Service with Respect, Integrity, Accountability, and Empathy.


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Meet Aethos Real Estate

Welcome to Aethos Real Estate! Founded by John Woodruff, a third-generation realtor with over 30 years of experience as a top-producing agent in San Francisco, Aethos is a boutique brokerage dedicated to providing exceptional, concierge service to homeowners and investors in and around San Francisco.

And a little humor. We make buying and selling a successful pleasure. And with Aethos you get a team of agents supporting each other and you. If you are looking to buy or sell a property, we want to help. We are your Realtors in Shining Armor. And with the backing of the real estate technology company, Side, we can offer state of the art marketing and exposure while still retaining the intimacy of a small, family-run company.

Aethos was recognized in 2018, 2020 & 2021 by RealTrends as one of America’s Best Real Estate Teams. We have sold over $1 Billion in properties and are in the top 1% of Agents in San Francisco.

In the Press
Our listings and agents have been featured in the following: Curbed, CurbedSF, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Francisco Examiner, The Wall Street Journal, The Week, HGTV, The New York Times, and the

Meet Our Agents

Get to know our dedicated and talented team.


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Top Agent Ranking in the Bay Area

John recently helped us close on an extremely competitive home in San Francisco. It was our second time working with John to purchase a home.He is thoughtful, patient, funny, and has a deep knowledge of the San Francisco real estate market regardless of what neighborhood you are looking in.John is our go-to referral for friends looking as working with him will truly give you an edge in your real estate h...

— Shane

Siamak A.
We have worked with John and Aethos Real Estate for over 25 years, in at least 10 projects, for approximately 20 residential and live-work transactions. Over the course of our collaboration, we enjoyed and benefited from his maturity, diligence, discipline, ethics, market knowledge, team spirit, and ‘can-do’ attitude. We would use them again and recommend them to anyone looking for a successful and head...

— Siamak A.

Dave & Lily
We have done 3 transactions with John over the years. Most recently, he helped us sell our home AND subsequently purchase our new place. He was thorough and walked us through every step of the way. It always felt like he was on our side and had our best interests at heart. John looked out for us and made sure the process went as smoothly as possible.

— Dave & Lily

Our Properties

Our Properties

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Recent Sales

Recent Sales

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