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Posted by Ronilo Palama on April 19, 2020
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  • What is your best advice for new home buyers?

    Breathe. There are so many questions, what-ifs, emotions & thoughts that are a part of the first time home-buying experience. It is easy to get overwhelmed. By breathing it allows your brain to receive oxygen & it allows my words of encouragement + tips & tricks to settle in.

  • Where are you from originally?

    I was born in upstate New York, Poughkeepsie to be exact. My dad moved our family down to Texas when I was just a little nugget. I grew up in Round Rock and have been in the central Texas area since. I definitely consider myself a Texan.

  • Tell us an interesting detail about you that many might not know?

    I have 2 giant German Shepherds pups (Ozwald & Dexter) who enjoy the water almost as much as I do. In my spare time I am found surfing or watching the sunset on Lake Travis.

  • What is your favorite podcast?

    I enjoy a good murder mystery podcast… & BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast is also wealth of knowledge.

  • How did you get into homebuilding?

    Ashley Brett, formerly Ashley Elgie, introduced me to Milestone Community Builders during one of our rec volleyball team gatherings. Ashley told me of the excitement & opportunity available within new home construction. I was completely green to the real estate industry before 2016. My previous life was in technology sales. I was eager to join an industry with human interaction, human emotions & being a part of such a huge MILESTONE (pun intended) in peoples’ lives.

  • What experience would you repeat?

    I have been blessed enough to travel to a couple of different countries to serve the less fortunate. I would repeat any mission trip I have been on. These few weeks submerged in a different culture, different language, different way of life, are experiences I will never forget. Truly life changing.

  • What do you love about homebuilding?

    There is nothing better than being a wealth of knowledge to someone that wants to better their life and invest in the American Dream. I enjoy the excitement, confusion, learning curve, questions & the roller coaster of emotions that come with assisting people through the journey of new home construction.

  • What is one thing you want people to know about your community?

    Larkspur is a destination & a community. There is just a feeling when you enter the community or walk on the streets of fresh & positive energy. With 100 acres of open space & river access to the San Gabriel, enjoying the nature is a step out your front door.

  • What are 3 adjectives that describe you best?

    I had to phone a friend (sister/boyfriend) on this…

    1. Passionate

    2. Diligent

    3. Tenacious

  • What have you heard or listened to lately that has inspired you?

    “Look Up Child” a song by Lauren Daigle.

  • What is the best advice you have ever been given?

    Breathe – oxygen to the lungs to the brain to the heart to the mind.

  • What is one of your favorite things to do in your city?

    Anything sunshine or water related.

  • What is your favorite Model, Floorplan or Feature?

    I have so many favorites out of the 28+ floorplans available in Larkspur. One of plans in my top 5 is the Liberty floorplan at 2920 Sq. Ft. The Master closet on this home is a dream come true & it connects to the MASSIVE utility room.

  • What lights you up in life?

    Happiness & sharing happiness with others.

  • Do you have someone in your life that has been an exceptional mentor? Who? Why?

    In the home-building world Dennis Tremble was/is an exceptional mentor. Dennis has taught me the ropes to being successful, staying focused, and being a resource to people making the biggest investment of their lives. I am forever grateful for the several months he took me under his wing to share knowledge, laughs & life lessons.

    Outside of home-building, I would have to say my father & my sister have been my mentors, my rocks & have helped with continuous (never stagnant) growth in all facets of my life.

Gabriela Castellana

Milestone Community Builders – Larkspur

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