Hill & Co. Real Estate Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary

Posted by Garey De Martini — August 16, 2016

1471363445SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Hill & Co. Real Estate, San Francisco’s premier residential real estate brokerage, recently celebrated its 60th Anniversary. The company has been doing business continuously since its founding in San Francisco in 1956. The brokerage has been home to some of San Francisco’s most stellar real estate agents, and its REALTORS® have represented clients in the sale and purchase of many of San Francisco’s most prestigious properties.

In 1956, the Giants were still two years away from moving to San Francisco, gas cost 22 cents a gallon, and Joseph Costello founded a little real estate firm called Hill & Co. Real Estate.

From the beginning, Mr. Costello had big ideas for his company, and in no time it dominated sales on the north side of town, where some of the City's most glamorous homes are located. Real estate in those days involved much less paperwork, and much more vision, as neighborhoods were not yet fully formed.

The decades that followed have left an indelible mark on San Francisco real estate. The sixties were a time of experimentation, and home designs were re-engineered to fit a greater diversity of lifestyles. The seventies saw the passage of Proposition 13, capping real estate taxes. The eighties endured 18% interest rates and the nineties saw the rise of TICs, an only-in-San Francisco home ownership strategy. The first decades of the new century saw an unprecedented run up in home values, then a decline during the nation’s economic and real estate downturn, followed by a dramatic recovery as San Francisco home values reached new highs.

“I literally grew up with this business,” said Hill & Co. President Jay Costello - one of founder Joseph Costello’s sons. “I am extremely proud to build upon what my father envisioned, and to see that we adhere to the same core values that he espoused -- caring for the needs of our clients with integrity and professionalism.”

Vice President Eileen Mougeot added, “I began my career as an agent at Hill & Co. many years ago, and never dreamed that I would someday become a sales manager and part owner of the business. I know how hard our agents work on behalf of their clients, and while the technology we use has become a critical component of the business over the years, our dedication to providing extraordinary service remains constant.”

Hill & Co. Real Estate has offices on Lombard, Union and 24th streets. Jill Gumina, a Bay Area native and long-time real estate broker serves as Sales Manager out of the Noe Valley office. She brings over 40 years of experience and knowledge to the position.

“I admire the work ethic found at Hill, and I’m always impressed with the results our agents achieve on behalf of their buyers and sellers,” said Ms. Gumina. “Hill & Co.’s reputation for excellence within the industry is well earned.”

Thanks to relationships established over the years, and to today’s cutting edge technologies, Hill & Co. is truly a locally owned company with global reach. Ultimately Hill & Co. has built its reputation by being an unwavering and constant presence, focusing on their clients real estate needs and providing thoughtful, informed counsel on the dynamic, complex and intricate San Francisco real estate market.

About Hill & Co.

Hill & Co. Real Estate has long represented buyers and sellers in the purchase and sale of many of the City’s finest properties. With three offices and nearly 100 full-time agents the brokerage enables clients to successfully navigate San Francisco’s complex real estate market. For more information, visit www.hill-co.com, or the company’s Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages.

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