Congratulations to Eric Castongia! He is celebrating 22 years with Zephyr Real Estate this October and is based at our Upper Market office.

Eric started his work life as an architect where he benefitted from valuable experiences in design, construction management and teaching. But it was during his off hours that he really began to explore and fall in love with real estate, fixing up properties he purchased and later, becoming a landlord.

It was Eric’s innate ability to think strategically, which started at home, that set his true path in life. His great grandfather had a workshop he would help in building wood wagons out of old signs, and his grandfather was a tool and die maker, both exemplary in having the ability to figure anything out. His mother and grandmother, both creative individuals, taught him by example how to look at problems and craft creative solutions. And he got the bug for design and wood working by age 13 when he built an addition onto the home shed in order to have his own workshop.

Eric left the architecture business and graduated to the real estate in 1994 and received his broker’s license in 2015. Eric does not consider himself a traditional real estate agent by any stretch of the imagination, rather a mid-westerner through and through; direct and honest, a great listener, respectful, sensitive and not pushy.

When congratulating Eric on his Zephyr anniversary, he answered a few questions to give us a look behind the scenes.

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

“I moved to Pacifica 4 years ago after living in San Francisco for 25 years. I wanted the benefit of working in the city and living with the small town feel of a coastal city.”

2. What do you love to do in your spare time?

“My partner and I like to go wine tasting. It’s a great getaway and we like meeting the wine makers; I have a real appreciation for the work and pride that goes into making a bottle of wine.”

3. What neighborhood have you seen change most in San Francisco?

“I think West Portal and Inner Sunset have changed the most (and I’ve lived in both). When I first moved into those neighborhoods, they were older, a little run down and sleepy neighborhoods and now they are vibrant destinations with great restaurants and shops, with the accompanying price tag to live there.”