Name: Valerie Sandow
Family: My husband, Shawn and I, have five kids, Chase, Porsche, Jenna, Noah and Palin. Our extended family includes our dog, cats, chicken, horse and duck, Della.
Years in the Golden Isles: I grew up on St. Simons Island in Sea Palms.
Occupation: Realtor at Sea Palms Realty.
A local you admire: A local who I truly admire is one who just, sadly, passed away, Sally Jones. She was multigenerational in the Golden Isles and she had story after story to share about it. She was a school teacher at St. Simons Elementary and very active in the church. She never met a stranger and she shared laughter and love with everyone she met. She was to me, St. Simons Island, and what we all should strive to be.
What does a typical day look like for you as a real estate agent? A typical day for me as a Realtor is taking calls and emails 24/7 from people looking to find their next home. Once the family is off on their day, and all of my critters are fed, I research properties for my clients. I set up appointments to show or do virtual showings of the properties that I think are well-suited for them. And then before it’s time to pick my middle schooler up from Glynn Middle, I hit the road running, looking at houses anywhere from Sea Island and St. Simons all the way to Darien or Camden County.
What are some of your favorite aspects of living in the Golden Isles? What I love most about living in the Golden Isles is the people. Don’t get me wrong, the landscape is gorgeous, the restaurants, entertainment and activities are limitless. But the people, they are what make the Golden Isles the best place on Earth to call home.
What advice would you give someone looking to buy a home in the Golden Isles? If you are considering moving to the Golden Isles, I highly suggest you find a Realtor you can trust, count on and feel at ease with. Once you’ve found that Realtor I recommend taking a couple of days to stay, and be a tourist for your last time, enjoy the crowds or the quiet and just relax. There’s no need to visit all of the sites or all the attractions right now, you’ll have the rest of your life to enjoy them all!
How do you carry on your brother, Scott Reynolds’, legacy? Growing up on St. Simons Island was especially meaningful with my brother Scott Reynolds. Having lost him 2 1/2 years ago … it’s been difficult not to see him at every corner of the island. But as difficult as it can be, it’s such a huge blessing. I hear, often, how much he impacted others with his positive attitude and I do my very best to carry on his legacy by doing exactly the same.
Describe a perfect Saturday for you and your family: A perfect Saturday for me and my family would be breakfast at Café Frederica, then a day on the boat, ended with Fancy Q and a movie at the Island Cinemas.
Favorite landmark in the Golden Isles: My favorite spot on St. Simons is Village Creek Landing. Growing up in Sea Palms it was easily obtained, but now as an adult, I realize just how beautiful that place is. The sun rises, sunsets, the wildlife, and the people you meet there … it’s all simply amazing.