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A Family-Owned Company 50 Years Young

Company

Who We Are

A Leading Owner/Manager of Multifamily Communities in New England

Facts at a Glance

  • Year Founded: 1969
  • Mission: Managing People's Homes with Pride
  • Vision: Chestnut Hill Realty is dedicated to sustainability and long-term strategic growth through its commitment to our residents, employees, investors, and the greater community.
  • Founder and Chief Executive Officer: Edward E. Zuker
  • Headquarters Location: Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Employees: 220
  • Portfolio Value: $1.5 billion
CHR Headquarters in Chestnut Hill, MA
Regency Plaza in Providence, RI

Owner/Manager of Apartment Properties

  • Apartment Properties: 32
  • Units: 5,000
  • Locations 
    • Greater Boston: Boston, Brighton, Brookline, Canton, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, Framingham, Newton, Norwood, Plainville, West Roxbury
    • Rhode Island: Providence
  • View a List of CHR Communities

Owner/Manager of Commercial Properties

  • Square Feet: 180,000
  • Property Types: Retail, Office, Medical Office
  • Locations
    • Greater Boston: Brookline, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, Framingham
    • Rhode Island: Providence
Hancock Village at Chestnut Hill Shopping Plaza

Our History at a Glance

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CHR Timeline

Core Values

A Code of Conduct for Our Actions Both Inside and Outside the Company.

CHR Core Values

 

People

People

Our team shares a common philosophy: deliver a quality product, provide excellent customer service, and foster an environment that attracts and retains the best people.

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CHR Cares
CHR Cares

Chestnut Hill Realty prides itself on its long-standing commitment to philanthropy and giving back to the community. This commitment extends to its employees, residents, and the environment.

Environmental Sustainability

Natural Resource Conservation: CHR has reduced its footprint by over 80% since the 1970s and continues to seek further reductions in gas, oil, electricity, fossil fuels and water. Energy Star appliances are used throughout the portfolio.

Landscape Management: Irrigation smart controls are utilized at all properties, resulting in a 30% reduction in water usage. Plants are selected based on disease and pest resistance qualities so there is less reliance on pesticides. Grass clippings and leaves are composted and used for fertilizer.

Emissions Controls: Battery powered landscaping equipment is used at select properties, resulting in zero emissions and less noise pollution. Approximately one quarter of CHR’s communities are 100% smoke free. Electric car charging stations are being installed as space and need permit.

Recycling: A recycling program for collection of household waste is being implemented at 100% of CHR communities. Of these, six have onsite recycling centers.

Paperless Workflows: CHR implements paperless workflows companywide.

Sustainable Purchasing: All copy paper is manufactured from 30% recycled materials. Toilet paper and paper towels are Green Seal approved. Residents receive reusable shopping bags as move-in gifts.

CHR Cares - Village Green Recycling Center
CHR Cares - classroom

Employee Development and Well-Being

Professional Development: CHR University’s curriculum includes programs for onboarding new employees, leadership development, and mentoring. Employees who participate in Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes Day develop stronger collaboration skills and relationships by doing a coworker’s job for one day.

Continuing Education Credential Programs: Leasing and Property Management employees receive instruction to qualify for advanced credentials including National Apartment Leasing Professional (NALP) and Certified Apartment Manager (CAM). Maintenance Services staff are eligible to obtain Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician (CAMT) credentials. The Maintenance Services Department also conducts in-house skills-based training at its Center for Maintenance Excellence training facility.

Health and Well Being: Programs for employees include wellness incentives and reimbursements, time off to volunteer, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and team building events sponsored by CHR’s Actively Coming Together (ACT) committee.

Insurance and Financial Planning: Benefits available to full and part-time employees include insurance (medical, dental, vision care, short and long term disability), 401(k) program, legal services, paid parental leave, student loan debt repayment, and flexible spending account.

Philanthropy and Community Service

Corporate Philanthropy: In 2019, Chestnut Hill Realty’s charitable donations totaled more than half a million dollars (see chart).

Charity of the Month: Throughout the year, the Company sponsors fundraising and donation drives and encourages employee and resident participation. In 2019, these efforts included Toys for Tots (703 toys); Pine Street Inn (500 lbs. of food) and The Jimmy Fund.

Hope in Bloom: The Horticulture Department donates materials and labor to create a home garden for cancer patients.

Property-Based Philanthropy: CHR’s communities are active and have their own initiatives.  One example is Move for Hunger, for which residents are asked to donate unused food when they are moving out of their apartments. In 2019, 1,198 lbs. of food was donated – the equivalent of 999 meals for families in need.

CHR Charitable Donations 2019
Resident Outreach Event WVV Paint Night

Resident Outreach

Property-Sponsored Resident Events: In keeping with the goal of building communities at CHR properties, the Company sponsors numerous resident events throughout the year so they can get together and interact with each other and the property management staff.

Community Outreach

The Be Our Guest program provides local businesses and non-profit organizations complimentary use of CHR’s corporate and property-based amenity spaces for meetings, mixers, or events.

BeOurGuest at WVT Mazie Mentoring 2019
News & Awards

News & Awards

Ed Zuker Honored with 2020 Housing Champion Award

Metro Housing Boston, a non-profit organization that provides services that lead families and individuals to housing stability, economic security, and an improved quality of life, recently honored Ed Zuker, Founder and CEO of Chestnut Hill Realty, as their 2020 Housing Champion. The award was presented at the Champions of Housing gala on November 4, a live virtual Zoom event, that was well attended by a who’s who of real estate executives, community leaders and housing advocates.

Ed Zuker, Founding Member of the Newly Formed Housing Advocacy Group, Housing Forward-MA

Ed Zuker, Founder and CEO of Chestnut Hill Realty, is a founding board member and treasurer along with Eleanor White, Clerk and Barry Bluestone, Chair of the Board of Directors of Housing Forward-MA, a nonprofit housing advocacy group.  Led by Josh Zakim, the Executive Director and former Boston City Councilor.  The mission of Housing Forward-MA is to be a resource for pro-housing organizations and advocates by providing training, education and “research-backed” state- and local-level model policy proposals that help encourage the production of housing including affordable

CHR Joins More than 1,000 CEOs to Advance Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Chestnut Hill Realty’s Ed Zuker has joined CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion. The members of this growing coalition, more than 1,000 strong, pledge to take action to cultivate workplaces where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, and where employees feel encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion.

Essential Workers Eligible for Rent Discounts at CHR

The term “essential worker,” has taken on a deeper meaning during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our teachers, medical professionals, law enforcement and delivery personnel, among others, are providing critical services needed by individuals and society-as-a-whole. In appreciation of their continuing commitment and bravery, CHR is offering special discounted pricing on apartment rents, and freezing rental increases for all two year lease terms.

RI Hospitality Association Selects Victor Cabrera as Employee of the Year 2019

Victor Cabrera, Custodial Service at Regency Plaza, was honored by the Rhode Island Hospitality Association (RIHA), Allied Chapter, as Employee of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding achievements of employees in the hospitality, food service, tourism and allied industries. Award recipients are chosen by their bosses, coworkers and their customers. The RIHA represents over 600 members in the state of Rhode Island and has been the voice of the hospitality and foodservice industries in the state since 1963.

Josh Griffin Wins RHA Maintenance Technician of the Year 2019

The Rental Housing Association (RHA) selected Josh Griffin as Maintenance Technician of the Year.  A valued member of the Norwest Woods Maintenance Services team since May 2016, Josh has developed an excellent rapport with residents, coworkers and vendors alike. He has put his previous knowledge about mold and remediation to work on several occasions since joining CHR, both through performing necessary cleanup work to mentoring coworkers.

Taylor Sudalter Wins RHA Leasing Professional of the Year 2019

The Rental Housing Association (RHA) selected Taylor Sudalter as Leasing Professional of the Year. Taylor, who represents the Cambridge portfolio, began her career in leasing in March 2017 at CHR’s Brookline Signature Properties (BSP), a portfolio made up of three high-end apartment communities in Brookline, MA.  From BSP, she was quickly promoted to a lease-up position at Hancock Estates, where she was instrumental in its lease-up, renting 24 apartments on her own and aiding her team in reaching their target goal.

Preferred Employer Program

Preferred Employer Program

Special Discounts for Your Employees

Quality Housing, Convenient Locations

Our Preferred Employer Program (PEP) offers employees at participating companies access to a range of conveniently located unfurnished and furnished apartments in the Greater Boston area and Providence, RI, and a special discount up to $1000 off their first month's rent. Why join PEP? Chestnut Hill Realty has owned and managed apartment homes with pride since 1969. Residents living at our communities receive industry-leading customer service, 24/7 maintenance response, a 30-day move-in satisfaction guarantee, flexible lease terms, and much more.

Ridgecrest Village in West Roxbury, MA
Preferred Employer Program

Participating Companies

Employees receive personalized apartment search services to help find the home that's right for them. There are no fees or charges for companies or employees.

The list shown on the left represents some of the companies participating in our program. If you're an employee, please contact your HR or Benefits Manager to see if your company is enrolled.

If you're an employer, and would like to join our program, please Contact Us.