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We pride ourselves in our diverse, worldly, and dynamic team here at Urbanests, and we want you to get to know us better!

Today, we are profiling Maria Nesheva! Maria is a co-founder of Urbanests, and has served as the Director of our leasing team since the very beginning! She is a killer tennis player and a world traveler, a mom, and is actually married to our Director of finance for SF Housing, Matts! (You can read all about Matts here). We can’t wait for you to get to know her a little better! Lets get to it!

Name: Maria Nesheva

How are you involved at Urbanests?

I am the Director of Leasing, so I lead the Leasing Team that helps you find your SF housing! I am also one of the co-founders of Urabnests.
Where are you from originally?

I am from Bulgaria

 

What brought you to SF?

I came to SF to do my Masters degree in 2010

 

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How did you find Urbanests?

I met Tony Brettkelly (the Founder and CEO) a while back when Urbanests did not exist yet.  I was lucky enough to help lead our initial project for offering student housing in San Francisco, which grew during the years and became what we all know as Urbanests today.

 

Do you have any hobbies, talents, or interests?

I have played tennis since I was a kid, and I still try to play at least 3 times a week. I like yoga, and all outdoor sports and activities too, I like staying as active as possible! I also love summer and the beach, which is why I love San Francisco so much.

 

Tell us an interesting fact about you.

I have lived (studied or worked) in 6 countries – but San Francisco is my number one favorite city in the world!

 

Do you know any secret spots in the city we should know about? 

My favorite locals-only spot in SF is the pool by the Golden Gateway Club by the Embarcadero. It is always sunny and beautiful there! I also really like to find spots in San Francisco where you can have the best views of the city. Some of my favorites are Telegraph hill, the Lion steps, the trails in the Presidio, and Bar Bocce in Sausalito (especially if you bike there, they have beautiful views of SF from the Golden Gate bridge!)

 

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Describe your ideal day in San Francisco!

 I love walking or biking up and down the hills. My ideal Sunday would be playing tennis early, then walking to the Ferry Building Farmers Market for a Blue bottle coffee and some fresh fruit, walking to Castro, and having brunch around Dolores park. I would finish up in the Marina for some late afternoon drinks and views of the Goldon Gate bridge.

 

Do you have any favorite restaurants or cafes you can recommend?

There are so many good places… Italian Home Made on Union Street, Hillstone on the Embarcadero, Osha for Thai food, Chez Maman for casual French in Hayes Valley, Blanc et Rouge wine bar at the Embarcadero (great Happy Hour;) ), Roma Cafe in North Beach, The foodtrucks at Presidio Picnic on Sundays or the ones at off the Grid in Fort Mason, the Ferry building cafe’s and restaurants, or Focaccia to grab a salad or sandwich for work. There are so many more, but that is all I can think of off the top of my head!

 

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Mats

Name:  Mats Nalsen


Where are you from originally?

Venezuela

What brought you to SF?

I was in SF to do my Master degree. SF is the place to be for tech, and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. So when I had the opportunity to do my master degree in SF, I could not say no!

Tell us an interesting fact about you.

I really like to do a lot of stuff to keep my day full, which brings my sleep time to a minimum. However, I love to sleep long, long hours (and I do once or twice a year….)

Do you have any hobbies, talents, or interests?

I love to play tennis and baseball. My main talents are to sing, but for some reason most people do not appreciate my singing voice, so I rarely do it outside of the shower. I’m interested in traveling and trying all possible food.


How are you involved at Urbanests?

I am part of the back office, supporting mainly accounting and operations

Do you know any secret spots in the city we should know about? What is your favorite spot in SF?

Well, the Roly-Roty truck for Pork sandwiches is a must if I’m in SF. The second one is the Gateway tennis club pool, where it is always warm and the sun is always shining.

What is your favorite thing to do in the city?

My ideal SF day starts by going to the Farmers market on Saturday, and then walking or biking from there to connect with friends or family for a nice brunch … ideally a brunch with a Bloody Mary or beer.

What’s your favorite SF cafe?

My all-time favorite coffee shop is the small Blue Bottle Coffee that is in the Ferry building. It is fun because they have some of the best coffee in SF, but then you can spend your time walking around the building and looking at the little shops. I would say my favorite restaurant is Nob Hill cafe – I recommend the penne bettola.

 

 

We pride ourselves in our diverse, worldly, and dynamic team here at Urbanests, and we want you to get to know us better! Today, we are profiling our team member Devarsh! Devarsh is a tech enthusiast, a cryptocurrency aficionado, a student in San Francisco, and our brilliant Accountant. Let’s get to it!

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Name: Devarsh Modi

Where are you from originally?

Ahmedabad, India.

 

Why are you in SF?

I am in the process if pursuing my MBA.

 

What brought you here?

California Love!

 

Tell us an interesting fact about you.

I am obsessed with the dash cam. Google it.

Do you have any hobbies, talents, or interests?

First and foremost, I love to travel. If I could spend my life traveling I would. But since I can’t, one of my favorite pastimes is blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.  I am an equity and cryptocurrency trader and miner with a few of my good friends – it is a interesting and rewarding hobby!

How are you involved at Urbanests?

I’m working here in Accounting.

Do you know any secret spots in the city we should know about? What is your favorite spot in SF? 

My Favorite spot here is Golden Gate Park on Sunday morning.

 

What is your favorite thing to do in the city?

I love just walking randomly around Market Street. The people watching is great, and there are always interesting street performances and good live music.

 

What’s your favorite coffee shop in the city?

Cole Valley Cafe. Great coffee, great ambiance. Definitely check it out if you are a coffee drinker.

 

Want to meet our other team members? Check out more blog posts here!
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We pride ourselves in our diverse, worldly, and dynamic team here at Urbanests, and we want you to get to know us better!
Today, we are profiling Kris. Kris is a master-of-all-trades, is pursuing a Masters degree, and is the master resident manager and the friendly face you see when you visit one of our best short stay apartments in San Francisco, 9th Street! Let’s get to it!
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Name: Kris
Where are you from originally?
Bangalore, India.

Why are you in SF?
Pursuing my Master’s in Communication.
What brought you here?
Wanderlust.

Tell us an interesting fact about you.
I was once trapped in a room with a rabbit and a cat.
Do you have any hobbies, talents, or interests?
I love basketball, philosophy, photography, and creative writing.
How are you involved at Urbanests?
I’m the resident manager at 9th Street.
What is your favorite activity to do in the city?
I love to cycle around on Sundays when it’s less crowded. The city is beautiful by bicycle.

Do you know any secret spots in the city we should know about? My favorite spots in SF are the rainforest fountain at Rincon Center and the Aids memorial in Golden Gate Park, Provinder. You should check them out!

Want to meet our other team members? Check out more blog posts here!
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Autumn is upon us! Your SF furnished apartment is a small space that demands to be cozied up! This DIY fall wreath is cheap and easy, and it adds a festive flare to any home, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Here’s what you need:

  • Green floral wire ~$2
  • A circular base (wreath wire is ideal, I used a “Surface Saver ring”) ~$3
  • A whole bunch of greenery of your choosing! $7-15
    • Ideas: eucalyptus, oak branches, dried wheat, baby’s breath, bouquet fillers, cinnamon sticks etc. anything that catches your eye

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Start by gathering a small bunch of whatever you want as the the body of your wreath. I used orange-tinted greenery. Wrap wire around the bunch and wrap it around your circular base, attaching your first bit of greenery to the wreath.

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Continue this in the same direction until your entire circle is covered.

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Now for the fun part! Attach small bundles of flowers, berries, etc to give your wreath some pizazz. You can go for a manicured look or something a bit more wild – whatever your heart desires!

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The final step is to hang it on your door!

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The best part? You can use any excess greenery you have to make fun fall bouquets, to make your shared housing in San Franciscoo even more cozy.

 

Pro tip: get some friends to join you for a wreath making party. Spread all your supplies on the ground, light some autumnal candles, turn on your favorite playlist or current binge watch and get crafting!

 

Here’s some more wreath inspo from Pinterest:

 

 

 

 

Don’t have a small space to cozy up? You can browse our available single rooms in San Francisco here.

Or check out our other San Francisco blog posts here!

Post written by contributor Rachel Fay.