It turned out to be a prudent decision.
These days David’s son Carson has
joined his father and the two have worked to honor George’s legacy by building upon the work the brothers started.
“It seemed that the work [my father] did was really creative and made a big impact on the community. He developed
some really beautiful projects, so when I finished school, he and I talked about the possibility of me joining him in
business,” Carson says.
Carson always knew there was an opportunity to work with his father but took a few years
to work elsewhere before jumping into the family business. After graduating from Pepperdine, he worked for five years
with San Diego developer, Kevin Kiernan, who also had Tucson ties. Then, during the Recession, he elected to leave
California and come to work alongside his father.
is George and David or David and Carson, family is at the center
of everything at Cottonwood Properties. In fact, the name of the
company’s preeminent developments – Dove Mountain and La
Paloma – have familial roots. George favored the name La Paloma,
which means “dove” in Spanish, as an homage to his Christian
faith and he and David also chose the name because their father’s
name Jonah means dove in Hebrew.
Carson’s actual first name
is also Jonah, with Carson being his middle name. He has named
his son Jonah as well.
Shining in Tucson
Initially, Cottonwood Properties found success in the Tucson
market mostly in the commercial and multifamily sectors. The
company bought and remodeled commercial properties in
Tucson and also built and invested in apartment buildings.
company’s first major project – and a sign of things to come – was
the La Paloma resort community in the central foothills of Tucson
in the early 1980s. The project included 800 acres of residential
and commercial developments as well as the 500-room Westin La
Paloma Resort and country club with 27 holes of golf designed by Jack Nicklaus.
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Properties is now
working on the
Dove Mountain master-planned community, a 6,200-
acre project that has been in the works for decades.
The brothers first purchased the Dove Mountain land in
1985 then sold the property a partner before purchasing
it back in the mid-1990s. The company then had plans to
build a Hyatt resort on the land. It got as far as drafting
construction documents and talking with lenders, but
then the tragedy of 9/11 hit and the project was put on
It was not until the mid-2000s that a new future
for the spot emerged. Cottonwood Properties began
looking into the possibility of developing a new golf
club to entice Accenture Match Play and the PGA Tour
to leave San Diego for Tucson. The idea struck a chord
with Ritz Carlton and eventually resulted in the creation
of The Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain, which Cottonwood
developed and now owns in partnership with HSL
Since then, Cottonwood Properties has also
developed The Ritz-Carlton Residences, luxury homes
adjacent to the resort. The luxury residential market is
challenging in Tucson, but Cottonwood’s product speaks
“The market is certainly challenging, but
we’ve found that if you build something great, people
will always want it,” Carson says. While Dove Mountain
includes a range of residences from luxury homes to
starters, Cottonwood Properties residential development
wing has focused on developing luxury residential
properties. In addition to the Ritz-Carlton Residences,
other residential developments created by Cottonwood
in the Dove Mountain area include Tortolita Vistas and
Canyon Pass features custom homes
located on estate lots in the 2,000-acre private canyon
within Dove Mountain. Cottonwood Properties recently
completed and sold a 5,000-square-foot spec home in
the development for $1.8 million.
While the Dove
Mountain master-planned community might seem like
it would take up most of Cottonwood’s resources, the
company has plenty of other projects in the works in
the area as well, though it has no plans to develop any
more golf courses in the area as Dove Mountain already
features 81 holes.
The company has developed a
series of industrial and commercial holdings in the Dove
Mountain area, including the Tangerine Commerce Park
that is located on 100 acres on Tangerine Farms Road.
The park has already locked down one major tenant -
Ventana Medical Systems. The company, which is owned
by Roche, has a 60,000-SF building that will be used
for light manufacturing and logistics.
In the future,
Cottonwood will look to further develop Tangerine
Commerce Park and other land it owns in the area
zoned for commercial and industrial uses. It also owns
roughly 1,000 undeveloped acres in Dove Mountain that
it plans to use for new residential offerings.
future is bright,” Carson says. “We have some great land
holdings that we will continue to develop and, as always,
we keep our eyes open for great new opportunities in