CityView Company Overview

Overview and history

Who We Are

CityView is one of the nation's premier institutional investment firms focused on urban real estate, in-city housing, and metropolitan infrastructure. American CityVista, CityView's predecessor, was founded in 2000 by Henry Cisneros, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in President Clinton's Administration. CityView was founded in 2003 and has generated more than $2 billion in urban investment in 45 communities across the United States.

The company currently manages multiple funds, all focused on urban solutions. Among its largest investors are pension systems for employees of the State of California (CalPERS), the City of Los Angeles (LACERS), the County of Los Angeles (LACERA), and the Los Angeles Fire and Police Plan (LAFPP). Combined, CityView’s three funds have invested in more than 20 metropolitan areas in 13 states across the country.

What We Do

CityView works with institutional investors to meet their needs for diversified investment portfolios, offering specialized expertise and capabilities in urban investments. The firm has developed superior capacities in investment operations and fund management in order to serve the unique requirements of large institutional investors concerning fiduciary standards, return expectations, capital structure, risk mitigation, and compliance frameworks.

CityView works with home builders, developers, construction professionals, municipal leaders, and redevelopment officials to build a broad range of project types. We invest in existing properties, development projects, real estate mortgages, acquire equity stakes in real estate operating companies, and co-invest with successful real estate investors. CityView is staffed to bring focused attention to creating effective project capital structures. A unique dimension of CityView’s success is its “Beyond Capital” strategy, which emphasizes asset management in the form of construction oversight, critical path scheduling, budget supervision, and marketing and sales creativity.

CityView’s concentration in urban investing and building means that the firm is well-positioned to generate strong financial returns from the economic, demographic, cultural and environmental trends which are increasing city populations, recycling older urban properties, expanding large urban institutions such as universities and medical complexes, and enhancing the role of metropolitan job centers in the nation’s economy. The CityView team has experience in developing the following types of urban projects:

  • Urban in-fill communities
  • Workforce housing
  • Multi-family residential
  • Mixed-use retail and housing
  • New Urbanism villages within cities
  • Commercial properties
  • University student housing
  • Environmental prototype projects
  • Senior communities
  • Municipal redevelopment initiatives
  • Metropolitan public infrastructure
  • Corporate industrial infrastructure 

Achieving success in urban investments requires knowledge of unique sub-markets, responsiveness to the specific needs of communities, a strong professional team with experience in local government processes, and a commitment to work collaboratively with our developer partners. CityView strives to add value at every step of the investment process by building on our professional team’s expertise in government, property management, development, entitlement, design, construction, finance, law, accounting and market research.

A key to CityView’s business strategy is recognition that the United States is a metropolitan nation.  Seventy-five percent of the nation’s GDP is generated in just the largest 100 metropolitan areas.  Those metropolitan areas and other smaller but significant cities are increasingly the focal points of the nation’s knowledge industries, its business and professional services, its artistic and cultural energies, its transportation networks, its educational and scientific talents, and its foreign trade activities. The massive economic flows generated by urban transactions draw people, jobs, and capital sufficient to justify large-scale investments in housing, commercial venues, and infrastructure in the immediate future as well as for the long term. Older cities with brownfield sites left behind by obsolescent industries need to be recycled to make way for new economic functions. Newer high-growth cities face the need to build attractive, appropriately-priced, and environmentally responsible projects of all kinds. The challenge of responding to the building needs of urban America is the mission – Smart capital for Smart growth – to which CityView dedicates its skills to the benefit of our institutional partners and in the interests of the nation.