National Association of Home Builders-Pillars of the Industry Awards
Halstead Square, 2016 Best Community Amenities
Since 2000, the DSF Group has invested more than $2.5 billion in 5 million square feet of multi-family real estate. With offices in Boston and Washington DC, decades of experience, and a track record unrivaled in the industry, we consider ourselves to be among the preeminent multi-family development investments firms in the country.
Our three founding partners—Art Solomon, Josh Solomon and Thomas Mazza—are entrepreneurial owners who are passionate about what they do and enjoy being hands-on operators. The DSF Group takes a vested interest in ensuring the success of every project and is committed to being there every step of the way.
The three founding partners of the DSF Group are involved on a day-to-day basis with every asset, working and collaborating side-by-side with architects, engineers, city officials, and contractors to make every project a success. The relationships we’ve established over the years have given us a distinct advantage in everything we do, from sourcing opportunities to negotiating transactions and navigating complex regulatory environments.
With over 125 years of combined experience in every facet of real estate investment, the DSF Group’s principals have delivered above-market returns to our investors, year after year. Each principal brings a unique perspective, level of expertise, and entrepreneurial sensibility that helps maximize opportunities.
Before co-founding the DSF Group in 2000, Arthur was senior partner and head of both real estate investment banking and real estate principal investments at Lazard Frères, the global investment firm. He also served as CEO of Lazard’s five real estate funds.
Prior to Lazard, Arthur founded and served as the senior partner of Drexel Burnham Lambert’s real estate investment banking group. His experience also includes serving as Chief Financial Officer of Fannie Mae, where he created its mortgage-backed securities program, and President/CEO of the Berkshire Group, a national real estate and financial services firm.
Earlier in his career, Arthur was a tenured professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Executive Director of the Harvard-MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies. He holds a B.A. from Brown University, an M.A. from Trinity College, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
As head of the DSF Group’s investments, Joshua is in charge of all the company’s acquisition and development activities. He is also responsible for the evaluation and negotiation of each new investment opportunity, as well as the management of the business plan for each investment.
Since the firm’s inception, he has been responsible for more than $2.5 billion in new investments. Prior to co-founding the DSF Group, Joshua served as a vice president in the Partners Group of AEW Capital Management, where he managed the acquisitions of commercial and multi-family properties throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Joshua is very active in the real estate industry and within his community in the Boston area. He sits on numerous boards and committees, including NAHB’s Multifamily Leadership Board, Heading Home Inc., which pioneered programs to end homelessness in Greater Boston, the Nashoba Brooks School, and the Hartford Yard Goats minor league baseball team.
Joshua earned a B.A. from Northeastern University and an M.B.A. in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.
As COO and head of Asset and Portfolio Management, Thomas manages the day-to-day operations of the DSF Group, including the financing, management, leasing, and disposition activities for all the firm’s properties.
Before co-founding the DSF Group, Thomas was with AEW Capital Management, where he was Vice President of Acquisitions and Portfolio Management, heading a team responsible for acquiring and managing real estate investments throughout the East Coast. His experience also includes serving as Vice President/Shareholder, Acquisitions and Dispositions at Copley Real Estate Advisors. Thomas is very active in the multi-family industry and within his community in the Boston area. He sits on numerous boards, including the NAHB Multifamily Leadership Board, and he is an active member of the National Multi-Housing Council and ULI.
Thomas is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has a B.A. in mathematics from College of the Holy Cross, as well as an M.B.A. from Boston College.
As a leading-edge real estate investment firm, the DSF Group and the projects it has developed have earned many prestigious industry awards.
Halstead Square, 2016 Best Community Amenities
2015 Multifamily Development Firm of the Year; Finalist
Halstead Square, 2015 Best Mixed Use Community; Silver Award
Halstead Dulles, 2015 Best of Herndon Apartment Community
The DSF Group, a Boston-based multifamily real estate investment firm announced today the grand re-opening of Halstead Danvers, a multi-family apartment community in the suburban Boston town of Danvers, MA.Download PDF
2014 Best Development Company of the Year
Halstead Dulles, 2014 Best of Herndon Apartment Community
Halstead Square, 2014 Best Mixed-Use Community
2014 Multifamily Development Firm of the Year; Finalist
Here in suburban Vienna, about 16 miles west of downtown Washington, Joshua Solomon’s DSF Group is remaking a congested but nondescript intersection into a haven for young adults of the millennial generation. Like many other developers who survived the housing bust, he now expects a coming wave of renters who intend to stay that way for a while to help lead the industry to a brighter future.Read Article
The National Association of Home Builders recognized Halstead Square as the Best Mixed-Use Community in the Nation.
Construction of multifamily units is now at its highest rate in 25 years, while single-family home construction has barely reached pre-recession levels, the New York Times reported.Read Article
The DSF Group was named Best Development Company.Download PDF
The DSF Group, a Boston based real estate investment and development firm announced today that it acquired Avalon Danvers for $108,500,000. The deal represents the largest multifamily transaction in the greater Boston market this year.Download PDF
Halstead Square, 2013 Best Mixed Use Community; Finalist
Halstead Dulles, 2013 Best of Herndon Apartment Community
217-unit Class A multi-housing community in Hoboken, New Jersey. The DSF Group purchased the asset for $107.5 million.Download PDF
A 588-unit, 39-story, Class A multi-housing tower in New Rochelle, New York. The DSF Group purchased the asset for $210 million.Download PDF
Apartments in Tewksbury, MA for $46.75 million.Download PDF
The DSF Group purchased the 124-unit asset located at 25 Martine Ave. in White Plains, NY for $34 million, from Korman Communities and BlackRock, Inc. At closing, the property was introduced to the market as the Halstead White Plains Metro North.
DSF Group, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 2011 Multifamily Development Firm of the Year, today announced the launch of Halstead Dulles, a community completely redesigned for luxury living and extensive new amenities that sets a higher standard for living in the Washington D.C. area.
Halstead Square - The Rockwell, 2012 Best Northern Virginia Apartment Community
Halstead Square, 2012 Best Design Gold Award
Halstead Square, 2012 Best Mixed Use Community; Finalist
Halstead Square - The Rockwell, 2012 Best Lease-Up Pace for a Northern Virginia Apartment Community
HFF announced today that it has closed the sale of Metropolitan of Fairfax, a 244-unit, Class A multi-housing community in Herndon, Virginia. HFF marketed the property exclusively on behalf of the sellers, Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors and Kettler, Inc.. A fund advised by The DSF Group purchased the asset for $59.25 million free and clear of existing debt. Upon closing the property was introduced as the Halstead Dulles.
,Halstead Square, 2011 Best Mixed Use Community Site Plan
2011 Multifamily Development Firm of the Year
Vienna, VA – October 17, 2011 – Today DSF Group, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 2011 Multifamily Development Firm of the Year, announced the grand opening of Halstead Square, a distinctive new mixed-use development of restaurants and retail at the Dunn Loring Metro.
2010 Multifamily Development Firm of the Year; Finalist
Halstead Arlington, 2009 Best Mid-Atlantic Mid-Rise Apartment
2009 Multifamily Development Firm of the Year; Finalist
Halstead Arlington has been selected as the winning property for Delta Associates' 13th Annual Apartment and Condominium Industry Awards for Excellence in the category of Best Mid-Atlantic Mid-Rise Apartment Community.
The Halstead Tower, 2008 Deal of the Year; Finalist
2008 Developer of the Year; Finalist
2008 Multifamily Development Firm of the Year; Finalist
The Halstead Tower, 2007 Best Rental Development 5 stories and above
The Alexander, 2007 Special Achievements in Overall Amenities
The Halstead Tower, 2007 Best High Rise Rental Units
The Halstead Tower, 2007 Best Mid-Atlantic High-Rise Apartment
2017 Multifamily Developer of the Year; Finalist
The Smart Growth Alliance's Project Recognition Jury has recognized Halstead Arlington Mixed Use as a Smart Growth Proposal.