Where did you grow up and how did you decide to stay here?
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
What do you love most about your neighborhood?
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?
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?
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_____________?
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
Having a positive impact on some of my patient’s lives.
Running a marathon.
What was your childhood ambition?
To be an electrical engineer.
To be a teacher.
What is your favorite hidden gem?
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.
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?
Finding the time to do
everything I want to/need to do.
Managing the challenges of being a parent.
What was your first job?
Intern at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Library Assistant in the Woodside Library.
What is your greatest inspiration?
Nature and my friends.
What is your favorite movie?
What is your favorite room in the house?
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?
To visit all 50 states.
To climb Mt. Killmanjaro.
What organization do you love?
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?
"Be in the moment". Advice learned from mindfulness-based meditation.
"Notice and let be". I learned this during my first meditation class while studying abroad in Nepal.