WALTHAM, MA—Chestnut Hill Realty Founder and CEO Edward Zuker will receive Boston Real Estate Times’ Lifetime Achievement Award for 2020 on April 17, 2020 at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, MA.
Under Mr. Zuker’s leadership, CHR has grown exponentially during the last five decades. Today, CHR is one of New England’s leading vertically integrated residential real estate companies that specializes in multifamily housing and owns approximately 5,000 units.
“We’re very excited to honor Mr. Zuker,” said Upendra Mishra, publisher of Boston Real Estate Times. “Since founding the company in 1969, Mr. Zuker has expanded CHR’s market share from its base of operations in Brookline, MA, to Metropolitan Boston, its surrounding suburbs and Rhode Island.”
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The company’s holdings now include a portfolio valued in excess of $1 billion, comprising more than 4,500 residential units and over 160,000 square feet of commercial property.
Mr. Zuker has overseen the conversion and sale of more than 2,000 condominium units, and the acquisition, renovation, repositioning and operation of 6,000 rental apartment units. Mr. Zuker has real estate in his DNA. Collectively, five generations of the Zuker family have been active in the industry. His mission for Chestnut Hill Realty, “Managing People’s Homes with Pride,” is at the core of the company’s business philosophy.
A dedicated advocate and leader in the real estate industry, Mr. Zuker served as President of the Rental Housing Association (RHA), Vice President and Clerk of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB), and President of the Brookline Property Owner’s Association. His accolades include the coveted RHA Industry Excellence Award.
Philanthropy and giving back to the community are very important to Mr. Zuker. Over the years, CHR as a company, and Mr. Zuker as an individual, have provided support to numerous charitable organizations through donations and the provision of in-kind services. His achievements include the Humanitarian Award by GBREB this past June, the Distinguished Achievement Award by B’nai B’rith International and the Mollie L. Moon Volunteer Service Award for his contributions as Chairman of the Building Committee for the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts.
Mr. Zuker currently chairs the Real Estate Council of B’nai B’rith Housing New England. He received the 2010 Urban Land Institute’s Jack Kemp Workforce Housing Models of Excellence Award for his contributions to the B’nai B’rith 33 Comm condominium development. He also co-chaired the Building Committee for Temple Beth Avodah in Newton and spearheaded the creation of the West Roxbury Community Center. Mr. Zuker is an innovative supporter of Children’s Hospital Brigham & Women’s Hospital and many other organizaitons. A dedicated amount of each site’s income supports many local charities, such as youth and senior services.
A native of Brookline, MA, Mr. Zuker studied finance and architecture, and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Miami.