[heading]by KATHY LOY | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography [/heading]

It’s not too unusual for members of a family to have similarities, but the Fosters, who currently live in the Palisades neighborhood of Poway, take it to a whole new level.

Four out of the six members of the Foster family are involved in real estate. Dad, Michael Foster is the owner of Foster & Company, a commercial real estate brokerage and development company. Michael says that he “enjoys the creative process of turning a piece of real estate into something special.” He also owns several commercial and residential properties in Poway and Rancho Bernardo. After a career with a high tech marketing firm, Michael’s wife Carol has now joined him in real estate. Two of their kids (Adam (31) and Nicole (19) are in the business as well.

All four of the Foster “kids” are musically inclined. When he’s not working in real estate, Adam plays guitar in a band, records and produces music. Ashley (29) is a singer-songwriter who performs at venues in San Diego and in L.A. “Nicole is our alto singer/comedian and keeps her ASU water polo team entertained,” said Carol. Meanwhile, Jackie (17) is currently finishing her junior year at Poway High School and will be headed to Boston at the Berklee College of Music this summer for five weeks on a vocal scholarship. She will also be singing the National Anthem at Petco Park on the night of Monday, June 24. And to top off the list of similarities in the family, sisters Nicole and Jackie have both held the title of Miss Teen Poway.

ZG-1932What brought the architects of this creative family together is an interesting story in itself. Michael and Carol met as coworkers at Xerox in 1985. They started dating in the late 80s after Michael changed careers. Later, he proposed to Carol over the PA system of an American Airlines flight at 35,000 feet en route from New York to San Diego!

The Fosters are about to start a new chapter of their lives. The friendly neighborhood, one-acre lots and single story homes in the Rancho Arbolitos area attracted them to their current home in 1995. But this August, they’re moving to their “dream home” in the Highlands Ranch section of North Poway.

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Parents: Michael Foster (57), Carol Foster (57)

Community: The Palisades in Rancho Arbolitos since July 1995 but soon to be our dream home in Highlands Ranch in North Poway.

Parent’s Hometown: Michael – Whittier, CA

Carol – Kings Park, NY

Parent’s Occupation: Michael – Owner/Broker – Commercial real estate firm

Carol – Marketing consultant and real estate professional

Children: Adam (31), Commercial real estate agent

Ashley (29), Singer, songwriter and artist

Nicole (19), ASU/Barrett Honors College

Jackie (17), Poway High School

Pets: None at the moment, but hopefully soon to get a dog!

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