Charles Griffith

Partner & Top Producer
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Languages:

  • English

Designations:

  • McGuire Partner

Charles Griffith, a fifth generation San Franciscan, was born in San Mateo and raised in Hillsborough. He and his wife, Jane, currently reside in the Baywood neighborhood of San Mateo. He has a very personal knowledge of the local school districts and surrounding Peninsula areas. Charles attended North Hillsborough Elementary, Eaglebrook in Deerfield, Massachusetts—followed by prep school at Stevenson in Pebble Beach, and earned his political science degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton.

After UOP, Charles went to work for Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Capital Corporation, working with their cross-border aircraft leasing group before joining Cardinal Capital, LLC, in San Francisco. Charles enjoyed success with Cardinal, a tightly-knit boutique investment bank. In his fourth year with the firm, he became a principle, working closely with both their corporate finance and real estate units for close to a decade. His experience in real estate development exposed him to all areas of the investment and sales cycles in both commercial and residential markets including: acquisitions, dispositions, finance, entitlements, construction and asset management. Charles looks forward to bringing a corporate professionalism and work ethic to the residential real estate market.  It was through this experience, as well as his past and innate attraction to the Peninsula, that has drawn him to McGuire Real Estate in Burlingame—the premier private boutique real estate brokerage firm in the Bay Area.

Charles also has a unique advantage working in partnership with his mother, Suzy Griffith, who has been actively working in the high-end residential real estate market in the Burlingame, San Mateo, and Hillsborough areas for over forty years.  Suzy has an impressive understanding of the Peninsula market; do to her upbringing few brokers have such a native comprehension of the area’s history, architecture, and families which make up our community. This partnership allows the Griffith’s to take a multi-generational approach to their clients’ needs, a rarity within the industry. Their value-add approach to the real estate business supports their belief that buying and selling a home is one of the most significant transactions you and your family will go through.

Charles and Suzy are not only passionate, but have also been successful, in renovating and building homes. They bring a unique and creative collaboration to remodeling, interior design and landscape. These abilities are useful in staging and selling your home as well as helping to create a future vision for your new property. Charles and Suzy look forward to bringing a new level of integrity, service, and diligence to your transition into a new home.

Buyer-Represented Properties

700 Newhall Road
Burlingame, CA 94010
412 Hurlingham Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94402
710 Hillsborough Blvd
Hillsborough, CA 94010
330 Mission Bay Blvd #605
San Francisco, CA 94158
1110 Bernal Avenue
Burlingame, CA 94010
2243 Green Street #A
San Francisco, CA 94123
33 Atalaya Terrace
San Francisco, CA 94117
749 Panorama Drive
San Francisco, CA 94127
616 Maple Street
San Mateo, CA 94402
608 Caribbean Way
San Mateo, CA 94402
1421 Kalmia Street
San Mateo, CA 94402
746 Parrott Drive
San Mateo, CA 94402

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Charlie helped our family find our first home. My wife and I had looked casually and online, and we mentioned our desire to Charlie. He took the time to listen and understand what we were looking for and, even though we had told him we weren't expecting to buy for another few months to a year, he delivered big time. The second home we toured was EXACTLY what we were looking for. We've now lived here for a month and couldn't be happier. Charlie accurately assessed the market and really helped us position ourselves as attractive buyers. His relationships, both with the seller's agent and a mortgage broker Charlie and the seller's agent had both worked closely with, were what helped us get the house--even though we weren't even the highest offer and needed a financing contingency in the hot SF market. Charlie navigated the process expertly for us and kept our interests at the forefront throughout. Charlie knows the Peninsula in-and-out. He's got a great eye for real estate and really knows good value. He has our family's wholehearted recommendation.

– Anonymous

My wife, Sandra, and I believe that it was providence that arranged for Charlie and Jane Griffith to come into our lives at an immensely critical time. We were the older couple who just recently had made the decision to begin that daunting and disquieting transition by which we would leave the house we loved, in which we had lived so many of our adult years, and with the fondest hope, begin the search for something not only lovely and gracious, but practical regarding living needs, smaller and less challenging in size, space and necessary maintenance. Charlie and Jane were brilliant in understanding and caring about who we were and the needs we represented. It was like they undertook a personal mission to find a way for us to land in that special place where horizon years could be happily fulfilling . Their communication with us was superb, in depth and persistent, so that their thinking was in complete accord with ours. Not only were they extraordinarily devoted to achieving the right results for us, but once we identified where we wanted to be, they advised and guided us in accomplishing as cost efficiently as possible several ancillary goals we identified for remodeling a few elements in our new residence. For most of us, purchasing a home is a profound extension of ourselves and our family. The resources it requires we expend are life’s carefully acquired and protected treasure. When realty professionals take care of their clients at the level manifested by Charlie and Jane Griffith, both fiduciary and regarding every element of the property itself, the result is deep and abiding admiration and lasting bonds of friendship.

– Thomas Mohr – Buyer and Seller

Charlie helped our family find our first home. My wife and I had looked casually and online, and we mentioned our desire to Charlie. He took the time to listen and understand what we were looking for and, even though we had told him we weren't expecting to buy for another few months to a year, he delivered big time. The second home we toured was EXACTLY what we were looking for. We've now lived here for a month and couldn't be happier. Charlie accurately assessed the market and really helped us position ourselves as attractive buyers. His relationships, both with the seller's agent and a mortgage broker Charlie and the seller's agent had both worked closely with, were what helped us get the house--even though we weren't even the highest offer and needed a financing contingency in the hot SF market. Charlie navigated the process expertly for us and kept our interests at the forefront throughout. Charlie knows the Peninsula in-and-out. He's got a great eye for real estate and really knows good value. He has our family's wholehearted recommendation.

– The Taylors, Buyer and Seller

Charlie is a consummate professional. Our experience with him was reminiscent of times at work when we had the opportunity to hire the best service providers (top tier strategy consultants and corporate lawyers). He was strategic and well organized, which allowed him to run a great process. The process yielded multiple offers and a great result. His depth of knowledge in the business and his ability to think in financial terms were excellent, and pretty uncommon among peers.

– Jim and Betsy L., Seller

Charlie deftly handled both the buying and selling side of the process for us and did an exemplary job on both fronts. Given our unique family situation with 4 toddlers, we were challenged to find anything on the peninsula that fit our growing family needs within a reasonable price range. We had resigned to moving out of the area, but Charlie was persistent and continued to search. He found a unique opportunity, moved quickly and negotiated a very fair price for the property. His local knowledge is unmatched in our view and gave us the confidence to move quickly. We then had the challenge of selling our existing house in short time frame. Charlie and his team surpassed themselves in every aspect, including staging and last minute improvements. When we saw our house prior to open house, we were almost tempted to move right back in as it had never looked that good. Finally, Charlie really accelerated the marketing campaign and outdid himself, which generated strong pre-market interest and led to strong early leads and ultimately a great offer. We highly recommend Charlie, and have already done so, for any real estate needs in the Mid-peninsula area.

– The Adams, buyers and sellers

We had recently sold our home and we began the process of casually touring homes on the Peninsula. We came across a particular home and our lives changed. It wasn't that we had found our dream home, but rather it was because we met, the selling agent, Charlie. We were in the process of exploring a new relationship with an agent and were very impressed with Charlie's market knowledge and demeanor. We would classify ourselves as buyers with extremely high expectations and were looking to Charlie as a strategic business partner. Our backgrounds are commercial real estate investing and outside sales; a tall order and Charlie was immediately up for the task. He can speak to the financial components on the investment and is sensitive to the emotions experienced during the home shopping process. You can quickly conclude that this is a career for Charlie and that he takes his relationships seriously. He listened to our needs and desires in our next home; successfully translating that into viewings that were not just check the box showings but had several very specific features that made them noteworthy. Charlie really used our time efficiently and was able to effectively sharpen the pencil with each house we saw (we worked together for nearly 5 months). He knew when to provide a little vision or caution, which was always delivered as information not an opinion. We felt that Charlie always had our best interest at the top of his list and allowed us to make decisions with no pressure. He not only built a great relationship with us, but also built one with the selling agent of our new home (not to mention the legions of home service professionals some of the best in the business). We feel that this absolutely gave us a competitive advantage. We would recommend Charlie without reservation and he will be the one we recommend for many years to come.

– Peter & Nicole Magaddino

We just closed on the sale of our house and feel so lucky to have found Charlie Griffith! He knows the market very well and by following most of his recommendations, we received 11 quality offers and sold in 10 days, far exceeding our expectations. He is professional and made everything very easy on us from the beginning, including sourcing and overseeing all of the home improvement vendors and staying within budget. We also appreciated that he was always available and kept in constant communication with us. Thank you Charlie!

– Anonymous

As an experienced real estate developer in the Bay Area and a licensed broker in California, I have the highest possible standards for any Realtor that represents me and my partners. Charlie has exceeded my high standards in every way. He brings a keen understanding to all aspects of the transaction cycle, and has the ability to negotiate firmly on our behalf without alienating the buyer or seller. Charlie has an impressive knowledge of the area. His help with the final details of our new project was a huge factor in meeting our deadline to market and close our property in only three weeks! He always made himself available and kept constant communication. Charlie's performance not only got us full price but with his persistence, we were able to get the deal done in a tight timeline over the holidays! It's obvious he made our business his first priority.

– Nyle Mameesh, Seller

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