The Newsletter of The Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco
October, 2016

In This Issue

  • The Saturday Night Live Debates
  • Coppola and Rodriguez in the Robb Report
  • Chronicle Sportswriter Ann Killion in Conversation
  • Silicon Valley Cities Dominate Top 10 Most Expensive Markets in the U.S.
  • Luxury Trends from Traub

To lighten the mood, a collection of the crazy and zany

Bob the Cat

James is a street musician struggling to make ends meet. Bob is a stray cat looking for somewhere warm to sleep.

See their story here

If Animals Were Round

Some common wildlife scenes in the world of "Rollin`Wild". Watch the video here and visit their inflated animals at for more amazing animation.

Saturday Night Life: Hilary VS. Donald

Special offers exclusively for members

Bodacious Brigadeiros!

The Undiscovered Chocolate Gift for the Holiday Season

The Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco is thrilled to introduce tinyB, a San Francisco artisan chocolate maker with a twist: they make a Brazilian chocolate truffle called a "brigadeiro". It's unquestionably the undiscovered gem of the chocolate world—because it's simply incredible.

A cousin of the truffle, brigadeiros have a smooth creamy texture but without a hard shell. Renata’s special recipe heightens the chocolate intensity, without the bitterness of dark chocolate or the sweetness of extra sugar. Hand-dipped coatings offer a variety of sensational taste treats including Coconut and Cream, Dark Chocolate, Dark Chocolate and Almond, Dark Chocolate and Pistachio, Milk Chocolate and Sprinkles, Dark Chocolate Mint, Brazilian Coffee and Chocolate, Passion Fruit and White Chocolate Curls, Raspberry and White Chocolate and Spicy Dark Chocolate.

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Upcoming meetings & events to mark on your calendar

Matter of Taste

November 4th & 5th

Wine critic Robert Parker Jnr. presents two days of wine glory—hosted dinners, master classes and winery tours featuring wine the world’s most acclaimed wineries and vineyards including Cheval Blanc, Sined Qua Non, Harlan Estates and more. Limited availability.

Additional details can be found here

Winning and Losing - A Conversation with Ann Killion, Sports Columnist

November 10, 6:00-8:00 PM

These have been the best of times for Bay Area sports. But even in sports, Newtonian law prevails. “For every action, there is an equal but opposite reaction”. Enter Ann Killion. At a time when sports punditry tends to an unimaginative recitation of Sabermetrics stats and rote enunciation of x’s and o’s, pick and rolls and other arcane sports jabberwocky, Ms. Killion writes with a style, acerbic at times, most often good natured, and always with insight and incisiveness that elevates sports commentary from the mundane to the revelatory.

In this compelling conversation, Ms. Killion will reflect on the current state of Bay Area sports, provide insight into the most recent performance of teams and their stars, and address the psychology that surrounds winning and losing—how both teams and followers should make sense of a world, agnostic to status and class, where the highs and lows are unpredictable, unplanned and unexpected, and for the diehards, unendurable.

Audience Q & A will be encouraged.

For more information and to register, click here

HALL & Riedel Glassware Present: "A Taste of Hall"

November 13, 12:00PM - 2:00PM

Thanksgiving Feast featuring 2013 Hall Napa Valley Cabernet and Chef Laura Fox of Winery Chefs

A Taste of HALL is a monthly food and wine workshop that aims at inspiring and educating while channeling one’s inner chef. The workshops will feature a different, seasonal theme each month. Additionally, luxury stemware brand, Riedel, has joined the series of events as its title sponsor. Guests will learn how to select appropriate stemware for various varietals, and leave the workshop with A Taste of HALL wine glass etched by our friends at Riedel.

For more information and tickets, click here


The inside scoop from members

Francis Ford Coppola

Edie Rodriguez
Robb Report Showcases Coppola (Inglenook) and Rodriquez (Crystal Cruises)

"No matter the market or medium, Francis Ford Coppola wants to tell you a story. “Whether it’s wine, hotels, movies, art—anything that involves offering people an authentic experience of pleasure—it’s like putting on a show,” says the 77-year-old filmmaker, winemaker, and hotelier. “It’s all show business.” The Academy Award–winning director of the Godfather series and Apocalypse Now should know. His wine brands include Inglenook, Coppola (which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year), and Virginia Dare, and he owns five resorts in locations from Guatemala to Basilicata, Italy. How he got to this point—after risking everything, with family in tow—may be the most interesting story of all."
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"Edie Rodriguez’s wanderlust blossomed at an early age. “When I was 6, my great-aunt brought me a small geisha doll from Japan,” recalls Rodriguez, now the CEO and president of Crystal Cruises. “I loved that doll and learned all that I could about Japan. It made me realize I wanted to travel—not only to Japan, but to every country in the world.” Travel she does, spending roughly 285 days on the road—and at sea—in her role at Crystal, where she has successfully turned the luxury cruising industry on its head."
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Vanguard Announces Opening of Fourth San Francisco Office

Vanguard Properties, the well-known San Francisco Locally Owned and Operated Real Estate firm headed by CEO James Nunemacher for more than 30 years announced today the opening of their Fourth San Francisco office located at 1801 Fillmore Street, San Francisco.

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Corridan Named Vail Resort's Best Wedding Designer
Acclaimed designer and event planner Scott Corridan was recently named Iconic Weddings’ 2015 best wedding designer for his work at Northstar California Resort.
As part of Vail Resorts, Iconic Weddings nationally markets its collection of mountain destinations and works closely with event planners and clients. Corridan and his elite design team have been creating wedding and special events in spectacular settings for more than two decades.
Splitting his time between Tahoe and the Napa Valley, Corridan has had the opportunity to produce events regionally as well as in San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Seattle, Cabo San Lucas and London. In addition to being named one of In Style Magazine’s top ten celebrity event producers three years in a row, his work has been featured on The Fine Living Channel, The Travel Channel and Entertainment Tonight.

Sotheby's International Realty Partners with China's
Sotheby’s International Realty has partnered with Chinese real estate leader to generate buyer interest in this important market. has over 2 million monthly visitors and more indexed pages than all other portals combined on Baidu, “the Google of China”. This ensures maximum visibility to Chinese consumers searching for luxury homes worldwide. Sotheby’s International Realty now has the most global representation on, displaying luxury listings from 65 countries.

Matt Fuller

Mark Machado

Michael Barnacle

Chris Backer
News From Zephyr Real Estate

Zephyr Real Estate Agents to Serve as Presidents on Two Local Boards of REALTORS®

In San Francisco, Matt Fuller is the 2017 President. Fuller, a long-time Zephyr agent, has served as Chief Financial Officer for San Francisco’s Association. As such, his responsibilities included serving as Chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee, overseeing financial record keeping and accounting, serving as a member of the executive committee, and ensuring that association funds were invested in programs and products that advanced the interests of all San Francisco REALTORS® and their clients.

In Marin, Mark Machado is the 2017 President-Elect. Machado, one of Marin’s leading agents, has served as a board member of the MAR for the past two years and has been a commissioner on the San Rafael Park and Rec Department for the past five years.

Additionally, two Zephyr agents will be serving as Directors on both boards. Michael Barnacle will serve on the San Francisco Board. Barnacle is the Sales Manager at Zephyr’s Pacific Heights office. Chris Backer will serve on the Marin Board.

In the San Francisco Association, three more Zephyr agents hold key roles on the Board. Britton Jackson serves as the Vice Chair of Standard Forms Committee. Tara Donohue is a Director, and Carren Shagley is Co-Chair of Grievance Committee.

Zephyr also has representatives at the state level with the California Association of REALTORS® where Matthew Borland and Matt Fuller serve as Directors.

Carolyn Fereday

Summer Olson Stubblefield

News From Terra Firma Global Partners

Carolyn Fereday Joins in Santa Rosa
Carolyn Fereday has joined the firm as a Sales Associate and will serve residential real estate buyers and sellers throughout Sonoma County from the company’s Santa Rosa office. A Santa Barbara, Ms. Fereday’s background in interior design and operating her own design studio that specialized in high-end residential model home merchandising gives her a strong foundation to represent clients in all phases of home ownership, from starter homes to move-up buyers and families in the downsizing stage of life.  Ms. Fereday, who  started her career in commercial aviation, is a past resident of Phoenix, AZ, where she worked in the design industry, and more recently lived in Grand Rapids, MI where she was a Realtor of four years with Keller Williams.

Summer Olson Stubblefield Joins Sonoma County
Summer Olson Stubblefield has joined the firm as a Sales Associate and will serve residential real estate buyers and sellers throughout Sonoma County from the company’s Petaluma office.  Summer Olson Stubblefield joined Terra Firma’s Sonoma County Offices in 2016 after more than 10 years of unique hospitality industry experience. Having grown up in the real estate business — both her mother and grandfather were successful brokers — the fourth-generation Benician studied Hotel Management and Human Resources at Chico State University.

Gabrielle Bunker

News From Coldwell Bankers

Gabrielle Bunker Named Sales Associate for Pacific Heights Office
Gabrielle Bunker has affiliated with the company as a sales associate in its San Francisco Pacific Heights office. In her new position, Bunker will continue to specialize in residential sales in San Francisco. Prior to affiliating with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Bunker worked as a sales associate at Zephyr Real Estate in San Francisco. She is an active member of the San Francisco Association of Realtors and currently chairs the Standard Forms Committee. Bunker earned her bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She earned her law degree from the University of San Diego and litigated cases for eight years before transitioning to real estate sales.

A collection of research, data and trend reports

San Francisco Real Estate 3rd Quarter Market Report

For the past several years San Francisco has seen some jaw dropping increases in home values year-over-year. During the 3rd quarter of 2016, sale prices were generally up each month, but not dramatically so in comparison to what had been seen previously. Single family homes under $2 million dollars continued to sell well. Condos, after reaching a record breaking high for median price in June, came down in value a bit over the past three months. Nevertheless, the median price for condos remained just above the $1,000,000 mark.

Some would say the market is flat, but that description might not apply in all categories, and in all neighborhoods. Overall, the market seems to be in better balance than it has been in recent years. As in previous years, there will likely be a decline in inventory after October through the end of the year.

The report features a number of charts, including third quarter home sales by neighborhood. This chart has information on the number of sales in each neighborhood, along with median sale prices, percent of change year-over-year, days on market, median price per square foot and the most expensive sale in the quarter.

The entire report can be found at here

Traub Trending Report: Latest Trends in Luxury Consumption

Read the report here

Sililcon Valley Cities Dominate Top 10 Most Expensive Housing Markets in the United States

Tech is hot, and Silicon Valley is hotter. For the third time in five years, the technology capital of the world ranked as the most expensive place to live in the United States in the Coldwell Banker Real Estate Home Listing Report (HLR).

According to the report, which is the most extensive home price comparison tool in the U.S., the average four-bedroom, two-bathroom home costs $2,453,718 in this year’s most expensive market, Saratoga, California. Six of the top 10 most expensive markets are in Silicon Valley, and all 10 are in California.

In contrast, the 2016 HLR found that you don’t have to move to the middle of nowhere to find an affordable home. Many of the most affordable markets are located in -or within an hour’s drive to- metropolitan areas that offer access to jobs, culture, entertainment or top universities. This year, Detroit, an iconic city which has seen a major revitalization, ranked as the most affordable market in the country where an average four-bedroom, two-bathroom home costs $64,110.

Top 10 Most Affordable Markets:

  1. Detroit*, Mich., $64,110
  2. Cleveland*, Ohio, $73,073
  3. Park Forest*, Ill., $78,392
  4. Jamestown*, N.Y., $88,891
  5. Utica*, N.Y., $92,891
  6. Wilkes-Barre*, Pa., $94,436
  7. Scranton*, Pa., $104,842
  8. Huntington*, Ind., $105,614
  9. Augusta*, Ga., $106,567
  10. Palatka*, Fla., $110,655*

*Indicates a market in or within commuting distance to metropolitan areas.

Read the report here

Lake Tahoe and Truckee Sales Report for 3rd Quarter
  • Tahoe stat sheet here
  • Truckee stat sheet here

From The Mark Company

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Monthly Reports—August 2016

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