FEATURES

FROM THE EDITOR

  • Happy Anniversary

    Ten years ago this month, a Philadelphia-area publishing company launched a new magazine. It was designed for an underserved group of business leaders—owners and managers of apartment buildings. The magazine, as I'm sure you've guessed, was MULTIFAMILY EXECUTIVE. Its survival was never guaranteed...

     

NEWS + NUMBERS

Direct Reports

Regional

  • Austin City Limits

    In the 1990s, a seemingly unstoppable economic upswing made Austin, Texas, a magnet for the upwardly mobile. According to the city's planning department, the population soared between 1990 and 2000, when Austin's 656,562 residents made it the 16th-largest city in the nation, according to the U.S...

     

PEOPLE + PLACES

  • Wave Runner

    By the time Andrew Farkas landed on MULTIFAMILY EXECUTIVE's debut cover in January 1996, he had already steered Insignia Financial Group to top spots on the National Multi Housing Council's lists of top 50 managers and top 50 owners—in a mere four years.

     

Apartment Life

  • Operation Upgrade

    Updating a property's kitchens, bathrooms, and clubhouse is a breeze compared to the real challenge of repositioning: easing out the old renters to make room for the new residents.

     
  • Open Communication

     

Facelift

  • Hospital Corner

    The headaches of rehabbing just one historic building can make any developer want to head for the hills. Try tackling 13 unique historic properties filling an entire city block in downtown Washington—one of which served as the office for Civil War nurse Clara Barton, founder of the American Red...

     

Corporate Ladder

  • Senior Agenda

    More than 20 years ago, Terry Howard began his career as a sales and marketing representative for a senior living property. He obviously learned a great deal from experience. Last September, Howard became president of MBK Senior Living Communities, California-based MBK Real Estate's recently...

     

SALES + SOLUTIONS

New Developments

  • Flexible Living

    Turn the bottom level into a home office or transform the space into a guest bedroom—it's all up to the resident. West End Commons, a 91-unit live/work community being built in Oakland, Calif., boasts large, open, multi-use spaces for maximum flexibility. “Use of the space will change over time,”...

     
  • Pool With a View - JAN

     

Done Deal

  • Miami Advice

    With its maize- and cherry-colored exterior, Valencia Apartments is a colorful sight in South Miami. But the festive-looking façade belies just how much of a nail-biter this 294-unit market-rate property—initially envisioned as student housing—was. “I put the last piece of land under contract on...

     

Tech Specs

  • True Crime

    In a low-income Massachusetts apartment complex that never before saw enough crime to grab the attention of its owner's safety director, property managers suddenly were scrubbing graffiti from hallway walls every morning. Residents feared the colorful drawings and scribbled slang were evidence that...

     

PRODUCT STUDIO

  • Q & A JANUARY

    Dale Phillips answers: What will be the biggest products in luxury apartments in 2005?

     
  • Steel Appeal

    Sleek, shiny, sophisticated—stainless steel is a must for any high-end apartment or condo kitchen. And now developers can bring this modern appeal to mid-priced multifamily homes.

     

LANDMARKS

  • Markethouse Lofts

    It has inspired countless books, movies, and adventures. Now, the pull of the railroad has become the inspiration for a hip, urban loft project.

     

MFE AWARDS

Executive of the Year

  • 2004 Builder of the Year

    Bryce Blair has a plan to house nearly your entire family. For your kids who've just left college and gotten their first jobs, the chairman of the board, CEO, and president of AvalonBay Communities offers economical AvalonBay studios and two-bedrooms in some of the hottest markets in the country...