I was born & raised in the beautiful Black Hills and moved away for 11 years. I've since returned home with appreciation & new found love for this "gem of an area". I was recruited to play college tennis in San Antonio, Texas; then moved to Indiana & graduated from IU-Bloomington Kelly School of Business with Marketing/Merchandising. I was previously in pharm sales for Wyeth & VWR Int. Following that position & downsize of company, I moved back to Rapid City in 2009 starting a vintage & antique furniture company, as well as, manage our historical residential & commercial properties downtown Rapid City with my father, Fred Thurston, of Architecture by Thurston/ Thurston Properties LLC.
When I'm not out helping clients or at the real estate office you can find me spending my time doing property management. In my "me-time" I enjoy T A, yoga, hiking/biking, paddle boarding, spending time with my dog, & love a great adventure- trails in the hills, or simply kicking back & listening to music with great food & company. I'm a very motivated, hard worker & my job & family come first.
Speaking of good company, I joined SUN REAL ESTATE, & The Sunbee Team with, Kathy, and son, Bobby Sundby, September 2019. I've been a Realtor for 4 years. I love coming to work & thoroughly appreciate being a part of a team with expertise in the field, trailblazing, and exceptionally caring group of individuals. I pride myself on smiling a lot & having a great attitude, which carries through in my passion for phenomenal real estate & people. I look forward to meeting new people, connecting, and helping you find the perfect homes for sale in Rapid City that fit your needs. I also have a passion for sustainability & Historical Commercial Real Estate, Beautification & Development. I service all South Dakota Real Estate - Elli Thurston. Rapid City Real Estate - Sun Real Estate in the Black Hills & surrounding areas, including Custer, Hill City, Keystone, Deadwood/Lead, Piedmont, Black Hawk, Sturgis, & Spearfish.