Kevin Wakelin

Kevin Wakelin

Luxury Property Specialist | DRE 01935159
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About Kevin

With 20-plus years of experience in the development of pioneering urban infill, new construction, and adaptive re-use residential/mixed-use developments. Kevin is amongst a handful of niche real estate specialists in his field with over 1,000 homes developed, sold, and leased in his prolific career. Raised in the United Kingdom and the Far East, Kevin’s international upbringing and extensive travel has consistently provided him with a natural affinity for leadership roles, lateral thinking, and a unique perspective for alternative approaches to ideation and problem solving.

After graduating from London’s Kingston University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in human geography/regional urban planning, his real estate career commenced when he joined the Jacobs Island Company – a boutique, pioneering, live-work loft development company. Renowned for creating the first line of innovative, alternative, and architecturally significant loft dwellings in London, conversions of old and abandoned brick-and-timber framed industrial warehouses into luxury open-plan loft spaces, this is where Kevin’s passion for real estate ignited. Numerous projects received architectural and conservation awards, which propelled the company onto a -profile platform, and with it, Kevin’s appreciation and understanding of all things real estate: architecture, engineering, design, construction, finance, marketing, and sales.

Since relocating to San Francisco in 1995, Kevin has continued his passion to develop and evolve the live-work loft product in the Bay Area, notably as CEO at the pioneering development firm Holliday Development, taking leadership roles in the execution of The Marquee Lofts at 1000 Van Ness Ave., Emeryville Warehouse, Iron Horse Lofts, Blue Star Corner, Central Station, Capital Lofts, Pacific Cannery Lofts, Truckee Railyard, and Chandler Corners.

During the economic downturn, Kevin shifted his innovative focus with his real estate investment company, The Vibrant Group, to leverage opportunities in the local foreclosure markets. With nearly $10MM of -equity investment capital, Kevin purchased over 125 single-family homes during the 2009-2013 period in Solano County. Assembling a team of contractors, engineers, designers and other real estate professionals, Kevin led an investment strategy that completely each house for both a buy-and-sell strategy, as well as a strategy to hold homes for long-term leasing. Kevin now maintains a personal portfolio of 35 leased single-family homes for future disposal.

Kevin now brings his exceptional real estate experience to Compass, with an opportunity for clients to leverage this vast history of real estate knowledge. With nearly 20 years residency in San Francisco, Kevin has a deep and rich appreciation of the housing submarkets in the  Bay Area and has an extensive network of vendors and professionals to assist all the needs of his real estate clients. From sourcing the perfect home to negotiating with agents to managing the transactional process meticulously to leveraging all of his vendor networks, Kevin has more skill sets at hand than most clients could ever expect from their realtor.

Underscoring all of his professional activities are passion, creativity and integrity – core values that run through everything he does. Kevin has resided in the Marina, SOMA, and Noe Valley and currently resides in San Francisco's Castro district with his daughter Hana. He is the founder of Vitality, a professional networking group for LGBT executives, and Castro Dads, the largest social group for gay dads and their kids in San Francisco.

For further information:

www.kevinwakelin.com

www.vibranthomesofsolano.com

Testimonials

★★★★★
" We were extremely lucky to have Kevin as our agent while we were looking for a home in the outer sunset. We didn't know him when we asked him to be our agent. We were so thrilled to immediately see how diligent and passionate he is with his work. He is so responsive and devoted, it almost feels like you're his only client (which, of course, is not the case). He is great with list agents. His intelligence and knowledge are vast. He has contracting experience and experience in a broad range of housing-related fields, so he knows how to look at a house and tell you honestly what you're getting into. Lastly, he was great to be around and made the process (which can be long and grueling) fun and pleasant. We ended up with a dream home in our ideal location and found a great deal with a motivated seller. It was a listing that I would have otherwise overlooked. Now we are settling in and so happy. Thanks Kevin! " - Michael S.

★★★★★
" Kevin is amazing and because he is often understated - let me tell you what he might not... When I sold my primary home in SF, Kevin worked incredible magic. It was a “special” house with a small footprint that was both quirky and unique. Kevin not only had the vision of how to stage the house with a mixture of things to keep and what to bring in, he worked his deep of contractors to come and fix up the house in a surprisingly timely manner as well as being cost effective, considering the hot market. I could barely get a contractor to even call me and he had a team of folks working within a few days. He navigated the market well and entered the multiple counter-offer situation with care and thoughtfulness with the buyers, while also driving up the price to where my expectations were surpassed. I also have also since worked with Kevin on investment properties where he not only identified properties that he felt could cash flow solidly but had a lot a appreciation potential. And he did that in spades! I have sold 3 properties with him over the last 8 years and his skillful management of tenants, improvements to the property, and timing of sales lead to very rewarding results. Again his care and thoughtfulness for all the parties involved made for win-win-win situations all around. Kevin is a gift that I am blessed to have in my life and there is a good reason his clients use him over and over and over. Depth of experience. Clear communication. Hyper responsible. A deep pleasure to work with. You really can’t go wrong with Kevin." - Tony L., San Francisco

★★★★★
" Kevin, we are FUNDED and it is set to record early afternoon. Thank you for being such an Awesome Professional during the whole transaction brother, I have to tell you, YOU are one of the best listing agents I have ever worked with from SF, you are the Exception not the Norm, Appreciate your communication and attitude Kevin! Continued Success To you! " - George K., Lender, Solano County

★★★★★
" Kevin truly made buying my first condo in San Francisco a smooth and easy process, walking me through every step with detailed explanations so I would know what to expect and there were no unpleasant surprises. His knowledge and experience in the real estate industry shine through as he handles the complex negotiations on my behalf, from putting in an offer all the way to close of escrow. It was a pleasure working with him and I have already recommended him to all my family and friends!" - Olivia M.

Kevin Wakelin’s Listings

Listed By Compass
Contingent Show
VIRTUAL TOUR
2397 Diamond Street

San Francisco, CA 94131

$3,750,000
4 BD
4.5 BA
3,119 SF
Listed By Compass
VIRTUAL TOUR
Open: 7/31 11:00am - 1:00pm
151 Alice B Toklas, Unit 604

San Francisco, CA 94109

$1,049,500
1 BD
1.5 BA
1,488 SF
Listed By Compass
VIRTUAL TOUR
Open: 7/31 10:00am - 12:00pm
601 4th Street, Unit 210

San Francisco, CA 94107

$995,000
1 BD
1 BA
1,229 SF
Listed By Compass
Pending
1001 Pine Street, Unit 708

San Francisco, CA 94109

$545,000
Studio
1 BA
454 SF