Born in the Ukraine and fluent in Russian, Luba emigrated to San Francisco with her family at age two and grew up in the Richmond District. She attended Lowell High School and earned her degree from USF in Hospitality Management. She’s spent many years working in the hotel industry throughout the City, from Stanyan Park to the Kimpton Hotel Group, and she has also worked in the human resource development field.
In 2006, Luba moved into real estate. She joined Zephyr that year and was named Rookie of the Year in 2007. Since then she has been a Top Producer for several years running. She’s a certified Residential Specialist and also the chagrined winner of TheFrontSteps Sexiest Realtor of 2009 award.
Luba has lived in the Richmond, Sunset, and Golden Gate Heights neighborhoods of San Francisco. She’s also rebuilt a home along the Great Highway and has gone through the exciting, nail-biting, and headache-inducing experience of living in a home during a remodel. It was during this time that Luba became even more interested in sustainable housing options and how to make anything from large to small changes that could have a positive impact on the environment.
When work isn’t calling, Luba loves to snap shut her laptop, set her phone to vibrate, and head out into nature. Whether it’s taking a quick afternoon hike in Marin or finding a secluded area for a camping trip, she knows that setting off into redwoods, hiking the cliffs of the California coastline, or even kayaking in the Bay are all important reminders to always keep in touch with the basics. She’s recently taken up surfing, practicing first at Linda Mar before finally facing the waves at Ocean Beach.
For many years Luba has volunteered at the San Francisco Zoo and been a donor to the Surfrider Foundation, Save the Waves, ASPCA, SF Humane Society, Bad Rap, Muttville, World Wildlife Fund, San Francisco SPCA, and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. As much as she can, she spends time showering her dog—or most dogs for that matter—with attention. And whether she’s driving out to a field to set a mouse free that was found in a friend’s apartment, or cleaning up trash on a beach, she believes all of us can show a little kindness to the people and animals around us.