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Keystone gives individuals access to unique private real estate opportunities.

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PROJECTS

4TH AVE - 8 UNITS

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24TH ST - 7 UNITS

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BRONSON AVE - 8 UNITS

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WASH BLVD - 20 UNITS
(3 RETAIL)

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CATALINA ST - 5 UNITS

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CORNING ST - 6 UNITS

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WEST BLVD - 10 UNITS

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WESTMORELAND BLVD
12 UNITS

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7TH AVE - 5 UNITS

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CLAUDINA AVE - 7 UNITS

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CARONDELET ST - 17 UNITS

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WASH & OXFORD - 26 UNITS 
(10 RETAIL)

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OUR TEAM

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AUSTIN NISSLY
FOUNDER

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TONY CHAIREZ
HEAD OF PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

ELEAZAR SANDINO  EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Keystone Investors is a real estate investment manager that gives any individual access to unique private real estate opportunities. We execute a value-add strategy on assets in qualified locations, called “Urban Nodes.”  We utilize our extensive real estate expertise and industry relationships to source and acquire properties at a discount to their intrinsic value. After acquisition, we create value through strategic capital improvements and hands on management and leasing.

Our founder, Austin, started his career acquiring and managing small properties in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. He then studied finance and worked at larger institutions to learn best practices. In 2017, he raised capital from 20 investors to buy a 4Plex and Keystone Investors was officially born. Austin is a new dad and likes to surf, rock climb, and mountain bike.

Tony, our Head of Property Management, has been managing real estate for over 5 years. He is very hands on and continues to work hard on behalf of our residents. Tony has a cool dog named Jackson and likes to run the Culver City steps and play soccer.

Eli joined the team in 2022 and has been vital to our growth and stability as a business. With 5 years of experience in administrative roles and operations, he works closely with critical vendors as well as our residents. Eli likes to hike, read, and experiment with new technology.

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OUR INVESTMENT THESIS

Our goal is to invest in real estate assets that are critical to Urban Nodes. Urban Nodes are neighborhoods that are directly connected to their city’s Downtown and have their own unique identity and mini-downtown. Criteria of an Urban Node:

  • Must be able to easily get Downtown

    • Public transportation that takes less than 30 minutes

    • Drive in less than 30 minutes assuming parking is not a hassle

  • Must have its own identity, meaning that there is plenty to do within walking distance. Residents should be able to walk to basic amenities such as coffee shops and convenience stores and get to the grocery store within a short drive. This should be a place you want to wake up on a Saturday/Sunday morning.

Downtowns used to be dirty, polluted, and unsafe, prompting baby boomers to flee to the suburbs. Over the past 20-30 years, this has shifted, and 10’s of millions of people have moved to Downtowns across America. Young people have and will rent apartments in Downtowns through their 20’s and into their 30’s; many empty nesters have ditched the suburban lifestyle for an urban one. Developers, urban planners, and local governments have filled this demand by building new mixed-use projects that incorporate entertainment, shopping, apartments, condos, offices, and outdoor space. As a result, real estate prices have skyrocketed in areas that no one would have dared touch 30 years ago.

Young people who have created this Downtown boom will eventually move on. They will want more space, affordability, and a small-town feel. However, unlike baby boomers in the 1950’s-80’s, it will not be a “flight” from their city. Most have enjoyed the city where they spent their young-adult lives and will want to stay connected. The Downtown boom has created offices, amenities and things to do that no one wants to be too far away from. These people will move to areas called Urban Nodes.

To be an Urban Node, the neighborhood must be connected to the Downtown via public transportation that takes less than 30 minutes. 30 minutes is the maximum commute people are willing to do without starting to look unfavorably on a location. 30 minutes is also about the threshold people are willing to tolerate when traveling for a fun daytime or nighttime activity without considering the place “too far away.” If there is no public transportation, then it must be feasible to drive Downtown without unreasonable traffic or parking rates.

To be an Urban Node, the neighborhood must have its own identity and mini-downtown. People living in these areas will want to have similar experiences to what they were used to Downtown. This means there should be coffee shops and convenience stores within walking distance. The grocery store should be walking distance or a short drive away. People should not feel like they need to leave the neighborhood on weekends to have an enjoyable night out. These people will go Downtown 3-5 times per month, but will stay in their neighborhood most of the time not because going Downtown is a hassle, but because their neighborhood is fun, “happening,” and has its own identity.

Over the next 20-30 years, real estate investments in Urban Nodes will enjoy outsized returns. Investments that predict an Urban Node forming will have higher risk, but will generate even better returns. Our goal is to invest in existing Urban Nodes and predict where new ones will form. The real estate that we buy must be critical to the success of that Urban Node meaning it is a place where the people of the neighborhood live, work, shop or go for entertainment.

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