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Samir Thadani & Anshu Mohllajee

Millbrae, Highlands | client since 2014

Cardiologist at Kaiser Permanente | Research Scientist at California Department of Public Health

Where did you grow up and how did you decide to stay here?

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We both grew up in the Bay Area - Walnut Creek (Samir) and Portola Valley (Anshu). Each of us spent over a decade in the East Coast for school and work. We both lived in a lot of different cities but the natural beauty, progressive culture, and the presence of our family made the Bay Area the place we wanted to live in. After spending over 4 years in San Francisco, we decided we needed more space for our growing family and wanted to end up in a centrally located place with easy access to the city, good schools and "walkability", just like the cities we had lived in. Millbrae certainly met all our criteria.

What do you love most about your neighborhood?

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We love how everything is so accessible. We can walk to the park, library, grocery stores and restaurants.

What was your journey like buying a home?

Both

It was quite a roller coaster. We had a pretty short time frame and inventory was quite a low, but we were able to find a house that really fit our needs. Although we learned that there is no "perfect house", when we walk around our house we feel a sense of calm and ease and it is definitely our home.


What surprised you the most about the home buying process?

Both

Raziel has you fill a questionnaire to rate the different attributes you want in a house and in a neighborhood before he takes you on his grand tour of the different neighborhoods. When we were done with the whole buying process I found that questionnaire. We couldn't believe everything that was really important to us at the beginning of the home buying process we found at the end.



My experience working with Raziel was_____________?

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Awesome! Raziel is an incredibly optimistic and happy person. He is passionate about what he does and is meticulous about every step of the process. He listens well and wants the home buying process to be as smooth as possible.

What is your proudest accomplishment

Samir Thadani

Having a positive impact on some of my patient’s lives.

Anshu Mohllajee

Running a marathon.

What was your childhood ambition?

Samir Thadani

To be an electrical engineer.

Anshu Mohllajee

To be a teacher.

What is your favorite hidden gem?

Samir Thadani

O'Sole Mio Restaurant. Perhaps it’s not so hidden, but it’s one of our favorite places for pizza. Plus, it used to be located in the Marina in San Francisco, which was our old neighborhood.


Anshu Mohllajee

Lion Bill Mitchell Park. It’s feels a bit off the beaten path and has great new play structures.

What has been your biggest challenge?

Samir Thadani

Finding the time to do everything I want to/need to do.

Anshu Mohllajee

Managing the challenges of being a parent.

What was your first job?

Samir Thadani

Intern at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.



Anshu Mohllajee

Library Assistant in the Woodside Library.

What is your greatest inspiration?

Samir Thadani

My daughter.

Anshu Mohllajee

Nature and my friends.

What is your favorite movie?

Samir Thadani

Star Wars.

Anshu Mohllajee

Shawshank Redemption.

What is your favorite room in the house?

Both

Our daughter's play area - it is in the alcove right near the dining area. We can watch her play and still be in the kitchen. There is also access to the deck so when the weather is good her toys and stuff can spill out on the deck. The play area also showcases Samir's Star Wars action figures on one side and Anamika's art on the other!


What is at the top of your bucket list?

Samir Thadani

To visit all 50 states.

Anshu Mohllajee

To climb Mt. Killmanjaro.

What organization do you love?

Both

The Salvation Army. Every Christmas, we work with the Salvation Army to deliver meals to those who need them.

What is the best advice you've ever received?

Samir Thadani

"Be in the moment". Advice learned from mindfulness-based meditation.


Anshu Mohllajee

"Notice and let be". I learned this during my first meditation class while studying abroad in Nepal.