Congratulations to David Ames! He is celebrating 17 years with Zephyr Real Estate this October and is based at our Upper Market office.

 David is a third generation San Francisco native bringing an unmatched insider knowledge of San Francisco to the table with each and every client. He has been an agent with Zephyr since 1999 and he represents buyers and sellers of residential and income producing properties across the city’s 89 distinct neighborhoods. In addition to his inherent familiarity of San Francisco, David’s combined experience in real estate, mortgage lending and staging design present a unique combination of financial knowledge, ingenuity, and marketing insight to his clients.

When catching up with David about his Zephyr anniversary, he shared some inside information to get to know him better.

1. What neighborhood do you live in and why? How long have you lived there and what do you love best about it?

“Cole Valley. I fell in love with the neighborhood shortly after college. I met a high school buddy for coffee one morning at the (old) Tassajara Bakery on the corner of Cole and Parnassus, and after walking a few blocks in the neighborhood, I felt like I had just discovered the best kept secret in San Francisco. Equally surprising was the fact that I didn’t really know anything about the neighborhood at the time. I felt like a native New Yorker that had never visited the Statue of Liberty (and truth be told, I still haven’t visited Alcatraz). My folks still refer to it as “Mayberry in SF”.  (Anyone familiar with the old Andy Griffith show will catch the reference.)”

 2. Do you have a favorite architectural style or building in San Francisco? In the world?

“I have to admit: I’m partial to detached bungalows…particularly those showcasing a ‘Story Book’ style or authentic Craftsman design. The late 1920’s, 30’s, and early 40’s seems to be the peek era for construction of these homes in many California towns and neighborhoods. I also have a strong connection to mission revival design, but it typically has to be vintage. On the flip side, I love Eichler’s, too! They remind me of my childhood and all that was truly “modern” in those days.  Living in one gave the illusion that you were one step away from becoming “The Jetsons”.  The only thing still missing are the flying cars.”