Who We Are
A Legacy of Excellence
28 Years and Counting
In the mid-1990s, a company by the name of Woodmark Real Estate Services, Inc (WRESI) was quietly making its mark in the real estate industry. With headquarters in both Dallas, TX and Washington, DC, WRESI embarked on a journey that would eventually lead to its transformation into the highly successful business we now know as J Street.
WRESI began as a modest player, but its vision was clear from the start - to harness the power of local real estate expertise and apply it to the benefit of high-net-worth foreign investors seeking to deploy capital in stateside GSA leased office buildings within Washington, DC. This strategic approach laid the foundation for what was to come - a trajectory toward becoming a trailblazer in third-party property management services.
The idea was simple – leverage property acquisitions as an entrée into property management assignments. The DNA of WRESI has been, and always will be, to provide exceptional property management services to its client/partners. The company's evolution was marked by strategic decisions that would broaden its service portfolio and expand its geographical footprint. In 1998, WRESI executed a pivotal move by venturing into commercial brokerage services. This expansion encompassed diverse areas such as office leasing, investment sales, land transactions, and tenant representation. This move not only expanded WRESI's influence, but also brought onboard a talented team of more than two dozen commercial real estate professionals, firmly establishing its presence across the Washington, DC metro area.
Fast forward to 2008, and a transformative moment occurred for WRESI when it merged with the esteemed DC-based firm, J Street Companies. Inheriting the J Street name marked a turning point, solidifying the company's identity and signaling its commitment to excellence. This merger catalyzed a series of remarkable achievements, including the revitalization of over 2 million square feet of commercial office space and the development of over 250 luxury condominium units across DC and Virginia.
As the years progressed, WRESI - now known as J Street - keenly observed the shifting tides of employment opportunities and lifestyle preferences. Recognizing the burgeoning growth in sunbelt states like Dallas, TX, J Street tapped into its local expertise and longstanding relationships to strategically establish a permanent operational presence. The result was the birth of J Street Multifamily, a dynamic division focused on multifamily property development and management. With a team built to match its ambitions, J Street Multifamily has successfully developed projects worth over $300 million in the vibrant DFW region alone.
In 2021, J Street further cemented its reputation as a business success story by venturing into the Chicagoland market. Deploying its skilled team, the company undertook the challenge of stabilizing an assortment of underperforming multifamily assets, showcasing its prowess in turning challenges into opportunities.
From its humble origins as WRESI to its current status as J Street, this business journey exemplifies the epitome of evolution and success. What began as a local endeavor in real estate has evolved into a multifaceted powerhouse with a legacy rooted in exceptional property management, a diversified service portfolio, and an unwavering commitment to excellence. With a strong foundation and a track record of accomplishments, J Street continues to shape the real estate landscape, leaving an indelible mark on the industry's history.