The Bruske Team
We specialize in luxury homes in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley, which requires a particular understanding of the high-end market in Arizona. Our commitment to our clients and community is unparalleled. When you become our client, you become our friend, and with that comes all of the respect and care we would reserve for a friend, as well as our determination and drive to help you find the perfect home to call your own. We understand there are thousands of real estate agents in Arizona to choose from. That’s why we’ve worked so hard to become your best option when you’re looking to buy or sell a luxury home.
Meet Jim Bruske
After graduating from Loyola Marymount University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, I was drafted by the San Diego Padres and enjoyed a 15-year career, playing for the Padres, the Dodgers, and was fortunate enough to pitch for the Yankees during the 1998 World Series. In 2000, I hung up my cleats and moved to Paradise Valley with my wife and our children. As I started considering my next big career move, I realized I was destined to work in the real estate industry. I was inspired by mother’s 35-year career in real estate and decided to make my mark as a top producing agent in Arizona.
For nearly 20 years, I have guided hundreds of clients through the home buying and selling process. I love building relationships with my clients, the art of negotiating the sale, and the joy and gratitude my clients have once we’ve closed the deal. Nothing makes me feel more accomplished than finding a home for a client that not only meets all of their requirements, but also fits well within their budget. Being able to continuously help my clients over the years and see their families grow has been one of the greatest markers of my success.
As an avid sports enthusiast, I remain active in the Arizona Major League Alumni community and often volunteer as a coach. True to baseball my roots, I spent many years coaching little league teams, coached for the Brophy College Preparatory team, and continue to run baseball-training clinics for children. Sitting on the golf committee for Arizona Country Club, and having a spot as a lifetime member and past executive councilman for the Executive Council Charities, keeps me grounded and connected to my community.
Meet Gretchen Baumgardner
As an Arizona native, I intimately understand why so many people want to live here. Gorgeous weather, wonderful people, and an incredible dining and entertainment scene are just a few of the reasons. After splitting my undergrad studies between the University of Arizona and Arizona State University, my passion for art led me to earn my Masters in Art History at the University of Washington. After graduating, I worked in San Francisco as a Corporate/Private Art Consultant for several years. My fine art career in California was a wonderful and enjoyable experience, but eventually, my love for the desert drew me back home.
Once I returned to Arizona, I decided to pursue a career in new home sales. This experience helped me establish a deeper understanding of the home building process, architecture and design – something I often draw upon today as I guide clients through their home search and purchase. After a few years, I went on to achieve my goal of earning my Broker’s License and went on to open my own real estate brokerage. Now a partner on the Bruske Team, I use my 16+ years of experience to bring a depth of local market knowledge to each and every client. Being a native has helped me gain an insider’s perspective on Arizona real estate, and this knowledge has become one of my strongest qualities as a Realtor.
Throughout my career, my family has played an important role in shaping my character and career success. Our close bond and support for one another was strengthened when my young daughter was diagnosed with cancer at the age of three. Thankfully, after we overcame many trials, she went on to beat it. Enduring this incredible challenge taught me so much about strength, compassion, and kindness – life lessons and qualities that I now work hard to apply in all areas of my life. This experience led me to become involved with Phoenix Children’s Hospital Family Advisory Council and the Children’s Cancer Network. These programs work to promote awareness and fundraising for pediatric cancer. These days you can find us happy and healthy living in Arcadia with our dog Otis.