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Real-estate management company takes over vacant Castro storefront

Brick and Mortar Real Estate Services has moved into 587 Castro St. — formerly home to clothing retailer Clobba, which closed last year after 22 years in business.

According to its website, Brick and Mortar is a "full-service, residential management company that focuses on serving the needs of clients who own residential income properties in San Francisco and the Bay Area." 

In layman's terms: Bay Area landlords pay the company to handle the nuts and bolts of running their rental properties, from finding and screening tenants to maintaining rental buildings and doing repairs. 

The company was previously located at 235 Montgomery in the Financial District.44 Gough St. in Hayes Valley, where it was known as Better Property Management. (It's no relation to the Mission's Brick and Mortar Music Hall.). Owner Eyal Katz previously worked for Better Property Management and established Brick and Mortar in 2015.

Inside Brick and Mortar at 587 Castro St. | Photo: Steven Bracco/Hoodline

The space required a minor buildout for office use, including making the front door ADA-accessible by removing a step and adding a push button. Construction crews have been on site for the past few weeks; public records indicate the cost of the changes was about $5,000.

587 Castro in October 2019, after Clobba moved out. | Photo: Steven Bracco/Hoodline

Brick and Mortar's arrival fills one of five storefront vacancies along the 500 block of Castro Street, between 18th and 19th streets.

Just last week, smoke shop Puff 'n Stuff (504 Castro) announced it would be closing after 11 years in the Castro. It was preceded by fledgling Mexican restaurant Papi Rico (544 Castro), which closed its doors last year after less than two years in business.

Dog-centric boutique Dogo Love (538 Castro) has been shuttered since 2018, and the former Under One Roof (541 Castro) has been vacant since 2013, with its space sporadically used for pop-ups.

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