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San Francisco real estate is so expensive and the stakes so high that bringing a property to market is a true test of character and grit. You can’t just slap a for-sale sign out front and hope for the best. Preparation takes months. Challenges present themselves layer after layer, like an onion’s peel. And – just like a real onion – they can make you cry.

I know this because I witness my sellers’ journeys up close and personal. My job is to help create a sensible plan, organize its execution, listen and stay calm when emotions run high, keep an eye on the prize, and (of course) get the house sold and closed.

I’ve recently been working for months with three families that are ready to sell their longtime homes. Each property is unique, yet all are proverbial “nest eggs.” I’m in awe of my clients’ courage and stamina, and how they’ve all kept the faith, done the work and entrusted me as their guide.

Two hit the market later this spring. But the first, 2965 Pine, debuts next weekend, February 22. Please come see it (whether you’re in the market or not) because it’s one of a kind and they don’t make ‘em like this anymore!

In this “once-in-a-lifetime” home in lower Pacific Heights, a happy family and their many friends have congregated over the last 25 years for Thanksgiving feasts, Oscar-night parties, kids’ birthdays, neighborhood crafts fairs and al fresco dinner parties. It’s the house where all the kids wanted to hang out after school. It’s the house where there was always a pot of tea and snacks awaiting visitors. It’s the house where multiple generations lived side by side without driving each other crazy. It’s the house with a century of history plus bountiful scale and presence.

It’s an especially grand Victorian with a sophisticated, contemporary sensibility. Yet it’s homey and warm, with light pouring in from three detached sides. You can walk out the front door, up the Lyon Street steps and down to The Presidio or Crissy Field. You can walk out the back door to what may be the nicest deck and yard in lower Pacific Heights.

There are city views, bay windows, soaring ceilings, cozy niches and character like crazy. It’s in superb move-in condition, yet over time you can remodel to suit. It offers four levels of living (5+ bedrooms, 5.5 baths) and plenty of space for work, play, rest and daydreaming.

Circle back to 2965Pine.com on Friday the 21st for more details, or come see us Saturday 2.22 from 11 to 1, or on Sunday 2.23 from 12 to 2.  I can’t wait to give you the tour!

Photo Credit: Kamen Atanassov

Cynthia Cummins is the founder of Kindred SF Homes and has been serving homeowners and homebuyers for 3 decades. For information on San Francisco Bay Area real estate visit KindredSFhomes.com. For my writing and mindfulness blog, visit WildHeartWriting.org.