Kent became a licensed real estate agent and bought his first fixer-upper in 1976. Although set to become a university English professor, the thrill of transforming an old neglected house into something beautiful captured his imagination. He followed his dream and plunged into real estate full time. He headed south to San Diego where he bought and renovated homes in Point Loma, Mission Hills, and La Jolla, then later Los Angeles. By 1991, after successfully completing over a dozen projects, a friend talked him into catching the new coffee wave so he sold his latest remodel, returning to his native Bay Area. He lucked upon an old masonry building in Larkspur, just north of San Francisco, and once renovated, opened the Java Cafe in 1992. An overnight success,"it was like hosting an endless party," Kent said. After six exciting but hectic years, 49ers head coach George Seifert appeared with an offer and Kent accepted. A return to real estate in San Diego looked very appealing. Settling near Balboa Park, Kent found an old Craftsman to restore, then got to work helping others with their real estate needs. He enthusiastically represents homebuyers and sellers in the "character neighborhoods" surrounding the Park -- Hillcrest, North Park, Mission Hills, South Park, and Golden Hill. He also operates several popular vacation rentals. Kent’s real estate roots and decades of experience have enriched his perspective, and he shares this knowledge openly with his clients, wanting them to make the best real estate decisions possible.
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