ARA Opens Northern California Office to Serve Much of the State

San Francisco–Atlanta-headquartered Apartment Realty Advisors (ARA) has opened its northern California office—ARA Pacific—under the leadership of Curtis Gardner and Mark Leary, both former partners with San Francisco-based Arroyo & Coates. The new office, located in San Francisco, marks ARA’s 17th location. The brokerage team of Curtis Gardner, Mark Leary, Craig Chiappone and John McCulloch has collectively closed in excess of $6 billion in multi-housing transactions in the northern and southern California markets since 1986. The team collectively possesses over 50 years of real estate investment experience with a specialization in the apartment market. AvalonBay Communities, BRE Properties, Equity Residential, Fairfield Residential and UDR are a few of their clients.The northern California office was established primarily in the wake of considerable client interest. “Our clients are always the driving force behind our expansion efforts and you can bet ARA is going to meet that demand by seeking out the best and the brightest the market has to offer and we’ve found that in this group,” says Gary Kachadurian, chairman of ARA.According to Leary, “The ARA platform will substantially enhance our service delivery to our clients by allowing us to immediately leverage off of the relationships, knowledge and infrastructure of this powerful team of brokers.” He adds, “When we were ready to take our own platform to a national level, there was no contest.”Eight investment and marketing associates will join them as part of the transition and the team will continue to specialize in the brokerage of multifamily investments in the Bay Area, Southern California, Sacramento Valley and the entire Central Valley.