What do you love the most about your neighborhood?
Hands down that we can walk to downtown and 3 playgrounds! Moving from the city, we were used to not having to get in the car much, and we love being able to run errands on foot and walk to restaurants for an early dinner.
Love walking to downtown with our 2-yr old, being close to Pershing and Washington Park, and having so many friendly neighbors with young kids.
What was your journey like buying a home?
It was a pretty long and stressful process. We had a fairly specific vision for what we wanted and had to wait a long time for the right opportunities to pop up. When they did, Raziel was instrumental in helping us win in such a competitive environment.
We were really nostalgic about leaving our condo San Francisco, and so we were looking casually for awhile, watching the market, unsure if we were ready to jump in. Once we were expecting our second child, the timeline sped up quickly, and Raziel was right there ready to help us move forward!
What surprised you the most about the home buying process?
The speed at which you have to make massive decisions as a family. Trying to temper emotion and make a smart financial choice was extremely difficult.
You’re going to spend more then you think! And it will be worth it.
My experience working with Raziel was ________.
His connections with other real estate agents, extensive knowledge of the Burlingame market and enthusiasm for what he does were really helpful throughout the whole process.
It’s obvious that he cares about providing great service and his tenacity helped us get the house we wanted even though we weren’t necessarily the best offer.
Where did you grow up? How did you decide to stay here?
I grew up in Los Angeles and followed my girlfriend at the time up to San Francisco. Later, we got married, started a family, and moved to Burlingame.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Becoming a father. low-barrier as accomplishments go, but I can’t say anything else comes close.
Passing my licensing exams and getting my doctorate while pregnant!
What was your childhood ambition?
Probably to either to make it to the Olympics or to be a lifeguard.
I wanted to be a pro baseball player like everybody else. Baseball didn’t feel the same way about me.
What’s your favorite hidden gem?
Not sure I found one in Burlingame yet, but I just sent a buddy to Fiji Market & Curry Shop in Kahuku (North Shore of Oahu). Still dream about the curry shrimp.
The acai bowls at Bare. They are delicious, and they make a tiny size that is perfect for our 2 year old so I don’t have to share mine.
What’s been your biggest challenge?
Figuring out how to shower and look presentable on days I have no childcare
It’s probably a cliché, but balancing career and family is really hard. I always want more time with my son.
What was your first job?
Valet at Gladstones Malibu, a tourist trap on the beach right at PCH and Sunset close to where I grew up. Sorry for all the dings.
Where I met Kevin! We were both straight out of college, and landed at an advertising agency for our first jobs. Neither of us stuck with that career path, but it brought us together.
What’s your greatest Inspiration?
My grandmother. When I’m in a difficult spot, I think about what she would do.
What’s your favorite movie?
Impossible question, but I’ve probably watched the Godfather more than any other movie.
Probably something cheesy and nostalgic, like Dazed and Confused, that I can watch a million times and still love.
What’s on the top of your bucket list item?
Taking the family to Cape Town where I studied abroad in college.
Lot’s of travel, but right now, I’d say Japan or Vietnam.
What organizations do you love?
Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation, SF Jazz, SF MOMA, Glide
Autism Speaks and Habitat for Humanity