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350 Townsend Street #839
San Francisco, CA 94107
3065 Richmond Parkway, Suite 101   
Richmond, CA 94806   
PH. (510) 223-5167   
FAX (510) 223-0112   
Bay Area Land Surveying, Inc.

Michael Foster and Bay Area Land Surveying were very easy to work with, helping make the potentially confusing condo conversion process in San Francisco that much easier for us. They were responsive to our questions and there with answers when we needed them.

                                                                                                                             - Carol Vaziri
Carol Vaziri can be reached at (415) 221-1441 or

Michael Foster and his group have done 2 condo conversion map projects for me. The first was in Emeryville, a three unit complex (a duplex and a cottage) and the second in San Francisco (2 unit building) just completed in 2011 with my sister and daughter. I was so pleased when I went to start our condo conversion in San Francisco to learn that Michael was working in the city and fully understood it. His crew did a stellar job! It was done in a timely manner and maybe most importantly never did I call with a question that I was not answered before day's end. A breath of fresh air in the service business! As a 20 year plus residential realtor in San Francisco I have been involved professionally many times with condo conversions and know a lot of the ins and out so I know what a buyer needs. Michael's office is on the top of a short list of referrals for my buyers!

                                  -Paula Podesto Fracchia 

Paula (DRE#01013752) has 25 years of real estate experience. You can visit her on the web at

I wish I'd known when we started our San Francisco condo conversion that choosing Michael Foster and Bay Area Land Surveying Inc. would turn out as well as it did - I could have relaxed about at least one part of the process.  The little wrinkles specific to our building survey were calmly ironed out.  Every single thing that needed to be done got done, it gone done on time, and it got done for exactly the price that was originally quoted to us.  What more could one ask?
And it's all true!


                                   -Timothy Gerwin

Tim Gerwin can be reached at


As a residential developer, I've used BALS twice in the past year.  I was surprised and pleased at how quickly they were able to survey my projects and issue necessary maps.  Other departments may drag their feet, but BALS is right on the money, with service, friendliness and price.  I'll definitely be calling Michael again when I need a surveyor.

                                 -Rick Miller


Rick Miller can be reached at

When I worked for the City of Oakland it seemed as if everyone used Michael's firm to process their subdivision maps. When I left the city and started my own firm I hired Michael to do several subdivisions/condominiums and he was simply the best. There was never a problem with the city review of his work and he was always on schedule. I would give his firm the highest recommendation.


-Philip Millenbah, AICP



Michael and his company, Bay Area Land Surveying, have done a great job for us on several jobs. I know for a fact that BALS's services are highly regarded by City of Oakland staff. This makes them a valuable asset in the teamwork required to get a project approved. I recommend them without reservation.


-Thomas Dolan 



My architecture firm has used Bay Area Land Surveying for several surveys. Michael has been responsive, competitively priced, and his turn-around time has been good. I am especially pleased with the greater-than-normal detail he includes even on small residential surveys - I always know that everything I need will be there.

-Erick Mikiten



As a real estate attorney who specializes in subdivision law, condominium and planned development projects, I can save my clients both time and money if the "project team" works together smoothly.  I have been working with Michael Foster since 1990.  When my clients need survey work, Michael and his team at Bay Area Land Surveying are my first choice. They are organized, experienced and always complete their end of the project in a timely manner and within budget. I highly recommend them.


-Lawrence Neal, Attorney at Law

Lawrence Neal can be reached at (925) 957-9099 or


Pacific Engineering and Construction, Inc. (PECI) has been using Bay Area Land Surveying (BALS) on various civil engineering related projects over the last 8 years (since 2000) and we have been very impressed with the professionalism of owner Mr. Michael Foster and the entire BALS office.   As a civil engineer it is very important to have a survey that we can depend on and BALS has always provided very high quality topographical and boundary surveys for our projects.  BALS also provides these surveys at a very fair and reasonable rate.  I highly recommend BALS for all your survey needs.


-Mark A. Waldman, Pacific Engineering and Construction, Inc.


Mark A. Waldman can be reached at (415) 974-1853 or




Michael Foster and his crew at Bay Area Land Surveying are clearly the best choice for condominium conversions, lot splits, and other map-drawing projects in Berkeley. They are efficient, cooperative, and know the bureaucracy. It is a pleasure working with them. From long experience, I can recommend Bay Area Land Surveying without reservation.


-Michael St. John, St. John & Associates


Michael St. John can be reached at (510) 845-8928 x101 or


(St. John & Associates coordinates 2 to 4 unit condominium conversion projects in Berkeley you can visit them on the web at



I have personally used Bay Area Land Surveying for my surveying needs throughout the past several years. I have also referred several clients as well as Realtors who work for Security Pacific Real Estate to utilize the services that you provide. My experience has always been very positive. The professional, courteous and knowledgeable staff has always been a step above the competition. I have been faced with short deadlines and Michael Foster has always been able to accommodate my needs. It has been a pleasure to work with Bay Area Land Surveying and is comforting to have you as a part of my team.


-Jack Burns Jr., President/ Security Pacific Real Estate



Mancheno Enterprises Inc., has worked with Michael Foster and his staff at Bay Area Land Surveying, Inc. since they opened their doors in 1995. Mancheno Enterprises continues to be impressed by the professionalism of Bay Area Land Surveying.  Michael and his team are our first choice for surveying work because they are organized and experienced professionals who always complete the requested survey in a timely manner. I recommend Bay Area Land Surveying, Inc. without reservation.


-Juan Mancheno,  Mancheno Enterprises, Inc.