Glen Mitchell: A Familiar Field
By James Florence , Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
HALF MOON BAY — Glen Mitchell grew up in a family that ran a property management business, so it only made sense for him to get into a field he was familiar with. “From a young age, I had an interest in the real estate industry, partially because I had seen firsthand how the business worked, and the process fascinated me,” he explains. “After finishing school, I felt like I was a little too young to start selling houses, so I went to work as a trader at the stock exchange. After a few years, I decided I’d had enough and returned to real estate, which I’ve been doing ever since.”
Today, Glen says his favorite part of being a real estate broker is sharing in the triumphs of his clients. “I enjoy working with clients on both sides of the spectrum. Whether it’s a seller who got the price they wanted or a buyer who just bought their first home, it’s exciting for me to see my clients excited.”
A resident of Half Moon Bay (where he lives with his wife, Christy, and their three children), Glen expresses his appreciation for the beauty and diversity of the Bay Area. “As someone who loves the ocean and the mountains, I feel very fortunate to live in a place where we have access to nearly any kind of outdoor activity. The only thing we don’t have is skiing, but even that’s only a three-hour drive away.”
Outside of work, Glen engages in a variety of active pastimes, from hiking and mountain biking with his kids to photography. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had an interest in photography, and in the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to get more involved in that.” Glen also likes keeping up with the world of college sports. “I enjoy college sports more than professional sports, and I go to every Stanford football game.” Additionally, Glen is an active participant at his local church, where he enjoys helping out with various activities and events.
In his life and career, Glen espouses the virtues of living by the Golden Rule. “I try to treat other people how I would want to be treated,” he affirms. “Whether in life or in business, I want to be someone people can trust, and I also want to be able to trust other people. That’s an especially big deal in my line of work.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Glen says he’d head to an island destination. “I’d take my family on a trip to Hawaii, turn my phone off and just spend some time sitting on the beach.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: New Zealand. I’ve seen a lot of beautiful pictures, and I’d love to go there and do some photography.
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Sushi Main Street in Half Moon Bay.
Q: What kind of music do you like?
A: Country, although my favorite band is U2. I guess I’m kind of eclectic.
Q: If you could live in the city or the country, which would you choose?
A: The country, just because I enjoy being in nature. Ideally, I’d live just outside of the city to get the best of both worlds.
Q: What was your favorite Halloween costume as a child?
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A: A jack-in-the-box. It was basically a big cardboard box—I would sit inside on the porch, and when trick-or-treaters came to the door, I’d jump out of it and scare them.