Del Mar's Julie Maxey-Allison savors ease of being outdoors

Julie Maxey-Allison grew up in Los Angeles, but she spent a good chunk of her life in the Big Apple, where she was part of the editorial teams at several publications including Ladies’ Home Journal, Self, New York and the New York Times Magazine.Julie Maxey-Allison

In the early ’70s Maxey-Allison moved to Del Mar when her husband, David Maxey, became editor of Psychology Today, which was then published in Del Mar. The family returned to Manhattan in the mid 1970s when the magazine relocated.

Her husband, David, passed away in 1984 and, eventually, Maxey-Allison switched careers to real estate sales and is associated with Brown Harris Stevens.

She was president of the West Side Children’s Fund in New York City, and now that she has settled in Del Mar, she recently joined the board of the Del Mar Foundation, where she will serve as chair of the hospitality committee. Maxey-Allison lives in Del Mar with her husband, Bradford Allison, a professor at California State University.

  1. What brought you to Del Mar?

Whimsy. My husband David Maxey, who died in 1984, took a job as editor of Psychology Today, which was then located in Del Mar.

  1. What makes this town special to you?

The ocean, the vegetation and the ease of being outdoors.

  1. If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract, or improve in the area?

I would reroute the trains away from the city, and bring a hardware store to the city.

  1. Who or what inspires you?

Intelligence, wit, style, kindness, ocean sounds, and the endless variations of nature.

  1. If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

I would host a potluck dinner outdoors, moon- and candle-lit, with fragrant flowers and music by Mozart, Chopin, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Try and whatever early musicians the guests request. Including my husband Brad and myself, the guests would include: my father who died a very many years ago, Cleopatra and her choice of either Julius Caesar or Mark Antony, Lucy, the Inca King Pachacuti and the Indian Goddess Sarasvati.

  1. Tell us about what you are currently reading?

“Cleopatra” by Stacy Schiff.

  1. What is your most prized possession?

Love of the arts.

  1. What do you do for fun?


  1. Please describe your greatest accomplishment.

There is still time.

  1. What is your motto or philosophy of life?

Live happily and let live.



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