This is a story of an East-Coaster who travelled the world and ended up making her way here, to beautiful British Columbia.
Jillian Kelly grew up in Toronto but left home at 18 to pursue a modelling career, which took her many places including Paris, London, Milan, Greece, and Spain. After five years working in the fashion industry offshore, Jillian packed her designer bags and returned to continue working closer to home in Toronto, Montreal, and New York.
As a frequent traveller, Jillian sparked a strong interest in the Arts and Design world where a soft spot for architecture developed. However, it wasn’t only her new affection for design that drew her toward real estate, her mother, a realtor back in Toronto, also played an influential role. Having grown up spending most of her weekends in open houses or following her mother’s footsteps around as she showed properties, helping buyers and sellers find their dream havn is pretty much in Jillian’s blood.
Combine her extensive background in the creative industry, having cultivated relationships with some of the industry’s best and experienced family guidance, Jillian’s list of unique qualities as a realtor continues to grow.
Throughout her career, it was evident to Jillian that she truly loves people. “I love to listen to their stories, goals, dreams, and ambitions and build genuine connections and relationships with them. I pride myself on being a good and kind person, making people feel heard and taking the time to get to know them. Which I hope translates well in this industry.”
Lucky for us, joining Stilhavn was on Jillian’s list of things she wanted to accomplish when she started on her real estate journey. In her words, she “wanted to learn from the best, be surrounded by good people, and have fun.” In fact, Jillian stood outside of our Vancouver office last summer and told her best friend, “I’m going to work there one day”. Fast forward, here she is!
After receiving her licence at the end of April, Jillian gets to combine her love of working with us, with working out – whether she’s at a Pilates studio, yoga class, hiking in North Vancouver or playing golf in the summer. She grew up golfing so look out, she might just give you a run for your money…
Living in East Vancouver, it’s local love for Jillian, spending time riding her bike around the neighbourhood, going for ice cream or donuts. And if you’re looking for somewhere to go for a cup of joe, this self-confessed coffee addict has tried every café in East Van, so she’s quite the contact to have.
Balance is key for Jillian; dedicating time to work hard but also keeping things light in life. Someone once told her, “There’s no finish in life, so grow, learn, love and have fun” – something she tries to remind herself of often.
As a settled Vancouverite for four years now, Jillian looks forward to connecting with local buyers and sellers to help identify what it is that makes a home truly feel like home. If you’re in the market to buy (or sell), give Jillian or one of our market-leading REALTORS® a call today. We are distinctly West Coast, and we will help guide you home.