How many kids do you have and what are their ages?
I have two kids, Hunter & Dakota. Hunter is 19 and a rising Sophomore at Tulane. Dakota is 17, a rising Senior at Westhill.

How did you end up in Stamford?
We were starting a family and needed to move out of the city to a place that was a kid-friendly, diverse city. I wanted to have a large yard and have more of a “neighborhood feel”, which we found in the Westover area of Stamford.

What do you love about Stamford?
Stamford offers variety. Quiet tree-lined streets, vibrant city living, and everything in between.

What’s your favorite restaurant in Stamford?

Tabouli is my favorite restaurant. My friend Judy owns it (also owns Judy’s) and our children grew up together.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you need some “me time”?
I go to Dew Yoga and then I head to pick up my Peanut Butter Protein Shake at Maki’s, and then I go to Indigo to my friend Sarah for some acupuncture and cupping.

How did you get into real estate?
18 years ago, I started working with developers, converting rentals to condominiums in NY and fell in love with the industry as a whole.

What made you decide to bring your real estate experience to Stamford?
I really wanted to take the experience that I gained in NY and my knowledge and bring it to my hometown to help my friends and family with all of their real estate needs.

How does it help you connect with the community?
It gives me an avenue to be able to give back and work with non-profits through our Compass Cares initiative. I am also able to give back in other ways by offering our Compass Concierge program to homeowners who are selling their house. It is a 0% interest loan for renovations and repairs that can improve the value of a home prior to putting it on the market.

What’s your tip for families looking for a home in Stamford?
Work with someone (me) who really knows Stamford. Someone who is deeply involved in the community, has raised their children there and can educate you on all that this beautiful city has to offer.

What are some of the most popular Stamford neighborhoods for families?
Stamford is a large city with lots of wonderful neighborhoods, all with something unique to offer. I think it’s important to explore the city entirely and we can highlight the amenities each has to offer. It all depends on what you are looking for. Are you looking for a specific school district if you have children? What are your hobbies?

As a real estate salesperson, we cannot steer you toward or away from specific neighborhoods, but we can help you identify which neighborhoods encompass the majority of what you are looking for in your “ideal neighborhood.” Sometimes it helps to put on paper what your ideal neighborhood looks like.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten from another mom?
Let your kids fail. You can’t do everything for them and you can’t protect them forever. An extremely important part of growing up is learning from experience, failing and dusting yourself off. Mothers know what is best for their child and know what they are capable of but often overprotect them, or do things for them to make life easier for them. Before you step in, ask yourself “Does my child have the necessary skills to figure this out? Are they in danger?” If not, step back and see what happens.

Staci Zampa
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
(203) 687-1249

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