Based in Los Angeles, Urban Commons is one of the nation’s fastest growing privately-held real estate investment and development firms, currently active across a wide range of property types. Urban Commons works closely with municipalities, communities, and neighborhoods to create thoughtful development plans that optimize each property while delivering unparalleled public value. The name Urban Commons was derived from the company’s mission to create optimized spaces in urban settings for the overall benefit for the community.
Real Estate Development
Specializing in a variety of asset classes including hospitality, multifamily, retail and office, Urban Commons adds value by repositioning and rebranding assets with comprehensive plans tailored to leverage local market opportunities. The company thoroughly analyzes economic data alongside local area statistics to assess viability for property realignment or expansion.
We offer investment products across several major real estate asset classes through separately managed accounts for each of our privately held investment funds to a diverse set of institutional and high-net-worth individuals and families. We also provide investment management services for each our portfolio of private offerings.
Urban Commons has a successful track record for developing, repositioning and rebranding assets throughout the United States. The company focuses on impacting under-managed and under-utilized assets by developing innovative and emerging properties to promote optimal economic, social and environmental returns.
Urban Commons deploys the firm’s capital to help transform assets into sustainable and vibrant properties of choice and opportunity, while maintaining attractive investment opportunities. We work closely with municipalities, communities, and neighborhoods to ensure our developments optimize space and contain a variety of value added revitalization to the area.
Urban Commons is committed to ensuring that our practices and standards are of the highest quality and that we meet or exceed the expectations of our partners and stakeholders. We are committed to producing quality, stability, transparency and economic opportunity.
Urban Commons is committed to helping the communities where we work and live, and where our people, ideas and resources can make a difference. We insist that each property participates in at least one major philanthropic endeavor annually. Some of our sponsored events and engagements are shown on the following page.
In all of our philanthropic investments, we adhere to four guiding principles:
Engage the time and talent of the people of Urban Commons at all levels of the firm.
Contribute in a meaningful way to those with the greatest need or largest impact in the community.
Align with our core business to utilize all company resources and assets.
Establish networks of nonprofit and educational partners who have world-class expertise and experience.
Urban Commons is backed by a strong executive team with multi-faceted experience in real estate investment, development and management in a range of property types, including multifamily, retail, hospitality and office. The company has a reputation for its ability to seamlessly take over assets and quickly generate value for the community and its investors.
Taylor Woods, Principal
Woods brings experience and expertise in investor relations, generating lending capital for a variety of project types and borrowers, and operational management required to ensure accuracy, delivery, and transparency. Prior to Urban Commons, Woods founded, and ultimately sold, the nation’s leading provider of end-to-end outsourced mortgage services, offering a comprehensive mortgage origination and secondary marketing solution on a private-label basis to more than 50 banks across the United States, ultimately resulting in the origination and sale of billions of dollars in real estate assets and hundreds of thousands of transactions for the financial institutions and their customers.
Howard Wu, Principal
Wu has developed numerous multi-family, retail, hospitality, and office properties as well as thousands of entitlements for individual lots, custom homes and condominiums, particularly specializing in the densely populated California market. Wu’s expertise and training is manifest in his skill for predicting market movements and opportunities, together with managing relationships with bankers, lenders, civic leaders, and in the identification and negotiation of properties with the highest returns. Additionally, Wu has a strict eye toward cost management and budgeting which ensures completion of projects well under plan with regard to cost, and well above plan with regard to returns on investment.