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Building Success

Since 2000, the DSF Group has invested more than $2.5 billion in real estate. With offices in Boston and Washington DC, and decades of experience, we strive to create unique, award winning properties designed to provide strong risk-adjusted returns for our investors.

 

Experience Engaged


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 the success of every project and is committed to being there every step of the way.

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Strong Relationships


The 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.  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.

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Meet Our Team


With over 125 years of combined experience in every facet of real estate investment, the partners bring a unique perspective, level of expertise, and entrepreneurial sensibility that helps maximize opportunities.

Arthur Solomon

Chairman | Chief Executive Officer

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.

Joshua Solomon

President | Chief Investment Officer

As Head of DSF Groups investments, Mr. Solomon is in charge of the company’s acquisition and development activities. He also evaluates and negotiates new investment opportunities and manages the business plan of each investment asset. Since the DSF Group’s inception, he has been responsible for more than $2.5 billion in new investments.

Prior to co–founding the DSF Group, Mr. Solomon served as a Vice President in the Partners Group of AEW Capital Management, where his group acquired commercial and multifamily properties throughout the Northeast and Mid–Atlantic United States.

Mr. Solomon is very active in the real estate industry and within his community. He sits on numerous boards and committees such as NAHB’s Multifamily Leadership Board, Heading Home Inc. which pioneered programs to end homelessness in Greater Boston and the Nashoba Brooks School.  Mr. Solomon is also the owner of the Hartford Yard Goats, the AA affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. He lives with his wife Nancy and four children in the Boston area.

 Mr. Solomon earned a B.A. from Northeastern University and an M.B.A. in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Thomas Mazza

Chief Operating Officer

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.

News & Awards


The DSF Group and the projects it has developed have earned many prestigious industry awards.

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National Association of Home Builders-Pillars of the Industry Awards

Halstead Malden Square, 2017 Best Repositioning of a Multifamily Asset; Finalist

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National Association of Home Builders-Pillars of the Industry Awards

The Lanes at Halstead Square, 2017 Community Amentities; Finalist

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National Association of Home Builders-Pillars of the Industry Awards

Halstead Square, 2016 Best Community Amenities 

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National Association of Home Builders-Pillars of the Industry Awards

2015 Multifamily Development Firm of the Year; Finalist

 

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National Association of Home Builders - Best in American Living Awards

Halstead Square, 2015 Best Mixed Use Community; Silver Award

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Herndon Awards

Halstead Dulles, 2015 Best of Herndon Apartment Community

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The DSF Group Delivers Major Amenity Renovations To The Halstead Danvers 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.   

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Multi-Housing News Excellence Awards

2014 Best Development Company of the Year  

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Herndon Awards

Halstead Dulles, 2014 Best of Herndon Apartment Community
 

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National Association of Home Builders - Pillars of the Industry Awards

Halstead Square, 2014 Best Mixed-Use Community

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National Association of Home Builders - Pillars of the Industry Awards

2014 Multifamily Development Firm of the Year; Finalist

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No Picket Fence: Younger Adults Opting to Rent

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.

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NAHB Announces Winners for Apartment and Condo Awards

The National Association of Home Builders recognized Halstead Square as the Best Mixed-Use Community in the Nation.    

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The Real Deal - Rentals Ramp Up - Snapshots of Real Estate News From Around the U.S.

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.  

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Multi-Housing News Announces Winners of 2014 MHN Excellence Awards

The DSF Group was named Best Development Company. 

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The DSF Group Acquires Avalon Danvers for $108,500,000

The DSF Group, a Boston based real estate investment and development firm announced today that it acquired Avalon Danvers for $108,500,000.

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National Association of Home Builders - Pillars of the Industry Awards

Halstead Square, 2013 Best Mixed Use Community; Finalist

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Herndon Awards

Halstead Dulles, 2013 Best of Herndon Apartment Community

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The DSF Group Announced it has Purchased 800 Madison Apartments

The DSF Group purchased the 217-unit Class A multifamily community located in Hoboken, NJ for $107.5 million.

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The DSF Group Announced that it has Purchased Avalon on the Sound East

The DSF Group purchased the 588-unit, 39 story Class A multifamily community located in New Rochelle, NY for $210 million.

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The DSF Group Announced it has Purchased Shawsheen Place in Tewksbury, MA.

The DSF Group purchased the 245-unit community outside of Boston, MA for $46.75 million. 

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The DSF Group Buys the AVE in White Plains, NY

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.    

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DSF Group Brings Unrivaled Amenities to Reimagined Halstead Dulles Apartment Community

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.   

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Delta Associates - Awards for Excellence

Halstead Square - The Rockwell, 2012 Best Northern Virginia Apartment Community    
 

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National Association of Home Builders - Best in American Living Awards

Halstead Square, 2012 Best Design Gold Award   

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National Association of Home Builders - Best in American Living Awards

Halstead Square, 2012 Best Mixed Use Community; Finalist   

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Delta Associates - Awards for Excellence

Halstead Square - The Rockwell, 2012 Best Lease-Up Pace for a Northern Virginia Apartment Community

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The DSF Group Purchased the Metropolitan of Fairfax, a 244-unit multi-housing community in Northern Virginia

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.    
 

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National Association of Home Builders - Pillars of the Industry Awards

,Halstead Square, 2011 Best Mixed Use Community Site Plan

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National Association of Home Builders - Pillars of the Industry Awards

2011 Multifamily Development Firm of the Year
 

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DSF Group Opens Doors to Halstead Square Apartments at the Dunn Loring Metro

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.   
 

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National Association of Home Builders - Pillars of the Industry Awards

2010 Multifamily Development Firm of the Year; Finalist   

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Delta Associates

Halstead Arlington, 2009 Best Mid-Atlantic Mid-Rise Apartment

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National Association of Home Builders - Pillars of the Industry Awards

2009 Multifamily Development Firm of the Year; Finalist   

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Delta Associates - Halstead Arlington Selected as Winning Property

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.    

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Washington Business Journal

The Halstead Tower, 2008 Deal of the Year; Finalist    
 

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Institutional Investor - EPIC Awards

2008 Developer of the Year; Finalist   

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National Association of Home Builders - Pillars of the Industry Awards

2008 Multifamily Development Firm of the Year; Finalist   

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National Association of Home Builders - BALA Awards

The Halstead Tower, 2007 Best Rental Development 5 stories and above    

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Monument Award - Award of Merit  

The Alexander, 2007 Special Achievements in Overall Amenities
 

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Monument Award - Award of Merit  

The Halstead Tower, 2007 Best High Rise Rental Units
 

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Delta Associates

The Halstead Tower, 2007 Best Mid-Atlantic High-Rise Apartment   

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National Association of Home Builders - Pillars of the Industry Awards

2007 Multifamily Developer of the Year; Finalist   

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Washington Smart Growth Alliance (2007)

The Smart Growth Alliance's Project Recognition Jury has recognized Halstead Arlington Mixed Use as a Smart Growth Proposal.