gary is a marketing expert, and especially enjoys working with seller to help them get the best price and terms and the quickest sale possible with the least amount of inconvenience. 

Gary Gardener and Gary Tompkins have found a win win partnership - that benefits you as their clients.  They share the values of hard work and honest friendly service, and would love to help you with your next real estate transaction.

Gary and his wife Arlene have lived in Idyllwild for several years, and absolutely love the area.  If you would like to visit with Gary Gardener about your real estate needs, please call him at (909) 754-6490 or CLICK HERE to send Gary an email.

Coldwell Banker

It's not by chance - but rather by choice - that the Gardener/Tompkins Team has chosen to affiliate with Coldwell Banker.  They have regional Coldwell Banker office centers in Palm Desert, Idyllwild, and North San Diego County.  When you buy or sell with Gary & Gary, you also get the peace of mind of knowing you are backed by one of the largest and most successful real estate franchises in the world. 

Coldwell Banker is a national company with a proven track record of success.  If you are selling, you will find their nationwide network of agents, national marketing, Internet syndication, and good name go a long way in attracting more buyers - which means a higher price and faster sell for you.  If you are buying, you will benefit from working with the best trained agents, information, and in-house systems to make sure every step of your transaction goes smoothly with no unpleasant surprises.

Together: Gary Gardener, Gary Tompkins, and the Coldwell Banker Team of agents & offices are ready to help you with your next real estate transaction anywhere in Palm Desert (including Palm Springs, Cathedral City, and Rancho Mirage) or "up on the hill" in Idyllwild, Mountain Center, Pine Cove, and Fern Valley.