In 30+ years I have worn just about every hat in the real estate profession, including opening the first brokerage in SOMA, launching the first real estate website, and selling over 2,000 lofts and San Francisco condominiums. I combine deep knowledge and gentle support with the modern and forward-thinking environment of Climb.
Hired by a large San Francisco real estate firm at age 22, I went from part-time receptionist to full-time accountant/escrow coordinator within the first week. One year I commuted to Ventura, California, and then Austin, Texas, converting existing tenants in two large apartment complexes into new homeowners, a gratifying win/win situation. During this time I purchased my first property: a set of flats in Noe Valley, and my first home, at the age of 26.
After leaving that first brokerage, I bought, renovated and re-sold properties on my own before being offered the opportunity to work with Rick Holliday, developer of the first loft community in San Francisco, at 601 Fourth Street. I like to say we sold it out in 45 minutes, which was how long it took to fill all the reservation appointments after we opened the phone lines. We quickly followed that success selling out new loft developments at 355 Bryant Street and The Clocktower.
With no new inventory on the horizon, I started my own company, Lofts Unlimited, with partner Ray Kaliski in 1992. Our partnership agreement consisted of a handshake and the shared purpose of “providing quality service that exceeds expectations.” For twenty years we dominated San Francisco loft sales, including many new developments, totaling over 2,000 homes sold. Often on the cutting edge, we launched the very first San Francisco real estate website, developed the first loft project in Sonoma, and continued to grow our company. To this day, our tribe (as we call ourselves) continues to gather, thrive, and work in San Francisco real estate with the same integrity for which our company was known. We sold the company in 2003 and continued to work with the new owner for two years hiring and training new agents. Our company, its reputation, our partnership, and our Lofts Unlimited family are some of my proudest achievements.
I left there to manage the sale of another Rick Holliday loft development, Pacific Cannery Lofts in West Oakland, and to work on the preliminary marketing of a development in Truckee. Four years later, at the bottom of the economic crash, I took a three-year sabbatical to write a book, occasionally helping neighbors and friends purchase or sell a home in Sausalito. It was there the owners of Climb found me and offered me the opportunity to join them in growing their company.
I am thrilled to be here and to work with this dynamic team and our clients. I believe Climb excels at Lofts Unlimited’s intention of “providing quality service that exceeds expectations.”
What does this mean for you?
- Whether you are a first-time buyer, a current homeowner wanting a change of lifestyle, or a potential developer, I offer unmatched experience as your real estate resource.
- I will listen and honor your process with patience, persistence, and encouragement.
- If I don’t know the answer to a question you ask, I certainly know where and how to find it.
- I will be kind, trustworthy, and relentless with details.
- We will work together as a team until the job is completed to everyone’s satisfaction
- And we will enjoy the process!
“Recently we were lucky enough to have Gail Stark represent us as buyers. She was ethical, honest, knowledgable, and hardworking while paying attention to detail. It was honestly our pleasure to work with her and we consider her our agent for life. Being self-employed ourselves, we have high expectations, and she met every one of them.”
– James S. & Will L., buyers
“We had the good fortune to work with Gail in the purchase of our home. By virtue of her experience and attention to detail we closed in record time. She managed the inevitable bumps along the process with focus and grace. Moreover, she listened well and offered sound advice throughout the negotiations; for us, her approach resulted in securing a credit that we felt was fair. We’re grateful to Gail for guiding us through this major financial and life decision to a happy conclusion.”
– Carolyn C. & John B., buyers
“I can’t thank you enough for all the care and attention you put into selling my home. I feel so lucky that you were my realtor. Your professionalism, accessibility, and knowledge of the market made the sale a breeze.”
– Natasha K., seller
“Gail has worked in San Francisco and Sausalito for many years, so she has the advantage of being very familiar with both neighborhoods. She’s very professional, accommodating, thorough, not pushy at all, and has a support network that enabled us to successfully purchase our current house and sell another house. We were very happy with both experiences and highly recommend Gail as an agent.”
– Winnie and Eike K., buyers and sellers
“Of the many business partnerships I have enjoyed, none has been more complete and transformational than my partnership with Gail Stark for over twenty years. Gail is dedicated, efficient, confident, joyous, and exacting. Within all of that is flexibility, problem-solving, and creative thinking. I am spoiled forever after my experiences with Gail as a partner, as she adds so much value to a team.”
– Ray Kaliski, business partner
“If they wanted to give you a job as God, you would be good at it, and I would write you a recommendation to that effect.”
– Sylvia Boorstein, friend, author, teacher
“Gail and Matt are a great team. We moved quickly. They kept me ahead of the pack of buyers who wanted the same property. Late night calls, weekend visits to property, whatever it took to win: I could not think of a better team to help me with another transaction.”
– P. Farmer
A team player, a real estate professional, an author, a Buddhist, a good friend.
New York City.
Selling my first book, Choosing a Life of Integrity; creating and growing my former company, Lofts Unlimited; and soloing a sea plane over the San Francisco Bay.
Meeting life's challenges without adding resistance or wishing otherwise.
Early morning meditation.
Mentoring five younger siblings.
The San Francisco waterfront, South Beach, SOMA, and Sausalito.
Poetry, opera, reading, silent retreats, running, and good food shared with loved ones.
Where I can be of service, helping others manifest dreams with like-minded colleagues.
What do you love about San Francisco?
There's a neighborhood for everyone, and we all live together relatively peacefully and with style.