Congratulations to Ryan Fay! He is celebrating his 4-year anniversary with Zephyr Real Estate this Spring and is based in our Upper Market office.

Ryan was a practicing attorney when he bought his first home in San Francisco’s Mission District. He comes from a family which has deep roots in the construction industry and having lived, traveled, and worked throughout the world, architecture and design were always of interest to Ryan. Following the experience of house hunting and purchasing a home, Ryan was hooked on real estate. After a decade of civil rights work and study, he was excited to start a career where he would be working with clients during the best, as opposed to often the worst times in their lives.

Ryan was born in Pittsburgh, PA, attended Trinity College in Connecticut, before moving to Tokyo to work as a teacher. Ryan then spent a little more than a year traveling the world, while working on various civil and human rights projects. He then moved to San Francisco 2007 to attend law school. After passing the California Bar Exam, he moved to Amsterdam to attend the University of Amsterdam, where he received his L.L.M. While living in Amsterdam Ryan realized just how much he loved San Francisco. Promptly after finishing his graduate program he returned to San Francisco and began practicing Civil Rights and Employment Law. In January of 2013, Ryan became a licensed Real Estate Broker and came to work for Zephyr.

Ryan loves traveling and art and is very involved in his community. If not at a gallery or gym, you may run across him as a volunteer for the Young Professionals Council for Meritus Fund, Project Open Hand and the Big Brothers and Sisters Organization where he serves as a Big Brother.

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

1. What neighborhood/city do you live in and why? How long have you lived there and what do you love best about it?
“I live in the Excelsior, and I have lived here for about three years. The first home I bought in San Francisco was in the Mission neighborhood, which I still love. Eventually, we needed a little more space and moved to Excelsior, which reminds me a lot of the Mission. My fiancé grew up near where we currently live, and being geographically close to her family is really important to us. I love the Excelsior because we have great weather, lots of sun for in our back yard, and we live on a street near Crocker Amazon/ McClaren Park so we have lots of places to walk our two awesome bulldogs, Pumpkin and Pudding.”

2. Do you have a favorite architectural style or building in the Bay Area? In the world?
“I love modern architecture. I’ve studied and lived all over the world, from Amsterdam to Tokyo, to even Palestinian refugee camp. Going to law school in The Netherlands gave me a wonderful appreciation for their ability to embrace new, modern design alongside properties that are hundreds of years old. My current home is a quirky Victorian built around 1900, so I have a great appreciation for all types and styles of architecture. One of the things I love about San Francisco real estate is the variety of architectural styles and eras that we have in our city. From mid-century modern in Miraloma Park to a Spanish Med in Pacific Heights and a sleek glass skyscraper in South Beach, getting to see some of the many different types and styles homes in the city is one of the jobs great perks.”

3. Is there one neighborhood or city in the Bay Area that you think is truly a hidden gem and why?
“While we can debate if it really is “in” San Francisco, I’ve got a special love for Yerba Buena Island. While there are massive redevelopment plans for Yerba Buena and Treasure Island, I lived there for a few years when I returned to San Francisco after graduating law school. Yerba Buena Island is an amazing place with this great mix of nature, views, generally better weather than the FiDi, and no crowds. It even has a hidden beach! Treasure Island, the lower man-made island, also has some great spots, but Yerba Buena Island will always hold a special place in my heart.”