AMSI Real Estate Services Supporting Family House

Family House serves as a home away from home for families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses by providing physical comfort and emotional support, free from financial concerns.

Giving back to the community is a big part of the AMSI culture, mission.  As part of our philanthropic programming, on August 20th, AMSI will be hosting a dinner event to bring good cheer and boost the spirits of  the families and children during their stay at Family House.

The AMSI Team is organizing a Family Style Dinner, Games & Entertainment, and a Toy Drive.  Anyone interested in participating may drop off toys to our offices at 2800 Van Ness, San Francisco, CA. M-F, 9-5, or contact our office at 415-447-2000.

For More Information about Family House:  http://familyhouseinc.org/what-we-do/

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San Francisco Neighborhood Guide

Marina District / Cow Hollow

Between modern and historic, you find everything in this neighborhood. The beautiful homes coexist with trendy restaurants, bars and much more. It’s a perfect mix between the vibration of the nightlife and the calm emitted by the Bay and the park. There’s also the “Marina Green”, a 74-acre park with great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. A must-see in this neighborhood is the Palace of Fine Arts and the Exploratorium!

Russian Hill

This residential neighborhood gathers trendy restaurants, amazing shops and nightspots. You can get off the cable car at the top of Lombard Street, enjoy the gorgeous views of the City and especially Coit Tower and then follow the curve of the Crookedest street!

Telegraph Hill – North Beach

Telegraph Hill is one of the quietest areas in San Francisco, well-known for its many gardens and views from Coit Tower. North Beach, primarily a residential neighborhood, is the home of the famous San Franciscan baseball player Joe DiMaggio. Restaurants and nightlife spots thrive in this area of town, referred to as the Italian Neighborhood or Little Italy. While Telegraph Hill is pretty quiet, North Beach is quite loud and busy.

Union Square

For the shopping lovers, Union Square is THE best place to be in San Francisco. World-renowned luxury retailers, sophisticated art galleries and elegant hotels attract locals and tourists from all over the globe.

SOMA / South Beach

Lovers of museums will enjoy this area. This modern neighborhood of San Francisco, located to the south of Market Street (therefore explaining its name SOMA), gathers among others, the MOMA, the Jewish museum, MOAD the museum of the African Diaspora and many restaurants, bars and nightlife hot spots. Here you will find warehouses converted into lofts, modern high-rise condos, and of course AT&T ballpark, home of the San Francisco Giants, winners of the 2010 World Series.

Nob Hill

This residential traditional San Francisco neighborhood will give you a great glimpse on many of San Francisco’s landmarks. Take the cable-car to climb the very steep hills. Explore and discover some of San Francisco’s best hotels, the luxurious Fairmont and Mark Hopkins, savor amazing cuisine, and visit Grace Cathedral and wander its indoor and outdoor labyrinths.

Haight-Ashbury / Panhandle / Golden Gate Park

Haight-Ashbury is the true representation of the ’60s hippie culture. You can find fragments of this long-gone area everywhere, in shops and in buildings. Tattoo parlors, head shops, thrift stores and art galleries flourish in this dynamic neighborhood. You are also steps away from several lush parks: Buena Vista Park, the Panhandle and of course the mythic Golden Gate Park. Located at the east entrance of Golden Gate Park, the Panhandle is almost one mile long. This green park offers beautiful paths for bikers and walkers, a basketball court and a playground. Golden Gate Park is a verdant heaven in San Francisco for those who want to picnic, jog, play soccer or drum. It hosts many museums and must-see places: the Academy of Sciences, Japanese Tea Garden, De Young museum, Conservatory of Flowers, etc. Twin Peaks Twin Peaks is a residential neighborhood, a short distance away from the heart of the city. On the top of the hill, the second highest point in San Francisco, you can enjoy fabulous 360 degree views of the whole city!

Castro

San Francisco’s own gay village, one of the largest and best-known worldwide, runs on Castro Street from Market Street to 19th Street. This safe and clean neighborhood features the popular and original Castro Theater as well as many boutiques and special clothing shops. Shopping here is a must-do, as you can find items not often available anywhere else.

Mission District

San Francisco’s oldest building, the Mission San Francisco de Asis, gave the City its name. Located between Castro and Noe Valley to the west and Potrero Hill and U.S. 101 to the east, “The Mission” is a mix of trendy restaurants and boutiques as well as traditional, historical cafes and stores of the Latin culture. Famous for introducing Mexican food to Americans, the Mission is the original home of the San Francisco burrito. Enjoy Dolores Park, especially in the summer, and watch the locals play tennis, basketball, BBQ, etc. There is also a large children’s playground and a dog play area. Another must-see in the Mission are the murals: more than 600 different murals painted on the walls of buildings and residential houses.

Richmond / Sea Cliff

In this residential area you’ll find a mix of different homes, from turn-of-the-century Edwardians to the most modern of apartment complexes and mansions, as well as some of the last cabins that survived the 1906 earthquake. The most surprising and most infamous site is the Black House, a black and purple Victorian owned by Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan, who is said to have performed Satanic rituals at that location. Sea Cliff is an exclusive community featuring gorgeous properties, some of them used as retreats for celebrities.

Potrero Hill

The “sunniest” neighborhood of San Francisco refers to this hill, located east of the Mission and South of SOMA. Potrero means “pasture” in Spanish. This quiet area is isolated by freeways and an industrial landscape, which gives this neighborhood a feeling of distance from main and central San Francisco. Potrero Hill is also the home of San Francisco’s famous Anchor Steam Brewery.

Pacific Heights

Between school and shopping, Pacific Heights is still today one of the most prestigious neighborhoods and has been featured in many movies and television shows. This fancy area offers spectacular views of the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Fillmore Street serves as the neighborhood’s shopping and dining street, and every year hosts a Jazz festival.

Financial District

The name says it all: this is the heart of the economy of San Francisco. After the California Gold Rush, this area boomed. With its many historic office buildings and modern skyscrapers, the Financial District hosts headquarters of numerous companies and organizations. Sunset Known for its foggy weather, most San Franciscans love this neighborhood, which is close to Ocean Beach. What they like about this culturally diverse neighborhood is that it is more like a small town within the City. Many families with children live in this area, as well as UCSF graduate students.

Alamo Square / North Panhandle (NoPa)

Alamo Square is a residential area surrounding a park of the same name. Featuring the world-renowned Painted Ladies, a row of classic Victorian houses, Alamo Square is a very popular destination for tourists and locals. The up-and-coming North Panhandle is one of the trendiest neighborhoods of San Francisco with many modern bars and restaurants along Divisadero.

Chinatown

Welcome to China! Right in the heart of San Francisco, near Union Square and the Financial district you will find one of the largest Chinese areas outside of Asia. Many typical and authentic Chinese markets and  restaurants can be found in this residential area. A definite must-see is the original fortune cookie factory. While Stockton Street is the tourist spot with many souvenir shops, Grant Street is the “traditional” and more authentic part of Chinatown where locals buy products in open-air markets. So, be open-minded for another culture and take a trip to Chinatown!

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AMSI Housing & Relocation Services to participate in Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA) Conference

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Housing & Relocation Specialist from AMSI will be attending the annual Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA) conference later this month (Feb 2018) in Las Vegas.  The CHPA is a professional trade association exclusively dedicated to supporting corporate housing providers around the world with the mission to help their members succeed through Certification, Accreditation, Quality Assessment, Networking, Legislative Support, Continuing Education Opportunities, with all members subscribing to a Professional Code of Ethics.

Corporate housing is fully furnished temporary housing, typically in an apartment setting.  Professional providers coordinate these “units” to include furniture, house wares, amenities, cable, phone, electric, water, etc., usually at one inclusive cost to the company and typically for 30 + days. Corporate housing is a physical space and a full range of services offered to a client/guest, specific to their unique needs.  Corporate Housing Fits all your Needs….and More

AMSI Real Estate Services is a full service Housing & Relocation company specializing in Furnished and Unfurnished Rentals, Property Management, Relocation, and Sales.  Our inventory includes Homes, Condominiums and Apartments both Long Term or Interim Extended-Stay or Corporate Housing.

 

Chris Todd of AMSI Real Estate Services awarded CCRM Designation

Congratulations to AMSI’s Chris Todd for his recent achievement of earning the CCRM Certification. The California Certified Residential Manager (CCRM) program is awarded by the San Francisco and California Apartment Associations after successful completion of the required courses.

As a graduate from the California Culinary Academy, Chris obtained his Real Estate license in 2016 and became a valued member of AMSI’s Leasing and Property Management Team. He is passionate about Liverpool LC, and loves to read, hike, golf, and spend time with his Cat E.D.

Chris really enjoys working with people and it shows. Today one of our Property Owners said “Chris Todd as been excellent in assisting me in the rental process. He has met and exceeded all of my expectations. Based on my experience, I will definitely do business with you again”.

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AMSI Real Estate Services partnered with One Warm Coat® to collect coats this winter.

AMSI Real Estate Services Donates 42 Coats to Local Community Members!

January 16 2018, AMSI Real Estate Services donated 42 coats to children and adults in need of warmth. The coats were donated in the local community after AMSI Real Estate Services held a coat drive as part of One Warm Coat’s Coat Drive program.

“We were so glad to partner with One Warm Coat this winter. There is a real need for coats in our local community and One Warm Coat’s program made it easy to us to make a difference and spread much needed warmth. We had a goal of collecting 30 coats, and we surpassed it!” said Sylvia Sotomayor, Luxury Accommodations Specialist, who thanked the AMSI Team and Customer’s who participated for helping to keep 42 people warm this winter and impacting 42 souls through their generosity, and “That is really what it is all about”, says Sotomayor.
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Each year, hundreds of thousands of gently worn coats are distributed across North America to children, women and men in need through One Warm Coat’s Coat Drive program. “We are so grateful for our wonderful partners like AMSI Real Estate Services. We are thrilled so many AMSI Real Estate Service customers and staff came together to provide warmth for their neighbors in need and are thankful to everyone who donated!” said One Warm Coat President & CEO, Jennifer Stockard.

About One Warm Coat

One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that works to provide a free, warm coat to any person in need and raises awareness of the vital need for warm coats.One Warm Coat supports individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country by providing the tools and resources needed to hold a successful coat drive.Coats are distributed in the communities where they were collected, to any person in need, without charge, discrimination or obligation. Over the last 25 years, One Warm Coat has worked with its volunteers to give away more than 5 million coats. Learn more at www.onewarmcoat.org.

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Volunteering at “Family House” Where Families Stay Together While Their Kid Undergoes Treatment

Recently The New York Times reported that San Francisco has the lowest percentage of kids of any major U.S. city. There are many reasons as the high living costs. Yet, if a kid suddenly has a life threatening illness and has to undergo treatment in San Francisco, who is going to accommodate them, if their parents cannot afford it? Luckily there is Family House, a place where families can stay together and support one another while their sick child goes through treatment.

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Maureen Couture, AMSI Realtor specializing in sales, furnished corporate interim housing, and Chris Todd AMSI Unfurnished Rental Specialist, volunteered at the “Give Back” day at Family House, which was hosted by the San Francisco Association of Realtors.

Family House is a not-for-profit organization and serves as a home away from home for families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses receiving treatment at the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital.

Maureen and Chris assisted with a buffet style morning breakfast, played with the children and talked with the parents and staff. Maureen says: “It felt wonderful, a total feeling of love and giving. I couldn’t have been happier to be there!”. What she enjoyed the most was spending time with the children, especially with a young girl named Tsentol who just turned 3 this week. She has brain cancer and lives along with her mother and father at Family House.

More than 3,000 families that Family House serves at their location over the course of a year, are not just being provided with temporary 100 cost-free housing, but comfort and emotional support, free from financial concerns. Qualifying families live more than 50 miles from UCSF, and many live at or below the low-income status as determined by UCSF.

While children undergoing bone marrow transplants, chemotherapy, and radiation are their most common guests, they also accommodate those facing other life-threatening childhood illness such as fetal surgery, transplants, and cardiac patients when space is available.

Besides getting supported by volunteers and organizations from the Bay Area, they are offered specialty rooms such as a workout, meditation and teen room at Family House. Moreover a private courtyard with BBQ, play areas with books for kids and adults and much more.

Maureen has been so touched by her first visit to Family House and being involved with the kids and their families that she most definitely will volunteer there more often from now on. Along with several AMSI staff members she already has plans for her next visit at Family House. They will sponsor a lunch or dinner for the kids to brighten up their day a bit, and give them the feeling of not being alone while going through these tough times.

Family House is more than just free, temporary housing – it’s a home away from home, and a supportive community of people who are dedicated to providing a caring environment for the entire family while their child is undergoing treatment.

If you want to get involved with Family House too, you can volunteer or donate. Please visit their website for more information at www.familyhouseinc.org

You can also contact Maureen or Chris directly, if you have any questions about their volunteering experience:

Maureen Couture Email
Chris Todd Email