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By Ellie Kravets, Realtor, ABR | Agent in San Francisco, CA
  • Zephyr Real Estate Features Local Mosaic Artists in Annual San Francisco Calendar

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 12, 2013) - For 23 years, Zephyr Real Estate has produced a custom San Francisco-themed calendar for its clients, colleagues, family and associates. The 2014 Calendar continues the tradition and its theme, San Francisco Mosaics, features the works of local artists and their unique public mosaics found all across the City.

    Each month displays a professional, full-color photo of the art as well as its location, artist's name and contact information, if available. A Zephyr sold property near each mosaic location is included in a small frame alongside the artwork.

    In the spirit of its longstanding commitment to supporting the arts community and to express gratitude to the participating artists, Zephyr is making a donation to the San Francisco Arts Commission for each calendar distributed. Zephyr typically distributes between 8,000 and 9,000 calendars annually. Past titles have included Savor San Francisco (food and drinks invented here), San Francisco After Dark (historic pubs and speakeasies), Great Writers of San Francisco, and Saints and Scoundrels.

    The artists represented include Diane Andrews Hall, Aileen Barr, Ellen Blakeley, Colette Crutcher, Hannah Freeman, John Garth, Paul Lanier, Bryan Mosé, Mark Roller, Millard Sheets, Lillian Sizemore and Laurel True.

    Zephyr also wishes to recognize:

    Ilse Cordoni, Zephyr REALTOR® and former partner, who is also a mosaic artist and is a co-owner of the Institute of Mosaic Art in Berkeley (www.instituteofmosaicart.com) provided great assistance in making initial introductions to prominent mosaic artists in the San Francisco community;

    Lillian Sizemore, mosaic artist and author of "A Guide to Mosaic Sites: San Francisco" (www.sfmosaic.com), helped get the project off the ground by being a valuable resource of mosaic art around the City, being the first artist to grant permission to feature her work, as well as providing further connections to other artists that were featured;

    Kate Patterson-Murphy, Director of Communications at the San Francisco Arts Commission, provided further assistance in making introductions for a mosaic art tour at Laguna Honda Hospital, getting updated artist contact information, and assisting with arrangements to receive the donation;

    Steph Dewey of Reflex Imaging (www.refleximaging.com) is the photographer who shot all of the mosaics. She went to great lengths to connect with artists who wanted to accompany her to photograph their work, coordinate around school schedules for mosaics that are located on public school campuses, and work with docents to tour facilities that have harder to find mosaics.

    "None of this would be possible without the permission of the artists to allow us to feature their beautiful work," said Melody Foster, Director of Marketing and Web Development, "and the team who participated in researching, scheduling and coordinating this effort. We are grateful to them all."

    About Zephyr Real Estate
    Founded in 1978, Zephyr Real Estate is San Francisco's largest independent real estate firm with $1.7 billion in gross annual sales and a current roster of more than 200 full-time agents. In 2010, Zephyr launched its new website, which has earned three web design awards, including the prestigious WebAward for Outstanding Website from the Web Marketing Association. Zephyr Real Estate is a member of the international relocation network, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World; the luxury real estate network, Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate; and the local luxury marketing association, the Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco. Zephyr has six strategically located offices in San Francisco, a business center in Marin County, and serves a large customer base throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, visit www.zephyrsf.com.

  • 19 things you might not know about California

    Posted Under: General Area in San Francisco, Quality of Life in San Francisco, Parks & Recreation in San Francisco  |  September 11, 2013 6:05 PM  |  1,000 views  |  No comments
    California just had its birthday: On September 9, 1850, it became the 31st state in the Union. Let's celebrate with 19 facts about the Golden State.

    1. The 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the Mexican-American War. The U.S. paid Mexico $15 million for war damages. In turn, Mexico ceded nearly half of its territory, including California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and parts of Colorado, Nevada and Utah.

    2. California was originally known as the Bear State. As California boomed—and the bear population was wiped out—it became the Golden State.

    3. The grizzly bear on California's current state flag is a tribute to Monarch, the last wild California grizzly bear. In 1899, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst paid a reporter named Allen Kelley to capture the animal. Monarch was sent to San Francisco, where he lived at Woodward's Garden and then Golden Gate Park. He was a star attraction until his death in 1911.

    4. But the original Bear Flag had nothing to do with Monarch. It dates back to 1846, two years before the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. A group of Americans who'd settled in California, which was then part of Mexico, feared they'd be expelled. They invaded the Mexican outpost at Sonoma and captured the retired general Mariano Vallejo. A few days later they raised the first Bear Flag and called the land the California Republic.

    5. The California Republic only existed for 26 days. U.S. Army Major John C. Frémont soon replaced the Bear Flag with the U.S. flag, which takes us back to the beginning of this post and the Mexican-American War.

    6. And who designed the original flag? William Todd, nephew of Mary Todd Lincoln. It's a small historical world.
    7. The one-word state motto, "Eureka," hearkens back to the exciting days of the Gold Rush. But it doesn't include an exclamation point. The first "Eureka!" is attributed to the Greek scholar Archimedes. According to legend, he had an epiphany as he stepped into a bathtub and watched the water level rise—he realized that the volume of the displaced water was equal to the volume of the foot he'd submerged. And then he ran out of the room to tell others about his discovery ... while he was completely naked. (More on whether that ever actually happened here.)

    8. California's most famous for its Gold Rush in 1849, but it also had a Silver Rush in the Calico Mountains from 1881 to 1896. By 1904, Calico was a ghost town.

    9. In 2013, the states of California and New York tied for the fourth-highest average credit score in the U.S.—653. (Minnesota was the victor, with an average score of 658.)

    10. The first step to getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: Work in entertainment. The second: Pay a $30,000 nomination fee. Living celebrities are required to appear at their star's unveiling. (Barbra Streisand is the only person who got away with missing the event.) All of the Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz—122 adults and 12 children—share one star.

    11. California is the only state that's hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

    12. More of the U.S. athletes competing in the 2012 London Olympics came from California than from any other state. But take that with a grain of salt—one out of every eight Americans is from California.

    13. The fortune cookie was inspired by the Japanese cookie o-mikuji and invented in California.

    14. Except for Alaska, California contains more forest land than any other state.

    15. Despite living in Los Angeles for 78 years, writer Ray Bradbury never learned to drive.
    16. The mineral benitoite can be found in California, Japan, and Arkansas, but only San Benito County, Calif., has it in gemstone-quality deposits. The California State Gem Mine in Coalinga allows the public to dig and take home a quart-sized bag of treasure.

    17. I can haz state recognition? In 1973, the saber-tooth cat, Smilodon californicus, became California's state fossil. A year earlier, Assemblyman W. Craig Biddle had nominated the cockroach-like trilobite for the honor. Nearly 2,000 museum curators and fossil experts backed him, but the bill never made it to a vote. A year later, the saber-tooth cat made it to the floor and passed. The one no-vote? Senator W. Craig Biddle.

    18. Thousands of U.S. banks failed after the 1929 stock market crash—by 1933, only 11,000 were left. All of San Francisco's banks survived.

    19. The highest point in the contiguous U.S., 14,494-foot Mt. Whitney, is only 76 miles from the lowest point in the U.S., Death Valley. They're both in Cali— well, you know.

    By Amanda Green | Mental Floss 
  • A Day in The Life: San Francisco

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in San Francisco, Parks & Recreation in San Francisco, In My Neighborhood in San Francisco  |  February 2, 2012 2:12 PM  |  1,212 views  |  2 comments
    That's Why We Love our City!
    Just see the Video :)

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