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The Holt family is quite distinguished and media-savvy, with their finger on the pulse of cultural coolness. Dad, Sky, is a Colorado Springs native and develops sales and marketing campaigns for Local Media San Diego, which owns the radio stations 91X, 90.3, and 92.5. Mom, Betsy, is a San Diego native and works for Beckon Books, writing, editing, and project-managing guide books, art books, and souvenir books. Daughter Lily, a seven-year-old second grader at Highland Ranch Elementary, and a Golden Retriever, named Reef, round out the brood.

When the Holts were investigating San Diego neighborhoods to live in back in 2004, they knew they wanted something a bit hip and metropolitan, yet also nonthreatening and family-friendly. Carmel Mountain Ranch ended up being the jackpot spot! Sky elaborated, “We love the convenience of being in an almost urban setting where you can walk to everything, but also being in a safe, suburban neighborhood where there are great schools, parks, and libraries.”

Betsy was especially glad when the Nordstrom Rack recently opened in Carmel Mountain Plaza, and it is now incorporated into one of her favorite mom’s night out excursions, which she refers to as the “CMR Crawl,” or, “walking to the shopping center and hitting up the Rack, Ross, and Marshalls all in one night. Those shops are like my own personal Bermuda Triangle, and it’s been dangerous having all of that designer bargain shopping so close by!” She also finds herself taking detours to See’s Candies whenever she’s out walking the dog, “just to get a free sample!”

Speaking of receiving something for free, Lily has started a club, “Kids Care 4 the Homeless,” in which she and her friends create care packages to give to the homeless people seen holding up signs asking for help. The packages consist of toiletries and other non-perishable items, as well as homemade cards. Betsy avowed, “It has been an awesome experience for our daughter, who has learned how blessed she is. The homeless people have also been so grateful.” Charitable Lily also finds time to play piano, do gymnastics, and participate in Brownie events.

In their free time, the Holts enjoy activities at the Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church, collecting shells at the beach, and having dinner with friends. “We’re pretty boring, actually,” Betsy laughed. We’d beg to differ!

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Parents:  Sky and Betsy Holt
Community:  Carmel Mountain Ranch since 2004
Hometowns:  Betsy – San Diego, Sky – Colorado Springs
Occupations:  Betsy – Book writer and editor, Sky – Sales and marketing account executive
Children:  One daughter, Lily Holt, 7 years old and in second grade at Highland Ranch
Pets:  Reef, a Golden Retriever. We call him “Reef the Thief” because he will steal every crumb of food from your plate when you’re not looking.
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