When you buy an Olson home, life changes for the better

You join a vibrant community of neighbors that care. You take back the hours you spend behind the wheel or commuting to work. You get to experience the daily perks of an urban lifestyle where walking is the norm, restaurants, parks, and retail experiences are your new backyard, and everything you love is just minutes away.

How we
walk the walk

Our commitment goes beyond the promise of a new home

Each Olson community starts with a simple question. How can we give homeowners the best quality of life possible? The answer starts with where we build. Committed to seeing the potential of the urban landscape, we re-entitle, rezone, and develop underutilized parcels, building energy-efficient homes that are close to jobs, key transportation links, and numerous recreational and entertainment options. Since most of our communities are in mature neighborhoods, they require minimal infrastructure, helping to keep construction costs low, taxes reasonable, and home prices attainable. Each Olson community name includes the word “walk” because our vision is for homeowners to be able to exit their front door and walk to shopping, restaurants, cafes, and schools, engaging with their neighbors and becoming part of the fabric of their cities. 

Community Partnerships

Since 1988, our mission has been to work hand-in-hand with cities to solve the critical shortage of urban housing by promoting and investing in responsible development that improves quality of life for everyone. We approach development by listening and seeking to understand the social, cultural and aesthetic qualities of the neighborhoods in which we build. We work in collaboration with community stakeholders, city staff and officials to deliver creative solutions for neighbors and future residents. Our communities lower environmental impacts by relying on existing infrastructure, reducing or eliminating commute times and encouraging walkability to support local businesses, amenities and resources. Our success would not be possible without the partnerships we’ve enjoyed with over 100 California cities and neighborhoods.

CITY PARTNERS
Alhambra • Anaheim • County of Alameda • Arcadia • Azusa • Baldwin Park • Benicia • Brea • Buellton • Buena Park • Burbank • Camarillo • Carlsbad • Carson • Cerritos  • Chula Vista • Claremont • Compton • Concord • Costa Mesa • Covina • Cypress • Downey • East Palo Alto • Emeryville • El Monte • El Segundo • Fairfield • Fountain Valley  Fullerton • Garden Grove • Gardena • Glendale • Glendora • Hayward • Huntington Beach • Irwindale • La Habra • La Mesa • La Mirada • La Palma • La Verne • Lakewood  Lomita • Long Beach • Los Alamitos • Los Angeles • County of  Los Angeles • Montebello • Monterey Park • National City • Newport Beach • Oakland  • Orange • Oxnard • Pacifica • Pasadena • Paramount • Placentia • Pleasant Hill • Pittsburg • Pomona • Port Hueneme • Rancho Mirage • Richmond • Riverside • Rosemead • San Diego San Dimas • San Gabriel • San Jose • San Juan Capistrano • San Lorenzo • San Marcos • Santa Ana • Santa Clarita • Santa Fe Springs • Simi Valley • Temple City • Torrance • Tustin • Upland • Ventura • Vista • Walnut • Watsonville • West Covina • Westminster • Whittier • Yorba Linda

NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERS
Corona del Mar • Hacienda Heights • Highland Park • Jefferson Park • La Puente • Leimert Park • Mayflower Village • Playa Vista • San Pedro • Santa Luz • Sylmar • Valencia • Valinda • Van Nuys • Walnut Park • West Carson • Westchester • Willowbrook

SCHOOL DISTRICTS
Centralia School District (La Palma) • El Monte Union High School District • Fountain Valley School District • Pacifica School District • Santa Ana Unified School District • Ventura Unified School District

UNIVERSITIES
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona • Pepperdine University • University of California, Santa Barbara

WATER DISTRICTS
Golden State Water District • Rancho Dominguez Water District • Suburban Water Company

TRANSIT AUTHORITIES
Alameda Contra Costa Transit District • Bay Area Rapid Transit System • MetroLink • Metropolitan Transportation Authorit

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Our mantle is pretty full, but we’ll always make room for excellence.

Recognized for delivering extraordinary customer experiences, high-quality design and community collaboration. Below is a small representation of awards recognizing our efforts to improve neighborhoods and communities.

2021

Best Overall Home Purchase and Ownership Experience (Single Division)
Best First-Year Quality (Medium Volume Builders)
Best First-Year Customer Service Experience (Medium Volume Builders)
Best Customer Communication
Customer Service Representative of the Year

2020

Best Overall Home Purchase and Ownership Experience (Single Division)
Best Purchase Experience (Large Volume Builders)
Best First-Year Quality (High Volume Builders)
Best First-Year Customer Service Experience (High Volume Builders)
Best Customer Communication
Design Representative of the Year
Customer Service Representative of the Year

2019
Best First-Year Customer Service Experience (High Volume Builders)
Best First-Year Quality (High Volume Builders)

EXECUTIVE TEAM

In town, in depth

Read more about the Olson story in our latest edition of In Town Living. The magazine includes an extensive Q & A with our Founder Steve Olson in which he discusses California’s housing crisis and his roadmap for improving affordable housing in the state.