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Kami Evans: “Thank You, Westport”

In her 6 years in Westport and Fairfield, Kami Evans made quite a mark.

She started several community Facebook pages, and became an “influence marketer.”

Two of her most popular pages were Westport and Fairfield Parents, and Fairfield County Friends and Family. Readers asked about — and recommended — the best local places to shop, upcoming events, and other resources.

Then came “Kami’s Kloud.” She connected businesses with non-profits and charities, helping build community. 

Now she’s off on a new adventure. Kami writes:

We moved to Westport in 2012 from New York — like many of our neighbors. We wanted to be near the city, as well as a beach, amazing schools and like-minded people. It fit the bill for sure. Summers on Compo are irreplaceable.

Kami Evans

So people ask me: Why did you move? The short answer: We found a magical home in Fairfield that we wanted to be in forever. It was just over the Westport line, so we felt it wasn’t a stretch.

We still went to Compo ($750 a season was worth it for our family), and we did most of our activities in Westport.

I know I was lucky when I began doing social media outreach. I got my share of passionate moments from members and beyond, but it never took me away from wanting to help the community. It was a gift to help as much as I could. So with honor and pleasure, the brand Kami’s Kloud and Kloud9TV started.

Tony and I always knew we would move back, but an opportunity to move to England came up earlier than we expected.

We have Westport Lake, Weston Road, and a home near us called The Fairfield House. We can’t quit you Westport, even if we try. It’s a lovely reminder seeing all of these familiar names.

Kami Evans lives half a mile from Westport Lake. It’s in Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, 45 minutes south of Manchester.

As an “American” in the village, people stop and talk to us frequently. I hear “you have a cute accent” — imagine that.

Life here is at a much calmer pace. I wish I took time to enjoy our life back in America as much as we do now. Having people pop over for a cuppa is a daily event, and it’s so sweet. I just need to remember: Don’t put an electric kettle on the hob (stove).

With a quick move comes with many challenges. As we started to work with a Fairfield County realtor we got very lucky to have Inna Agujen help with the transition.

She offered the usual above and beyond support so many local realtors are known for, like taking care of the last documents. But she also showed me other ways to help the community we love as we leave.

Inna contacted Families in Need, Big Brothers, Salvation Army, Veterans of America and Habitat for Humanity. In such a rush, I would never have connected with so many resources myself. It warms my heart knowing nothing went to the dump.

Kami Evans, in her new digs.

Now we are in Blighty, but I cannot share enough how much I miss our friends back in America. We will always hold a special place in our heart for Westport.

Thank you all, and please continue to look out for neighbors who can benefit from a kind word. And oh: The mean ones are only lions with thorns in their paws. Help them remove it. 😘

Virtually Real Real Estate

If you’ve seen “Ice Age,” “Rio,” “Epic” — even “Horton Hears a Who” — you know Inna Agujen’s work.

As senior technical director for Blue Sky Studios in Greenwich, she created computer-generated environments — forests, jungles, ice worlds — for those animated films.

Inna Agujen

Inna Agujen

When her 3rd child was born, Inna became a freelancer. She and her husband formed a software business.

In 2014 — fed up with ever-rising property taxes and declining schools in Westchester — Inna and her husband moved to Westport. They’d visited Compo Beach a couple of years earlier, and said, “This is the place to be!”

It’s been a good move. “People work hard here,” Inna says. “But they also enjoy life. We’re glad we made the jump.”

It did not take long for Inna to discover the Westport Library’s Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. “It’s a new way to look at space,” she says.

Inna was hooked. But she wanted to do more with the cutting-edge technology.

She has a real estate license. She saw her colleagues photographing multimillion-dollar homes with cellphones.

Bingo!

Inna’s new company — Procyon 7 Studios — uses a Matterport camera to scan a house’s interiors. After a bit of editing, Inna uploads a 3D “virtual tour” of homes for sale. Think of it as an indoor version of Google Street View. You decide where you want to walk, which stairs to take, what rooms to peek into — and wherever you go, you’ve got 360-degree vision.

The start of a tour using 3D technology. From here, you can go anywhere in the house.

The start of a tour using 3D technology. From here, you can go anywhere in the house.

Procyon 7 lets you measure any room or part of the house. It’s easy to visualize additions, renovations and more.

Buyers love the technology, Inna says. They can fall in love with a home — or hate it — long before setting foot inside. One realtor likened it to “playing with a dollhouse.” Clients became obsessed with it, “almost like a kid playing Minecraft.”

3D rendering tours have potential far beyond real estate. Inna says they’re great for museums, art galleries — any interior space that people wander through. She thinks architects, builders, designers and insurance companies will love the concept.

Intrigued? Not sure what this is all about? Click here to see one of Inna Agujen’s virtual tours. (Once the site loads, click, hold and move anywhere on the kitchen image to begin.)

The 3D technology also offers a "dollhouse" view inside a home.

The 3D technology also offers a “dollhouse” view inside a home.