Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in town?
I am originally from the Midwest, born in Chicago and raised in Northwest Indiana. I moved to Redondo Beach right after graduating from Arizona State University in 2004 and have been living in the South Bay ever since.
Child and Age?
Kennedy age 5
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
15 years ago I was on Wheel of Fortune and won $4,000!
Favorite local places to eat/shop/play with kids?
We love shopping at Gumtree in Hermosa Beach and Bella Beach Kids in Manhattan Beach, hanging out at the Point in El Segundo, playing at South Park in Hermosa Beach, dinner at the Bottle Inn in the Riviera Village, relaxing at Terranea Resort especially during the summer
concerts at Nelson’s, visiting the local farmers markets, and of course playing at the beach.
Biggest challenge/reward in parenting life so far?
A big challenge is balancing work, being a good mom & wife, and still finding time to be social and connect with friends. I hardly ever say no but sometimes it’s best to slow down and appreciate the life you work hard for your family. It’s so rewarding to share adventures with friends and our families together, it’s an amazing South Bay village!
Tell us more about life as a realtor in the South Bay! You have a soft spot for finding homes specifically for families – what do you love about working with them?
My career in real estate is extremely rewarding and I am very passionate about my clients, my community, and my industry. I really enjoy working with young families and couples as I have been in their shoes before buying & selling homes so I’m very relatable to their needs and wants in a home. Being a long time resident and a busy mom makes me a better adviser to my clients especially when it comes to the different neighborhoods, types of homes, schools, parks, etc. They really see the value that I bring to them when buying and selling homes. I always tell my clients that I would only sell them a home if I could see my own family in it as well. I want my clients to love where they live just like I do!
You’ve been in the South Bay as a single adult, a married woman, and now as a Mom?
What do you think brings people to the South Bay, and what keeps them here?
Once you move to the South Bay, you will never leave, it hooks you in! The South Bay is a special community that is extremely welcoming, supportive, encouraging, and a fun and active environment to move to in my 20’s, start a business, sell real estate and now raise my family. It has truly been a great place to live, work, and play over the years and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else but this beautiful beach community!
How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
In 2008, my mother and I opened Paciugo Gelato Café in Hermosa Beach and we were instantly embraced by the local community from the various volunteer organizations, schools, the fellow business community and the residents who were loyal customers and became good friends over the years. I even met my husband Graham at Paciugo as he was originally a customer. I obtained my real estate license in 2009 and a lot of our former customers became real estate clients and continue to refer business to me over the years.
One piece of advice you’d give to all moms?
You CAN do it all! Don’t forget to make time for yourself and your own self-care and personal growth. I love to go to gym, play tennis, go for a run on the strand, travel, dinner with girlfriends and fellow moms, volunteer within my realtor community and my daughter’s school, and much needed date nights with my hubby. Find what is important to you and make time for it and you’ll find yourself being a better mom, wife, and a friend.