Karney Properties, Co. is a creative placemaking real estate firm.

Our company focuses on bringing great building and landscape design, in tandem with art and culture, to activate adaptive reuse and real estate development projects.

Creative placemaking strategies apply broadly across many facets of Karney’s assets. We use these strategies in the design of housing and commercial spaces, public plazas and open space, bike paths and pedestrian walkways, transit systems and public art.  Our real estate development projects—ranging from mixed-use transit-oriented development in Culver City to adaptive reuse to creative office in Playa Vista to neighborhood revitalization projects in Anaheim, Hawthorne and Torrance —all employ exceptional design, thoughtful open space, and artistic expression.

Karney is especially unique in the on-going creative programming it brings once the projects are built, which creates an interactive community where people want to live, work, interact and invent.  Programming examples include art walks, local music performances in the plazas, public art competitions integrated in building design, among countless other initiatives to engage and enliven the community.  We have found by bringing superior building design, communal open space, art and culture to a real estate project and applying creative placemaking best practices benefit all stakeholders, and create healthy, economically thriving, and culturally vibrant places.

Karney’s creative process begins by envisioning what we would like to see –

Artfully designed buildings, an inclusive community, and gathering places.

We accomplish this vision by employing the most creative, out-of-the-box architectural firms that view their design as an evolving, iterative artform, not a static practice. Local, creative, and innovative architectural firms like Lorcan O’Herlihy, Koning Eizenberg, Abramson Teiger, Gensler, and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) are just some of the firms we have selected for our projects.

The community and gathering spaces we design create meaningful interaction.

The community and gathering spaces we design in our projects need a special kind of landscaped environment to create meaningful interaction. We select our landscape architect very carefully to make sure the exterior atmosphere compliments the interior. Our choices in landscape firms – Design Workshop, Mia Lehrer Architects, LRM – focus on the open space design to ensure memorable private and public experiences.

Finally, we curate our buildings with creative tenants that appreciate and take full advantage of the inspiring buildings we renovate and build. Many of our tenants are at the cutting-edge of innovation and invention. Tenants include Tom’s Shoes, Spacex, Disney, Digital Domain, Vista and Tesla.


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