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Alfred Escoffier

San Mateo, Bowie Estate | client since 2016

Museum Docent, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

You were the City Librarian for Burlingame 19 years, but at the library for nearly 40 years. What did you love the most about it?

It was a job I thoroughly enjoyed: the people, the community, the city. The Burlingame Library is a very special part of the city, and it felt good to work in a place with such a positive impact on the community.

What brought you to Burlingame originally?

I grew up in Burlingame, so I always knew how special it was. My mother also grew up there, so the connections were deep and lasting.

The role of the library has changed over the last few decades and the circulation is at an all time high and growing every year. Why have libraries endured so well?

I started at the library when we had a card catalog with 3 x 5 cards to find the items you were looking for. How times have changed! But despite the many changes that technology brought over the years, it is still the one-on-one connection that is at the heart of library services. The story-hours with young children, assisting a patron to find exactly the item they are looking for…is very rewarding. Yes, the technology changed things, but the service and the fact that Burlingame has such an excellent book and media collection, keeps people coming back. I’m still a patron, even though I live 60 miles away.

In "retirement" you have been very busy. How are you spending your time nowadays?

I’m a docent at the Fine Arts Museums in San Francisco, and more recently joined the volunteers at the Sonoma Valley Art Museum. And of course I enjoy my visits with my grandkids

What was your home selling experience like?

Raziel made our home selling experience easy. He took care of not only the details you would expect a realtor to take care of, but he went the extra mile. He and his assistants “went the extra mile” on everything they did.

Why did you choose Raziel to sell your home?

I had known Raziel for sometime and trusted that he would do the best job for me.

What surprised you the most?

Having not sold a home for many years, I was surprised at how much more professional the sales experience needs to be to attract the right buyer.

What did you love the most about your neighborhood?

We loved the convenience of our neighborhood most. It was equal distance between Burlingame and San Mateo, and walking distance to everything.

What was your childhood ambition?

To become an architect. Instead…I became a librarian and rebuilt two historic buildings…so I guess I had the best of both worlds.

What is your favorite hidden gem?

The town of Sonoma. We discovered it years ago and had a weekend place there for 10 years and finally sold our property on the Peninsula and moved full time to Sonoma. We love it here. It combines the small town feel with the closeness of a big city just an hour away.

What was your first job?

A library page.

What is on the top of your bucket list?

Take a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest! We did that this year!

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Follow your passion.