From South Africa to Southern California, the ColRich story is a decades-long journey of business building, continuous reinvention and a devotion to family. Through generations of family ownership, ColRich has evolved but the company’s foundation remains the same today as in the beginning—find opportunity, build value, stay humble, constantly improve and drive hard to innovate.
In 1977, business colleagues and friends Richard Gabriel, Barry Galgut and Colin Seid moved from Johannesburg to San Diego, leaving the unrest of apartheid-era South Africa for a more stable environment to raise their families. The trio quickly formed a San Diego-based partnership to pursue development and investment opportunities in Southern California. The business achieved notable success over more than two decades— largely due to continual reinvention and the team’s ability to leverage the peaks and troughs of the cyclical real estate industry.
Gabriel’s sons Graeme and Danny took the helm of the pioneering family-run company in 2003 and together developed a diverse residential platform that continues to perform exceptionally due to a unique homebuilding background, renovation expertise, sophisticated in-house construction and design teams and private capital partnerships. ColRich is well known for integrating design and value into both for-sale and multi-family rental properties in the Western U.S.
With a commitment to forward-thinking architecture, global design elements and attention to detail in product and service, ColRich’s high-quality homes truly appeal to both homebuyers and apartment renters. A high number of repeat homebuyers are a source of company pride.
Danny Gabriel, now the company’s CEO, leads ColRich in collaboration with a seasoned management team who share a hard-driving work ethic, unrivaled skill set, desire to innovate and professional humility. Together, they are building on the company’s legacy of reinvention to ensure a robust future for ColRich, its employees, customers, investors and partners.