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Hey, I’m Michael!

San Francisco, California, United States · Member since April 2012

Hi my name is Michael, architect, from San Francisco. I grew up in Hawaii, then moved to LA for grad school. But my life long dream was to move to San Francisco, for it's (small) big city amenities. I've lived in the Mission district for 20 years and love its multiculturalism, foodie-music-art culture (sounds like Seattle too), and youthful spirit. I've designed housing, temples, schools, restaurants, memorials, and now a superior courthouse. I enjoy studying cities, buildings, communities, infrastructure, and how people use their built environment. I have two boys, Max, 10, and Oliver, 7. They now live in Clyde Hill/Bellevue after a couple of years in Wallingford. They and their mom (my ex) moved to Seattle four years ago because she was offered a position at UW. As a result, when the kids are not in SF for the holidays and part of the summer, I am in Seattle twice a month visiting them. I prefer a home setting in a genuine community, exploring different neighborhoods, and meeting locals, instead of staying at a generic hotel. Seattle feels like a second home to me. Some of the things we like to do: Eating tamales while listening to bluegrass at Ballard Farmer' s market; Building sand engineering projects at Golden Gardens or KVI Beach; Watching trains at Carkeek Park; Riding the zipline at Seeward or Lincoln Parks; Looking for crustaceans at Alki tide pools; Catching ferries to islands and port towns; Erecting driftwood structures at the Robinson Lighthouse, Free museum day; Doing the 360 view at Volunteer Park Water Tower, Sipping and sketching at Capital Hill cafes; Having Breakfast in a skillet at Smith; Flying Kites at Gasworks; Paddle boating and playing ball at Green Lake; Riding bikes around Seward Park; Eating dim sum in the International; Looking for food trucks; Listening to indie bands at street fairs; etc. Ultimately we are clean and respectful of others, because we do this a lot. We would appreciate a visit into your house and look forward to staying at your place.