Congratulations to Oliver Burgelman! He is celebrating his 14-year anniversary with Zephyr Real Estate this March and is based in our Noe Valley office.

Oliver grew up in the Bay Area and has been settled in San Francisco for over 20 years, proud to call the beautiful city his home. As a longtime resident, he has been able to experience the unique diversities that make San Francisco a wonderful place to live—an invaluable asset to offer his clients.

After graduating from university with a degree in economics, and before pursuing his career in real estate, Oliver conducted research on future growth potential in the industrial sector. He has also always been fortunate enough to follow his deep passion for those things that interested him. He has taught English in Korea and Japan, and he speaks several languages fluently. He has also worked in the recording industry, dealing closely with artists at major studios such as Studio D in Sausalito.

Real estate has always been an interest for Oliver, who regards owning property as one of the most fundamental experiences in a person’s life and as a foundation for almost all our endeavors. Thirteen years ago he realized that this was a career that could meld his skills and talents in a productive and coherent way. After joining Zephyr Real Estate he formed a partnership with Mike Ackerman. Year after year they have been top producing realtors and have built a business upon referrals from friends, past clients and those that have touched their lives. Building Trust for Life is not just their logo or motto, but a way of living.

We got to know Oliver 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?

“I live in the Outer Richmond. I have lived in SF for over 20 years mostly in the Mission. I moved out of the Mission to find more space for myself and my growing family. I didn’t realize when we moved into the Outer Richmond how much we were going to love the neighborhood. We are walking distance to Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach and Land’s End. I love to surf, and although Ocean Beach can be rough, it is a wonder to be able to walk to the ocean. My kids go to school in the area which is a pure luxury. The Outer Richmond has become home.”

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

“A couple years ago I would have said the Sunset and the Outer Richmond were hidden gems in SF, but I think the secret has gotten out. It is still quite incredible to be able to find a single-family home and a yard to relax in so close to the excitement of the city. I still think the Outer Avenues offer a great value for people who want space but still want to stay in San Francisco.”