Moving during a pandemic makes it difficult to get to know your new neighbors, but that is hopefully changing now with some of the restrictions easing up. The Berdows moved here from San Francisco last May, at a time when everyone was sheltering in place. They chose this neighborhood for its breathtaking scenery and convenient location. “We have the most welcoming neighbors, but it’s been a challenge getting to know them during the lockdown period,” says Kunny Berdow. She and her husband, Brad, and their two-year-old daughter, Jessica, have joined the Oak Grove Swim Club and set up future play dates with the hope of getting to know the community better and making new friends.
The Berdows moved to the Bay Area for Kunny’s new job with Google in 2019. She grew up in Canada, but lived on three different continents before the age of 11. Brad grew up on the east coast. The two met at a wine bar in Santa Monica while both were living and working in Southern California. They lost touch after their first date because Kunny left to go visit family in Canada. But luckily they were able to reconnect four months later. They married in 2017 in Palm Desert.
Kunny is in Data Analytics, currently working in gaming for Google. She received her MS from Columbia University in New York and is passionate about getting girls interested in STEM careers. She also mentors young women at her alma mater and is very involved with Women in Gaming initiatives in the Bay Area.
Brad is a Senior Vice President and Private Wealth Advisor at the Capital Group Private Client Services, a boutique wealth management firm headquartered in Los Angeles. He received a BA in history, a BS in finance and a JD/MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business and Penn Law. He enjoys playing tennis at Heather Farms and following his Pennsylvania teams: Eagles, Phillies and Sixers.
The Berdows have had a chance to explore our beautiful trails, parks and open space on many family hikes during their first year here. They have also discovered our local winery, Shadowbrook, and have become members, enjoying the outdoor spaces for wine tasting and the views of Mt. Diablo. Jessica also has begun horseback riding lessons and soccer. She loves riding her pink scooter around her neighborhood and watching Blippi! The family’s favorite vacation spot is Palm Desert where Kunny and Brad were married. Jessica was born on the exact date, 3 years later, that the couple met, making her their special anniversary baby.
The Berdows also have two pups. Samantha “Poo” is a maltipoo who loves the sun and is afraid of the rain. She may be the only one who is happy about our short rainy season this year. Jersey is a Yorkie mix who has recently become friends with a squirrel family in their backyard and “can be seen every morning with her new best friends,” jokes Kunny.
They are looking forward to getting to know all their neighbors as we all emerge from the pandemic restrictions. Be sure to introduce yourself if you see them out and about.
By Kara Navolio, Resident since 1991