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Business Philosophy

Steven was persistent, thorough, polite and professional throughout the process… He provided wise counsel and direction when needed. I recommend him without reservation…

-Joe Z.

To provide the best level of service to our clients by being responsive, proactive, and maintaining the most thorough and up-to-date commercial real estate market data on the Central Coast of California.

To serve our clients with respect, integrity, and conduct ourselves in a manner honoring to God. Our work will be held to the highest ethical standards of honesty and fairness in all transactions with all parties involved.

To work hard and play hard. While hard work and dedication to our profession is admirable, we promote a balanced approach to life between our work, our families, our well being.

Steven Battaglia, Broker/Owner


Steve has over 24 years in commercial real estate experience and focuses his practice on multi-family investment properties on the Central Coast as well as general commercial real estate in the Santa Ynez Valley. In his career, he has been involved in over $310 million in multifamily sales (over 2,100 units sold), over $130 million in commercial property sales and leasing. He is licensed in both California and Florida. Since 2013, Steve has been recognized every year as “Who’s Who in Commercial Real Estate” by the Pacific Coast Business Times.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from University of California at Davis 1988. Prior to working in commercial real estate, he worked in the International Theme Park industry, providing project and design management where he utilized his engineering and design background.

Steve lives with his wife of 26 years in Santa Ynez, CA, and they have two adult children. He is active in his local church and is an avid volleyball player.


Santa Barbara Rental Property Association, Board Member
California Rental Housing Association, Board Member
San Luis Obispo Property & Business Owners’ Association, Member
Santa Ynez Valley Christian Academy, Finance Committee
Vikings of Solvang, Member
California BRE License #01318215

Lena Berch, Leasing Manager

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Lena Berch joined Battaglia Commercial Real Estate in 2018 to specialize in commercial leasing on the Central Coast, with a focus on commercial properties in the Santa Ynez Valley. Since starting at BCRE, Lena has been involved in commercial leasing and sales transactions valued at over $15 Million.

In 1984, Lena began her real estate career in Lompoc, CA with ERA Hunter Realty selling residential homes. Since then, she has worked in all aspects of property management, owned and operated her own business for 4 years, and worked as an advertising representative for The Valley Journal. Lena feels that her background and variety of work experience has prepared her well to be able to understand a business owner’s needs and help them find the most suitable space to start or expand their business.

Lena graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Accounting.

Lena was born in Denmark, immigrated with her family to the United States when she was 4, and eventually settled in the quaint Danish town of Solvang. Because a healthy lifestyle is important to her, she’s an independent consultant for Arbonne International and teaches group exercise at the YMCA.

Her knowledge of the Santa Ynez Valley’s geography and people can assist you with all of your commercial real estate endeavors.

California DRE License #00864783

Cristina Berch, Executive Assistant

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California DRE License #02193142

Gretchen Battaglia, Transaction Coordinator & Marketing Director

Gretchen Battaglia

Gretchen has been an integral part of Battaglia Commercial Real Estate since its inception in 2011, managing both back office support as well as marketing for the company. Her primary focus is to manage and help process the deal flow from the initial listing contract, to marketing, to escrow transaction coordination, to closing out the final sale.

As transaction coordinator, Gretchen works with all parties of the sale transaction, including buyers, sellers, co-op agents, title companies, lenders, and vendors. She manages the paperwork and deadlines involved in each transaction, reviewing all closing documents to ensure compliance with company policy.

Gretchen also leads the company’s efforts in marketing. She directs branding, digital and print advertising, and website development for the company.

Prior to working in commercial real estate, Gretchen was a stay-at-home mom who was active in the community and her children’s schools. And prior to becoming a mom, Gretchen was a systems engineer at Lockheed Martin in Orlando, Florida, where she worked in the Advanced Technologies department. In her free time, Gretchen can be found playing the piano, taking in a good book or podcast, or working on home improvement projects with her husband, Steve.

Gretchen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Central Florida.