FEATURES

  • Art Smarts

    We all know the easy way to decorate a multifamily property: Hang a handful of pretty flower paintings on the wall, maybe throw in a mirror or two, and call it a day. But in today's competitive condo and apartment market, a growing number of developers aren't looking for the quick fix. Instead...

     
  • Live & Learn

    Debra Myles was a young mother of three children when she moved her family into Park Haven Apartments in Brooklyn Park, Minn. She was struggling—working overtime at the bank—just to put food on the table. Then she was laid off.

     

Cover Story

  • Industrial Revolutionary

    Brian O'Neill doesn't have a college degree. He never even got a high school diploma. But who needs either of those when you have enough land to provide about $4 billion worth of apartments and condos?

     

FROM THE EDITOR

  • Portraits of the Past

    I think of them as the grand old dames of Washington. Each time I drive down Connecticut Avenue, I marvel at the elegance of the apartment buildings that line this busy, tree-covered street in the northwest quadrant of the city. Every city, from New York to San Francisco, has buildings like these...

     

NEWS + NUMBERS

Direct Reports

Regional

  • Bulls vs. Bears

    The Windy City's apartment market hasn't blown completely off investors' radar, but it could be awhile yet before Chicago posts any remarkable improvement in its market figures.

     

PEOPLE + PLACES

  • Urban Issues

    From street corners to skylines, American cities have changed a great deal in recent years. So has the image of these formerly downtrodden downtowns. Today, everyone from the echo boomers to their retiring parents wants a pied-a-terre in the city, and they're willing to pay for the privilege. But...

     
  • Growing Up

    David Schwartz says he measures the passing of time by his children's ages. So he remembers that his youngest son wasn't even a year old when Schwartz landed the cover spot on the April 1999 issue of MULTIFAMILY EXECUTIVE. Today, that son is 6 years old—no, make that 6¼, his son corrects him.

     

Apartment Life

  • Renters' Relief

     
  • Property Taxed

    Rising real estate appreciation and soaring property tax assessments have grabbed lots of headlines lately, but it's not only homeowners who are blanching at their tax bills. So are apartment owners, who are facing higher property taxes at the same time as their properties struggle with a soft...

     

Facelift

  • Hidden Gem

    New York's Fifth Avenue is synonymous with high style: Cartier, Tiffany and Co., and Gucci line the area's bustling streets. Yet, one nearby Fifth Avenue co-op simply wasn't making the fashion cut.

     

Corporate Ladder

  • Management Move

    No one can say Robert “Bob” Landis doesn't know what it's like on site. In his first job in the multifamily industry, he worked as a property manager for a luxury high-rise in the Washington area. “The challenges were diverse, and it required a lot of stamina to persistently deal with the...

     

SALES + SOLUTIONS

New Developments

  • Smooth Move

    Condos are hotter than ever. In fact, the median price for a condo in 2004 exceeded the median price of a single-family home. Rental developers want in on the action, and Post Properties is no exception.

     
  • no A Walk in the Park

     

Done Deal

  • Tight Squeeze

    Adding a building to a college campus is never easy. Between the limited space on-campus and the usual town-gown challenges, colleges and universities must be both creative and persistent if they want to expand.

     

Tech Specs

  • Reading the Future

    If life were more like a cable television reality show, then a designer, a carpenter, and a willing set of neighbors would show up at your property to make it over in 48 hours—for less than $1,000. But since Home Depot is not likely to sponsor a “Trading Spaces: Multifamily” anytime soon, it is no...

     

PRODUCT STUDIO

  • Q & A

    Matt Robinson answers: What specific strategies and products are you using to prevent mold?

     
  • Product Studio

     
  • Shades of Springtime

    Sapling, strawberry fields, guava jam ... While these may sound like the latest color offerings from Crayola, this pastel palette actually is a sampling of the vinyl siding colors at Bimini Bay Resort and Casino, a 760-acre project under development off the coast of Miami.

     

LANDMARKS

  • Grand Place Apartments

    To look at these striking twin terra-cotta buildings—now a focal point of the 18-block Grafton Hill Historic District in downtown Dayton, Ohio—one would never suspect that they were once nearly in ruins.