lantana“You know,” he said with impossible smirk, “that fallen down garage right there is where Wyatt Earp once slept…” I fixed my loosened tie and looked at him in earnest “Really?!” He paused, his wife laughed loudly and she said, “Seth, this should probably be the last thing my husband says that you actually take seriously!”

So started my relationship with the Shaws; a hilarious, well meaning couple in their 60s with the heart and chuckle of someone in their 20s. They were kind and articulate and we were instantly friends. So, when we worked to sell their home in Chollas Creek we knew regardless of what happened, we were going to do it as a team. They were that kind of people.

Robert grew up in this home, and at the time San Diego was a completely different world. Carmel Valley was farmland and Mission Valley was an open quarry. This home, now considered in City Heights, was once a very different neighborhood. He biked the streets all night long and ran through the eucalyptus-laden valleys with his brother.

Robert had 50 years of memories in this home and though the areas have drastically changed around him, he remains nostalgic of every year that got him to where he is today. Robert is one of the best storytellers I’ve met and so I thought it fitting to tell his story, which is really the story of San Diego. Our town.

That said, we CLOSED his family home yesterday and Robert changed that chapter. Now, in north Kensington, Robert and his wife are retired in their Santa Fe style bungalow. It’s the kind of place you want to drink lemonade in and I like to think that’s exactly what they do. Congratulations Robert & Dee Dee! This was a great piece of history to be a part of and I am honored you let me enjoy your story. Enjoy that lemonade, you certainly earned it.

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Seth O’Byrne
Cal BRE #01463479
Pacific Sotheby’s Intl. Realty