Nov. 22, 2016

Meet the Agent: Cheryl Bower

Congratulations to Cheryl Bower! She is celebrating her 8th year anniversary with Zephyr Real Estate in October and is based at our West Portal office.

If a client has a question about San Francisco, Cheryl will have the answer.  As a 3rd generation San Franciscan, her city roots run deep.  She applies her historical knowledge to guide selection, pricing and purchase of real estate.  Cheryl purchased her first home while in her early 20’s and went on to purchase several more, patiently renovating each one.  For the past two decades, she has also co-owned & managed a 5-unit apartment building in Glen Park.  She is able to provide first hand advice on the challenges and opportunities that arise with being a landlord.  

Although she is a city girl, she is now firmly transplanted on the Peninsula and has grown to love the small-town vibe and all that San Mateo County has to offer.

Cheryl is one of our few agents to represent both San Francisco and San Mateo County sellers and buyers.  She is familiar with the necessary documents and disclosures in both the 415 and 650 and enjoys sharing lifestyle in each area to those new to region.  She’s also a member of both the San Francisco & San Mateo County Realtor Associations.

When catching up with Cheryl about her Zephyr anniversary, she shared some inside information to get to know her better.

1. What city do you live in and why? How long have you lived there and what do you love best about it?

I live in Burlingame and have for the last 12 years after my wife and I purchased a neglected Spanish Revival home which we set about updating.  We are nearly done with the transformation, preserving some of the original 1930’s details while incorporating modern conveniences.   Initially, I was drawn to the warmer weather and value available on the Peninsula.  I’ve come to love the community, the close proximity  to outdoor space & the friendliness of the locals.

2. What do you love to do in your spare time?

I have recently taken up golf and love to spend a relaxing day on the links. I have been know to put the finishing touches on an offer while waiting to tee off!  I enjoy surprising clients with my availability and tenacity in putting together a successful deal.

3. What do you think is the most important room in the house that clients focus on when buying and why?

 

I find that the kitchen is the most important room for several reasons.  Most of my clients are foodies and they will visualize themselves cooking and entertaining there.  If the kitchen needs updating, they understand the positive impact of doing renovations. Ultimately, the kitchen is the heart of the home.  It nourishes us by providing a place to prepare food and if it’s an inspiring space it can fuel the mind and soul in addition to the body.

 

June 24, 2016

Hip, sun soaked Inner Mission Loft

Inner Mission Loft, S.F. CA

You will love this hip, sun soaked loft in the Mission.  Centrally located to the popular restaurants, cafes & shops of the Mission, SOMA & Potrero Hill.

 Enjoy sunny afternoons on your private deeded patio that leads to the large common area which is outfitted with seating, tables & a BBQ; the perfect spot for your next get together!

 Neighborhood favorites include Blue Bottle Coffee, Universal Café, Heath Ceramics, Whole Foods, Coffee Bar, Gus’s Community Market, Trick Dog, Flour & Water, Central Kitchen, Sightglass Coffee & Mission Bowling.  

 For the basics, Potrero Center is a block away offering a Safeway & a Petco.

 Franklin Square Park is across the street; the perfect spot to for Fido to romp after napping all day under the expansive windows.

Commute options outside of walking & biking are Muni, Bart, Caltrain, tech shuttles & Highways 101 & 280.

Additional features include:  two full bathrooms, in unit laundry, dishwasher, a custom media/storage cabinet, a deeded parking space with storage cabinets & polished concrete floors on the main level.

Walk & bike score of 95; transit score 84.

 

Property website:  http://www.1800bryantloft.com/

 

Posted by:

Cheryl Bower, Realtor CRS, GRI, ABR, SRES, ePro
Cell/Text: 415-999-3450

cheryl@cbower.com
DRE #: 01505551
Zephyr Real Estate

Top Producer, thanks to great clients like you!

Helping sellers & buyers in San Francisco, San Mateo County & beyond

San Francisco San Mateo Bay Area listing agent & buyers agent

Follow Me on  LinkedIn  Facebook  Flickr  Twitter  pinterest  Blog RSS  Yelp  WordPress  YouTube

Chat Skype cherylbowersf 

 

 

 

May 13, 2016

City of San Mateo April Real Estate Market update

Inventory of single family homes was down 25% from April of 2015.  Median sales price was $1,300,000.

Please get in touch with Cheryl if you have questions about the market.

 

View Cheryl Bower, Realtor, CRS, GRI, ABR, SRES, ePro's Market Videos

 

 

 

Posted by:

Cheryl Bower, Realtor CRS, GRI, ABR, SRES, ePro
Cell/Text: 415-999-3450

cheryl@cbower.com
DRE #: 01505551
Zephyr Real Estate

Top Producer, thanks to great clients like you!

Helping sellers & buyers in San Francisco, San Mateo County & beyond

San Francisco San Mateo Bay Area listing agent & buyers agent

Follow Me on  LinkedIn  Facebook  Flickr  Twitter  pinterest  Blog RSS  Yelp  WordPress  YouTube
Chat Skype cherylbowersf

 

Feb. 1, 2016

Real Estate Market update for Burlingame, CA


Posted by:

Cheryl Bower, Realtor CRS, GRI, ABR, SRES, ePro
Cell/Text: 415-999-3450

cheryl@cbower.com
DRE #: 01505551
Zephyr Real Estate

Top Producer, thanks to great clients like you!

Helping sellers & buyers in San Francisco, San Mateo County & beyond

San Francisco San Mateo Bay Area listing agent & buyers agent

Follow Me on  LinkedIn  Facebook  Flickr  Twitter  pinterest  Blog RSS  Yelp  WordPress  YouTube
Chat Skype cherylbowersf

Nov. 7, 2015

Travel the World Without Leaving Your San Francisco Property

Visit San Francisco property on Chinatown.Take advantage of owning a San Francisco property and enjoy visiting Chinatown frequently. San Francisco Chinatown is the biggest Chinatown outside of Asia and the oldest one in North America. No wonder it is one of the top tourist attractions in San Francisco. Learn more about Chinese culture, browse for antiques, shop for groceries, dine at authentic restaurants and much more. Try dim sum, Chinese baked goods, and other fine cuisine. Enjoy the unique and impressive architecture while perusing the shops. A few of the most elaborate buildings are the Bank of Canton and Sing Chong Building.

Many events and festivals also occur each year in Chinatown. Come on down to celebrate Chinese New Year, watch talented dancers, or attend a lecture or craft workshop. There are even basketball jamborees, street fairs, and a Ms. Chinatown USA Pageant. Take a tour, browse an exhibit, or see a film. The list goes on and on. There is plenty for San Francisco property owners to do here throughout the year. San Francisco Chinatown is a true cultural asset to this area. Visit Chinatown online for a full listing of restaurants, shops and galleries, as well as information about all of the special events that take place here each year.

Posted in News
Nov. 6, 2015

Tour Local Tastes Close to Your San Francisco Home

Take a food tour near your San Francisco home.One of the major perks to calling San Francisco home is all of the delicious food offered here. What better way to learn all about the best places than by going on a Local Tastes of the City tour of San Francisco. Discover the places that the locals love. Three tours are offered, try one or all. The Chinatown and North Beach Night Walking Tour includes dim sum, the opportunity to see how fortune cookies are made, authentic western saloons, scrumptious pizza and wine, and much more. The North Beach/Little Italy Walking Food Tour gives guests the opportunity to see how coffee is roasted, taste award winning chocolates, olives, pizza, and pastries, and check out the Beat Generation Hangouts. The Chinatown Walking Food Tour allows tour goers to feel as if they have truly experienced Chinatown. Enjoy a menu of dim sum, fortune cookies, and exotic teas, as well as experiencing antiques, music, and authentic cookware.

The tour guides are friendly and knowledgeable about San Francisco history, architecture, and the food. All guests will enjoy seeing the city in a new way, meeting local shop owners, and knowing where to find the good stuff. Tours are only $59.00 per adult when booked online and that price includes everything. Taking a tours is a great way to find out more about what owning a San Francisco home has to offer. Visit SF Food Tour for more information and to book a tour.

Posted in News
Nov. 5, 2015

Explore Science Near San Francisco Real Estate

Learn science on San Francisco real estate.A favorite spot of many San Francisco real estate owners and visitors to the city is the Exploratorium. Located on the beautiful Pier 15, this is a great place to visit for a day, consider a membership to, hold a special or corporate event, or attend a special program. The Exploratorium offers a fun and hands on day of learning to people of all ages. Come check out the six galleries that make up the museum and tinker, investigate the living world, learn more about thoughts, feelings, and social behavior. Investigate light, vision, sound, and hearing. Go outside to learn more about wind, the tides, and other natural phenomenon in our world, and also discover more about the history, ecology, and geography of the Bay area.

This facility also offers a tactile dome that lets visitors navigate in total darkness, a venue for music and films, and a collection of artwork on display. The Exploratorium is a beloved spot for field trips and other group outings, The gift shop and restaurant will send all visitors back to their San Francisco home or hotel with a full belly and new trinkets with which to tinker and remember a grand visit. Check out the Exploratorium to learn more and plan a trip.

Posted in News
Oct. 22, 2015

Priced out of the San Francisco Bay Area housing market? Check out these creative housing options.

Coit Tower, S.F., CA

Coit Tower, S.F., CA

 

While the rest of the world is amazed or simply amused by the surging prices for housing we have in the Bay Area, one couple has documented it and one google employee has found a creative way to thrive.  Is his plan part of a bigger movement?  What can a middle class couple who wants to stay in the Bay Area and buy a home do?

Michelle Joyce and Steve Fyffe created a documentary about the struggle to find and stay in affordable housing in the Bay Area and what it means for the region when an entire demographic group cannot afford to stay here.

Good Morning America recently featured a story about an employee who is saving 90% of his salary by living in a 128-square-foot truck.  He really just sleeps in the truck; he eats, showers, works and parks at the Google campus.

The idea of a workforce that lives onsite isn’t new and it’s been the key to getting your Christmas gifts on-time from Amazon.  Is it part of a bigger movement?  It’s never been easier to live, or sleep in your vehicle and remain connected.  Here is one thriving online community , there are many others.

Then there is the renter who bought a 136 square foot sail boat as her new home rather then pay S.F.'s steep rental prices.

The take-away for me is that right now, with real estate, unless you are wealthy, flexibility is key.  What do you think?

 

Posted by:

Cheryl Bower, Realtor CRS, GRI, ABR, SRES, ePro
Cell/Text: 415-999-3450

cheryl@cbower.com
DRE #: 01505551
Zephyr Real Estate

Top Producer, thanks to great clients like you!

Helping sellers & buyers in San Francisco, San Mateo County & beyond

San Francisco San Mateo Bay Area listing agent & buyers agent

Follow Me on  LinkedIn  Facebook  Flickr  Twitter  pinterest  Blog RSS  Yelp  WordPress  YouTube
Chat Skype cherylbowersf

June 27, 2015

SOLD! 1920's Downtown Redwood City Bungalow - Represented Buyer

SOLD!  1920's Downtown Redwood City Bungalow - Represented Buyer

 

Posted by:

Cheryl Bower, Realtor CRS, GRI, ABR, ePro
Cell/Text: 415-999-3450

cheryl@cbower.com
DRE #: 01505551
Zephyr Real Estate

Top Producer, thanks to great clients like you!

Helping sellers & buyers in San Francisco, San Mateo County & beyond

San Francisco San Mateo Bay Area listing agent & buyers agent

Follow Me on  LinkedIn  Facebook  Flickr  Twitter  pinterest  Blog RSS  Yelp  WordPress  YouTube
Chat Skype cherylbowersf

May 27, 2015

SOLD- Mid-Century home, Miraloma Park, S.F. - Multiple offers, represented buyers

Posted by:

Cheryl Bower, Realtor CRS, GRI, ABR, ePro
Cell/Text: 415-999-3450

cheryl@cbower.com
DRE #: 01505551
Zephyr Real Estate

Top Producer, thanks to great clients like you!

Helping sellers & buyers in San Francisco, San Mateo County & beyond

San Francisco San Mateo Bay Area listing agent & buyers agent

Follow Me on  LinkedIn  Facebook  Flickr  Twitter  pinterest  Blog RSS  Yelp  WordPress  YouTube
Chat Skype cherylbowersf