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MacDonald Companies is a group of companies specializing in developing, building, and managing multifamily neighborhoods across Texas. Because the MacDonald Companies have remained a family-owned group, the family’s core values are visible at every level of development and management. Even with growth to 5,700 units in 48 communities in 25 Texas cities, MacDonald operations are easy to spot in the marketplace. Today, the MacDonald Companies are led by CEO Granger MacDonald (2nd generation builder), as well as his son, President and Chief Operating Officer, Justin MacDonald (3rd generation builder).
The genesis of the MacDonald Companies is like many Texas success stories—of necessity and by hard work. In the late 1940s, the growth of Austin and the Texas Hill Country demanded a new level of homebuilding—new designs— including modern floor plans and fine finishes. Growth came quickly for the new company—especially from Austin west to Kerr County and the more rugged topography of the western Texas Hill Country. Jean MacDonald propelled this family business into the lives of hundreds of Texans.
After having grown up on construction sites, Granger MacDonald began leading the business. Because many of the growth opportunities were clustered around some of Texas’s smaller communities, the Company established a course quite different than its peers. In 1993, the Company developed its first multi-family community. By the early 2000s The MacDonald Companies would become one of the nation’s leading homebuilders by specializing in multi-family developments in suburban, rural and sub-rural communities throughout Texas. Expansion came quickly and successfully.
Eventually, the MacDonald Companies growth required additional management bandwidth to address the larger marketplace. As Justin MacDonald joined the Company full-time in 2003, the Company was ready to begin its fastest growth period. Following the population growth patterns in Texas required a new level of sophistication in economic and demographic survey techniques. The management team implemented these new tools to continue to go places others didn’t. It required extraordinary insight and diligence to go places others didn’t, but it proved a very attractive business model.
Rural multi-family project design had heretofore been known, mostly, for its low construction cost and Spartan aesthetics. The MacDonald Companies countered the trend here, as well, bringing high quality building methods, custom home finishes and beautiful amenities to its apartment home clients.
For some developments the Company has partnered with third-party property management companies to keep remote management response timely and efficient. But because of expansion in the breadth and expertise of the management team, unlike many of its peers, the Company self-manages all of its own properties with efficiency, responsiveness and community-mindedness. The Company maintains a two to three-year pipeline of development projects, led by property acquisition. The Company enjoys some outside investment in many of these projects and provides a stable real estate investment for these partners.
Over the course of the past 35 years, Granger MacDonald has risen as a leader among homebuilders—first in Texas as a Director, Officer, and President of the Texas Association of Builders—and also as a national leader of the National Association of Home Builders. Granger has been a Board Member of the NAHB for over 30 years and currently serves as Chairman of the Federation. Justin MacDonald has also served in the State and National Associations for over ten years and is a former President and Board Member of the Hill Country Home Builders AssociationHe also currently serves as First Vice President for the Texas Association of Builders.
From humble beginnings the MacDonald Companies were led to bring a finer home to more people in its marketplace. Today, “green building,” energy efficiency and home security are more frequent design themes than in the past, but the Company continues its dedication to the same family business principles—Affordable lifestyles with community values.