Stephanie Wickham Witt brings a unique combination of historical and cutting edge experience to the Marin County Real Estate Market: She has been listing and selling homes in Marin since 1989 and has a 4th generation Mill Valley pedigree. In 1989, Stephanie joined Frank Howard Allen Realtors, achieving top producer status for both the company and all of Mill Valley, solidifying her induction into the prestigious Hall of Fame. In addition to her Top 10 ranking, Stephanie became a member of the President’s Circle of Excellence and was named Most Referred Agent by her peers, showcasing her ability to succeed in all echelons of the business.
Giving back to the community is also a high priority. A past President and board member of the Chamber of Commerce for 8 years, Stephanie has also embraced her love of history by occupying the same seat for the Mill Valley Historical Society Board. Her well-rounded and media savvy perspective stems from close to two decades of retail business experience, culminating in owning and operating 5 tennis shops in Hawaii. She further capitalized on these ventures by teaming up with her tennis Pro husband and then Wimbledon Champion, John Newcombe to form “Newk’s Hawaii”, a full service tennis resort/tennis shop management company. A true renaissance woman, Stephanie switched gears to pursue 6 years in the television/entertainment industry, beginning as a location scout in Hawaii, and working her way up to producer of several live TV shows with the CBS and NBC affiliates. An Associate Producer job for the popular series Evening Magazine brought her back to the mainland, where the development of a real estate magazine TV show inspired her to get her real estate license and successfully change careers once again. This third time has proved to be her ultimate charm.
With her move to Pacific Union in 2005, Stephanie brings with her a wealth of experience, extraordinary level of customer care, integrity, and a top-notch team to add up to unparalleled 5-Star service and a continually growing list of satisfied clients.
As seen on the Mill Valley Life website 07/08/2011
Growing up in Mill Valley: when the five o’clock whistle let you know it was time for dinner
Imagine this: you’re a kid. There are no smartphones, no Twitter accounts, no Facebook updates demanding your attention. It’s just you, your buddies, and a long summer afternoon of nothing to do. You roam around Mill Valley, hanging out at the tennis club, taking the dog up on the trails, swimming, playing a pickup baseball game, going to Esposti’s candy shop and soda fountain for a root beer float. Your social life revolves around playing tennis and your “I Like Ike” bicycle club.
Then the five-o’clock whistle blows from the fire station, as it does every afternoon: your cue to stop playtime and head home for dinner.
Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it?
That was Stephanie Wickham Witt’s experience growing up in Mill Valley in the late 1950s. It’s rare to meet a fourth-generation Californian, let alone a fourth-generation Mill Valleyian. But Stephanie, a long-time Mill Valley real estate agent (her third career), has got those roots and a rare perspective on this town.
Stephanie was a devoted tennis player – this photo was taken at the Mill Valley Tennis Club, circa 1959. Stephanie is still very close with many of the kids in this photo, some of whom are still in Mill Valley.
(Photo courtesy Stephanie Wickham Witt.)
Her maternal great-grandparents survived the 1906 quake in San Francisco. Stephanie’s great-aunt, who lived to be 109 and passed away a few years ago at the Redwoods, used to tell stories of wandering San Francisco literally looking for food and shelter. They all eventually settled in Mill Valley, building a home in what is now Tamalpais Park in 1911.
Four generations of Wickhams – Stephanie is third from left – sit on the steps of the Tamalpais Park family house, built in 1911 by Stephanie’s great-grandparents.
(Photo courtesy Stephanie Wickham Witt.)
Stephanie’s parents met at Tam High, and eventually had Stephanie and her two younger brothers. Stephanie attended Park Elementary School, Edna Maguire (which was then a middle school), and Tam High. She moved away to Maui for several years and she still considers Maui, where her son was born, her second home. (Stephanie’s son, now 37, has also returned to Mill Valley.) Between Stephanie and her 2 siblings, there are now 9 adult children, and the first of the SIXTH generation of this Mill Valley family, Stephanie’s grand-niece, was born recently.
What was high school at Tam like in the early 1960’s? “The beatniks were just starting to appear on campus. I didn’t really know what to make of them,” said Stephanie. “And most people may be a bit surprised to hear this, but Tam High was actually more racially diverse back then. Marin City was more affordable than it is now, and we had a much higher black student population.”
What has changed over the generations? “Unfortunately I think parenting has become more fearful,” she says. “Parents wouldn’t dream of driving us to school when I was growing up!”
And what about, you know, the SIXTIES? Stephanie’s father was the mayor of Mill Valley in the 1960’s. With a chuckle, Stephanie recalls, “Well, my father had to close Cascade Dam because all of the kids were going there to smoke pot. He wasn’t too popular for that.”
Stephanie waxes a bit nostalgic about the old days. “Mill Valley really was like the Rita Abrams song,” she says. “We could be as friendly as we wanted to be. Sometimes I worry that Mill Valley has started to take itself too seriously. We should be saying ‘hi’ as we pass each other on the street.”
After careers in tennis shop retail management, and television production, Stephanie has now been a popular real estate agent in Mill Valley for many years. “Mill Valley is still one of the prettiest places in the world. I felt really secure growing up here surrounded by friends and tons of family. I know many families today feel the same way about it.”
If you want to know any more of Mill Valley’s secrets, you’ll have to ask Stephanie herself. Reach her at 415-380-6136 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Being a 4th Generation Mill Valleyan delights me, sustains me and makes me feel very blessed! It is a place I loved growing up in and now a place I love being grown up in!