by Michelle Tremblay | photos by Soul of Photography

Meet the Erturk-Toths

family_toth1Jessica Toth and Erol Erturk met while attending graduate school at MIT. “I recall a marketing class in which we were on opposing teams in a simulated game theory exercise,” reminisced Jessica. “Erol’s team, led by Erol, was far more strategic and handily beat my team.” The two quickly sparked a romance through their shared passion of playing soccer and skiing and today the wife and husband have two daughters together, Zoe (13) and Quincy (15). “At school, Zoe runs cross country and plays soccer and lacrosse. Her favorite subject is math,” shared Jessica. “Quincy is passionate about working with special needs kids. She has lettered in cross country and track and field for the past two years, and was captain of the freshman and JV girls soccer teams.”

Parents: Erol Erturk and Jessica Toth
Children: Quincy Erturk (15, 8th grade at Pacific Ridge) and Zoe Erturk (13, 11th grade at Canyon Crest Academy)
Community: Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Hometowns: Jessica – Chevy Chase, MD; Erol – Madison, WI
Occupations: Jessica – Executive Director, Solana Center for Environmental Innovation; Erol – R&D Manager, D&K Engineering
Pet: Brook the rescue mutt
Favorite Local Spots: Downtown Cardiff and Downtown Encinitas

family_toth3The family of five (their dog Brook is the fifth member) reside in Cardiff – a place where Jessica and Erol have lived for more than 25 years. “First in a wonderful little 1950s beach cottage and now in a slightly larger home that we designed on a previously empty lot,” elaborated Jessica. She works as Executive Director of the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation located in Encinitas, and Erol is R&D Manager for D&K Engineering located in Rancho Bernardo. Both feel that Cardiff is the perfect place to raise their girls. “My favorite thing about living in Cardiff is the walkability. I love to walk or bike to Seaside Market, the post office, library, VG’s, the beach, local parks and schools, etc.,” said Jessica. “This area has a great mix of retail businesses and recreation opportunities in close proximity to the residential areas.”

“My favorite thing about living in Cardiff is the walkability.”

Some fun things to note about this close-knit family: “Our dog Brook is an important member of the family,” shared Jessica. “We plan many of our vacations and day trips to accommodate Brook.” The family enjoys camping, mountain biking, skiing, and traveling together (they typically travel abroad to Turkey every summer to visit family); and they pride themselves on eating dinner together every night that they are home. “We are longtime community supported agriculture members, which means our produce is grown locally and is seasonal,” added Jessica. “But we aren’t the healthiest eaters when it comes to dessert. We love our chocolate baked goods!”family_toth4