Q: How did you start your business?
A: Uptown Rental Properties was founded about 30 years ago, when I left the University of Cincinnati in the mid-80s. I rehabbed my first house on Victor Street, and I rented it to six people in the marching band. I saw a hole in the market, and I thought to myself, “I could be a great, considerate property manager in the Uptown area.”
Q: Why did you choose to invest in Uptown?
A: I’ve always been interested in Cincinnati’s urban core and interested in urban architecture, urban infrastructure and helping to provide housing solutions in the urban core.
Q: Uptown has five neighborhoods, or some say “boroughs.” What’s your favorite area?
A: Short Vine is my favorite part of Uptown Cincinnati. When I went to college here, I lived on Short Vine for three years. Uptown Rentals started to buy properties here in the early 2000s. It has become a passion of mine to manage properties on Short Vine.
Q: What about Uptown keeps you as an investor?
A: It is very rewarding to work in the Uptown real estate market. We can look around at the success of the university, the surrounding institutions and our own company to see how hard work accumulates in the Uptown area. Uptown Rentals enjoys being a major stakeholder in a region that is seeing so many successes and has experienced so many great milestones.
Q: How do you hope your residents describe your approach?
A: We want them to see us as the best in class and feel comfortable with our open communication and transparency. I tell all our employees that when they enter one of our apartments, they are walking into someone’s home. Uptown Rentals strives to be the best for our clients.
Q: Why do you champion Uptown unlike any other regional district?
A: There is a certain amount of energy in Uptown that really isn’t found in any other community around the city. It is filled with energized, youthful people and an eclectic mix of residents and visitors. We thrive on the energy and diversity in Uptown, and that is why I find so rewarding to work here