Realtor of the Month: Lauren Sumnicht
Lauren is one of the hardest working real estate agents in San Francisco, and we are proud to recommend her. She focuses on selling properties in Pacific Heights, Cow Hollow, and the north side of San Francisco.
San Francisco – the 2nd densest and 2nd most expensive city in America – has one of the most exclusive and difficult real estate markets in the country. With its unforgettable Bay, ocean, and mountain views, world-class attractions, and booming job market – more and more of the world’s wealthiest and most established individuals are moving to the city. Homes appreciated at a compounding rate of 11% per year between 2010 and 2018. Given the area’s geography and topography, real estate options are limited and it takes a talented and trustworthy Realtor to find the perfect property at the right price, and to sell elite properties for top value.
And of all the real estate agents who excel in this market, a select handful are trusted to handle the city’s most exclusive residences and to find and sell homes for its most high-profile clients. The Realtors included on this list have worked on the city’s most iconic and storied properties in its best neighborhoods. They have sold dream homes in Sea Cliff, grand mansions in Presidio Heights, and penthouses in Russian Hill. They find cozy Victorians in Noe Valley for young families, modern SOMA lofts for entrepreneurs, and off-market homes on Billionaire’s Row in Pacific Heights for tech moguls and fashion icons. These Realtors are respected country-wide for their superior negotiation and marketing skills and have envious client lists and connections.
To select the top ten real estate agents in the country’s hottest real estate market, we considered many factors. In addition to the value and exclusivity of current listings and past sales, we considered the neighborhoods they specialize in, the prominent clients they work with, and the professional awards and recognition they have received. We looked at their knowledge of the niche markets within the city and their ability to deliver satisfactory results to their clients. The ten real estate agents on this list have risen to the top of the of the most difficult residential real estate markets in the country.
10) Monica Pauli
Website | 415.902.9502 | Company: Compass Real Estate
Monica Pauli has represented some of the most luxurious properties and high-profile clients in San Francisco for over 16 years. Over her career, she has established herself as one of the top 1% producing Realtors in the country and worldwide. She had over $150 million in sales in the San Francisco Bay Area last year.
Pauli is highly sought after by clients and is greatly respected among her fellow Realtors for her professionalism and boundless energy. She has a unique understanding of what luxury buyers want in a residence and is particularly qualified in marketing elite properties. Pauli is one of the best-trained negotiators in the business.
In addition to her work in the real estate field, Pauli is deeply committed to giving back to her community. She has spent 7 years on the board of the Children of Shelters mission, which provides support for the educational and emotional needs of children in transitional shelters.
Pauli recently sold a rarely available condominium in The Royal Towers on Russian Hill, which was offered at $11 million. This home was recently completely renovated down to the studs. The new design transformed the space with contemporary aesthetics, high-end and modern finishes, and a new floor plan that maximized space. The home has magnificent views of the Bay through its nearly floor-to-ceiling windows. Interior features include cool gray stone floors, three balconies, and lime painted walls and ceilings that imitated the effect of finely crafted Venetian plaster.
And she currently has the listing for 3455 Washington Street in Presidio Heights, offered at $8.995 million. Situated high above the tree-lined street in one of the city’s most prestigious neighborhoods, this property is built for fantastic indoor and outdoor living and entertaining. The home includes an interior courtyard, terraced garden, and a beautiful south-facing deck. In addition to the 6 bedrooms, the home also has a media room and an exercise room. The well-located residence with gorgeous views even has a 2-car carport.
Pauli also represented the buyer of 2 Cliff Road in Belvedere, which was offered at $12.995 million. Considered the ‘crown jewel of Belvedere Island,’ the waterfront property includes a blue lagoon pool built into the cliffs, park-like grounds, and sweeping 180-degree water views.
9) Steven Gothelf
Website | 415.345.3063 | Company: Pacific Union International
Steven Gothelf, a Senior Broker Associate with Pacific Union International, has been selling luxury real estate since 1979. He is constantly one of San Francisco’s highest producing agents. His 4-year average ranking by sales volume puts him within the upper 15% of the top 1000 individual agents nationwide. Gothelf has worked on some of the city’s most iconic residences.
Gothelf is known for delivering personal service to his buyers and sellers. He specializes in the purchase and sale of luxury homes, condominiums, cooperatives, and small apartment buildings throughout San Francisco. He also has extensive experience renovating and selling properties in Massachusetts and San Francisco and has managed small apartment buildings in San Francisco since 1983. He understands renovation and building and planning procedures, which is of great value to his clients.
Prior to entering the field of real estate, Gothelf gained valuable non-profit experience, which emphasizes his skills in communication, negotiation, leadership, marketing, financial analysis, and counseling. He earned his undergraduate degree in marketing and finance from the University of Toledo, a graduate degree in public management from the City University of New York, and completed doctoral studies in social welfare policy at University of California, Berkeley. These experiences have aided his ability to meet diverse client needs to the highest level.
Gothelf is actively committed to helping his community. He was the founding chairperson in 1993 and continues to serve on the board of the Pacific Union Community Fund, a broker-driven fund supporting approximately 20 non-profit grantees annually. And he served on the board of directors of Huckleberry Youth Programs from 1999 to 2007, including 3 years as vice-president.
In 2011 he sold 2950 Broadway for $35 million, which made it the most expensive single-family home sale in the history of San Francisco at the time. This mansion, designed in 1922 by prolific San Francisco architect, Frederick H. Meyer for Stetson G. Hindes, a prominent engineer, is one of the largest parcels in the “Gold Coast.” Gothelf sold this treasured Pacific Heights landmark to tech entrepreneur Trevor Traina and his wife Alexis. The home combines grand historical architecture with amazing views across the city and Bay. The spacious four-story home with elevator access has 6 bedrooms, 5 and two half baths, grand public rooms, a 3,000+ bottle wine cellar, and garage parking for 4 cars. The master suite has two sitting areas and a fireplace. The property has classic period details, including leaded glass windows, elaborate millwork. The property has magnificent formal gardens and a heated outdoor private pool and spa – a true rarity in the city.
Gothelf also represented the sellers of 2724 Pacific Avenue, whose sale price is confidential but which was listed around $30 million and he represented the buyer of 2901 Broadway in Pacific Heights, which was sold at $28.25 million. And he currently has the listing for 2625 Scott Street at a prime location in Pacific Heights, offered at $5.95 million.
8) Joel Goodrich
Website | 415.308.8184 | Company: Joel Goodrich Luxury Real Estate – Coldwell Banker
Joel Goodrich has been one of the Bay Area’s most prominent luxury real estate agents over the past 23 years. He has listed some of the most expensive homes in America, including the historic 35,000 square foot Tobin Clark Estate in Hillsborough, and worked on the sale of some of the Bay Area’s most exceptional properties. Goodrich was named by San Francisco Magazine as one of the City’s 100 Most Influential People.
Goodrich leads his own team, Joel Goodrich Luxury Real Estate, at Coldwell Banker. He works closely with clients in the sale and purchase of some of the area’s most prominent estates, penthouses, and investment properties. He focuses on luxury property in San Francisco’s finest locations: Pacific Heights, Nob Hill, Russian Hill, Sea Cliff; Hillsborough, Atherton, Woodside, Los Altos Hills, Portola Valley, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Tiburon, Belvedere, and Piedmont. Many of the properties he works on have been featured in Architectural Digest and many other design and lifestyle publications. He is an internationally recognized real estate expert, appearing on CNBC, Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing San Francisco, The Travel Channel, BBC, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes, Business Times, Curbed.com, and elsewhere.
Goodrich has the co-listing, with Dana Crowder, for The Bransten House, an exquisitely renovated Pacific Heights Mansion listed at $7.998 million. Located at 1735 Franklin Street, this luxury home is in the center of one of the city’s most desirable residential neighborhoods. The home blends historical glamour with modern luxury, seamlessly blending old grandeur with high-end contemporary amenities. The home has been painstakingly restored to highlight exquisite original architectural details with sophisticated and high-end finishes. The property includes a 4-car garage, 2 home offices, a library, a banquet-sized, dramatic wood paneled formal dining room with a fireplace, a den with a kitchenette, and a huge chef’s kitchen that opens to a large patio. Special features include an elevator and a safe closet.
And he previously sold a spectacular Sea Cliff estate that was listed at $15 million. This ocean-front mansion at 1 25th Avenue offers panoramic views and is seconds away from Baker Beach. The historic home was originally built in 1909 and has been meticulously maintained and renovated over the years. The home has over 7,000 square feet of living space across its 3-stories.
He also sold a magnificent French Chateau style Presidio Heights mansion that was listed at $12.5 million. Located at 3701 Washington Street, the home was built in 1902 with the most recent renovation and expansion in 2006. It has amazing views of the Bay, Golden Gate Bridge, and cityscape. Inside is a traditional entrance salon, a paneled formal dining room with fireplace and terrace access, a huge chef’s kitchen, and a luxury master suite with a private study and spa-inspired onyx and Carrara marble bathroom. The property includes a wonderful private walk-out terrace and professionally landscaped gardens, a two-story guest house, and an attached 2-car garage.
7) David Bellings
Website | 415.518.5600 | Company: David Bellings Real Estate – Coldwell Banker
David Bellings has distinguished himself as the #1 San Francisco real estate agent for over 25 years. In 2004 when he joined Coldwell Banker he was recognized there as the #1 agent company-wide and as part of the top 1% internationally. And he was the #1 agent for ten years prior with McGuire real estate.
Bellings specializes in luxury real estate throughout the city on condominiums, single-family homes, and multi-unit buildings. He represents both buyers and sellers. He is known to achieve the highest sales price through his time-tested marketing strategies and hard negotiations. Prior to joining the real estate field, Bellings was a CPA and attorney specializing in tax and business law. This unique background helps him aid his clients in every transaction and look out for their interests in a way many Realtors cannot.
Bellings currently has the listing for an Alamo Square Queen Anne Victoria home, listed at $5.65 million. Located at 850 Steiner Street, among a row of 19th century Victorians that have long been referred to as the ‘Painted Gentlemen’ this historic property includes three full floors of living space with a two-car garage below. The home has amazing views of the park and downtown There are many elegant Victorian public rooms, including a classic formal entry with ornate Victorian staircase and a double parlor with a fireplace. The kitchen has been completely remodeled and has four French doors leading to a large exterior deck. Unique features include ornate parquet and hardwood floors, antique stained glass windows, and elaborate crystal chandeliers.
And Bellings previously sold an exquisite mansion in Pacific Heights, which had been listed at $27 million. This five-level world-class residence in one of the most sought-after neighborhoods has sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, and Pacific Heights, Cow Hollow, and Marina Districts. The interior has timeless architectural flourishes and modern amenities throughout. The home holds a period Art Deco ballroom complemented by a catering kitchen and wine cellar, a handsome library clubroom with an architecturally concealed Prohibition-era bar, a walnut-paneled library with a fireplace, two walk-out terraces, five luxurious, spacious bedrooms, a lavish master suite with two en-suite bathrooms and half bath, and access to a solarium with dramatic floor-to-ceiling Bay views. The property also has private staff quarters with two bedrooms and a separate entrance.
6) Janet Feinberg Schindler
Website | 415.296-2211 | Company: Sotheby’s International Realty
Janet Feinberg Schindler is consistently one of the top 25 Sotheby’s International Realty Realtors nationwide and is regularly named on the prestigious Wall Street Journal’s list of the Top 200 Realtors in the USA. In 2015, Schindler was ranked as one of the top 3 Realtors in San Francisco and by the 2012 MLS, she was the #1 Realtor in San Francisco for all homes sold. When Haute Living published a list of the Bay Area’s Top 8 Real Estate Power Brokers, Schindler was one of them, dubbed “The Professional.”
Schindler specializes in selling luxury residential real estate. She began her career with Hill and Co., where she was consistently the company’s #1 sales agent. She joined Sotheby’s International Realty in 2003, which gave her access to the global power of the world’s preeminent real estate brand. She is an expert in market analysis, valuation and creating and implementing a customized, global marketing plan for each client. These factors, combined with her negotiation and business acumen have helped her become one of the most esteemed Realtors in the business. 90% of her business comes from repeat clients and their referrals.
She is frequently sought out by media to give her opinion on San Francisco’s real estate market. She is often quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Robb Report, First Republic Bank’s Prestige Home Index, and local newspapers. She researched and writes the annual Schindler Report, analyzing luxury real estate sales in San Francisco’s north side neighborhoods. And she often publishes articles on architecture and gardening.
Schindler has the listing for Eureka Valley View Home, priced at $6.8 million. This new, custom-built home was masterfully designed and engineered to achieve a LEED Platinum certification. The result of a collaboration of EAG Studio, Extol Construction, and developer Devon Johnson, this exceptional home provides a unique blend of the latest in green technology with luxurious modern finishes and an open plan. The home optimizes natural light and indoor-outdoor living.
And Schindler sold a stylish home at 2829 Green Street for $9 million. Built around 1870 as one of the first farm-houses in Cow Hollow, this stylish garden home has been thoroughly updated with designer finishes and luxury amenities. The home is designed for indoor-outdoor living, with light filled public areas and a huge south garden. The divine master suite on the home’s third floor has a large deck with beautiful views. The home also has a private office, exercise and play room, a two-car garage and an elevator to each level.
And Schindler recently sold a Pacific Heights Queen Anne Victorian for $6.5 million. She represented the buyer of John Maniscalco’s Butterfly House, for $9.708 million, 3323-3325 Clay St, which sold for $9.25 million, and an elegant Presidio Heights home for $9.95 million.
5) Mary Toboni
Website | 415-345-3002 | Company: Toboni & Co. – Pacific Union
Mary Toboni has been a top producer year after year throughout her 30 years in the real estate business. She has worked with the buyer and sellers of many of the city’s most expensive and elite properties in the most exclusive neighborhoods. She has been ranked as Pacific Union’s #1 Presidio agent and the San Francisco Association of Realtors ranked her within the top 1% of agents citywide.
Toboni is known for providing superior service to both buyers and sellers. Her negotiating skills, creative marketing talent, in-depth knowledge of San Francisco’s neighborhoods, and extensive real estate industry knowledge have helped her rise to the top of the field and be trusted with some of the city’s most elite properties. She has a reputation for professionalism, integrity, and discretion. In addition to extensive citywide residential sales, she has experience in development, renovation, new construction, condominium conversion, and multi-unit building sales. This experience adds to her knowledge of the overall area real estate market. She generates a 90% referral status from satisfied clients.
A native of San Francisco, Toboni is a dedicated community member and philanthropist. She donates a portion of her commission on every sale to the Pacific Union Community Fund and dedicates time and personal funds to local non-profit organizations.
Toboni is currently representing 2528 Union Street, which is pending sale at $12.5 million. This new construction was built in luxurious European style with an exquisite metropolitan ambiance and modern and sleek amenities throughout. The four-story home was designed to be reminiscent of a London townhouse, and include four bedrooms, five and one half bathrooms, and three family rooms. All floors are accessible by elevator. The new home has stunning views of the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge. The property has a spacious, beautifully landscaped backyard, balconies overlooking the quiet Union Street neighborhood, and a top floor deck with incomparable north bay panoramic views.
And Toboni recently sold an exquisitely renovated Presidio Heights home at 3385 Jackson Street for $13.5 million. Located on a prime block in one of the city’s most exclusive neighborhoods, this elegant property is accessible on all five levels with an elevator. A state of the art rooftop deck is perfect for spacious entertaining or relaxing with gorgeous views across the city. The home has expansive interior space, with an open living room, open dining room, gorgeous kitchen and family room, five bedrooms, a media room, additional top floor family room, wine room, 2-car garage, and a lovely outside patio/yard/veranda off the kitchen.
And she shares the listing, with Hatvany, of 3001 Pacific Avenue, which at $22 million is one of the most expensive homes for sale in the city. And she is selling 132, 134, and 136 Presidio Avenue for $9.9 million and recently sold the beautiful home at 2342 Washington Street at $11.5 million.
4) Malin Giddings
Website | 415.531.5033 | Company: Compass Real Estate
Malin Giddings has well over $4 billion in residential sales over her 40+ year career. She earned the 2016 MVP Award from The Leading 100 and recently, the Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco recognized her as the Most Valuable Agent in San Francisco. She is consistently ranked by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top agents in the entire country. Her achievements have been featured in many articles including in Unique Homes Magazine, Haute Living, and San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, which featured her on its cover about Real Estate Rainmakers. Giddings has been involved in several record-breaking sales, such as the Getty Penthouse.
Giddings is an expert in luxury real estate in San Francisco’s most exclusive areas, with a focus on the north side of town. Her knowledge of the area is unparalleled and she is known for her success marketing the finest properties in innovative ways and with elegant presentation. Custom presentations and sophisticated marketing are what set her apart to attract affluent clientele and high-end brokers. She is legendary for the personal attention she gives her clients.
Prior to joining Compass as a founding member, Giddings was a top Realtor for Coldwell Banker. Her team was involved in more than $241 million in real estate sales in one year, which ranked as the highest dollar volume for a Coldwell Banker sales team in Northern California, outpacing more than 3,600 agents. And she finished second nationally and worldwide, surpassing more than 87,000 Coldwell Banker sales associates in 49 countries.
Giddings has the exclusive listing for the magnificent mansion at 26 Presidio Terrace, priced at $14.5 million. Located in one of the city’s most prestigious neighborhoods, it was built in 1909 for Marshall Hale, a prominent businessman and owner of the Carter Hawley Hale Retail Stores. Originally designed by the renowned architectural firm Reid & Reid, the Colonial Revival style home has been fully re-envisioned for 21st century living with the latest modern innovations and built-in features. Grand public rooms on the main level are perfect for lavish gatherings or intimate family living and include a spacious living room with manorial fireplace and formal dining venue with stunning crystal chandelier. The four-story home also features a wine cellar, home theater, massage room, multi-purpose room, and golf-equipment storage room with direct access to the backyard putting green
Giddings recently sold, with Neal Ward, one of the finest homes in Pacific Heights, 2250 Vallejo Street, for $25 million. Designed by noted architect James F. Dunn, the Beaux Arts influenced home was built in 1901 and underwent major renovation and expansion projects from 2013 to 2015 by McClean Design. Special features include a library with guest quarters and a kitchenette, a media room with a wet bar and office, and an amazing rooftop terrace with an infinity plunge pool, gas fire pit, and steam shower. When this home was for sale, it was the most expensive home on the market.
She recently sold 100 Locust Street for about $8.2 million. This beautiful corner home in Presidio heights was only on the market for 19 days before she found a buyer. Finally, she represented the buyer of the mansion at 2701 Broadway in the exclusive Pacific Heights Neighborhood, listed for $39 million and sold for $31 million
3) Nina Hatvany
Website | 415.345.3022 | Company: The Hatvany Team at Pacific Union
From 2008 to 2015, Nina Hatvany was ranked the top individual agent in the City of San Francisco. She has been recognized in the Wall Street Journal as one of the top 35 sales agents by volume across all companies nationwide from 2009-2015, reaching as high as #9. In 2015, she had over $215 million in real estate transactions.
Hatvany formed the Hatvany Team at Pacific Union with her three adult children in 2016. Together, they represent all property types and price-points in San Francisco. She represents both buyers and sellers of luxury homes, condominiums, and apartment buildings. She is known for her single-minded pursuit of her clients’ desires and makes it her business to get her clients what they want, where they want it. She is widely recognized as one of the best-trained negotiators in the business.
Hatvany has lived in San Francisco for over 35 years. Prior to entering the real estate and development fields, she was a Professor at the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University and later the Graduate School of Business at Berkeley, California. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford in Psychology with a concentration in the Business School.
She is an active community member and is currently a member of the Board of Larkin Street Youth Services and a former board member of International Women’s Forum and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area.
Hatvany has the co-listing, with Mary Toboni of Toboni & Co., of the mansion at 3001 Pacific Avenue for $22 million, making it one of the most expensive private residences currently for sale in the city. The enormous red-brick mansion formerly housed a consulate for the Egyptian government. This exquisite 5-story corner mansion has a marbled external stairway, high ceilings, paneled walls, intricate crown molding, and either ornate carpeting or original hardwood flooring throughout. The state-of-the-art custom family home has 14,000 square feet of living space, including two unique master suites, a fitness studio, private offices, and three kitchens. It includes two, two-car garages, has an enchanting yard, garden, and private landscaped driveway.
And she is selling a $16 million home in a coveted Presidio Heights location. Located at 3500 Jackson Street, this magnificent home has spectacular Bay views and is a stunning example of Bernard Maybeck’s architectural work. Meticulously constructed in 1906 and painstakingly maintained, the home has extraordinary entertaining spaces, including a Great Room with 20-foot ceilings. The home also holds a light-filled and fully modernized kitchen, a gorgeous library, study, 3 family rooms, a wine-cellar, 2 terraces, and multi-car parking in the garage and driveway.
Other listings include a $10 million home in Cow Hollow and 2830 Buchanan Street, priced at $6.169 million. Nina also sold a fully-detached corner home at 2660 Scott Street in Pacific Heights, which was listed at $15 million, an iconic Pacific Heights architectural masterpiece at 2698 Pacific Avenue, listed for $9.5 million, and 225 Chestnut Street on Telegraph Hill at $11 million.
2) Dona Crowder
Website | 415.310.5933 | Company: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Dona Crowder, a senior broker associate with Coldwell Banker Previews International – Pacific Heights office, is a consistent “Top Producer” with over 35 years of experience. She has been named the “Realtor of the Year” in 2001 by the San Francisco Association of Realtors for her outstanding contributions to the Association, organized real estate, and the community. And in 2002 she was named “Agent of Choice” by her peers.
Crowder was an Assistant Manager from 2010-15 and is currently a senior broker. Before joining Coldwell Banker, she was a senior marketing broker at Pacific Union Christies International. And she managed her family’s real estate firm for 20 years. Crowder is an expert in general residential sales, estates and luxury homes, and development opportunities.
She is very active in her field. She was a director of the local San Francisco Association of Realtors from 1993-1999, and 2002-2008, serving as Chief Financial Officer in 1999 and President of the association in 2004. She has served as Trustee for the Political Action Committee, served on the Manager’s Council, was a Hearing member of the Standards Panel for decades and is currently serving on Standard Forms committee. She also served as Director of the state California Association of Realtors from 1999 to 2013, was San Francisco’s Regional Chair in 2005, and has served on various committees as Chair, liaison, and a member.
She has been a member of the San Francisco Apartment Association, Small Property Owners Association of San Francisco, Plan C or San Francisco Moderates, Fillmore Merchants Association and Victorian Square Association. She is also affiliated with Who’s Who of Luxury Real Estate and the San Francisco Historical Society. She is a charter member and serves in an advisory capacity for TopAgentNetwork.com, a nationwide real estate networking site for top producers.
Crowder recently sold an iconic Pacific Heights mansion perched high above the city on the prestigious Gold Coast for $28.25 million. The Renaissance Mansion at 2901 Broadway Street, designed from a Palazzo in Fiesole, Italy, has about 10,000 square feet of living space. Offered for the first time, the four-story residence was designed around 1927 by award-winning California architect Henry Clay Smith for industrialist Milton S. Ray. It offers breathtaking views of nearly every major city landmark. Features include an immense leaded-glass window overlooking the grand reception hall that opens to elegant formal rooms, a graceful winding marble stairway that leads to an expansive family living level and gallery, and a Curio room that once housed Ray’s extensive oological collection. Other rooms include a music room, powder room, breakfast room, spacious kitchen, and two staff rooms. Below the main level is a children’s library, office, and the library that once housed Mrs. Emma Mitchell’s expansive book collection with hardwood floors, richly paneled walls with built-in shelves, and casement windows. The library level joins the spacious 4-car garage by a mezzanine with a kitchenette and spacious room. Plus, the property has the only private tennis court in Pacific Heights.
Crowder also sold The Tobin Clark Estate, a magnificent Hillsborough Mansion, at $22.8 million, an amazing 49th-floor condominium in The Millennium for $8 million, and two crown jewels of Presidio Terrace, 34 Presidio Terrace which sold for $9.5 million, and 31 Presidio Terrace for $7.75 million. She currently has the co-listing, with Goodrich, for The Bransten House.
1) Neal Ward
Website | 415.269.9933 | Company: Compass Real Estate
Neal Ward is one of only several San Francisco real estate agents trusted to handle the City’s most important transactions, He was the #1 Realtors in San Francisco based on average transaction value in 2015 and was named by the Wall Street Journal as the #19 Realtor in the entire country based on total sales volume for the same year. That year, he had more than $211.3 million in transactions and was recognized for the Sale of the Year by the San Francisco Luxury Marketing Council. In 2016, Ward had San Francisco’s most expensive home sale.
Ward is known for handling each listing with the highest respect, exquisite attention to detail, and utmost discretion. His listings benefit from his innovative marketing transactions and dynamic negotiating skills. His new partnership with Compass gives him access to the firm’s cutting edge technology, best-in-class engineers, and superior operations and marketing support teams to provide a vastly more sophisticated real estate experience than that which has ever existed.
Ward is currently selling a historic landmark Russian Hill home at 1032 Broadway, listed for $12 million. The circa 1853 home is located on a secluded lot on The Summit” of Russian Hill, an area famous for its historic garden properties.The 2-level residence has been painstakingly updated for modern comfort, including with an elevator from the 2-car garage. The home has 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, a study with a fireplace, living room, formal dining room, and multiple outdoor viewing terraces. The home offers iconic San Francisco Bay and city views from nearly every room.
And Ward sold Locksley Hall in Belvedere, better known locally as the Blanding House, in August 2015 for a record-breaking $47.5 million. The sale broke the record for the highest reported single-family home sale in San Francisco proper by $12 million and the highest reported sale in Belvedere by around $22 million. The enormous estate was built around the turn of the last century by banker C.O. Perry and renovated extensively by mining mogul Robert Friedland and his wife. The three-story house has many unique features for the area, including a pool house, rose garden, library with its own full bath, and even a panic room. The home has magnificent views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Angel Island.