Columbus Pacific Acquires 528 Bed, Class-A Pedestrian Student Housing Property at the University of Virginia

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(February 1, 2017) – Columbus Pacific (CP) has acquired The Pavilion at North Grounds, a 300 unit, 528 bed luxury student housing community adjacent to the Darden School of Business and the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia. The acquisition was financed with a $58.1M 10-year-fixed-rate loan at an all-in rate of 4.08% arranged by Brian Eisendrath and Cameron Chalfant at CBRE.

CP will strategically invest $1M to upgrade the amenities with new pool furniture, refreshed pool area, an outdoor dog park and enhance the front lobby to include a more functional and modern gourmet cyber café. Additionally, the Homestead U management team will execute a plan to elevate the internet and customer service experience and improve the property’s competitive appeal in the market.

“The Pavilion at North Grounds is a unique asset where its pedestrian location and captive audience will allow us to achieve elevated annual rental growth due to the lack of competitive properties,” says Brian Shirken, co-founder and principal of Columbus Pacific.

“It was a seamless transition and the on-site team has been great to work with.” Said Guy Purington, Yardi Specialist.


Race for the Cure – Saturday, May 20th 2017

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As most of you know, one of our beloved employees, Cheryl Davis, is still battling breast cancer for the second time!  It has been a long road, but she continues to fight the fight!  Unfortunately, we have just found out that another beloved, long-term employee has also been recently diagnosed.  Donna Grove, our Director of Maintenance in Athens, has just started her fight against this vile disease!

To support and honor both of these strong women in their fight, Homestead America/U is once again participating in this year’s Race for the Cure, on Saturday, May 20th, in downtown Columbus.  Please help us by joining our team, Cheryl and Donna’s HAHU Crusaders!  

As an employee, Homestead will pay your registration fee.  You will just need to use the Discount Code of HAHU17.  We welcome you to bring your family and friends, but please only use the Discount Code for your registration.  Unless you specifically want to do otherwise, we will be participating in the 1 Mile Family Fun Walk, so all ages and fitness levels can participate.

More details will be given as we get closer, but we will again meet at the office in the morning, and one of the UV buses will drop us off closer to the starting line.  This way, everyone can park here, and we can all go over together.  

To join Cheryl and Donna’s Crusaders, click on the link below.  Click on Register, and Join A Team.  It will ask you if you have every participated before.  If you have, it will ask you sign in.  If you have not, it will ask you to create an account.  From there, it will ask you to Find a Team by Name or by Captain.  If you enter Cheryl and Donna, it will pull up our team.  You can also search by Captain, which is Kelly Funk.


Please register by Friday April 7th. 


Employee Spotlight: Brent Chandler

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Name: Brent Chandler

Job Title: Assistant Leasing & Marketing Manager

Property: University Village

1.) How long have you been with Homestead?: A year and a half

2.) What were you doing before Homestead?: I was a leasing consultant at Steeplechase Village in Columbus, Ohio.

3.) Where are you originally from?: Ostrander, Ohio

5.) What do you like to do outside of work?: I enjoy spending time with my wife, Sarah, and son, Charlie. I’m a big Ohio State and Columbus Blue Jackets fan.

6.) How do you handle your new found social media fame?: I do sign a lot of autographs.

7.) What is your favorite Todd Jessup quote? “When in doubt…rent it!”

8.) Who is the most famous person you have ever met?: President Obama

9.) Favorite travel spot?: Jamaica

10.) What is the one thing, you can’t live without?: My family.

11.) What is your proudest moment at HA/HU? My recent promotion.

Bonus) What is your favorite thing to order at Olive Garden? The Tour of Italy.

“Brent always brings a positive energy to the team, this young man has a bright future at HU!” Said Shannon Latsko, Leasing and Marketing Manager at University Village.


Employee Spotlight: Nick Venezio

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Name: Nick Venezio

Job Title: Maintenance Supervisor

Property: Schrock Park

1.) How long have you been with Homestead?: Since April, 2016.

2.) What were you doing before Homestead?: Running my own company that would build medical offices.

3.) Where are you originally from?: Montrose, Colorado

5.) What do you like to do outside of work?: Ride my Harley, exercise, spending time with family, and anything outdoors.

6.) What is your New Year’s Resolution?: I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions. Live your life everyday.

7.) What is your favorite part about the apartment industry? Interacting with a lot of people, and the fast pace.

8.) Who is the most famous person you have ever met?: Christina Applegate and Jon Bon Jovi.

9.) Favorite travel spot?: Belize.

10.) What is the one thing, you can’t live without?: Two things: My wife, Roxi, and my motorcycle.

11.) What is your proudest moment at HA/HU? Being selected as the Maintenance Supervisor of the Year for 2016.


HU Photos: Seen on Social

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Photos: 2016 HA Holiday Party

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Bigger, Better Resident Life Centers Coming To The Ranch Lubbock and The Ranch at Star Pass

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The Ranch Lubbock and The Ranch at Star Pass will be getting updated Resident Life Centers this winter. This will include larger fitness centers, computer labs, bistros and more. The projects are expected to be complete by Spring 2017. Check out the properties Facebook pages for updates.




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