Rachel Simpson

Rachel Simpson

Associate Broker | Realtor

Rachel is known for her calm, experienced approach to real estate and deep knowledge of the area. Clients have noted that her practicality, responsiveness, and sense of humor are part of what make buying and selling with her as low-stress as possible. [...]

Rachel is known for her calm, experienced approach to real estate and deep knowledge of the area. Clients have noted that her practicality, responsiveness, and sense of humor are part of what make buying and selling with her as low-stress as possible.  

Often mistaken for a Northampton native, Rachel has only lived in the city since she was 6, except for a brief stint in Austin, Texas in the 1980s.  She is a graduate of the Ada Comstock program at Smith College and worked for many years as a writer and editor. She began that profession as an obituary writer at the Daily Hampshire Gazette, was an editor at the award-winning magazine, Wondertime, and did intermittent freelancing for small business, area colleges, arts organizations, non-profits, and two Fortune 500 companies

Rachel was a longtime member and chairman of the Board of Directors at Pioneer Valley Ballet (and occasional performer). Despite years of training when she was young, her ballet skills are quite limited, so she performed primarily as Mother Ginger in the Nutcracker, with other occasional small roles. She is a former member of the Board of Trustees at Historic Northampton and a dedicated supporter of the organization.

Competitive only about spelling, Rachel is very proud to have been part of a team that has won the Northampton Education Foundation Spelling Bee a record-setting four times. She is obsessed with the New York Times Spelling Bee (and frequent Queen Bee) and has recently been sucked into playing Wordle. Do not challenge her to Boggle unless you like losing.

She lives in Florence with her husband Chris and two dogs, Mini and Lulu. Her grown daughter, Michaela, lives in New York City.

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