Any mother will tell you: time is her most precious commodity. Leah, an organizational development consultant, was no exception. She longed to shorten her commute to the Silicon Valley so she could spend more time with her twin girls and husband, Stephane. “At first, we were luke-warm on the idea of purchasing a house in the suburbs after living in cities like San Francisco and Paris,” she says. But she and Stephane, a sustainability consultant, eventually came around to the idea of suburban living after their Independent Sales Associate showed them a three-bedroom charmer in a community just 12 miles from Leah’s work and a one mile walk from downtown. “Now Leah can get to work in half the time and spend more time with us,” says Stephane. For Leah, her new home has brought a sigh of relief: she gained those precious moments back with her family and found a place to call home in a welcoming neighborhood.