The next time you pop into Cardiff Seaside Market, cast an eye into the south corner window at Pacific Coast Homes. If Kurt Hubert isn’t out in the field, he is there at his computer with a smile and a wave.
Kurt grew up outside of Detroit and attended University of Michigan and graduated from University of Colorado in 1974 with his degree in real estate and finance. With his broker’s license secured, he bought, sold and developed real estate in Boulder until he moved to San Diego in 1989. Because the real estate market was similar to what we are experiencing today, he developed a fundraising program to raise money for high school athletic programs incorporating community service and helped more than 30 area schools raise more than $2,000. In 1999, he opened PCH, which specializes in residential and commercial coastal properties as well as property management, in Cardiff Town Center.
Another smiling face at PCH is Seth Chalnick. Seth joined as a broker associate with a strong financial background and helps with mortgages in the office. His wife, Jessica, is acupuncturist and they have a 6-month-old daughter Jaiden.
Kurt lives just up the hill from his office with Bo, his 11-year-old golden retriever who is well-known and loved in the neighborhood. Bo is a registered therapy dog and has a career working in local hospitals and convalescent homes visiting patients. Bo will be glad to greet you if it is a day he is on duty at the office.
Always ready to support the community, Kurt has a rack of brochures of spots of interest for visitors, has been a life member of the Friends of the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library for many years and makes regular donations of books to the Friends Book Nook.
Several years ago Kurt spearheaded a drive to make Del Mar a leash-free Dog Beach year-round.
The PCH office was previously occupied by a camera shop and Yott Realty before Kurt came 10 years ago.
Historical note: When Kurt’s father was 6 months old, he was on the Carpathia, the ship that rescued the survivors from the Titanic and Kurt’s grandmother used his diapers for the surviving babies.
Kurt enjoys the small town atmosphere, which he likens to Aspen in the 1970s before Hollywood found it. He says; “You get a chance to meet your neighbors and if you have a dog, you’ll meet just about everyone. I hope we can keep our small town charm, which is another reason to preserve the Hall property as an old fashion park with grass, trees and a place for families to relax and enjoy peace and quiet.”
Besides preserving the Hall property as a family park, Kurt hopes to the city will look into a “Quiet Zone” designation for the railroad crossing.
On a positive note for real estate, Kurt said that San Diego was the first community to enter the current housing decline and similar to 1990 it looks as it will be the first community to come back.
Drop by during July, to say “Happy 10th Birthday” to the PCH staff and know that Kurt, Bo and Seth add to the many reasons that Cardiff-by-the-Sea is such a great, friendly place to call home.
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