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What did you most love about the house?
Its simplicity. Architecturally, even though it was just a simple wood-framed Dade county pine house, the space and the light were great. I loved that it was on a little over an acre of land, with all these majestic trees surrounding it. Also, it was completely wrapped in screen porches. Even now, weve kept those porches because we love them so much.
Did you ever consider selling it and upgrading?
Four or five years ago, we went out and looked at other homes and thought we might buy. But I thought to myself, if I could build a house from scratch, I would build it just like this one. So we decided to stay.
It looks like a great house for entertaining.
Yes, and we entertain all the time. I cook a lot. My husband usually comes home and asks, how many people are coming for dinner? And Ill say, a few. And hell say, does that mean three or thirty?
Its also pretty unpretentious, considering it belongs to one of Miamis most successful luxury real estate agents.
Its not in your face. Ive always lived my life thinking you dont need to be the flashiest person around. Plus, I just want everybody to be comfortable in my home.
Whats your favorite spot in the house?
I love the family room. We use it the most. Also, the small room off of our bedroom. Its a little sitting area where I read.
You mentioned being an avid cook? Whats your favorite meal to make?
Anything Italian. Im not Italian, but I love Italian food. I make an all-day meat sauce thats great. With the veal and pork and rib roast. Its a whole project.
How did you learn to make it?
Truth? In college I dated an Italian guy and I guess his mother thought I was going to marry him, so she insisted I learn to make the meat sauce. Ultimately, I got rid of the boyfriend and kept the recipe. I kept the better half.
When you were growing up in Detroit, what did you want be?
I thought I wanted to be a Montessori teacher and I was planning to go to graduate school. Then, before school was supposed to start, I flew to meet my parents, who were vacationing in Puerto Rico. On the plane, I happened to sit next to a man who was a captain for Delta Airlines. And he said, Deltas hiring. You should apply. I thought it sounded really interesting, so I did. And I became a flight attendant for Delta in 1975. My dad was not happy about it at all, but what an experience flying was back then. We served meals on china. People dressed up.
What was your first real estate job?
It was 20 years ago and I worked with an agent named Audrey Ross. I had been very involved in the community, sat on a lot of boards, chaired a lot of galas, so I knew a lot of people. I was constantly referring people to other people, and someone finally said I should go into real estate with all these relationships. Id never thought of it, but I tried it.
What was your first big sale?
Thats an interesting question because probably one of my largest sales began as one of my smallest ones. It was a client who, at the time, was buying something very small. I had no real knowledge of who they were. The client turned out, 20 years later, to be one of my best clients because of the multiple properties theyve bought and sold and the people theyve referred to us through the years.