Congratulations to Kimberly Kinsel, she has just celebrated 1 Year at Zephyr Real Estate and is based at our Upper Market office. Get to know her better as we go behind the scenes to learn more about her favorite spots and life as a Realtor.

1. What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is making my clients’ real estate dreams happen, when I hand them the keys to their new home or let them know that we’ve closed escrow on a property they’re selling. The joy and appreciation of my clients drives me everyday, that, and I’m a design junkie, so I love seeing all of the properties.

2. Favorite dog park in SF and why?

Our favorite dog park in SF is Bernal Heights Park because my dogs, Saha & Ghazi, love the natural wilderness feel and hills of the park. I love the sprawling city views. We also love Alston Park in Napa because it is so open, has so many trails and is surrounded by vineyards.

3. Favorite pastime when you’re not hard at work with real estate?

My favorite pastimes are hanging out with my dogs, driving beautiful cars and drinking wine with friends and family.

4. If you could live in any SF neighborhood, which would it be and why?

If I could live in any SF neighborhood it would be Pac Heights. Pac Heights was the first SF neighborhood I lived in more than 20 years ago and I love all of the Victorians and parks there. Pac Heights is also close to the Golden Gate Bridge and ideally, I’d like to have a place in Napa too, so getting back and forth would be easier from there.

5. Favorite Design Trend of all time?

My favorite design trend of all time, and the one I hope we see more of going forward, is updating the old homes and buildings, especially the Victorians, with a respect and honor to their past and original design, integrating their original design elements into our modern way of living. Two recent projects that I think have done a great job of this are the Lighthouse on Dolores, a 100-year old church that was turned into town-homes reusing much of the original elements in a new and fresh way and at 1450 Franklin where they’re paying homage to the original Frederick Meyer building with the façade of the first couple of floors. I love contemporary design and conveniences, but we need to preserve the great design of the past as well.