Nancy McKain

Nancy McKain

MY BIO ...


The third oldest of six children and the oldest girl, my parents heeded the call to “Go West Young Man…” , so my father came to California to find work and a place to live. He eventually found a job as a milkman with the Carnation Milk Company … we were truly “the milkman’s kids”.


My mother then followed and undertook the nearly impossible: she transported five children, all under the age of 12, the youngest being two, along with our grandfather who lived with us and was severely crippled with arthritis, via train from Pittsburgh, PA to Los Angeles, CA. (She had to pretend that my grandfather was her husband or they wouldn’t let a woman travel with children alone.) After a week of travel, we made it to California and lived with my aunt, uncle and cousin in a two-bedroom apartment for about a month until my parents found a house in the San Gabriel Valley where we lived for the next 35 years.  Eventually, another of my siblings was born in 1968 … she’s the only California native.


After two years at Mt. San Antonio College, I was so excited to get out into the world and eventually worked at 20th Century Fox as a film booker. I was a temp filling in for a woman on maternity leave. She didn’t come back, so I stayed for the next five years and would eventually become the first female sales rep in their history.


After Fox, I began my career in real estate working for June Scott, the “broker to the stars” in Beverly Hills in 1990. Her rolodex was like a who’s who in the film biz: Grace Jones would casually drop in; the elevator doors would open and George Hamilton would step out; we sold Madonna her first house on Bluejay Way in the Hollywood Hills; we sold Sandy Gallan’s house (which he used to refer to as “the house that Dolly built” as he was the agent to Michael Jackson, Cher, Dolly Parton and many more); and most notoriously, we sold the Kitty and Jose Menendez house on Elm Street in Beverly Hills. I used to go to that house when we would hold it open and would sit with Teresita, the grandmother of Lyle and Erik. She truly believed that they were innocent. She visited them every day at the L.A. County Jail.


I then moved to San Francisco, and continued my career in real estate. I was recruited to a very well-known, family-owned boutique company, where I would stay for the next 12 years. I was the Operations Manager, Facilities Manager, HR Director, Assistant Sales Manager, Executive Assistant to the Owner, plumber, handyman, chief, cook and bottle washer. I did everything that needed immediate attention.


When the recession hit, I was part of the reduction in force and took the next year off helping my sister at her store, Serenity Stoneworks, in Pleasanton, CA - a beautiful little bedroom community in the East Bay. Eventually, I opened my own jewelry and accessory store at her business location. I started under a canopy in the driveway and stayed there for six months, then moved to a very cute shed in the beautiful backyard, and eventually ended up leasing the storefront facing the street when one of her tenants left. The name of my store was, The Bracelet Bar @ Serenity. My slogan was, to no one’s surprise, “When cocktails just aren’t enough”.  We closed our stores at the end of 2013 and I moved back to Southern California to work with my brother at his soil company. It was fun to play in the dirt and drive 10-ton dump trucks, which I did for the next three years.


I am now settled in Orange County. I bought a condo in Dana Point, decided to return to the real estate industry, and found new members of my family at NextHome Coastal!


Languages Spoken: English

Expertise Types: Residential, Single Family Homes, Townhomes

I AM ... 

Funny, handy, loyal, a good friend, a great sister and a fantastic aunt.




When I opened my own store in 2009! It was the first time I became an entrepreneur. I was so excited and proud and scared!




Becoming a real estate agent.




2:00 am, 4:00 am and 6:00 am




A round of golf, a bike ride to the beach, and dinner by the sea.




I worked at K-Mart when I was 16.  I actually lied about my age and my friend told on me.




I can make wine disappear.




Dana Point, where I live. There are so many things to do and it's close to everything in So. Orange County.




I love stories about people who have started over late in life, like me.  It's inspirational, especially women who have the courage to take on something new and reinvent themselves at the risk of everything! I love that kind of bravery and spirit...It inspires me to the core!





It is fun, smart, edgy, and techie.






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