I can assure clients that they will be extremely satisfied with my focus and professionalism throughout the entire process of buying or selling a property. I excel in communicating thoroughly with my clients and those involved in the process. I am an organized hard worker and I love finding the right property for my clients, as well as successfully selling my client’s properties. Smooth transactions are what I strive to achieve with each client and each agent. I have consistently been one of the top producers in both Sonoma and Napa Valley. In 2016 I was awarded the International President’s Elite Award for Coldwell Banker elite award which goes to the top 2% of all agents internationally. I have received my GRI (Graduate Realtors Institute) and I am a member of both Napa and Sonoma’s Realtor Associations and a member of the Women’s Council of Realtors.
KC’s Background and Education:
I grew up in Lake Forest, Illinois and attended public grammar schools and then graduated from a private high school, the Sacred Heart School in Lake Forest, Woodlands Academy. For college, I went to St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY and graduated with a degree in English literature with an Elementary school Teaching Certificate. After college graduation, I moved to San Francisco and was hired to be a 6th, 7th and 8th grade teacher at St. Matthews Catholic School in San Mateo. I lived in San Francisco and also went to University of San Francisco for a Master’s degree in teaching secondary Science. After receiving my Masters, I began teaching at Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco. I loved teaching at the all-girls high school and I also coached soccer and was Director of the Community Service program. Then, I met my husband Tom Garrett, who was working at the Wine Spectator as a writer and tasting coordinator in SF. After 5 years of teaching, I left teaching and started selling Education software for the Learning Company, Broderbund, & Mattel for about 5 years. It was an incredible change and I really enjoyed it, until the educational software industry plummeted, consolidated and moved almost entirely over to the Web.
And that was when I decided to get my CA Real Estate License and become a real estate agent. Tom & I were living up off Calistoga Road in the outskirts of Santa Rosa and I interviewed and instantly bonded with Brian Connell and Laurie Hill at Frank Howard Allen Realtors and that is where it all started. It has been over 12 years and I am thrilled that I made the decision to become a real estate agent. This is a life-long career for me and I love working every day! Tom & I live in St. Helena and we have been here since 2005. Tom’s family has a fantastic vineyard called Detert Family Vineyards and a house in Oakville where we love spending time. Tom is the winemaker and co-owner of the Detert Family Vineyards wine brand. They make an incredible Cabernet Franc and great Cabernet too. Tom is also a partner and winemaker for Dakota Shy wines which is an exciting new project in Napa Valley. Tom is a great resource, if I have a buyer looking to buy vineyards or wineries.
Interests and Hobbies:
My parent’s also have a home in Park City, Utah and St. Barths in the Caribbean and we all love to ski, hike, bike, snorkel, play tennis, travel, barbeque, cook, eat, drink good wine and have fun. Tom and I have 3 boys who attend the St. Helena Montessori School and St. Paulina Highschool. they are very active in sports, camping and the outdoors. We all work hard so that we can play hard. I think it is important to have a balance in your life to consistently work hard, but carve out time to play and have fun. I pride myself in being able to juggle a lot because I am very organized and stay up late in order to get everything done. I like to say YES and have a very positive attitude. I am also a member of the Junior League of Napa Sonoma, now as a sustainer, but I still love to support JLNS and other projects like Children’s Museum of Sonoma County and the Sonoma County Medical Alliance Association that help support Foster Children.
I am an active member of the St. Helena Catholic Church. I am serving on the Parent’s Guild as a Room Parent for St. Helena Montessori School. I am a board member for the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce and a member of the St. Helena Jr. Women’s Club. We are members of Meadowood Club which is a relaxing and beautiful place to unwind and play with our boys and visit with friends at the end of the day and on weekends. We live in a dynamic and beautiful place surrounded by amazing people. And I hope that I can help my clients and friends buy and sell properties as needed with my professional background and experience.