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Our Story & Our Start

Our Hotel and Corporate Housing Experience

From 1997 to 2003 we were part of a consulting firm and lived out of suit cases. It was planes, trains and automobiles and while hotels were great for points they were hard on a life (no way to cook, do laundry, or store clothes over a weekend) and never felt clean.  The semi permanence of corporate housing was more attractive and we quickly learned that in order to enjoy being away from home – you had to have something you looked forward to – a comfortable living space to call your own.  It became clear that the purpose of housing was to comfort the soul, soothe the human spirit, and provide a place of peace and enjoyment. 

Our Charlotte NC Short Term Housing Experience

In 2007 my wife and I traded in our long distance dating relationship for marriage and settled in Charlotte.  We found a lovely home but due to the complexity of the sale we had to lease the property back to the original owners for 3 months, which left us with no place to live. To add to the complexity our belongings were scattered across 3 different storage units across 2 different states.  In the process we learned first hand the complexity of short term housing - and learned how hard it was to find a short term lease, rent furniture (no company would lease furniture for less than 4 months), after all of the complexity we realized there had to be a better way. 

Getting Our Start to Build Better Corporate Housing

When we closed on our home - it came with a house on a separately deeded parcel - so we tested building out our own corporate apartment - tinkering with the design, the furnishings, the layout and the idea that we could address the challenges we experienced firsthand.  We designed and tested, gained customer feedback and made improvements.  When the great recession hit in 2008 we began buying distressed properties in high end neighborhoods and building out our own portfolio.  We found the process of buying properties and turning them into works of art enjoyable and appreciated the sense of satisfaction that came with helping each guest / client.

The Real Enjoyment

While we really enjoyed designing and redefining each property - we fell in love with the human story behind every person we met and each client we served.  We found the enjoyment of helping someone start a new job - a new geographic and occupational adventure in their life.  We were able to see and take part in amazing medical transformations - organ transplants, as well as heart attack and brain trauma recoveries.  We were able to take part in new family relocations, we often met people who sold their home before their new home was finished, and we worked with families as they completed home renovations which required them to live somewhere else on an interim basis. We met and served overseas transplants who started their new life in the Queen City.  Through it all we were amazed by the human spirit - courageous, hopeful, in the face of great change and stress.

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