Congratulations to Ron Whitney! He is celebrating his 13-year anniversary with Zephyr Real Estate this June and is based in our Upper Market office.

Ron Whitney has been a resident of San Francisco since 1980, solidifying his expert status on the distinct neighborhoods across the city. Being a homeowner himself, Ron’s experience with renovating, improving and marketing of his own properties has afforded him the knowledge to confidently guide his clients through the process. His accumulated resources throughout the community enable him to provide an extensive referral list to his clients.

Ron’s professional career started with a lucrative business in the healthcare industry and kept him flying all over the world for several years. His second calling in life pushed him to sell his business and return to school to become a Chef and start a catering company. During this time he funneled his high energy into donating time to the American Culinary Federation and working with troubled inner-city youth at The Los Angeles Trade Tech College.

His true calling came when he decided to take a shot at a third career as a REALTOR in 2002. It has been a successful marriage of passion and pleasure for Ron, which is truly reflected in the way he manages his business. His unwavering dedication to educating his clients along the way and making the process as easy and stress-free as possible has afforded him an abundant career.

We got to know Ron a little better when catching up with him about his Zephyr anniversary.

1. What city/neighborhood do you live in & why? How long have you lived there and what do you love best about it?
“I bought a home in SOMA pre- dot.com era. The area had a lot of promise for development and appeal too as it was easy access to the freeway. I was in Software sales at that point of my life and was always headed to the airport. The area, after almost 20 years, is finally developing into the neighborhood I had hoped for. It’s a great sunny area within walking distance to Muni/Bart the Mission, Mission Beach, Union Sq., Castro, Dolores Park etc. SOMA is one of the fastest growing areas in the city and the transformation is wonderful.”

2. In your spare time, do you have a favorite place to hang out in the Bay Area?
“My husband and I bought a 5-acre property in Bennett Valley (Santa Rosa) a couple of years ago and renovated to make it our dream home. We love being so far removed from the hectic pace of city life, but only an hour away. The home is nestled in an area sitting above 300 acres of Kendal Jackson grapes which gives us a great walk about in the morning with the dog. I have also become quite the gardener and taken up bee keeping too. Sonoma county has so much to offer for quick excursions from Bodega bay to Dry creek valley (great wines). We love our getaway!”

3. Do you have a favorite architectural style or building in the Bay Area, or in the world?
“I first fell in love with the Edwardian/Victorian homes when I first moved to the city, in 1980. I still love their beauty but have added Mid Century Modern and Modern style too. Our home in the city is a 1906 cottage with original built ins etc. Even with remodel we kept the look/feel in the tradition of the home. Our home in Bennett Valley was crafted into a combination of Mid Century and modern with big views windows, clean lines and modern furniture.”