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Category: Meet the team (9)

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 Thatcher Richins! Thatcher is a Motorsport enthusiast, loves anything mechanical, and really knows his way around SF ( read on for some incredible insider recommendations for cool spots in SF!)

 

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Thatcher Richins

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Where are you from originally?

Sacramento, California

 

What brought you to SF?

I was here very very often growing up. So, from a young age, I fell in love with the hustle and bustle of city life. I think that kind of vibrant, busy environment is something  I thrive in, personally. I also wanted to move away from Santa Cruz – Amazingly living here was cheaper than the insane population bloat and impossible rental market that came from UCSC!

 

Tell us an interesting fact about you.

Motorsport is my favorite sport to watch. I watched over half of Le Mans a few years back.

Do you have any hobbies, talents, or interests?

Anything mechanical. Without a garage, recently i’ve been building and painting models of mechanical things real or ficticious.


How are you involved at Urbanests?

I do general operations work for the company, but I also manage the property at 1010 Bush Street. Since I manage the property, I also live there, and I love it. The Balmoral, or 1010 Bush Street.  Lower Nob Hill is a great neighborhood that’s pretty much at the center of everything.

 

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

There’s about a hundred public private spaces in the city, that most people don’t know about. The best maintained one I’ve seen is on top of the Fairmont Hotel.

 

What is your favorite thing to do in the city? 

Riding around between errands or on the way to meet up with people. You’ll never see the whole city just by walking or taking the bus. Always try to take a slightly different route and you’ll be able to get around without your phone in no time.

 

Got a restaurant recommendation for us?

Yes! Check out Toyose. It’s an amazing late night Korean restaurant in outer sunset. Bring friends, wait times can be brutal before 10pm.

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You can read more about our team here!

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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You can read more about our team here!

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 Christian! Chris is our superstar Marketing and Leasing Intern, a full-time student at San Francisco State, and lives in our San Francisco housing in a short stay apartment. Chris is a world traveler, talented photographer, active adventurer, and food fanatic, and we can’t wait for you to get to know him a little better! Lets get to it!
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Name: Christian Tanasescu


Where are you from originally?

Originally, I was born in Newport Beach, and live in Eastvale, a small city right in Riverside in Southern California.

 

Why are you in SF? What brought you here?

I am here for school, primarily, but I am also hoping to start a career here. I came here for the huge amount of opportunities available in this city! I have also always been in love with this city for as long as I can remember!

 

Tell us an interesting fact about you.

I have traveled to over 17 different countries and have a goal to visit at least 50 countries by the time I am 28!

 

Do you have any hobbies, talents, or interests?

I have plenty of hobbies! Some of my favorite including surfing, snowboarding, to even building computer and playing video games!


How are you involved at Urbanests?

I am currently doing Marketing for Urbanests!

What is your favorite spot in SF?

My favorite spot in the city so far is Baker Beach. To see the Golden Gate Bridge while sitting on the beach and listening to the ocean is an experience that is unforgettable.

What is your favorite thing to do in the city?

My favorite activity to do in the city is just to walk around and experience the city bustling around you. Going to Market St. is always a fun place to people watch as well!

What’s your favorite restaurant in San Francisco?

My favorite restaurant in this city is Surisan in North Beach! It is a Korean Brunch place with incredible food! Just make sure to make a reservation since lines can be incredibly long some times.

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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 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!
Looking for somewhere to live in San Francisco? Check out our open San Francisco room rentals here!