Simply put, Marcia Tolin has always called La Mesa home. Yes, she has lived a few other places, but always returns to where three generations of her family have lived. The last time was in 1998 when she returned from Denver, CO. There she worked for several years doing Property Management, Purchasing and Project Management in the Home Building Industry. She has taken that experience and become an exemplary full-service real estate professional. Her background in art, design and photography has led her to offer outstanding marketing and staging for her clients with homes to sell. Marcia’s philosophy is never list a home until it looks it’s absolute best, while spending very little if any money. Listing a completely empty home is taboo to Marcia.
Upon her return, Marcia quickly became involved in her community by volunteering. She served as Commissioner for City of La Mesa on the Loan Committee for Real Estate rehabilitation, and then moved on to serve on the City of La Mesa Community Services Commission as Commissioner which is an advisory body to the City Council on parkland acquisition and policies relating to recreation and park purposes. Marcia is proud to be a part of a city with 14 parks which contribute to making it her favorite area to sell real estate in. After serving for 10 years, she was then selected to serve on the La Mesa Historical Preservation Commission which is working on updating and adding to the inventory list in an effort to preserve La Mesa's history through architecture.
Marcia is enjoying learning even more about La Mesa’s rich history through its homes and buildings. She feels this is where she can really make a difference in leaving La Mesa's legacy intact for years to come. La Mesa is a treasure trove of historical homes and many styles of architecture. I feel transported in time when around these homes. I think it brings out the best in people to be able to connect to the past where they live, Marcia told us. She is also a member of the La Mesa Historical Society, an organization actively engaged in preserving La Mesa's unique heritage for future generations to see and enjoy.
In addition, Marcia was selected to serve on the La Mesa Centennial Committee which met for nearly three years to plan La Mesa’s 100th Birthday Celebration in 2012. It was such a great opportunity to explore and discover La Mesa’s rich history and past and to learn how La Mesa became the quaint and popular town it is today," Marcia commented. Marcia was also involved with a non-profit group called La Mesa Beautiful. She quickly stepped in and helped with the photography of homes and businesses throughout La Mesa selected to receive awards for their beautiful landscaping. She served a term as Vice President, donated plants to their annual Plant Sale, and became the official Photographer for their two award ceremonies each year.
The past several years, Marcia has served as a Director for the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and is now serving her third term. This helps Marcia bridge the gap between business and shop owners and residents, and future homeowners in La Mesa and vicinity. Marcia said "It is so rewarding to meet new entrepreneurs coming into the area to start a business."
Marcia sold hundreds of homes around San Diego as a new home Sales Manager in the early 2000’s and finally decided it was time to take all of her experience to help homeowners and buyers one-on-one with her expertise in such an important time in their lives. Getting into the real estate resale market was the best decision I have ever made, I can be as creative as I want and love to think outside the box to help my clients. I find it so rewarding" Marcia stated. In her spare time, Marcia enjoys home improvement projects and remodelling, organic gardening, and testing her gourmet cooking skills. But her favorite time of the day is when she can return home to her rescue cat Daisy, and her rescue dog Lucy and walk her around the beautiful hills and neighborhoods in La Mesa, where she is known as Lucy’s Mom.