About

We’re a team of curious, entrepreneurial collaborators driven to achieve the highest and best uses of the places we develop.

Our Story

Ever since Noel Khalil founded Columbia Residential in 1991, his passion and vision have shaped a reputation for excellence and integrity. We’re proud to continue that legacy by developing dynamic commercial places that enrich local communities and yield positive returns.

1991: Noel Khalil founds Columbia Residential, to focus on multi-family affordable housing in the Southeast
1991: Noel Khalil founds Columbia Residential, to focus on multi-family affordable housing in the Southeast
2013: Columbia Ventures is founded to focus on residentially anchored urban-infill mixed-use development
2013: Columbia Ventures is founded to focus on residentially anchored urban-infill mixed-use development
2014: Columbia Ventures begins pursuing transit-oriented developments in partnership with MARTA
2014: Columbia Ventures begins pursuing transit-oriented developments in partnership with MARTA
2017: Columbia Ventures pioneers first purpose-built retail on Atlanta's BeltLine; sells for a record price per square foot two years from investment
2017: Columbia Ventures pioneers first purpose-built retail on Atlanta's BeltLine; sells for a record price per square foot two years from investment
2018: Columbia Ventures opens a second office in Savannah, GA
2018: Columbia Ventures opens a second office in Savannah, GA
2019: Columbia Ventures continues expansion; launches its first development in Florida
2019: Columbia Ventures continues expansion; launches its first development in Florida
2020: Columbia Ventures continues expansion; adds first development in Colorado
2020: Columbia Ventures continues expansion; adds first development in Colorado
2021: Beacon Station in Augusta, Georgia sets record exit value for the market
2021: Beacon Station in Augusta, Georgia sets record exit value for the market
2023: Columbia Ventures opens a third office in Denver, CO
2023: Columbia Ventures opens a third office in Denver, CO

Our Pledge

To our investors
We are all in.

We understand that trust forms the foundation of all successful business relationships. We want you to know how seriously we value that trust, which is why we always invest alongside all of our financial partners.

We win when you win.

To our partners
We see you.

We recognize that producing meaningful work requires healthy collaboration. That is why we pursue mutual trust and respect in all of our partnerships.

We see you. We appreciate you. We’re right here beside you, working to achieve goals in which we can all take pride.

To our communities
We hear you.

We seek above all else to develop places that enrich the lives of those who use them. That intention has driven our leadership for over 30 years, ever since Noel Khalil founded Columbia Residential. It continues to inform our decisions on a daily basis.

You are our why. We hear you.

in loving memory of noel khalil, 1950 - 2021

Noel Khalil: Co-founder, Mentor

Noel founded Columbia Residential in 1991 on a foundation of excellence and commitment to integrity. We’re sincerely grateful for his years of leadership and honored to advance that legacy.

Our Awards

2023

Viña Apartments
Category: Best Project
Housing Colorado - Eagle Award

2023

Edgewood Park
Category: Mixed-Use
Atlanta Business Chronicle - Best in Atlanta Real Estate

2022

Edgewood Park
Category: Innovative Development
Atlanta Regional Commission - Regional Excellence Award

2019

Studioplex (Alley)
AGC Build Georgia, First Place

2018

Studioplex (Parking Deck)
AGC Build Georgia, First Place

Our Philanthropy

Columbia Ventures salutes the work of non-profit organizations that are focused on improving the lives of residents and neighbors within the communities in which we work. In particular, we seek to support those organizations that have recognized our triple bottom line approach in placemaking and community development by co-locating their organization within one of our developments.