About Us

Kirk & Christine Thorburn with Shila & Dante

Kirk & Christine Thorburn with Shila & Dante

Born and raised in Sacramento, I received a B.A. in Art/English and a M.A. degree in Educational Administration from California State University, Sacramento. I retired from a thirty-three year career in education in 2007 after working the last 16 years at Folsom High School in Folsom. Once earning a real estate sales license in 2002, I worked part time in both resale and new home sales in the Sacramento area. Following retirement, I moved to The Sea Ranch home that I built in 2002. I began my North Coast real estate career in 2007. I now have my license with The Coastal Real Estate Company and specialize in Sea Ranch real estate.

Originally, I met my husband Kirk in Madera where we taught together in the seventies.  I had taken my first teaching job in Australia and returned two years later to find a job closer to home.  I accepted the job in Madera with a plan to eventually move back to Sacramento.  After three years I left Madera and lost touch with Kirk.  Close to thirty years later our paths crossed again because of a real estate marketing postcard he received from me in 2007.   Kirk owned a lot in Gualala and his named popped up on my mailing list.  Later, he looked me up when he was on the coast abalone diving with friends.  I was invited over to abalone dinner at the house he and his friends had rented.  We have been together ever since and married in January of 2016.  Kirk loves the coast too, especially if he gets to fish from his kayak off shore.  When we got together Kirk had a home on the Kings River, some seven hours southeast of Sea Ranch.  We remodeled the home together and spend about half of our time there.  Our two dogs, Shila, the Border Collie, and Dante, the Australian Shepherd, happily travel with us.

We look forward to hearing from you and will happily share our Guesthouse.

Sea Gull Hanging Out by Christine Gilbert-Thorburn

Stellar Jay by Christine Gilbert-Thorburn