APR’s North Bay Fire Relief Fund Nears $50K Goal

Brokerage pledges dollar-for-dollar match of first $50,000 raised

Launched on Oct. 13, Alain Pinel Realtors’ (APR) fundraiser to help those affected by the devastating fires in the North Bay is now only $10,000 away from its $50,000 goal. With Alain Pinel Realtors’ matching pledge, the fundraiser is expected to contribute $100,000 in total.

The funds raised will be given to the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund, with 100 percent of donations going to relief efforts for victims and first responders. Thank you to everyone who has donated and spread the message about this worthy cause.

For more information or to make a donation to APR’s North Bay Fire Relief Fund, please visit our GoFundMe page.


Goodbye #APRSundae, See You Next Year!

Since the launch of APR’s Sundae Funday, the #APRSundae partner trucks have visited dozens of open houses handing out free treats and bringing renewed energy to neighborhoods around the Bay Area. We look forward to continuing to bring innovative open house programs in 2016. Thank you for a great summer – and especially to our partners Swifty Sweets and Izzy A’s Frozen Custard for making this possible.

Check out some testimonials from agents who hosted #APRSundae open houses:

“It was a real buzz in the neighborhood. There were a few agents who were showing their clients during the open house – and it really impressed them and the buyers. It was a big hit!” – Joanne Fraser, APR Los Altos

“The whole event was perfection. We had a steady flow of buyers and neighbors – and it was such a great chance for potential buyers to interact with the residents of our great neighborhood… pet a few dogs, ask pertinent questions, etc.” – Sharry Chimienti, APR Walnut Creek

“The buyers will always have the wonderful memory of buying their first home with the APR ice cream sundae promotion. All of the neighbors shared the excitement of the open house and the ice cream sundae event pulled the whole neighborhood together.” – Brenda Miller, APR Saratoga

“We had a great turnout and our visitors were very impressed. Several commented on what a nice treat it was. My only regret is that they couldn’t stay longer.” – Jo Ann Luisi, APR Pleasanton / Livermore Valley


Last month, Alain Pinel Realtors and Private Mortgage Advisors hosted an exclusive East Bay client appreciation event in the glass dome at the Rock Wall Wine Company. With over 200 attendees, the event gave VIP clients and guests the opportunity to test drive and ride in the Tesla Model S with Tesla specialists. Refreshments from local Asena Restaurant and Rock Wall Wine Company were served. Check out some highlights in the video below:

A Look Inside the 2015 San Francisco Decorator Showcase with Francesca Vietor

San Francisco native, socialite, and activist, Francesca Vietor had the unique experience of growing up in the Jackson Street Julia Morgan designed home featured for this year’s Decorator Showcase.  She shared memories with us of milk and honey, sounds of the Presidio cannon, and an old world lifestyle now gone.

When did you live in the home? For how long? With who?

I lived there from 1964 to 1984 with my blended family—my father, Jack Vietor, had two children from his previous marriage, and my mother, Lita Vietor, had one from her previous marriage. They had four more together when they married, my twin brother Christopher and I being the last two.  There were seven children total in the house for twenty years. I was six months old when we moved there.

Do you have some favorite memories in the home?

Of course, many. My pink room upstairs was connected to my twin brother’s room. He had a bedspread that looked like a car and we would sit on the bed and drive it.

My parents entertained a lot. We had to help serve hors d’oeuvres and charm the guests which I sometimes liked and sometimes didn’t. Lots of famous folks came through the house, Carol Channing, Ethel from I Love Lucy, Tennessee Williams and Jacques Cousteau are first that come to mind but many others.

I spent practically every afternoon at JK and in the Presidio woods. We had to be home by the 5:00 canon.

Has the house changed since you lived there? How so?

Yes, very much so! I can barely find the back stairs or much else. What happened to the sewing room? What happened to the original bricks in the driveway and front that were so worn and cozy? The views felt like the only familiar thing left.

They flipped my twin’s room and mine upstairs and made the girl’s room the boy’s room. The downstairs (basement) floor is completely different.

Did you have a favorite redesigned room? Why?

I guess I’m glad they kept the laundry room in the same place upstairs, though it was wood-paneled and had a washboard when I was a kid. There was also a little inset space next to it in the hall that had a stovetop and where our nanny made me milk and honey when I didn’t feel well, which I miss as it gave me comfort.

How would you classify your personal design style?

I grew up in a world and lifestyle that is now gone and live in style now that is about comfort and ease.


The Jackson Street home in San Francisco.

Francesca Vietor opens up to APR about living in the Jackson Street Julia Morgan designed home featured for this year’s Decorator Showcase.

Alain Pinel Realtors: Exquisite Living Summer 2014

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Alain Pinel Realtors is proud to present our Summer 2014 Exquisite Living – our premier digital luxury lifestyle magazine. The magazine allows readers to immerse themselves in the luxuries of the Bay Area by browsing through visually rich and engaging content. Using the latest technology, flip through it just like a regular magazine, and get a tour of the Bay Area and beyond. In addition to featuring the greatest and most luxurious properties and estates from all the regions we serve, we made sure it included information about the latest trends in luxury, market information, and both property and community spotlights. With easy to use sharing features, the magazine can be shared through social media, on websites, and by email – this is another way Alain Pinel Realtors brings widespread exposure to our listings.

The winter edition takes a special focus on the Peninsula – including a look at its many new restaurants, the best museums, and a look at how the Peninsula is changing the luxury bathroom. It also features 1 Faxon Road –  a grand estate reminiscent of a fine Italian manor on a gorgeous lot in the Circus Club area of Atherton.

Don’t take our word for it – start exploring Exquisite Living today – and experience the APR difference.


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