Urban Commons is one of the nation’s fastest growing privately-held real estate investment and development firms which provides a wide range of real estate offerings to a substantial and diversified client base, including corporations, financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals. Urban Commons applies its investment strategy by targeting under-managed-utilized assets throughout all market cycles to gain optimal returns. Founded in 2008, the firm is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA and maintains presence in major real estate markets throughout the nation.
Real Estate Development
Specializing in hospitality, yet very diversified in all asset classes, we target acquisitions for under-managed-utilized assets in need of re-positioning/re-branding, as well as ground-up urban smart growth development. Our development opportunities range from acquisition of raw land, to entitlements, renovations, and ground-up construction projects in prime locations.
Re-positiong/ Re-branding/ Expansion
We focus on re-positioning and re-branding assets in need of improved management or better brand alignment in the hospitality sector to create greater market penetration and value. We thoroughly analyze economic data alongside local area statistics to assess viability for property re-alignment 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 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.
Our ultimate objective is to build or enhance an aesthetically progressive project, with an eye on delivering tremendous short-term and long-term value for the community, our investors and other stakeholders. This approach ensures a constant market appeal, long-term investment value preservation and expansion, and exponential investor returns.
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.
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.
As an attorney, Leu specializes in business and investment immigration, trusts & estate planning, and has experience representing high profile clients in employment litigation cases. Leu earned her Juris Doctor degree at the University of Notre Dame Law School. There, she worked with Notre Dame’s Clinical Law Center and aided low-income clients with landlord-tenant disputes and assisted medically disabled clients with financial planning. Leu is a member of the California bar.
Choi holds over a decade of experience in investment banking, strategic management and investor relations for emerging growth companies and high net worth individuals and families. Choi has been imminent to the successful expansion and restructuring of several companies, and the ascension of their investor confidence. Choi’s primary industry focus is real estate investment and development, but she has also crossed over into other sectors including clean technology & renewables, virtual gaming, consumer retail, and sports management. Choi also holds the position of Treasurer and Board Member of the OC Cal Alumni Chapter for the University of California at Berkeley.
With over a decade of project management and development experience, Nonato serves as primary point person for internal team members and external groups, driving the project build-out cycles from inception and pre-construction to close-out and certification. Nonato has extensive experience in developing strategic and operational plans while skillfully managing the creation of evaluation packages, development budgets, construction costs, operating budgets, and cash flows. He brings vast technical knowledge of construction delivery systems, construction administration processes, and technical construction means & methodologies that ultimately leads to the completion of successful projects.