For the last 37 years, Robin Zacha has called Westchester home, and there’s nothing she loves more than serving her community. With a background that includes careers in the military, the movie industry and the media, she found her calling when she started Zacha Homes in 1995.
Her dream job allows her to combine her passion and knowledge for the Westchester/Playa area with helping her clients find the perfect place to call home. Big on giving back and helping her neighbors, she enjoys supporting her favorite events like the Fourth of July Parade and WAM, local schools, youth sports and mental health.
Not your typical realtor, she specializes in helping her clients and friends renovate their homes before they’re ready to sell. Last summer, Robin sold Westchester’s most expensive home to date–a 6,000-square-foot modern residence with fabulous views on Riggs–for $5 million. She says with the way the current market is going, it’s just a matter of time before a home in Westchester goes for sale in the $6 million-plus range.
When she’s not making the rounds buying and selling in Westchester, she loves traveling with her husband Jeff, cooing over her granddaughter, practicing her golf swing and relaxing with her favorite drink at home or at one of her local hangouts.
We recently sat down with her and asked her to share her thoughts, so here is “5 Questions With…Robin!”
If someone says “Robin Zacha,” what would you want them to say afterward?
I’d want them to say, “She’d give you the shirt off her back. She wouldn’t do anything to hurt anyone.” People know that if they need help, they can ask me. If I can’t do it, I’ll find someone who can. With me, you’ll also always get honesty–some people don’t like it–but I’m pretty straightforward. I’m a straight shooter; I’ll tell you how it is.
What do you tell people that are new to the area about Westchester?
This is a great neighborhood that is wonderful for families. I laugh when I tell people that have just moved here that you’ll be at a stop sign and someone will wave you on. Then you’ll get to the next stop sign, and someone will wave you on again! It’s the funniest thing because people are so nice. Little Vons is always a great place to shop. I can’t even walk in there anymore though, because I end up being there forever talking to everyone I know!
If you’re looking for the perfect evening out, where are you going?
I’m going to Truxton’s to sit at the bar because we know everyone that works there. We always run into so many people we know, so it’s like eating with your extended family at a restaurant. I like to order the sliders, which are not on the menu right now because they can’t get the buns. Please bring them back! Some of my other top picks are The Manchester, Hacienda and Thai Talay.
What’s one local spot you couldn’t live without?
My office! It’s like my house. It’s the only place I’ve never sold. I’ve moved everywhere, but I’ve been in my office (on 80th Street and Emerson) for 27 years. I walk outside and I get to see everyone–from old and young to everything in between. It’s a great place to be in the center of neighborhood action.
What’s something the neighborhood needs more of?
We need more food places and more entertainment places, but I don’t know where you’d put them. I’m excited to see what food and drink options open at The Book Jewel. That will be amazing. I’ve been enjoying taking golf lessons at Westchester Golf Course, so it would be nice to have more places for outdoor activities.
Fun fact: Robin worked as a sound editor on movies like Wonder Boys, What Woman Want and Patch Adams.
Posted January 2022.