Creating Better Urban Environments

The Martin Group is a real estate investment firm developing ground-up and value-add residential and mixed-use properties.

We deliver superior returns by focusing on urban infill housing located near durable demand drivers in supply-constrained regions of California.

We buy misunderstood assets. We invest in smart technologies and desirable amenities. We have a deep understanding of our market and we build meaningful relationships with our community.

Award-winning mixed-use development in the Broadway Valdez District
The Broadway
Right sized neighborhood housing in Downtown Oakland
Alice House
Transit-oriented urban-industrial housing in Downtown Oakland
Webster Eleven
Transit-oriented student housing at Cal State University, Sacramento
Student Housing
Modern purpose-built student housing one block from UC Berkeley
The Durant
Student Housing
Industrial replaced with first LEED Platinum student housing in the US
West 27th Place
Student Housing
Transit-oriented housing in Koreatown, Los Angeles
The Pearl on Wilshire
Art-infused urban village in Orange County
Baker Block
Modern living in Little Italy, San Diego
abandoned truck terminals and a steel mill redeveloped as urban village
Emery Bay
Marin County partnership creates affordable mixed-use village
Marin City USA
military base, vacated for decades, now an enduring community
Hamilton Field
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The Martin Group was founded by David Martin, who started his first development business in 1984. Since its founding, The Martin Group has acquired, developed and managed all types of real estate, including office, residential, retail and mixed-use properties, resulting in cumulative project experience exceeding 24 million square feet.

After 35 years, The Martin Group team has seen it all and worked through multiple economic cycles. Our investment strategy is recession resistant and growth focused. Our experience spans all major asset types and risk levels including land entitlement, value-add development, historic conversion, ground-up development and distressed investments. 

Company Milestones and Project Highlights
Van Ness
West 27th Place
The Broadway
The Durant

Our investment thesis is focused on assets that are strategically positioned near…

  1. Supply-constrained regions of California – markets with a current shortage in workforce housing.
  2. Durable demand drivers – such as transit locations, hospitals and urban universities.

By concentrating on assets with this unique profile, we stay recession resistant, deliver superior risk-adjusted returns and create impactful value to our local community.

Other real estate professionals tend to be product focused and sometimes, geographically diverse. At The Martin Group, we are experienced in all product types and focus on specific geographic locations. This way, we can allow each individual site to lead the ultimate outcome as opposed to any pre-determined product. Our properties are diverse and our efforts are award winning.

Representative Projects
Northern California
  • 1000 Van Ness
  • Alice House
  • Berkeley Central
  • Centro Callan
  • Downtown Pleasant Hill
  • Elan Menlo Park
  • Elan Mountain View
  • Emery Bay
  • Foundry Commons
  • Hamilton Field
  • Marin City USA
  • Midpoint Technology Center
  • Potrero Launch
  • The Broadway
  • The Crossing
  • The Landmark at One Market
  • Webster Eleven
  • Student Housing
  • 27 North
  • The Durant
  • Wexler
Southern California
  • 1100 Wilshire
  • AV8
  • Baker Block
  • La Brea Gateway
  • Lucas
  • The Pearl on Wilshire
  • Student Housing
  • Southwest Law School
  • USC Campus Masterplan Expansion University Village
  • West 27th Place

The key to our success is our ability to work in partnership with local communities, capital partners and tenants, as we help each of them meet their individual needs. These relationships are highly valued and provide a great platform for future opportunities. We invite you to ask others who have worked with us about their experience.

The work of The Martin Group illustrates the principles of sustainable and responsible real estate development. They have been a leader in the concepts of ‘smart growth’ and ‘transit-oriented development’ long before those words came into vogue. Their numerous projects exemplify the best of corporate citizenship in partnership with local communities.”

Sunne Wright McPeak
Former Agency Secretary, California Business,
Transportation & Housing Agency

David and The Martin Group are able to deliver what they promise. They have an extraordinary ability to work well with a community and staff and find solutions to even the most complex problems. They meet budgets and schedules and their end product is always equal or better then expected. I have always enjoyed working with David and find him uniquely insightful.”

Roderick Wood
Former City Manager, City of Novato
and City of Beverly Hills

After successfully working with David Martin and The Martin Group in the City of Emeryville on several major projects, I invited them to the City of Pleasant Hill where they helped us build a new downtown that increased the value of all the City’s properties once it was completed. They know how to work with communities and get things done.”

Joe Tanner
Former City Manager, City of Emeryville
and City of Pleasant Hill
By Project
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The Broadway
San Francisco Business Times
March 27, 2019

In the most recent example of what’s to come for Oakland’s auto row neighborhood, The Martin Group transformed a former Chevy dealership into the 423-unit apartment project known as The Broadway.

Located at 3093 Broadway, The Broadway is the largest housing development to be built in Oakland’s Broadway-Valdez area, which the city rezoned to pave the way for 3,000 homes and 360,000 square feet of retail to replace car showrooms and under-used lots.

Communication Arts
Webster 11 Creates Unique Brand Identity
April 11, 2020
San Francisco Business Times
2018 Real Estate Deals of the Year: The Broadway
March 27, 2019
San Francisco Business Times
Huge landlord Brookfield invests in new 333-unit Oakland apartment project
November 27, 2017
The Seattle Times
A View From the Top
August 2, 2007
L.A. Weekly
Movin’ On Up
December 6, 2006
Archstone-Smith Picks Up Second San Bruno Asset
March 21, 2006
Los Angeles Times
Want Deed to Park Place?
November 9, 2005
Urban Land
Geometric Progression
November 1, 2005
California Real Estate Journal
Conversion Tactics
October 24, 2005
Los Angeles Business
Top Floor Penthouses May Fetch Sky-High Prices
May 20, 2005
San Francisco Business Times
Landmark Sale in Record Territory
April 15, 2005
Western Real Estate Business
Centers of Attention
April 1, 2005
Multi-Housing News
Ordinance Advantage: Converts LA Office High-Rise to Condos
March 28, 2005
Conversion of Vacant Downtown Office Tower is So RAD
July 27, 2004
Real Estate Journal
Crossing Over to Smart Growth
April 28, 2003
Urban Land Institute
Town Uses
August 1, 2001
The New York Times
In Bay Area, Mass Transit Inspires Project
June 17, 2001
San Francisco Business Times
Huge Project Planned for Peninsula
January 29, 2001
San Francisco Business Times
Winner – "Downtown Office Development"
March 24, 2000
Marin Independent Journal
Home Prices at Hamilton Surge
December 13, 1999
Marin Independent Journal
Sense of Community Blossoms in “Hamiltown”
September 21, 1999
Marin Independent Journal
Project’s Architecture Inspired by Base’s Design Heritage
September 20, 1999
Marin Independent Journal
Hamilton Homes Continue to Sell
August 28, 1999
San Francisco Business Times
Two Tenants Chase Big Space at Landmark
June 18, 1999
San Francisco Examiner
The City’s Biggest Inside Job
May 6, 1999
Marin Independent Journal
Hamilton Residents Enjoy Community Feel
May 1, 1999
San Francisco Business Times
Ampex Ghosts Lure Startups
January 29, 1999
Marin Independent Journal
Hamilton a True Partnership
January 24, 1999
Marin Independent Journal
Developers Hope Community Atmosphere Attracts Buyers
January 24, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
A Grand Plan: Hamilton Air Force Base Becomes Innovative Community
November 4, 1998
Sunset Magazine
Bombers to Boomers
October 1, 1998
San Francisco Examiner
If the Movie Bores, Admire the Doors
July 27, 1998
San Francisco Examiner
The Cadillac of Movie Houses
July 27, 1998
San Francisco Business Times
One Market Bagged for $50 Million
February 16, 1998
Oakland Tribune
August 17, 1997
San Francisco Business Times
Rising Tech Firm to Feel @Home in Redwood City
October 21, 1996
Real Estate Monthly
Martin’s Magic Touch
December 3, 1993
Urban Land Archives
Marin City USA
July 1, 1993
San Francisco Examiner
Interview with David Martin
June 29, 1992
Valley Times
East Bay Developers, Deals Dwindling
June 2, 1991
San Francisco Examiner
Jazzing Up Emeryville
April 3, 1991
Diablo Business
David Martin, The Developer as Social Engineer
March 1, 1990
The Monthly
The Making of Emery Bay
November 1, 1989
San Francisco Examiner
Heart Surgery for Pleasant Hill
October 8, 1989
Contra Costa Times
Pleasant Hill
October 1, 1989
San Francisco Examiner
To David Martin, Living is Art
September 17, 1989
San Francisco Examiner
A ‘Sustainable Metropolis’
August 13, 1989
San Francisco Business Times
Winning By the Numbers
January 25, 1988
The Tribune
Developer Dave Martin: Helping Change Emeryville
January 11, 1988
San Jose Mercury News
A Number-Crunching Success
September 19, 1985

We invite you to contact The Martin Group with your inquiries.

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