Congratulations to Chris Sprague! He is celebrating his 15-year anniversary with Zephyr Real Estate this April and is based in our Upper Market office.

Chris Sprague had other adventures before becoming a real estate agent. One that stands out most prominently is his career as a lawyer. After graduating from Cornell, he practiced at large firms, first in NY then in Silicon Valley. After some time, he realized he wanted more positive and rewarding client interactions, which ushered him toward entering the real estate profession. While the two careers weren’t directly aligned, what he learned in law school stuck with him: the true meaning of the word “agency.” It means that an agent owes his clients the duties of care, honesty, and loyalty. And as an agent, Chris takes his duties very seriously, always keeping in mind his obligation to put his clients’ interests above his own.

In his spare time, Chris rides his BMW GS adventure motorcycle as much as humanly possible. His dream is to make extended road trips on the bike up the West Coast, to the national parks in the West, through the Southwest and one day through Europe. Chris also enjoys hiking, playing really lousy pool, studying languages, traveling, making instruments with varying degrees of success, woodworking, and discovering and listening to almost any form of music.

We got to know Chris a little better when catching up with him about his Zephyr anniversary.

1. What neighborhood/city do you live in & why? How long have you lived there and what do you love best about it?
“My wife Karen and I have lived in the Sunset for over 15 years. We have sweeping ocean and partial Marin headland views from our living and dining room which I’m thankful for every day. It doesn’t matter what the weather is, foggy, rainy, sunny that view is spectacular. If I ever need an instant pick me up, I walk over to look out that window and take a huge breath. It’s a game changer. The view of the ocean is so expansive and free – it’s almost soulful. For me, it’s part of why we moved here from the dense urban environment of NYC almost 20 years ago.”

2. Do you have a favorite architectural style or building in the Bay Area? In the world?
“San Francisco has a bunch of different architectural styles, and definitely a bit of history. But I lived in Egypt for a year in 1988-1989. Those pyramids are pretty impressive, and at 5,000 years old have definitely proven their longevity. I can’t say for sure how they’d fare in a pest inspection, but my guess is that you wouldn’t find a lot of termite damage in all those bazillion tons of stones!”

3. Is there one neighborhood in the Bay Area that you think is truly a hidden gem and why?

“I know the Avenues are considered a bit remote by some, and yes the foggy few weeks in the summer can get tiresome, but there is so much stuff moving out here, cool new restaurants, coffee shops run by people passionate about coffee, epic bakeries, even art galleries. We often just walk out our door and walk into the Inner Sunset or to the Irving strip to check out the odd and eclectic assortment of things to do. Urban hiking is one of my favorite things to do locally. So many adventures are waiting, sometimes just a few blocks away!”