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Exterior Building photo of Griffis La Fronterra apartments in Austin, Texas.

Exterior of Griffis La Frontera

Company News | December 1, 2014

Griffis Residential Acquires 512-Unit Class-A Apartment Community in Austin, Texas

Griffis Residential, a Denver-based multifamily investment and management firm, announced today that it has acquired The Orchard Apartments, a 512-unit Class-A multifamily community located within the Austin, Texas metro area in Round Rock’s vibrant La Frontera commercial business, retail, and housing center. The acquisition brings the number of Class-A multifamily units that Griffis Residential owns and manages to 5,658. The Orchard is Griffis Residential’s first acquisition in the Austin metro area and is part of a planned market expansion beyond the firm’s existing portfolio of premium multifamily communities located in Colorado and Nevada.

In tandem with the acquisition, the company announced that The Orchard Apartments has been renamed Griffis La Frontera. The name change conveys Griffis Residential’s persistent brand excellence, impeccable customer service, and its prime location in the La Frontera commercial park. For community and leasing information please visit

“Our move into the Austin metro area underscores our commitment to expand into new markets that align with our property portfolio and investment objectives,” said Griffis Residential CEO David Birnbaum. “We believe Griffis La Frontera is well positioned to capitalize on significant growth in rental demand due to Austin’s abundance of high quality jobs and its overall appeal to our target resident demographic. When these positive market dynamics are combined with our proven community management processes and capital improvement program, we feel we have an excellent opportunity to drive results for our investors.”

Built in 1997, Griffis La Frontera is a Class-A apartment community in Austin, Texas that is anchored by the La Frontera master-planned commercial park, the Forest Park Medical Center, scheduled to open December 2014, and the world headquarters of Dell Computer. Located near the intersection of IH-35, SH-45 and Loop 1 (MoPac Expressway), The Orchard benefits from outstanding visibility and is conveniently situated near three major highways that serve as conduits for growth in the Austin metro area. The garden-style property offers six floor plans, from one- to three-bedrooms, ranging in size from 640 to 1,232 square feet. The community also features high-end amenities including a clubhouse, business center, fitness center, and two heated pools as well as detached garages and carports. In connection with the acquisition, Griffis Residential plans to make community and apartment unit upgrades as part of its targeted capital improvement program.

Effective immediately, Alli Martin, who has been with Griffis Residential since 2010, has been appointed community manager for Griffis La Frontera. Ms. Martin is responsible for day-to-day management of the community and fostering the Griffis Residential guest-centered culture, which places a top priority on delivering the highest quality guest experience in the multifamily apartment industry.

About Griffis Residential

Griffis Residential is a multifamily real estate investment company that owns and self manages more than 5,000 Class-A apartment units in Colorado, Nevada and Texas. With a property portfolio valued at more than $750 million, Griffis Residential is the second largest institutional quality Class-A multifamily apartment owner in Colorado. Headed by Ian Griffis, David Birnbaum, and Tom Barta, Griffis Residential focuses on balancing an aggressive expansion strategy with a superior guest experience for its residents.

For more information visit, or contact Griffis Residential Chairman, Ian Griffis (; CEO, David Birnbaum (; or COO, Tom Barta (

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release may be “forward-looking statements” that are not based on historical facts and that reflect current views and estimates about future economic circumstances, market conditions and opportunities and the performance of portfolio investments. Such statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including the ability to implement our investment program, that could cause the actual performance to materially differ from any anticipated or projected performance expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Griffis Residential cannot guarantee future performance and the company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any such statements.