by SAMANTHA EDWARDS

Living 92130

The Coons family has a long history in San Diego that dates back the 1940s, when both Jeff and Alyson’s grandparents migrated to the area from Kansas and Louisiana, respectively. Jeff’s parents were both born and raised in San Diego, and met when they were in sixth grade. Jeff and Alyson met through mutual friends in college, but didn’t begin dating until after they had graduated and were living in San Francisco – Alyson says it was love at first sight! After a stint in North Carolina while Jeff was attending business school at Duke, the Coonses settled in Carmel Valley, where they have now lived for 18 years. “We love being close to the beach, the great schools, and our fantastic neighbors,” they shared. “It’s been an ideal community to raise our children in.”


Parent: Jeff and Alyson Coons
Children: Sam (15), Lauren (13), Chloe (9)
Community: Carmel Valley
Parents’ Hometowns: Jeff – Bay Area, Alyson – Palo Alto
Parents’ Occupations: Jeff – finance, Alyson – mortgage banking
Pets: Dog – Kobe; Parakeet – Blue; Hamster – Poppy
Favorite Local Spots: Liberty Public Market, Torrey Pines Preserve, La Jolla Shores for kayaking, Cedros Street, 25th Street for the beach, Del Mar Pizza for a slice, Rancho Valencia for a cocktail


The Coons kids – Sam, 15, Lauren, 13, and Chloe, 9 – are quite involved with school and community activities. Sam plays football and golf at Horizon Prep, and also enjoys video games. Lauren attends Pacific Trails Middle School, where she is a member of the drama, book, and ukulele clubs. She spends as much of her free time reading as possible. Chloe loves animals and is also part of the drama club at Sycamore Ridge Elementary School.

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Professionally, Alyson is a mortgage banker for RWMI and Jeff works in the finance world. Jeff and his brother Mark also teach an investment club at Horizon Prep every week. Outside of work, the couple loves cooking, good food, and seeing live music at the Belly Up with friends. As a family, the Coonses enjoy skiing and spending time at the beach. “We love the unique events at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, from the Cat Show to the Gem Faire to the KAABOO festival, and picnicking at San Dieguito Park,” Alyson said.

“It’s been an ideal community to raise our children in.”

The Coons family is rounded out by three pets: Kobe the dog; Blue the parakeet, who, according to Alyson, “can talk and mimic every person in our family, including the dog, as well as sing the Star Wars theme song”; and Poppy the hamster, who “obsessively washes her face and hoards food.” The Coonses are loving life in Carmel Valley – carrying on their families’ history in San Diego.