Deep Roots

My roots in real estate on the Monterey Peninsula are deep.

In the early 20th century, my great-great aunt Marion Hollins helped Samuel B. Morris develop Pebble Beach, commissioned the design of Cypress Point Golf Course, and owned large parcels of land up and down the Pacific coast. Marion Hollins was responsible for the first California laws banning billboards on Scenic Highway between Carmel and San Francisco. The love of the land and its careful use of preservation is part of my personal family history.


Since then my family has grown, from my grandfather Jack Grissim a prominent businessman at the Pine Inn in Carmel to myself with my wife and two children. I was raised on the east coast in Washington, DC and surrounding areas where I had my formal education.

As a child my family would spend time in Carmel and Monterey Peninsula for summer vacations, Christmas holidays to visit with my grandparents and numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins. In 1992 I made a decision to move from Washington DC to California and there was no other place for me than here where my firm family roots had been planted almost 100 years ago. In 1999 I started my career in real estate; to me it was such an obvious choice with my family’s history and my love for the land..