Years before anyone uttered the phrase "dot-com", four young real estate agents found themselves swept up in San Francisco's entrepreneurial spirit. Determined to create a firm based on the novel idea that agents be treated like they are actually part of the company, they founded Zephyr Real Estate in 1978.
"There were plenty of brokerages that made their agents feel like just another number, but we knew we could build a company where the agents could really be a part of the team," says Bill Drypolcher, President of Zephyr Real Estate and one of the original founders.
Ten agents started working out of the flagship location at 4200 17th Street, which today is just one of six neighborhood offices our San Francisco REALTORS® and their clients can choose to work from. In less than 10 years, Zephyr had outgrown its one location, and so in 1986 a new office was opened at 24th Street in Noe Valley. Always careful to preserve the original ideals on which the company was founded, the growth was measured and deliberate over the years.
More than 32 years have passed since the company was first founded, and many other real estate brokerages have come and gone. Through trends of buy-outs from large national real estate companies, renewed interest in small boutique firms, and small local acquisitions, Zephyr has bucked the trends and remained untouched by the tumult in the market place. The West Portal office opened in 2001, a second office in the Upper Market/Castro area opened in 2005, the Pacific Heights office opened on California Street in 2007, and most recently a new business center opened in downtown Corte Madera in 2011. Throughout all the years of growth, our commitment to the highest level of integrity, personal attention, professionalism, and dedicated service has remained intact.
Today, Zephyr maintains neighborhood offices in San Francisco with a roster of over 200 full-time real estate agents. Our agents represent a diverse client base throughout the San Francisco Area. We are committed to providing the same level of care, attention and results to all of our clients, whether it's their first home, a business investment or a multi-million dollar estate.