Congratulations to Joel Schilperoort, he will be celebrating 2 Years at Zephyr Real Estate and is based at our Pacific Heights office. Get to know him better as we go behind the scenes to learn more about his favorite spots and life as a Realtor.

What made you get into real estate?

I have always loved architecture and during my youth my favorite classes were always wood-shop. I spent time curating different knickknacks and household items for fun. Once I got to college, I knew I had to find a career for someone with a creative mind and real estate fit the bill perfectly. It affords me the flexibility in schedule, yet the responsibility of running my own business that emphasizes thinking outside the box and serving others.

What is your favorite sport and why?

My favorite sport is soccer. It’s been a huge factor in shaping the man I am today.  As a kid I played on one of the top club soccer teams in the United States and spent my time traveling the country for tournaments.  After my career ended upon graduating from Gonzaga University, I quickly changed gears. I now consider golf my favorite sport. I play regularly and find it a useful tool for business as well.  It’s a game you can play your entire life and never master, which hooks my competitive side and keeps me coming back for more.

What is your favorite pass-time when you’re not hard at work with real estate?

I am an avid outdoors-man. Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, I was entrenched in nature at all times.  My favorite way to unwind and find peace is to find new places to hike.  I am also an amateur outdoor photographer and have been known to capture a neat shot on my adventures from time to time. Occasionally I feature some of these photos on my instagram page sfdreamrealestate.

Best SF neighborhood for someone with a sweet tooth?

Boy this is a tough one, and this is coming from someone who loves his sweets. I think Hayes Valley has to be one of the great neighborhoods for someone who can’t resist a good dessert. There’s luxurious chocolate shops, hand-made candies, and plenty of ice-cream options all within a minutes walk from one another. Spots such as Smitten and Loving Cup are great, but what really does it for me is the experience of walking around the park square on a nice evening.  The aroma of freshly curated ice-cream and smells from various nearby restaurants and pop-ups is something you just have to experience for yourself.

Best transit friendly neighborhood? 

I’m a bit partial here because I live nearby, but I must say Pac heights has it going. That is, if your definition of transit friendly includes buses that are efficient and not always packed to the brim. The 1BX is one of the best lines to get downtown in the morning without the frivolity and congestion that the 38 bus line on Geary provides for the grizzled city-dweller. Honorable mention goes to Noe Valley, simply because of it’s proximity to the freeway and access to tech shuttles.