I first visited Lake Tahoe when I was in middle school, attending summer camp at the Presbyterian Conference Grounds in South Lake Tahoe. That was the beginning of my love of the Sierra—the mountains, lakes, streams, wildflowers, and seasons.
When I married David Brown in 1972, I moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Sierra, and I’ve lived at Northstar permanently since 1973! David was one of the first 5 real estate professionals hired by Fibreboard, the company that was the original developer of Northstar, so I’ve watched Northstar grow from a small, family-centered ski area into the world class resort and real estate development it is today.
Over the years, while David was selling real estate at Northstar, I was teaching high school English at Truckee High School. I was also the Activities Director and Yearbook Advisor for many years, and I loved working with the kids! I still run into former students all over town; some are local architects, realtors, sheriffs, business owners, and teachers!
Following my teaching career, I had the privilege of being a Founder and Past Chairman of the Excellence in Education Foundation. Begun in 1986, the foundation is a renewable resource that provides educational grants and programs, specifically benefitting students in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. One day, one of our board members was contacted by Bill Hewlett’s lawyer (yes, founder of Hewlett-Packard!) saying Mr. Hewlett wanted to make a $1 million donation to our region to start a community foundation. Along with a handful of others, I was in the right place at the right time when his gift arrived, and I became a Founder and later Board Chairman as the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation emerged. Now the foundation is the leader in local philanthropy. Today I continue in an advisory role for both foundations.
My roots are deep in the Northstar/Truckee area, as I’ve lived here now for over 40 years. A dozen years ago I became a licensed Realtor. I was active for a number of years, took some time off, and now have re-entered the market in 2016. I am honored to be a part of the Carr Long Real Estate team. Not only are Don and Tori extremely knowledgeable, honest, and dedicated Brokers, they are also caring community citizens who volunteer in local non-profit and educational work. Because of their attention to detail and clients’ needs, they are one of the few offices that assists sellers with staging support which helps sellers realize the maximum value for their properties and provides buyers with beautiful turnkey homes! I love our community and working with people and, through my association with Carr Long Real Estate, I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your real estate goals!