Sylva realized real estate would be a good fit when renting bikes to a doctor and his wife who had flown in to Indy to tour neighborhoods in advance of their move. As she helped them map their day's exploration, she realized that helping people get connected and find a good home base to walk or bike to work was a powerful way to build liveable communities.
Her passion for life at human scale began during her tenure in Los Angeles as her husband completed medical school. Finding LA to be a disjointed city that left people isolated and frustrated by hours in their cars, she returned to her hometown of Bloomington and started working at the Bike Project and served on the Mayor's Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Commission. When her husband matched in Indianapolis for a Med-Peds residency, they bought their first home in Ransom Place, a short walk from all five of the hospitals where he would serve. Although they outgrew their house faster than expected when they had twins, the couple moved a block over to stay in their neighborhood and continue biking to work every day.
Sylva is passionate about helping other incoming residents find their happy place here, and works to build community and help docs in training have the kind of experience here that makes them want to stay.