SAN RAMON, CA—A strong school system, quality retail stores with freeway access, close proximity to BART and transportation, and manageable commutes to employment centers are all important factors for residents, says Summerhill's Robert Freed in this EXCLUSIVE.Read More
The executive management teams for the San Ramon, Calif.-based SummerHill Housing Group have had some movement in recent weeks. SummerHill Homes and SummerHill Apartment Communities, both of which are part of the SummerHill Housing Group, announced executive management reorganization and promotions this month...Read More
SAN RAMON, Calif. – SummerHill Housing Group, the umbrella organization for SummerHill Homes, an award-winning residential builder, and SummerHill Apartment Communities, an apartment, mixed-use infill rental housing developer, today announced executive management reorganization and promotions to support the group’s strategic growth. Chris Neighbor, who has been serving as SummerHill Housing Group’s Executive Vice President / Managing Director, has been promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer of SummerHill Homes. Douglas L. McDonald, SummerHill Housing Group’s Chief Financial Officer / Executive Vice President / Managing Director, has been named Chief Operating Officer of SummerHill Apartment Communities. Marjorie Szto, SummerHill Homes’ Vice President, Controller, has been named Senior Vice President – Corporate Finance and Accounting for SummerHill Housing Group.Read More
A new apartment complex has opened on Mathilda Avenue near the Sunnyvale Civic Center.
A grand opening for the 105-unit residential unit apartment community was held Dec. 7 with several city staff members in attendance.
The new luxury residential rental community provides amenity-rich living environment near employment, retail, restaurants and transit, and furthers the City’s Grand Boulevard vision for on El Camino RealRead More
During a study session on July 14, the Santa Clara City Council indicated its preference in the conceptual designs presented for proposed developments in the area surrounding the Lawrence Caltrain Station, which includes properties in both Santa Clara and Sunnyvale.
The 65 acres included in the Lawrence Station Area Plan stretches from Lawrence Expressway to Calabazas Creek and is bordered by Central Expressway on the north and Kifer Road on the south. The area includes properties within a half-mile radius of the station.
Although the location today is an industrial setting, developers SummerHill Homes, Westlake Urban, LLC, True Life Cos. and The Sobrato Organization plan to transform the area into a mixed-use, transit-oriented village with retail and housing.Read More
SummerHill Homes has beaten out nine other bidders to win an approximately 7-acre slice of Fremont, part of a city sell-off being undertaken to help finance city priorities in the Warm Springs and downtown areas.Read More
The Los Gatos Town Council late Wednesday approved the land-use guidelines for the town's so-called "North 40" area, a major milestone that comes after years — even decades — of false starts.Read More
The largest housing project in more than a decade will be coming to Burlingame, as the City Council gave the final OK to constructing a mix of apartments and condominiums which will feature 290 new units for rent and purchase. The council unanimously approved building the development just south of Broadway, at Carolan Avenue and Rollins Road, during its meeting Monday, June 15.Read More
Over the past two weeks up to 12 large trucks were spotted lined up on Moraga Way, preparing to turn onto Camino Ricardo to reach the SummerHill Homes construction site up the street.Read More
What’s behind the slew of luxe apartments, hip restaurants, and upscale shopping?
Apartment Living: More Urban Evidence of this change can already be found at Brio, a 300-unit apartment complex just three blocks from BART on Civic Drive that opened in October. It is expressly designed for a new style of young professional who prefers city to suburban living, but with more amenities than the typical San Francisco apartmentRead More
OAKLAND, CA - Award-winning national architecture and planning firm KTGY Group, Inc. and SummerHill Apartment Communities, a division of SummerHill Housing Group and a leader in providing quality, smart growth, multi-family rental housing and mixed-use developments, announce the completion of Brio, a new 300-unit luxury residential rental community in Contra Costa County situated four blocks from a BART light rail station in Walnut Creek, Calif. The completion of Brio will be celebrated with a public art unveiling on Tuesday, November 18th.Read More
Irvine, Calif.—Architecture and planning firm KTGY Group Inc. and SummerHill Apartment Communities have announced the completion of a new 141-unit luxury apartment community in Redwood City, Calif. The community, The Lane on the Boulevard, is located at 2580 El Camino Real, and a celebration of completion is scheduled for Wednesday, November 19.Read More
"(Walnut Creek) is a place where someone who is 30 years old would feel comfortable living. It was a lot sleepier than that 15 years ago," said Robert Freed, president and chief executive of SummerHill Housing Group, the San Ramon developer completing the largest Walnut Creek project, Brio, with 300 apartments.Read More
SummerHill Homes executives Katia Kamangar and Denise Cunningham gave the Moraga Education Foundation a check for $5,000 on Oct. 10 to support local schools.Read More
IRVINE, CA - Award-winning national architecture and planning firm KTGY Group, Inc. and SummerHill Apartment Communities, a division of SummerHill Housing Group and a leader in providing quality, smart growth, multi-family rental housing and mixed-use developments, announce the groundbreaking of "Villas on the Boulevard," a new 186-unit luxury residential rental community in the City of Santa Clara, Calif. The groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Wednesday, October 8th at 4:00 p.m. The property is located on 2611 El Camino Real in Santa Clara, Calif., between Bowers Avenue and San Tomas Expressway, along Saratoga Creek.Read More
The Sisters of the Holy Names of Mary and Jesus closed the sale on their property at 100 Prospect Ave. on Aug. 26, with SummerHill Homes of Palo Alto emerging as the buyer.Read More
...The Bay Area is a strong sellers market, so there hasn’t been much push back from buyers to the builder’s efforts to restrict customization options and enforce deadlines. However, Summerhill is planning to enter the luxury production home building market, where average selling prices range from $3 million to $3.5 million. Freed expects his company will have to expand the catalog of custom choices and even allow clients to bring more of their own options to the table. But those choices still will be selected during the sales process, well before scheduling begins for ground breaking...Read More
Growing Smarter Together Awards 2014
ABAG’s Eighth Annual Growing Smarter Together Awards were presented during its Spring General Assembly to the cities of Redwood City, Walnut Creek, Campbell, Richmond, Fremont, South San Francisco, and Vallejo. The role of the cities’ public private partners was also recognized with representatives praised for their contributions. SummerHill's Maravilla was honored to be part of the team receiving this award.Read More
The Pleasanton City Council has approved a developer's plan to build an apartment complex on West Las Positas Boulevard across from Hart Middle School with 177 units and buildings as high as four stories on the 6-acre site.
Summerhill Apartment Communities also will tear down a vacant one-story building now on the site that was built in 1984 and most recently occupied by clinical laboratories doe SmithKline Beecham.Read More
MORAGA -- After nearly two years of consideration, a proposal to build 26 high-end single family homes on a stretch of undeveloped Moraga land specially earmarked for housing and revitalization is a go.
The Town Council's March 12 greenlighting of a development agreement between the city, developers SummerHill Homes and property owner C&C Equities makes effective a number of Planning Commission approvals earlier this year. They include the project's environmental review, conceptual and general development plans, and permits allowing hillside development and grading.
Despite lacking full council backing, the approval allows for the creation of more housing stock in a town where growth is typically slow and housing demand is high.Read More
A proposal for a five-story apartment building with 268 units and 22 two-story townhouses on Rollins Road and Carolan Avenue near the Broadway Caltrain station was submitted to the city of Burlingame Friday.
It is one of the largest such proposals the city has seen for some time and while some seem to favor the project for its proximity to Caltrain, traffic remains a concern for others.
The Summerhill Housing Group submitted its application for approval of a new 5.4-acre apartment and townhouse development at 1008-1028 Carolan Ave. and 1007-1025 Rollins Road. This is the current site of Burlingame Hyundai, Cammisa Luxury Cars, Enterprise Car Rental and other auto-related uses. At the time of the housing element update in 2009, a multi-family zoning overlay was placed upon the site to accommodate the proposed uses. It was adopted as a policy in 2002, but the zoning was officially changed in 2010.Read More
"If landowners decide not to sell because of the combination of costs versus revenue, then it’s just not going to get built,” said Robert Freed, president and CEO of San Jose-based apartment and home developer SummerHill Homes. “It’s a concern.”Read More
SummerHill Apartment Communities had promised the city it would preserve the neon sign, which an environmental impact determined has historic merit.Read More
Developer SummerHill Homes has requested the development of 465 residential units, two neighborhood parks, open space, pedestrian paths, and trails for 35 acres of vacant land on the east side of Brisa Street and South Vasco Road. The proposal includes construction of single-family detached homes, and three-story townhomes and apartments in a 253-lot subdivision.Read More Read More
The Moraga Planning Commission recently reviewed Summerhill Homes' application to build 26 houses off of Camino Ricardo, one of the first projects in the area governed by the Moraga Center Specific Plan to come to fruition.Read More
During his State of the Town address Nov. 21, Moraga mayor David Trotter talked about 'behind the scenes' discussions with Summerhill Homes that led to a new map of the Rancho Laguna II development project; Summerhill presented its revised plan to the Planning Commission at a Dec. 2 study session.Read More
Patrick Simons has joined SummerHill Apartment Communities as the senior vice president of its new Southern California division. MHN Senior Editor Jessica Fiur recently talked to Simons about his new role and how he plans to expand the development pipeline.Read More
Summerhill Homes, a home builder and developer, has asked the Pleasanton Planning Commission for approval to tear down several one-story office building across from Hart Middle School on West Las Positas Boulevard in order to build a 177-unit apartment complex on the 5.9-acre site.Read More
San Ramon-based SummerHill Apartment Communities is breaking up its California operations and opening a new Irvine office to focus on Southern California. “Southern California is a big and robust market,” said Robert Freed, president and CEO of SummerHill Apartment Communities. “We think there’s room for our niche, which is more urban in-fill and doing entitlements versus buying projects that are shovel-ready.”Read More
SummerHill Apartment Communities, a division of SummerHill Housing Group based in San Ramon, Calif., announced that the firm has hired multifamily industry veteran Patrick S. Simons as senior vice president to lead SummerHill Apartment Communities’ new Southern California division. The company’s new office is located at 18401 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 420 in Irvine.Read More
We keep hearing about apartment construction booming in San Francisco, but the East Bay is also experiencing a surge in building.Read More
As Bay Area real estate magnates go, George Marcus is probably the most famous. Hamid Moghadam of Prologis might give him a run. So might Carl Berg of Mission West and John A. Sobrato. But Marcus’ achievements are singular.Read More
TMG Partners will kick off efforts to transform downtown Fremont into an energetic, pedestrian-friendly urban district with the groundbreaking next year on a 467-unit apartment project....Two blocks away, SummerHill Apartment Communities is building Paragon, a 301-unit community at Walnut Avenue and California Street. That project is also within the downtown plan area, but kicked off before the plan was implemented.Read More
Award-winning national firm KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture + Planning, and SummerHill Apartment Communities of San Ramon, Calif. (formerly known as Urban Housing Group) have begun construction work on The Lane on the Boulevard, a 141-unit architecturally distinctive apartment community in Redwood City, located on the San Francisco Peninsula, just north of Atherton.Read More
After years in which rental projects in Silicon Valley were king, new-home construction has returned. Credit goes to a number of factors: low inventory, strong buyer demand and skyrocketing rents. “We’re back in growth mode,” said Robert Freed, president and CEO of SummerHill Homes.Read More
Robert Freed, president and chief executive of SummerHill Homes and [SummerHill Apartment Communities] Urban Housing Group, has several apartment projects in the pipeline. Freed said he’s a supporter of affordable housing and doesn’t oppose a fee per se, but believes the current figure being proposed is too high. He is also concerned that the fee would apply to projects already in the pipeline.Read More
A new housing development at 555 W. Campbell Ave. has seen a flurry of activity over the past few weeks as its occupants start to move in. In a few weeks, the Maravilla Townhomes will be unveiled to the community at large.Read More
HQ: San Ramon.
Background: Freed joined SummerHill Homes as president and CEO in 2007. Before that, he worked for KB Home for 13 years and rose to senior vice president of investment strategy. He started out as a certified public accountant and held CFO positions at Davidon Homes and Blackhawk Corp.Read More
Two real estate powerhouses are now under one roof in a unique partnership forged to serve the home-sales and multifamily rental markets.Newly formed SummerHill Housing Group is now the umbrella organization for award-winning Bay Area builder SummerHill Homes and West Coast apartment developer Urban Housing Group.Read More
Later this year, SummerHill Homes will complete a 110 single-family home project on 17 acres across from the Westfield Valley Fair Shopping Center in Santa Clara.
But the project would have finished long ago if not for challenges made by project opponents under the California Environmental Quality Act, said Robert Freed, SummerHill’s president and CEO.
“It’s now become an unwieldy, out-of-control monster,” Freed said of the legislation, which was passed in 1970.Read More
Hoping to hit a housing market on the rebound, SummerHill Homes is laying the groundwork to build 100 houses on the historical Mirassou Winery site in Evergreen.
The Palo Alto builder picked up the option from the Mirassou estate on the 15-acre site in September after Trumark Properties abandoned its three-year effort to develop the Aborn Road property. The Santa Clara County Assessor has valued the property at a little more than $2 million.Read More
SummerHill Homes is a nationally-recognized home builder focusing on the unique needs of the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California. SHH has earned recognition and respect as one of the nationâ€™s premier residential community builders. The company is renowned for developing specialized single-family detached and multi-family housing communities in established residential settings throughout California. Since its inception in 1976, SummerHill Homesâ€™s goals have been to provide quality homes for its customers, Communities of Distinction for cities, and sound business opportunities for its partners.
SummerHill Apartment Communities is the leader in providing quality, smart growth, multi-family rental housing and mixed-use developments located throughout the western United States. SHAC defines excellence in customer relationships, the quality of products and in every aspect of operations. Criteria for site development are highly selective to meet the companyâ€™s objectives. SHAC uses extensive market analysis to identify housing needs, and then customizes each development to achieve the highest potential.