In 2005 Sanford, his wife of now 19 years and his then 5 year old son decided to leave California. Sanford states, “In California, an outstanding urban public school education was removed in 1978 with the passage of prop 13. Due to the lack of good, affordable public schools (in 2005 it was going to cost 28K for one year of private Kindergarten in San Francisco), we moved to Austin and into Northwest Hills." Sanford is a huge advocate of good public education, and lobbies to further that goal. Sanford appreciated the schools in Northwest hills, and had felt the neighborhood was a good compromise between living close to a metropolitan downtown and the amenities and space within a suburb. Sanford states, “I love Northwest Hills, our son has attended amazing public schools and is currently a senior at LASA, a magnet high school constantly ranked as one of the best public high schools in the country.” If you're into staying in shape, the other fantastic aspect to Northwest Hills is the availability to jump on a road bike from your driveway and head out to one of about five completely different hour+ rides. The other great workout opportunity comes via access to Murchison Middle school, the school sits on a huge swath of land with a newly repaved track and offers a great set of hills for training.
In 2015, as the digital imaging revolution grew into full maturity, when everyone with a camera phone in his/her pocket included the job title of “photographer,” to their LinkedIn profile and compensation for photographers substantially dropped, Sanford realized it was time to change careers. It was no longer a working business model to continue flying back and forth to California. In 2016, Sanford obtained his Real Estate License, and in 2017 joined Habitat Hunters. Sanford now specializes in Downsizing and Upsizing families, along with Investment properties. Sanford does all photography for his clients, and is both highly organized and attuned to the Austin real estate market.