I Live Here: The Rivas Family

Have you ever wondered who lives in Central Florida neighborhoods? Say hello to the Rivas family, residents of the Conway-Belle Isle area.
I Live Here: The Rivas Family
Say hello to the Rivas Family: (pictured left to right) Katherine, Aries, Gustavo, Lukas, and Nicole.

Q&A with Katherine Rivas

Name and age:
My name is Katherine Rivas, and I have a family of five. My husband and
I have been married for eight years. Our 13-year-old daughter attends Conway Middle School and, this upcoming school year, our ve-year-old son will start Kindergarten at Shenandoah Elementary. Our two-year-old son keeps us all very active.

New York. I was born in Astoria, Queens, and my husband migrated to Washington Heights, New York City when he was 13 years old.

Current neighborhood:
Conway, Kennedy- Simmons neighborhood

How do you pay the bills?
I work for Fusilier Management Group as a Realtor and specialize in property management and leasing. I also work in the office as the administrative assistant. My husband works for Berman Property Management at Nona Village Plaza where he handles maintenance.

What do you create?
I believe I’ve created a beautiful, humble family and my priority is for my children to grow up to be kind, independent individuals.

How did you land in Orlando?
Years ago, my sister came here to attend college, and later, my mother and then my brother followed. And as soon as I started my family, I knew I wanted to raise my children in Orlando, FL.

Do you hold an annual pass?If so, to which park?
Yes, we all have Seaworld and Aquatica passes. They o er lots of fun rides, activities and entertainment for children under five— and adults.

What is the last book you read?
The “50 Shades of Grey” trilogy. As a former stay-at- home mom with my first child, I wanted to know what all the fuss was about. Now, I try to grab a book and fall asleep.

Name your favorite tattoo:
My wedding date on my ring finger.

Last thing you ate at a food truck?
Latin Food Truck, last summer on Conway Road. I also had curry, but I don’t recall the name of the truck.

What is your favorite farmers’ market and why?
Conway Farmer’s Market in Barber Park every third Sunday of each month.

Butterbeer, Dole whip, or _______?

Springs, lakes, or oceans?
Oceans. Clearwater is my favorite.

Only in Orlando moment?
The weather changes in the blink of an eye but at least there’s no snow.

Dog person or cat person?
Dog. We have a beautiful Labradoodle.

If you could change one thing about Orlando, what would it be?
Coming from New York, where you can nd every food, at every hour, in every corner, I miss the variety of foods. There are too many chain restaurants in Orlando.

Where can we find you on the web?
Fusilier Realty Group, www.realtygroupfl.com, for any of your real estate needs.

About the I Live Here Project

Everyone has a story worth telling. And that’s why we started the I Live Here Project—to make it easy for you to share your story, read your neighbors’ stories, and make this place where we all live feel more like home.

How You Can Participate

There are three simple rules to participate in CFM’s I Live Here Project. You must:

  1. Answer all of the questions.
  2. be willing to be photographed in your neighborhood.
  3. Live, work or play in one of the zip codes we cover: 32806, 32809, 32812, 32827, 32832, 32829, 34741, 34771 or 34773.

Sound good? Great. Send us an email (lynnette@cfmonthly.com) and we’ll send you the questions. After you return your answers to us, we’ll schedule your photo shoot and put you in the queue for publication. And, of course, we’ll give you the heads up when we publish your Q&A in the magazine or online. Because #InternetFamous.


Central Florida Monthly Magazine June 2017 CoverThis article appears in the June 2017 issue of Central Florida Monthly Magazine. The free publication is distributed in Lake Nona, Lee Vista, Harmony, Conway, St. Cloud, and Kissimmee via direct mail (30 thousand copies), email (20 thousand subscribers), social media (thousands of followers) and the Social, CFM’s signature networking event. Download the digital issue here.

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