HILLS OF SAN FRANCISCO
San Francisco is an alluring and
Nestled in spectacular geography, it is a City built and inhabited by adventurous souls, with countless colorful stories.
Our City was built quickly by people
who came from all parts of the
globe to dig for gold...that's never happened anywhere before or since.
Like so many land-limited world-class cities, San Francisco is experiencing growth challenges. Technology and environmental awareness promise
to provide creative solutions
or our future growth.
Dolores Park, Mission Dolores 2015
WHAT'S THE MARKET DOING NOW?
San Francisco's real estate market is off to a very strong start in 2018, with modest inventory and high demand.
BUENA VISTA / ASHBURY HEIGHTS
1526 Masonic Street,E. B. Power House,
Bernard R. Maybeck, Architect, 1920
Opera Plaza, No. 601
Opera Plaza, No. 1006
Symphony Towers, No. 1006 & #201
1329 Stanyan (Stairs), Lun Chan Architect, 1984
COLE VALLEY PARNASSUS HEIGHTS
1241 Stanyan, 1925
22 Parnassus, John Stierlen, 1905
166 Corbett / 4367 17th Street
61 Saturn, 1951
283 States, 1972
3, 4 & 5 Charlton Court at Union, c. 1880’s
2846 Baker, 1949
2765 Union, 1908
5510 Diamond Heights Boulevard
851 Indiana #309
675 Castro Street
166 Corbett, c. 1886
71 Eagle, 1920
640 Davis No. 41, Fisher Friedman Architect, 1983
845 Montgomery, Penthouse 1
845 Montgomery, #E
FOREST HILL EXTENSION
8 Edgehill Drive, 1923
GOLDEN GATE HEIGHTS
540 Ortega, 1956
1915 Oak Street
1234 Page Street, c. 1884
85 Sycamore #1
2018 18th Avenue, 1927
241 - 7th Avenue, 1911
700 10th Avenue
778-780 12th Avenue, A. Emil Nelson, Architect, 1918
647 14th Avenue, 1922
855 Arguello, J. C. Flugger, Architect, c.1902
33-35 Balboa, 1908
1100 Cabrillo Street, William Koenig, Architect, 1916
3900 California No. 7
530 Funston, 1912
144-146 Lake, J. C. Flugger, Architect, 1904
1536 Lake, 1911
433 Liberty, 1907
3651 Twenty-first, 1996
LOWER PACIFIC HEIGHTS
1673 Bush Street, Architect John A. Remer, 1871
2634 Bush, c.1880’s
1980 Sutter Street, No. 301, 1984
MT. DAVIDSON MANOR
115 Kenwood Way, 1928
1177 California, Gramery Towers
Nos. 1111 & 1602, 1978
1333 Jones No. 702
4720 25th Street
294 Fair Oaks
42 August Alley, 1912
600 Chestnut No. 205, & No. 301
1635-37 Grant, 1908
1816 McAllister, W. G. Hind, Architect, 1901
101 Lombard No. 801W, 1983
2210 Broderick, c. 1890’s
2211 Broderick, No. 2, James F. Dunn, Architect, 1915
2557 California, c. 1890’s
2867 Clay, c.1895
1870 Jackson No. 602, 1931
2855 Jackson No. 202,
Sylvan Schnaittacher, Architect, 1923
2886 Jackson, Arthur J. Laib, Architect, 1910
1819 Lyon, c. 1890s
1940 Vallejo No. 1, Carl Werner, Architect, 1927
2401 Vallejo, 1941
1840 Washington #603, 2012
2921 Washington No. 2, Bernard J. Joseph, 1916
3112 Washington, Edgar A. Matthews, 1911
1980 Sutter, 1984
2561 21st Avenue, 1926
1250 29th Avenue, 1916
700 Vicente, 1935
1415 20th Street
533 Missouri, A+D Architecture
701 Pennsylvania #105
969 Rhode Island
3310 California, c. 1895
3436 Clay No. 4
3999 Clay, Paul diMartini, Architect, 1907
3939 Sacramento, 1983
1170-1180 Green, Bruce Bonacher, Architect, 2010
1450 Greenwich No. 501,
Henry C. Smith, Architect, 1928
1101 Leavenworth No. 303, 1964
40 Montclair Terrace, Kitchen & Hunt, Architects, 1951
482 Lansdale, 1958
ST FRANCIS WOOD
61 San Pablo, Masten & Hurd, Architects, 1923
1509 10th Avenue
1250 29th Avenuet, 1916
WEST CLAY PARK
71 22nd Avenue
Shroepner & Bolles, Architects, 1911
2642 15th Avenue, 1935
250 Claremont, 1919
295 Hazelwood, Charles F. Strothoff, 1925
1685 Plymouth, Charles F. Strothoff, 1915
135 Colon, 1920
1444 Plymouth, 1923
YERBA BUENA / FINANCIAL DISTRICT SOUTH
246 Second Street #1305
300 3rd Street #1208, Museum Parc
4608 Jacobus, Oakland Hills
171 Cazneau, Sausalito
Campbell Creek Ranch, Oakville
SANTA CLARA COUNTY
1010 Rosewood, Santa Clara
Stewart’s Point, Sonoma County Coast
Sonoma Coast Estate
The Sea Ranch, Sonoma
128 Sea Walk Drive No. 10, Charles Moore, Architect
ABOUT / CONTACT
"Connections and Results"
2001 Lombard Street
San Francisco, California 94123
An important part of success is giving back.
I give $250 to a non-profit organization in our community on behalf of my clients for real estate transactions completed.
These are some of the organizations to which I have made contributions on behalf of my clients:
American Cancer Society
California Historical Society
Chronicle Season of Sharing
Friends of Animal Care & Control
Habitat for Humanity
Larkin Street Youth Services
Lycee Francais de San Francisco
Make a Wish Foundation
Montessori Big City
Project Open Hand
Rocket Dog Rescue
SF - Marin Food Bank
WHAT I DO
I help people achieve their real estate goals, and am passionate about my commitment to helping my clients acquire or sell property.
Utilizing my 28 years of San Francisco real estate experience I leverage my negotiating and marketing skills for buyers and sellers.
My enthusiasm for architecture helps
me to passionately represent a
spectrum of styles.
I help to demystify the process, providing my clients with information and guidance to maximize convenience, efficiency and speed. I help you to keep it all in context, reducing stress.
WHO I AM
The art of negotiation is a critical skill I developed as the Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing for a company that more than tripled in size during the time I held that position.
With this ability, I bring a strong background of education and experience to my current successful real estate practice. In Chicago, I studied at the University of Illinois, Department of Urban Planning and Chicago Architecture Foundation that included training at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio.
I am passionate about the Bay Area, its culture, architecture and environment.
As an amateur photographer I enjoy chronicling and preserving the history of our amazing City.
As a docent and Education Committee member with the Foundation for San Francisco's Architectural Heritage at the Haas-Lilienthal House, I helped teach the rich legacy of the Bay Area. I enjoy representing all styles and periods of architecture.
Council of Residential Specialists International Committee, 2008 & 2009
San Francisco Association of Realtors,
Government Relations Committee 2018
San Francisco Association of Realtors,
Global Business Council 2017
CRS, Certified Residential Specialist
CIPS, Certified International Property Specialist
SRES, Seniors Real Estate Specialist
University of Illinois, Chicago
National Trust for Historic Preservation, marketing and selling of historic homes
Transnational Referral Certified, international referrals
TRC, Transnational Referral Certified
MEMBERSHIPS / AFFILIATIONS
American Institute of Architects
California Association of Realtors
California Historical Society
DeYoung, MOMA and Palace of Fine Arts museums
DoCoMoMo –Documentation and Conservation of buildings
and neighborhoods of the modern movement
FIABCI – International Real Estate Federation
Foundation for San Francisco's Architectural Heritage
Friends of the Urban Forest
Istituto Italiano di Cultura, lifetime honorary membership
International Real Estate Federation
Jewish Community Center
National Association of Realtors
San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
San Francisco Association of Realtors
Savoir Plus French
Silicon Valley Association of Realtors
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, SPCA,
ATT (Animal Assisted Therapy Program)
Palace of Fine Arts, The Marina
Buyer & Seller
"We have worked with Roland over the past 17 years. During that time, Roland has helped us purchase and sell a property. Roland is extremely knowledgeable of how the real estate market works in San Francisco and is well connected with contractors, the city assessors office, rental agencies, and is well known within the community of Real Estate agents.
Roland is very disciplined and in setting a plan, reviewing that with you, keeping things on track and keeping you informed. During our purchase and selling processes we had daily communications and update on status and next steps. We felt very safe and well taken care of. It is important to note that for the selling process we did in Summer ’15, we never stepped foot into San Francisco.
Roland was able to manage the entire house prep, listing, and sale without us ever going to San Francisco. This was an extremely helpful capability that Roland delivers. Overall, I would recommend Roland for any Real Estate need you have."
~John McClure, GM, Intel
"Coming from abroad and buying a property was quite a challenge for us. We wouldn’t have been able to succeed without Roland's help.
He's been really awesome, first in helping us to find the right property, then guiding us at each steps, providing the necessary information and working with the bank in order to close the deal on time.
Actually, he did not just work with us as a true professional but also gave us many useful tips and referrals for a smooth relocation. Impressive!
He's definitely the one person to work with!!"
~Yves Lewi, Vice President HSBC Bank USA
Buyer & Seller
It is your attention to detail that makes things work. Thank you. You are a star!" ~Gretchen Rogers
I particularly appreciated:
- Roland's professionalism and care of details: we had no clue, no experience, no opinion, it would have been scary for us to sign all those documents. With you, we felt that we were in secure hands and as a result were able to proceed with great confidence (and speed :)
- Roland's experience: after so many years in the industry, Roland was able to advise us on what is important vs what is secondary, what is normal vs what isn't. As a result we could focus and prioritize.
- Roland's tips/contacts: He has a network beyond real estate, thank you for recommending us insurance, electricians, down to lighting store, we save so much time and each of those recommended are very professional and nice.
- Roland's attitude in general: till the very last minutes you were with us, always at the top of everything, always remaining calm and composed.
We would not have been prepared for such a complicated closing without his patience, advice, professionalism and diplomacy.
We can measure Roland's efficiency in this property deal by looking in the stunned eyes of our friends who are still surprised that we bought a house in so little time.
It has been a real pleasure to work with Roland and we warmly recommend him to anyone who has real estate plan!
~Arnaud de Fontenay
Ashbury Heights / Buena Vista
Perched above and between the Haight - Ashbury district and Corona Heights.
Buena Vista Park was originally known
as Hill Park and was reserved by the
City in 1867 as part of the Outside Lands.
Its summit is 569 feet above sea level and the park covers 36.5 acres.
John McLaren, "patriarch" of Golden Gate Park oversaw the plantings, some of which were seedlings donated by
Adolph Sutro planted by school children on Arbor Day.
Big views from steep slopes are lined with numerous fine examples of Baroque, Victorian and Mediterranean architecture.
Buena Vista West (street)looking north
Corona Heights is located between The Castro and The Haight. A few minutes hike up to the top of this rocky promontory presents a spectacular view.
This quiet neighborhood enjoys a location in our sunbelt.
The Randall Museum is on Museum
Way and States Street.
Rich with atmosphere, the Haight has a magical quality. There are entire blocks of Victorian and Edwardian homes that are perfectly intact with colorful paint themes as well as many eclectic shops, sidewalk cafes, restaurants and night clubs.
Golden Gate Park's entrance is at the
end of Haight on Stanyan.
Cole Valley includes the Haight-Ashbury. Cole Street and Haight are the main streets. There is an interesting demographic mix in this classic San Francisco neighborhood.
So named for the fact that it was used as grazing lands for the City's dairy cows up until the 1860's. In the 1950's, the area became fashionable, and the chic boutiques, antique shops and art galleries took over the old neighborhood shops.
These shops, many of which are in restored 19th century buildings, create a movie-set environment.
There is an underground stream that feeds a small pond in the courtyard of St. Mary's Church at the corner of Union and Steiner.
Local Italians once "raced" huge rounds of cheese downhill on Fillmore Street through this area. What a scene that must have been!
Once used by native Americans as hunting grounds, by the late 1860's this area developed into the City's most dense and important center for heavy industry, with thousands of industrial workers and skilled craftsmen.
This sunny hip urban neighborhood has really blossomed in recent years. Once very gritty and almost exclusively industrial, it is now roughly 50% residential. Part of Potrero Hill, it enjoys an easy commute downtown or to the peninsula.
Esprit Park is a favorite gathering place for people and their pets. It is centrally located between 20th, 22nd, Indiana and Minnesota Streets.
The City of San Francisco declared Dogpatch as a historic district in 2003.
A number of Victorian-style houses designed by architect Jon Cotter Pelton Jr. in the early 1880's line parts of Tennessee and Minnesota Streets.
Downtown San Francisco is a feast for the eyes. The architecture here is as diverse as the people, plant and wild life.
"The City" with the "C" in City capitalized, according to A Companion to California by James D. Hart, is "the sobriquet of San Francisco popularized from the 1850's when it was by far the largest, most populous, and most substantial urban settlement in the state, but in common use later in the 20th century as well."
Fine examples of Beaux Arts, Art Deco, International, Victorian and other
styles are to be found by walking around The City.
You can see this and other memorabilia in the Flood Building lobby.
Text next to statuette: "The Maltese Falcon". One of several copies made from the original used in the filming of the classic Humphrey Bogart film. Purchased by John Konstin, owner of John's Grill -- a regular hang-out for author Dashiell Hammett who wrote "The Maltese Falcon" during his tenure as an employee of Pinkerton's Detective Agency located in the Flood Building. Konstin made a gift of this "Falcon" to James Flood.
A superb example of the Chicago School design by the firm of Burnham and Root, The Mills Building was rebuilt and expanded in 1907.
Note the 3 "layers" of the building, like those of an ancient column with a base, center shaft and cornice. This "tripartite" design defines the Chicago School style.
Eureka is the Greek word for "I found it!", adopted in 1850 as California's motto.
Lower and middle class families then flocked into this sunny valley.
Although primarily the working class, The workers were well-paid then and comfortable houses emerged.
German and Scandanavians, then Irish American families folded in.
The boom in housing in this area began in 1887 following the opening of the
Market Street Cable Railway.
Mark Daniels, who also laid out Sea Cliff, planned Forest Hill. This is a beautiful neighborhood similar to St. Francis Wood, with a less formal feeling.
Winding streets, densely planted islands,
formal stairways and large urns create an
atmosphere of charm and tranquility.
Stack Comfortable Food on Hayes
Biergarten on Octavia
Biergarten on Octavia
Blue Bottle Coffee on Linden
Dark Garden on Linden
Earthbody Spa on Laguna
Isotope on Fell
Juice Shop on Hayes at Octavia
Miette Confiserie on Octavia
Octavia at Hayes
Octavia and Linden
Papa Bubble on Fell
Octavia and Hayes
Proxity Theater Project
Smitten Ice Cream on Octavia
Tazi Designs on Linden
Century Cafe on Gough
Gourmet & More on Gough
Jules Maeght Gallery on Gough
LiveFitGym on Fell
Makeshift Society at Gough and Hickory
Rich Table on Gough
African Outlet on Octavia
Hayes and Octavia
Hayes & Buchanan
Loving Cup on Octavia
Hayes Valley Zen Center
11 - 36
Part of the Western Addition, a vast section of the City west of Van Ness Avenue that was annexed in 1851. Much of it was sand dunes and was noted as "The Great Sand Waste" on early maps.
The urban renaissance continues in this area of mixed-use buildings and demographics.
Having the Presidio to the north, Golden Gate Park to the south, the proximity to these sensational outdoors spaces are appealing to many active people.
The Richmond was one of the neighborhoods that accommodated "refugee shacks" set up throughout the City after the Great Quake and Fire in 1906 as temporary housing.
As with some other neighborhoods, the automobile helped fuel the development of this area by reducing the perceived distance to downtown. Green Apple Books, a local icon is on Clement near 6th Avenue
"Historic Context Statements on the Neighborhood Development of San Francisco from 1890-1920", the Inner Richmond District was conducted by San Francisco Architectural Heritage in December of 1990.
Jackson Square Historic District
This is the cradle of the City where it all began. The ships came in from all over the world for the gold rush.
Montgomery Street was originally a shoreline. Jackson Square has been enthusiastically written about by Daniel Bacon in his book Walking San Francisco on the Barbary Trail.
This area is the site of our oldest civic roots back to the 1850's. Gold Rush and Post-Gold Rush buildings, built and inhabited by some of the most inspiring individuals are here to speak to us
from the past.
Site of the Pan Pacific Exposition in 1915, this neighborhood's cohesive architecture is attributed to the fact that it was developed within a relatively short time period.
Chestnut Street is the commercial strip of the neighborhood. Many restaurant's, clothing stores and interesting street life. The population is young and
energy is high.
Mission Dolores (technically San Francisco de Asis)
was built in 1776
This sunny protected location, along the Mission Creek, which still runs under this area, made it an ideal place on which to settle.
Once described as "San Francisco's oldest neighborhood and, with each new wave of immigrants, San Francisco's newest neighborhood." The Mission district historically has provided comparatively inexpensive access to many immigrants new to the City.
At 7.9 miles long, Mission Street is the longest (and one of the oldest) in the City. It follows the original road which joined the village of Yerba Buena (SF's original name) to the Mission Dolores.
A portion of it, a toll way, was planked with wood, starting at 3rd street.
A recent addition to this hyper-hip neighborhood is the New Mission Theater. Originally built in 1916, it was designed by the Reid Brothers, then transformed in 1932 into an Art Deco movie palace masterpiece by Timothy Pflueger.
Saved from demolition and declared a landmark in 2004, this stately icon will guarantee continued development south on Mission Street.
Named after Jose de Jesus Noe who came from Mexico to California in the Hijar and Padres colonizing group in 1834. This is family neighborhood in the sun belt beneath Twin Peaks.
Once part of the huge 4,000 acre tract of land called Rancho San Miguel, a large portion (of which this was part) was purchased by John M. Horner.
This area experienced a real boom in home construction after the Market Street Cable Railway launched its Castro Steet cable line which linked Market Street with 26th Street.
German, Scandinavian and later, an increasingly Irish population settled here.
Today it is home to a diverse population with a particular emphasis on the tech sector. La Boulangerie, Whole Foods, Olive This Olive That and the Phoenix Bookstore are icons in the neighborhood.
The "Panhandle", the eastern strip of Golden Gate Park that narrows to resemble just that, was landscaped starting in 1870. In the 1880's houses began being built along the Panhandle, Victorian high society's favorite carriage drive at the time.
Close proximity to Golden Gate Park makes it one of the best locations in San Francisco...only a few minutes to the Haight Ashbury's many restaurants, bars and shopping.
NoPa (for North Panhandle) is a vital neighborhood that allows one to easily fit in life balance between work and easy access to profound nature and countless activities.
Once an actual beach filled with landfill in the late 19th century. Sometimes referred to as San Francisco's "Little Italy", North Beach is one of San Francisco's oldest and most colorful neighborhoods.
One of the most significant players in San Francisco history, pivotal in the rebuilding of The City after the great quake and fire of '06, was AP Giannini. He founded the Bank of Italy in 1904 at 550 Montgomery.
Giannini personally rescued his bank's deposits after the quake and fire, carting the cash to safety hidden under produce in fruit crates, so that there were sufficient funds to rebuild The City.
Unlike the other banks, Giannini started to loan money immediately on a board across two barrels, lending money in good faith, without credit histories to countless victims anxious to rebuild and forget.
North Beach, where most of his customers lived, was the first neighborhood to rebuild after the disaster. Bank of Italy later went on to become Bank of America.
Historic center of the beatnik culture, it is home to the City Light's Bookstore founded by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassidy also lived in the neighborhood.
Barren hills as recently as the late 1860's, this elite residential neighborhood is noted for its fine homes, 370 feet above sea level, and spectacular views of the Bay.
A plethora of architectural styles, combined with well-designed and manicured landscapes, create a magical atmosphere.
The lots in Pacific Heights were larger than those in other neighborhoods so that they might accommodate larger homes. Fillmore Street is energized and hip, yet has an earthy undertone.
Specialty shops, restaurants and a great little theater make this strip very popular amongst locals and tourists alike.
Pacific Heights walking tours are provided by the San Francisco Architectural Heritage, as well as house tours of the Haas-Lilienthal House. Many fine examples of architecture can be found here.
This area developed after the quake and fire of 1906, as it was noted how little damage had occurred in this area. This is why, the architecture is mostly in the Edwardian period (1901-1911) with restrained exteriors.
It is the generous scale and architectural presence of many of these houses, combined with the sensational proximity to The Presidio that create the rarified atmosphere you will find in this neighborhood.
This neighborhood has, without question, some of the finest vantage points in The City: The bay, Alcatraz, Coit Tower atop adjacent Telegraph Hill, and forward-sweeping view of the lush green expanse of the Presidio.
Supposedly named for a burial place of Russian sea otter and seal hunters on its crest, years ago, excavations for retaining walls near Jones and Vallejo uncovered some unidentified graves that might have been those of the pioneer "Muscovites."
A walking tour of this neighborhood
will reward the viewer with compelling examples of architecture and play of light.
Mark Daniels, who also laid out Forest Hill, planned Sea Cliff in 1912. Mediterranean architecture lines the curved streets, with powerful views of the ocean and Golden Gate Bridge.
This neighborhood has a very distinctive feeling with the various elevations, views, and maritime influence.
Sea Cliff is the only neighborhood in San Francisco that actually touches water. The rest of the ocean shoreline is
St. Francis Wood
In 1905, Joseph Mason and Duncan McDuffie pioneered the "planned unit development" concept.
In 1912, St. Francis Wood development successfully created an exceptional residential community amid the natural beauty of a 175-acre forest.
Incorporating landscape planning, contoured roads, parkways, greenbelts and underground utilities, the residential park won numerous awards and garnered national attention.
Others developments planned by Mason & McDuffie include
Claremont & Northbrae.
Coit Tower, 1933, Arthur Brown, Jr
274 feet above the northeast shoreline, this hill is named after the semaphore, a signaling device, which was erected in 1850 to signal the arrival of ships.
Lillie Coit, a flamboyant San Franciscan who came from New York State in 1851 had a passionate respect for firemen and their bravery. My thanks to historian and storyteller, Peter Moylan, of San Francisco Then ... and Now for clarifying the correct stories about the following two art commissions ...
When Lillie died in 1929, she left $125,000 for a beautification project for "the city I love". The City Arts Commission conducted a design contest, which was won by Henry Howard of the architecture firm Blakewell and Brown, which designed City Hall.
In the minutes of the commission meetings, it is recorded that he said it was not a fire nozzle, but a "simple fluted shaft". He said there were no prototypes, but there are power plants in Europe that are housed in "simple fluted shafts".
During the same year, 1933, a statue in Washington Square was commissioned with funds that Lillie left for "a statue to honor firemen". It depicts firemen rescuing a young girl.
West Clay Park
Just off of Lake Street, with spectacular up-close views of the Golden Gate Bridge, West Clay Park is a hidden jewel.
Developed by Lyon & Hoag and officially opened on April 17, 1910, this area was advertised as "an exclusive marine view residence park".
Some excerpts from the original
West Clay Park brochure:
"The only residence park in San Francisco where every house has an unobstructed marine view which can never be cut off";
"A sheltered spot cut up into large lots commanding the most magnificent outlook over ocean, beach and mountain;
"The streets are arranged in gentle curves avoiding the monotony of straight lines. Lawns, flowers, trees and the absence of front fences, make of it a beautiful residence Park.
Large lots afford an abundance of sunshine and protect the view."
"The distance between the sidewalks and curbs has been purposely left large providing sufficient space for shrubbery and lawns. The telephone and electric systems have been installed underground so that there are no unsightly poles or wires above the streets."
The home in which photographer Ansel Adams grew up is here; American composer and pianist
Henry Cowell spent time here.
Saleforce Tower (left), 181 Fremont (right),
Bulbous base of Salesforce Park
Yerba Buena is a hotbed of change. Nowhere else in the City will you find so many new buildings just completed, being built, or about to break ground.
It is home to Salesforce Tower and Park, LinkedIn, Apple and other tech companies as well as Moscone Center,
SF MOMA and other museums.
You can see more cranes here than in any other part of the CIty. This is projected to
be the highest density SF residential neighborhood in the next 5 years.
Yerba Buena Gardens, a 5-acre park on the roof of Moscone Center South
Salesforce Park is projected to be completed and open to the public sometime in 2018 and will be 5.4 acres.
The park atop the transit facility will offer amenities such as an amphitheater, water features, a restaurant, gardens and more.
An insight into old San Francisco on Tehama St.