Culver City Based Goldrich Kest Earns Top National Honor

Santa Monica Property Catering to Low Income Residents

Goldrich Kest, one of California's largest and most successful privately-owned real estate builders and property managers, has earned a "Community of Quality" honor for one of its low-income properties. The Neilson Villa Apartments in Santa Monica earned the award for successfully meeting the stringent criteria as determined by the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA).

"The Communities of Quality award recognizes the achievements of affordable housing providers who make an unprecedented contribution to developing outstanding properties for families of modest means. Goldrich Kest is being recognized for providing quality housing that offers a safe, healthy environment," said NAHMA President Timothy Zaleski, who said that the honorees go above and beyond by also supplying essential programs and services for their residents. "These awards bring valuable, well-deserved attention to the important work we are all doing."

Situated near Santa Monica Beach, the Neilson Villa Apartments feature affordable one-bedroom units that cater to those 62+ and/or who are disabled. The pet-friendly property offers a range of activities from computer classes and yoga to arts and crafts and salsa dancing. Each month, management takes residents to museums, entertainment venues and even shows like the Cirque du Soleil to keep its them happy and engaged.

NAHMA is the leading voice for affordable housing management, advocating on behalf of multifamily property managers and owners whose mission is to provide quality affordable housing. NAHMA supports legislative and regulatory policy that promotes the development and preservation of decent and safe affordable housing, is a vital resource for technical education and information and fosters strategic relations between government and industry. NAHMA's membership represents 75 percent of the affordable housing industry and includes its most distinguished multifamily owners and management companies.

Recognized as one of the nation's most successful real estate companies, Goldrich Kest can trace its origins back more than 60 years to two entrepreneurs, Jona Goldrich and Sol Kest, who parlayed their meager savings into an empire. Today, the second generation of the Goldrich and Kest families, referred to within the company as "G2," continue to build upon the eponymous company's ever-expanding portfolio of residential, commercial, industrial and retail projects.

Among them are 120 apartment buildings with 13,188 units, 5 marinas with 2,139 slips, 24 senior living facilities with 4,248 beds, and, scattered throughout the US, more than 9.4 million square feet of commercial, industrial and retail space. Over half of their apartment buildings accommodate low-income families and Goldrich Kest offers free after-school and summer programs to keep its young residents engaged and eager to learn. For more information about the company, visit


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