You own Barbagelata Real Estate. How did you get into this business?
I was 21 working for the San Francisco Progress newspaper, and suddenly they closed and filed for bankruptcy. The next day my father tied up his black wingtip shoes and said “Son, I need you to help me.” He was not in good health, therefore it was the natural and right thing to do. I would then begin to slowly build the next generation of our family business with my sister Anna. We just celebrated our 60th
year in 2012.
What do you enjoy the most about your business?
The diverse neighborhoods and architecture of the city is very motivating and never dull. I have always had a Mad Men passion for advertising, therefore the marketing of properties and my business allowed me a creative
process as well.
Real estate is a busy and time consuming field, especially these days. How do you find time for hobbies and other interests in your life?
You have to be there for your clients in a New York minute, but if you have a good support team, you can manage some quality time. I am a history buff associated with the San Francisco Historical Society, enjoy cooking with a good bottle of Cab, and traveling with the family.
What does it mean to you to have your business in the Marina District?
This is where the “Barbagelata” roots are. My father was born and raised on the 2400 block of Lombard (home was moved due to widening of street), my aunt Doris lives on Alhambra. We are so happy to be on Chestnut Street. The vibrancy of new residents and native San Franciscans is the reason we opened up our second office here.
Barbagelata Real Estate: 2381 Chestnut St., 415-580-1112, www.realestatesf.com