From Assistant to Agent, Andrea Martinez is excited to be at our Coronado branch of Willis Allen Real Estate



With over 6 years of experience as an assistant to top real estate agent Olga Minvielle Stevens, Andrea Martinez is excited to nurture client relationships and leverage her expertise to provide seamless transactions.

Q: Did you grow up in San Diego? If you’re not from here, when did you move and why? 

A: “I was born in San Diego and grew up in Rosarito. When I was 10, my family and I moved to Tijuana. I lived there until age 20 when I decided I wanted to study architecture at the New School of Architecture & Design and then interior design at the Design Institute of San Diego. I’ve always been into art and history.”

Q: What motivated you to start a career in real estate?

A: “I’ve always been amazed by the architecture everywhere I have traveled. After graduating, I started looking for a job and worked with a real estate agent for a year. I came across an eye-catching ad for a real estate agent assistant in 2016 and I’ve been working for Olga Minvielle Stevens since.”

Q: What has been the highlight of your real estate career so far?

A: “My highlight would be working hand-in-hand with Olga instead of being her assistant. It has been very fun meeting clients and different agents and I’ve learned so much by going to inspections and being more present in the direct work as an agent. We have closed three deals since I have been licensed.”

Q: Where’s your favorite place to get a meal in San Diego, and what is your favorite dish there?

A: “The Japanese Restaurant Sushi Tadokoro in Old Town. It’s a traditional Japanese restaurant with a quiet atmosphere. My favorite dish would be the Nigiri.”

Q: What are you most likely to be doing on the weekend when not showing houses?

A: “I enjoy spending time with my four dogs at home and also spend a lot of time at the beach. My favorite beach to go to is La Fonda because of the quiet atmosphere. I also go to my grandma’s house often which is by K38 Surf House in Playas de Rosarito. We have wine and watch the sunset.”

Q: If you could invite anyone to dinner, living or deceased, who would they be and why?

A: “Frida Kahlo, although I am not a fan of her work, her story and what she endured throughout her life have always interested me. All the people she knew, her connections, and her path through life. Next, I would invite my paternal grandfather who passed away 15 years ago. We had a deep connection and he was very humorous and knowledgeable. I have the best memories of when he would take us all to the SD Zoo, he was always making jokes and making us laugh.”

Q: What’s a community volunteering experience of yours that stands out as something you’re especially proud of?

A: “I’ve saved hundreds of dogs in Tijuana from mutts to purebreds. If I see a stray on the streets I do my best to pick them up and take them home to clean them up. My father’s friend runs a rescue in San Diego called Tragic to Magic. They formed a team focused on community outreach, with the goal of treating and saving as many animals as possible. The dogs rescued either get adopted here in San Diego or in Seattle.”

Q: If we looked at your Spotify account, what kind of playlists would we see?

A: “I really enjoy R&B. My favorite band has to be Sade and my favorite song is No Ordinary Love. You can also find instrumentals like Rhye and Bossa Nova. My good friend lived in Brazil for a year and introduced me to all of the different beats found in this style of music which I enjoy while relaxing.”

Q: Where’s the next travel spot on your list?

A: “I would love to travel to Argentina, that’s next on my bucket list. My friend from Venezuela told me about all of the attractions and sightseeing there. I would love to go see the Perito Moreno Glacier and plan to go in December. I have also traveled to Italy, Spain, Ireland, Scotland, and France.” 

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: “I recently started going to Aerial yoga classes which I love! You use a hammock, which improves flexibility and helps deepen your posture. I go to my neighborhood studio twice a week and am excited to continue learning and progressing.”

Q: What’s your favorite holiday and why?

A: “On Christmas, my entire family used to gather and cook together. My grandma makes the best romeritos, which is cooked shrimp with mole. It was fun celebrating two Christmases, a Mexican Christmas on the 24th and an American Christmas on the 25th.” 

Q: What is your definition of success?

A: “Being able to achieve my professional goals and at the same time enjoy life. Life can get super busy and I would feel successful if I could maintain a work-life balance so that I can travel and spend time with family and friends.”

Q: How do you take your coffee? 

A: “With a splash of milk and a bit of sugar. My favorite coffee shop is Clayton’s here in Coronado. If you have never been to Claytons, it is Coronado’s only Old Fashioned Sidewalk Pick-Up Window!” 

Q: What energizes you the most about your career?

A: “The opportunity to help clients find their dream home and connect with more people. I am energized to get to know them and their stories and have a personal stake in the business that I do as an agent.”

Q: What’s one work-related thing you want to accomplish in the next 365 days?

A: “In the next year, I would love to get my first new listing on my own and build long-term relationships with clients.” 

Q: Who makes the best food in your family? 

A: “My dad cooks the best homemade fish tacos. He makes everything from scratch, including all of the salsas and toppings. I love how he uses fresh flour tortillas instead of corn.” 

To reach Willis Allen Realtor Andrea Martinez:  

Email: amartinez@willisallen.com 

Cell: 619.939.7704

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