Congratulations to Jamie Lawrence! She is celebrating her 7-year anniversary with Zephyr Real Estate this May and is based in our Pacific Heights office.

Jamie Lawrence arrived to the Bay Area real estate industry with a background that had her supported from the very first step. She earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from Harvard University and J.D. from Stanford Law School which catapulted her into a successful career as a corporate attorney, representing venture capitalists and technology companies in high-stakes securities transactions. The skill set she sharpened during her work as an attorney, all the better prepared her for guiding clients through the high-stakes transaction of buying and selling their homes and investment properties.

Jamie’s natural people skills and polished analytical, negotiation, and project management abilities have strengthened her career as a REALTOR®, a place where people come first. Her proficient resourcefulness and naturally attentive demeanor, have more than proven her to be truly dedicated to not only successful outcomes, but also devoted to making the process of buying and selling property enjoyable.

We got to know Jamie a little better when catching up with her about her Zephyr anniversary.

1. What do you love to do in your spare time? Do you have a favorite place to hang out in the Bay Area?
“When I’m not touring, analyzing data, or negotiating, I love spending time with my wife and our little dog, Peanut. These days we’re doing a lot of gardening. Weeding counts as gardening, right? We love walking (and Peanut loves running figure eights) at Ocean Beach, Crissy Field, and Point Isabel. I’m always on the hunt for the best burger in the City, and I hope I never find it so I can just keep looking.”

2. Do you have a favorite architectural style or building in the Bay Area? In the world?
“We have such beautiful and quirky structures in the Bay Area, so it’s hard to choose a favorite style. I love slick mid-century houses with walls of glass–my favorite one is in Potrero Hill on 20th St.–and big, gracious Edwardian flats, with high ceilings and double- or triple (!) crown molding. I appreciate the functional beauty of Sunset Doelgers, and I’m a sucker for the Spanish Colonial Revivals you find in Westwood Highlands and in the Oakland and Berkeley Hills. I’ve been drawn to the wood-beamed ceilings and terra cotta roofs since I was a kid reading real estate classifieds. My favorite building in the world is the Pompidou Centre in Paris.”

3. Have you seen any interesting trends or dramatic changes in the Bay Area real estate market over the past 5 years?
“The most dramatic change I’ve seen in the San Francisco market is that more and more buyers are heading over the Bay Bridge to Oakland and Berkeley. A few years ago, moving to the East Bay was seen as dramatic and life-changing. In the past three years especially, that has shifted. Certain neighborhoods in Oakland, for example–Temescal, Rockridge, Piedmont Ave., Adams Point, Lakeshore/Grand–are seen as substitutes for SF, not just alternatives.”