We kick off the new year by featuring the most anticipated ORA Power Ranking: The annual Elite 1% ranking of properties by online reputation for 2017.

Through our exhaustive research of more than 71,000 properties across all review sites, a total of 977 properties earned the elite status. In 2016, we tracked the online reputation of over 63,000 properties; last year, our footprint grew by more than 8,000 apartments nationwide.

Below, we feature the crème de la crème—the top 50 properties of the 2017 Elite 1%. (To view the complete 2017 Elite 1%, visit https://www.jturnerresearch.com/ora-elite-2017.)

To be eligible for this ranking, a property had to register a minimum ORA (Online Reputation Assessment) score of 88 and have at least 15 online reviews across various review sites. For properties with the same ORA score, the property with the higher number of reviews ranked higher.

The No. 1 property for 2017 is The Kensington (Boston), managed by Bozzuto. The Kensington reigned supreme for the third consecutive year. At the second position is Park Place One Apartments (Philadelphia), managed by Fidelity Management. Third place goes to Pohlig Box Factory (Richmond, Va.), which is privately managed. Coming in fourth is Hanover East Paces (Atlanta), managed by The Hanover Co. The top four properties for 2017 each scored an ORA of 98.

The 2017 Elite 1% ranking is far more competitive than was the 2016 list. The number of properties to make the ranking last year grew by 40%. Below are data to support this analysis:

  • In 2016, 699 properties made the list, while in 2017 the pool grew by 278, to 977 properties.
  • In 2016, the minimum ORA cutoff score was 86; last year, it was 88.
  • The national average score in 2016 was 57.5; that figure reached 59.7 in 2017.
  • In 2016, 168 properties scored above 90; last year, 512 exceeded that mark.
  • Out of 2016's 699 Elite 1% properties, 431 made the list again in 2017.
  • There are 546 new entrants to the Elite club this year.

The top five management companies to manage the most properties in 2017 are Greystar (70), Bozzuto (51), AvalonBay Communities (33), Towne Properties (28), and Hawthorne Residential Partners (26). More than 330 management companies are listed for the 977 properties ranked for 2017; 68 of the properties are privately managed.

The five states with the highest share of Elite 1% properties are Texas, with 100; Virginia and California, with 78 each; and North Carolina and Florida, with 62 each.

Rank Property Management ORA Score
1 The Kensington
Bozzuto 98
2 Park Place One Apartments
Fidelity Management 98
3 Pohlig Box Factory
(Richmond, Va.)
Privately Managed 98
4 Hanover East Paces
The Hanover Co. 98
5 The Courts of Devon
(Gaithersburg, Md.)
Bozzuto 97
6 The Laurel Apartments
(St. Louis, Mo.)
Laramar 97
7 Camden Plaza
Camden Property Trust 97
8 The Wire
(Omaha, Neb.)
Nu Style Development 97
9 Bella Tess
(Spokane Valley, Wash.)
Greystar 97
10 The Hamilton
(Fishers, Ind.)
JC Hart 96
11 The Reserve
(Evansville, Ind.)
Topaz Asset Management 96
12 Amaranth Apartments
Cardinal Group 96
13 Mesa Pines
(Costa Mesa, Calif.)
Pan American Properties 96
14 Residences At Custom House
(St. Paul, Minn.)
StevenScott Management 96
15 Sync 36
(Westminster, Colo.)
Lennar 96
16 7/S Denver Haus
Red Peak Properties 96
17 The Retreat at Trinity Apartments
(New Port Richey, Fla.)
Greystar 96
18 Modera Metro Dadeland
Mill Creek Residential Trust 96
19 Alta Midtown
Wood Partners 96
20 AVA NoMa
(Washington, D.C.)
AvalonBay Communities 96
21 Slate
(Omaha, Neb.)
Nu Style Development 96
22 TipTop Apartments
(Omaha, Neb.)
Nu Style Development 95
23 Silverdale Ridge Apartments
(Silverdale, Wash.)
Greystar 95
24 Everton At Bellmar
Knightvest Property Management 95
25 The Enclave
(Beavercreek, Ohio)
Towne Properties 95
26 Water's Bend
(South Lebanon, Ohio)
North American Properties 95
27 Rincon Green
(San Francisco)
Emerald Properties 95
28 Odin Apartments
Equity Residential 95
29 The Standard Apartments
(Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Greystar 95
30 Elan Menlo Park Apartments
(Menlo Park, Calif.)
Greystar 95
31 Camden Southline
(Charlotte, N.C.)
Camden Property Trust 95
32 Marq West Seattle
CWS Apartment Homes 95
33 The Gossett
(Nashville, Tenn.)
Matrix Residential 95
34 Sorrento
(Overland Park, Kan.)
Price Brothers Management 95
35 27TwentySeven
Lincoln 95
36 Brookdale Rock Springs
(Kingsport, Tenn.)
Brookdale 95
37 Stewart Village Apartment Homes
(Sunnyvale, Calif.)
Irvine 95
38 The Bridges in Research Park
(Huntsville, Ala.)
Eagles Management 95
39 The Overlook
(Camp Hill, Pa.)
WPM Real Estate 94
40 Legends At Oak Grove
(Knoxville, Tenn.)
SPM Property Management 94
41 The Millennium Rainey St
(Austin, Texas)
Dinerstein 94
42 Park At Deerbrook
(Humble, Texas)
Rockstar Capital 94
43 Waterside Greene Apartments
(Greenville, S.C.)
Stonemark Management 94
44 Bishops Gate at Somerset
Towne Properties 94
45 Manor House
(Alexandria, Va.)
Privately Managed 94
46 The Courtyard
(Garland, Texas)
LumaCorp 94
47 Saratoga Square
(Springfield, Va.)
Van Metre Management Co. 94
48 AVA Somerville
(Somerville, Mass.)
AvalonBay Communities 94
49 Old Donation Apartments
(Virginia Beach, Va.)
Drucker & Falk Real Estate 94
50 Broadmoor at Aksarben Village
(Omaha, Neb.)
Broadmoor 94

About the ORA Power Rankings
Developed by J Turner Research, the ORA Power Rankings is a monthly, independent ranking of apartment properties and management companies based on different parameters. A property or management company isn't required to be a J Turner Research client to qualify for this ranking, which is published by J Turner media partner Multifamily Executive. To learn more, or to find your ORA™ score, visit www.jturnerresearch.com/about/what-is-ora-score.

The ORA score is an aggregate compilation of a property’s ratings across various review sites. Each month, J Turner Research monitors the online ratings of more than 71,000 properties nationwide. Using a statistical model, a single score based on a scale of 0 to 100 is assigned to each property. This score serves as a benchmark to compare and contrast a company’s individual properties and portfolios nationally, regionally, and against the competition.

Questions? Please contact the J Turner Research team at [email protected].