Even though he's originally from Arlington, once Mark Chambers made it to San Antonio he knew that's where he wanted to stay. He and his family have been enjoying the area for nearly three decades, and Chambers has found it makes an excellent base for his work with Kuper Sotheby's International Realty.
Before entering the real estate industry, Chambers was on a musical track. He was the senior director of fine arts for the North East Independent School District and the director of bands at Ronald Reagan High School. He also was the director of The Crossmen Drum Corps, which at the time was the only world-class drum corps in Texas. His wife, Carol, is on the music faculty at Texas Lutheran University, and was a band director in the North East Independent School District before starting her music composition/publishing company in 2002.
The couple has passed on the love of music to their children: Catherine, a French horn player; Josh, who sings in the choir and also plays French horn; and Julia, a trumpet player.
We chatted with Chambers to find out more about his work and what drives him.
CultureMap: What's your favorite thing about San Antonio?
Mark Chambers: The people are warm and friendly and always seem happy — there is always a festive spirit in the air.
CM: What makes San Antonio special or unique?
MC: There is such a diverse mix of cultures to experience in this city.
CM: Why would someone want to live in San Antonio?
MC: You get all the benefits of a large urban area, but the feel of a smaller community.
CM: What's your favorite restaurant in San Antonio?
MC: Paloma Blanca.
CM: What's your favorite menu item there?
MC: A tie between the pollo asado and a frozen margarita.
CM: What's a great outdoor experience in San Antonio?
MC: McAllister Park. It provides a venue for just about any outdoor sport. You get nature, running and biking trails, playgrounds, picnic sites, outdoor workout equipment, soccer and baseball fields, and a dog park, making it a great place to spend some time outdoors.
CM: What's a local event that's not to be missed in San Antonio?
MC: Fiesta. So much to do and truly the best "party" in the country.
CM: What's a San Antonio hidden gem?
MC: The Pearl. Maybe it's not so hidden anymore, but it's definitely a gem.
CM: What's your favorite place to shop here?
MC: La Cantera provides something for everyone in a great outdoor atmosphere.
CM: Where do you go here to truly disconnect?
MC: The Lantana Spa at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort.
CM: What is the source of your passion for real estate?
MC: As a former arts educator and administrator, I love the "art" in real estate and creating a culture of collaboration that celebrates the experience of each client. There are so many facets to real estate that inherently make it a science, but there is also an art to real estate that includes knowing how to stage, market, negotiate, and facilitate a transaction to realize the goal. I thoroughly enjoy practicing that art and providing services that are tailored to the needs of each client.