Leigh left his home in southern California at the age of thirteen to begin preparing for the ministry at a boarding school in northern California. Four years later, he decided to pursue a secular education at UCLA. He graduated with a major in English and minors in Latin and Greek and went on to graduate studies in English at Cal Berkeley under the tutelage of the poet Josephine Miles.
He taught high school English for twelve years, first in Salinas and then in Emeryville and Richmond.
Beginning in the seventies, he and his wife bought run-down apartment buildings, fixed them up, and traded them into larger properties.
Leigh’s first book, Landlording, A Handymanual for Scrupulous Landlords and Landladies Who Do It Themselves, came out in 1975 and has sold over 360,000 copies. Now in its tenth edition, it was chosen as one of the top ten real estate books by the Chicago Tribune.
His second and third books are also part of the canon of rental property management books.
His first novel, Clear of Clouds, which is a romance three times over set against a background of aviation, came out in 2007.
He and his wife, Ivy, call the San Francisco Bay Area town of El Cerrito their home.
An avid bicyclist, he has ridden RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa), StP (Seattle to Portland), Bike New York’s Five Boro Bike Tour, Cycle Oregon, and the Tour de France shadow ride. An avid adventurer, he has trekked from the Nepalese town of Lukla to Kala Patthar, above Everest Base Camp. He is a cautious pilot and a casual golfer.
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