Married to: Bill Burgin, architect
Children: Daughter, Desdemona Burgin, photographer.
Hometown: Scarsdale, New York, an idyllic suburb 30 minutes north of New York City
Jamestown Resident: Bill and I have lived in Jamestown since 1974, after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Why I do what I do: Helping people find the right house to call home is like playing matchmaker on a treasure hunt. I have the opportunity to get to know my clients’ likes and dislikes and understand who they are and what they are looking for in a property. As a longtime resident of the island, I know its special places intimately. When I walk them across the threshold of the perfect place that they will call “home,” it is extraordinarily gratifying.
Noteworthy moments in my real estate career: I’ve been fortunate to be an agent for over 20 years helping people to buy and sell homes. During that time, there have been so many standout moments it is hard to single out one, however, sitting on the town beach at Mackerel Cove and glancing out at the many waterfront homes I’ve sold to clients in past years is a reminder of what a great experience it has been.
I am a member of the Newport County Board of Realtors, the Conanicut Yacht Club, the Jamestown Historical Society, the Conanicut Art Association the Humane Society of Jamestown, the Conanicut Land Trust and the Potter League.
Careers prior to real estate: I hold an honors degree from Franconia College in New Hampshire (1968), and a BFA in apparel design from the Rhode Island School of Design (1974). After graduation, I worked in apparel design for a while and then spent many years in retail sales, management and advertising. I also coached elementary and junior high gymnastics in Jamestown, working with the children was such an enormous enjoyment for me.
Things I do when I’m not doing real estate: I enjoy boating, swimming, gardening and figure skating. I’m an enthusiastic fan of Court Tennis in Newport. We’ve traveled extensively and I am always eager to experience other languages, architecture and cultures.