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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.

 

Experience Engaged


Our three founding parters—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 commited to being there every step of the way.

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Strong Relationships


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.

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Meet Our Team


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.

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 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.

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


As a leading-edge real estate investment firm, 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 (2015)

Multifamily Development Firm of the Year Finalist

 

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Best of Herndon (2015)

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
Winner   

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Best of Herndon (2014)

2014 Best of Herndon Apartment Community
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National Association of Home Builders - Pillars of the Industry Awards (2014)

Halstead Square, Best Mixed-Use Community Winner

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The New York Times - 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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Best Mixed-Use Community—Halstead Square Winner

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Pillars of the Industry Awards

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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. The deal represents the largest multifamily transaction in the greater Boston market this year.

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The DSF Group Announced it has Purchased 800 Madison Apartments

217-unit Class A multi-housing community in Hoboken, New Jersey. The DSF Group purchased the asset for $107.5 million.

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

A 588-unit, 39-story, Class A multi-housing tower in New Rochelle, New York. The DSF Group purchased the asset for $210 million.

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The DSF Group Announced it has Purchased Shawsheen Place in Tewksbury, MA for $46.75 million.

Apartments in Tewksbury, 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 (2012)

Best Northern Virginia Apartment Community    
 

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National Association of Home Builders - Best in American Living Awards (2012)

Best Design Gold Award   

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National Association of Home Builders - Best in American Living Awards (2012)

Best Mixed Use Community
Finalist   

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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 (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
Winner   

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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 (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 (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 (2007)

Best Rental Development 5 stories and above    

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Monument Award (2007)

Special Achievements in Overall Amenities
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Monument Award (2007)

Best High Rise Rental Units
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Delta Associates (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.