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SummerHill Apartments expands to Southern California

August 29, 2013 | San Francisco Business Times

By Blanca Torres

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.”

The group established a pipeline of about 1,200 units in Northern California while its office in the southern part of the state expects to have a pipeline of 1,000 units within the next three years.

“We’re starting, no pun intended, from the ground-up,” Freed said. “All the things we look for that define good-quality land in Northern California are not different in Southern California.”

SummerHill Apartment Communities was formerly known as Urban Housing Group and is the multi-family development division of SummerHill Housing Group, which also operates SummerHill Homes, a single-family-home housing developer. SummerHill Housing Group is part of Marcus & Milichap.

The apartment division recently wrapped up construction on the Paragon Apartments, a $38.4 million, 301-unit property, in downtown Fremont.

Its portfolio is bursting with other projects under construction including the 300-unit Brio in Walnut Creek, the 147-unit Venue apartments in Mission Bay in San Francisco, the 141-unit Lane on the Boulevard in Redwood City and the 193-unit Domus on the Boulevard in Mountain View.

SummerHill Apartment Communities recently acquired a 150-unit development site in Mountain View. It is pushing several hundred units through the approval process in Pleasanton, Livermore, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara.

The firm hired Patrick S. Simons, who has 20 years of development experience in Southern California, to lead the new Irvine office and expects to hire another employee to acquire and develop sites as well as hiring more staff once development projects start.

“It’s important to have a local presence that knows the market intimately,” Freed said.

The company’s Northern California operations are working so well, he added, that it makes sense to export its model to other markets starting with Southern California. The company expects to open a Seattle office within the next year and possibly a Denver office.


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 nation’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 Homes’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 company’s objectives. SHAC uses extensive market analysis to identify housing needs, and then customizes each development to achieve the highest potential.

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