- 269-857-1705 ext 1403
- 2987 Blue Star Highway PO Box 2717
Douglas, MI 49406
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“I believe a home isn’t four walls; it’s a place where you get the strength to go on.”
- HENRY FORD
I recently joined the Coldwell Banker Woodland Schmidt Family with a master’s degree in Historic Preservation and more than ten years of event and customer service experience at the University of Michigan Medical School and The Historic Ford Estates. Like Henry Ford I believe in the importance of HOME, and at Coldwell Banker “We believe in HOME, and all the magical things that come with it…” With this philosophy and my past experience, let’s work together to successfully find your way to a home that speaks to you. A home that gives you strength, and where you can begin making history and memories of your own.
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
- HENRY FORD
Finding our way to HOME:
Although I am now working in the real estate profession, this is a recent venture. Just over a year ago, my husband Jim and I took what we called our “Leap of Faith”. Having recently lost elderly parents we looked at each other and decided that life was too short, “let’s have some fun”. Wanting to live near the water, and wanting to stay in the state, we headed towards Lake Michigan. Not having spent much time in the area, we looked at houses from Grand Haven to Saugatuck. With a great Coldwell Banker agent at our side, we found the perfect house in Douglas. We packed the truck and headed west – West Michigan that is. Not knowing anyone, we spent last year meeting people and learning our new communities. The Saugatuck/Douglas area is a perfect fit. Oval and Douglas Beach, Ox-Bow, shopping, restaurants, wineries, the Fourth of July Parade and the fabulous Halloween Parade have all confirmed that we have found HOME!!! We could not be happier.
Where did we come from?
Prior to our move to Douglas, Jim and I lived in Northville, Michigan, and worked in Ann Arbor. To make our move, Jim retired after 30 years as a UPS driver. He now wakes up and drives a mile or so to the Saugatuck Brewery to work - home brewing having been a passion of his for years.
I left a job working as a Development Associate for the Historic Ford Estates. More specifically, we were working to raise funds to restore, reimagine and reopen the Henry Ford Estate in Dearborn, MI. Prior to this position, I worked for almost 10 years at the University of Michigan Medical School as their event coordinator. In this position I managed activities for week long orientations, coordinated Match Day luncheons for 500, and planned formal graduation ceremonies for our graduates. In 2013 I was honored with the Support Staff of the Year Award given annually by the Medical School Dean’s Office to a staff member who demonstrates excellence in their work, contributes to a positive work environment, and is mindful of his/her service to the mission of the Medical School. Nominees are to be strong team contributors, who uphold the values of respect, compassion, trust, integrity and efficiency. It was an honor to receive this recognition and I feel the values taken from those years at the Medical School can only be a positive as I learn the profession of Real Estate in order to successfully help others find the way to their perfect HOME!
My husband Jim and I met later in life and have been married for 5 years. I have three grown children from my previous marriage and Jim has one. Although not often enough, I love when we all get together. It is usually game night and a time just to laugh. When Jim and I are alone, we have two Corgis to take care of along with two very old cats. Although we complain about the endless amount of dog hair and cat paw prints everywhere, I think it is the four legged creatures that help make a house a HOME!
Education and Professional Interests: Why Houses?
For my college years I attended the University of Massachusetts where I graduated with a major in art and a teaching degree. I taught art for several years to grades 1-5 in Forest Hills, Michigan. While working at the Medical school I completed a master’s degree in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University. I realized that I had an interest in Historic Preservation in the early 1990s when I moved back to Hingham, Massachusetts, the old New England town where I grew up, and went to work for an architectural firm whose practice revolved around the restoration and renovation of the town’s old homes. I had grown up in one of these older colonial homes. Built by a sea captain in 1792, the house had lots of stories to tell, including the required ghost tale; of which my mother was sure she confirmed with her first “sighting” of the so called ghost. Through the years the house had acquired a rich history, including the story that tea from the Boston Tea Party had been spilled in the attic. An old spy glass and knife, possibly belonging to that first sea captain, held a place of honor in the front hallway overlooking Hingham Harbor. Home at one time to children’s book author Elizabeth Coatsworth and her husband, writer Henry Beston, stories of Shipcote (as the house was called) took up several chapters in Ms. Coatsworth’s book, South Shore Town. For me this was home, although it took until I went to work for Weston Hewitson Architects that I truly realized the treasure I had grown up in. While I am still sorting out how I will use my Historic Preservation degree moving forward, I know I will use my love of houses and the sense of home I grew up with to help those clients I am working with find a house that they will love and a house that they can call HOME.
Running has been an interest of mine for years. I was fortunate to have lived in Boston, MA as the running boom took off in the 1970s and 80s. The Boston running community was a big part of my life and I found myself running 5K and 10K road races as well as marathons. Now that I am older, I still cannot imagine my life without exercise. I still aim to get out and run as many days as I can, but now I call it a slog, or a slow jog! Whatever it is, it still feels good to get out and move.
Although I did not inherit my mom’s green thumb, I did inherit her love of cooking. I enjoy being in the kitchen with a glass of wine, family around, and making dinner. Fortunately my husband loves to be outdoors working and has the green thumb thing covered for both of us.
Finally, anything to do with houses is my passion. From thumbing through home magazines to rummaging through antiques stores to decorating in our house, I could not be more content then at those times. This is why I feel Real Estate fits right into my lifestyle. Just one more connection to finding my way and helping others find their way to the joy that makes a house a HOME!