by LINDA FRABL | photos by Alicia Jeanne Photography

Kids Come First!


family_bean2The Bean family parents, Ryan and Chantal, both grew up in North County San Diego and met 15 years ago at Palomar College. Soon after Palomar, they both went on to earn advanced degrees and pursue their careers. Ryan has an MBA from UCLA and worked as an investigator and Chantal has a Master’s in Human Behavior from Long Beach State and worked as an event company owner. However, once they decided to settle down, they knew Carlsbad was the place for them. Ryan admitted, “After we decided to have children we knew we wanted to raise them in Carlsbad!” Today they have three children – Chyan, 6, Charlotte, 4, and Magnus, 1.

In addition to the kid-friendly change in their lifestyle, the Beans also made a work-related change. Saying goodbye to the 9 to 5 grind, Ryan followed his dream and opened a wood-working shop called Barn Door Dudes, which Chantal also helps run. He specializes in creating customized doors, and his work has been featured on HGTV’s “House Hunter’s Renovation” as well as A&E’s “Tiny House Nation.” Ryan exclaimed, “My passion for wood-working started off at a young age and never left my heart.”


Parents: Chantal and Ryan Bean
Children: Chyan, Charlotte, Magnus
Community: The Foothills
Pets: Chickens
Favorite Places in Carlsbad: Hiking Batiquitos or Calavera. Love grabbing coffee at Leap Coffee and eating at Norte and Vigilucci’s. Always supporting locals!

family_bean3Because of the many children in their neighborhood, Chantal utilized her organizational skills to start up a Daisy troop for her two daughters. She revealed, “We have 22 Daisy members in our troop! I wanted my girls to have the opportunity to be part of a community while developing lifelong friendships. We meet once a month and go on local field trips all over Carlsbad to earn our patches.”

Chantal also makes time to volunteer at Hope Elementary, professing, “Kids always come first!” She also helps organize Operation Santa with the Carlsbad Fire Department during the Christmas season. Chantal explained, “Santa comes through the neighborhood on a fire truck collecting toys, food, and supplies for families in need.”

The Bean family has many additional activities that keep them entertained. Chyan loves gymnastics, soccer, and T-ball. Charlotte is into ballet. As for Magnus, “He loves destroying the house!” Chantal laughed. Together, the Beans enjoy bike rides, hiking, going to the local beaches, hanging out at the pool, and visiting the zoo and Legoland. Ryan proclaimed, “We couldn’t ask for a better neighborhood to raise our family in!”