Congratulations to Mara Klein! She is celebrating 15 years with Zephyr Real Estate this November and is based at our Noe Valley office.

 Prior to working in the real estate industry, Mara got her bachelor’s degree in architecture and worked in the field of interior design for nearly a decade. Since joining forces with Zephyr in 2001, she has worked on over 250 successful transactions including single-family homes, condos, TICs and multiunit buildings. Being a native San Franciscan, Mara feels at home guiding her clients through the home buying and selling process across the City. In addition to her local knowledge, Mara’s design experience gives her clients a competitive edge in the Bay Area real estate market whether they are buying or selling.

When not working, Mara enjoys snowboarding, rock climbing, ceramics, painting, cooking and running on the beach with her dog. She also volunteers her time at Project Open Hand, Cavalier Rescue and the Jewish Home.

When catching up with Mara about her Zephyr anniversary, she shared some inside information about herself to get to know her better.

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

“I live in the Mission District.  I chose the location because I was looking for the same things that most buyers are looking for…a fun urban location, great transit and/or transportation options, good coffee spots, a good neighborhood grocery store and a small array of great restaurants, and some sun!  I have been in the Mission District for over 10 years, and I love the diversity and individualism of the people who live here.  I often walk out my door and hear at least 3 different languages spoken by the time I walk a block or two, which makes me feel like I live in a very accepting world-class city.”

2. What do you love to do in your spare time? Do you have a favorite place to hang out?

“One of my favorite things to do is to walk my dog at Crissy Field Beach.  He can be off-leash and run around as much as he wants and even go swimming while I take in the fresh air and lovely views of the Marin Headlands, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz.  The view never gets old to me, and I always feel rejuvenated after going there. I am pretty sure my dog enjoys it too.

3. Do you have a favorite architectural style or building in SF? In the world?

“There are many architectural styles that I appreciate, but in terms of living, I prefer to live in a place with modern clean lines, and a warm natural feel.  On a totally different architectural note, one of my favorite buildings in San Francisco is the Russ Building on Montgomery between Pine and Bush.  It is a really exceptional example of Gothic Revival (or neo-Gothic) and the details on the exterior and in the lobby are really impressive to me.  You don’t see much of this architectural style in San Francisco, and it certainly does not exist in the housing inventory so I think it is a really special building.”