Our History

Compelling track record. Unparalleled vision.

Fairlawn Capital was founded in 2017 to be a premier real estate investment and asset management firm. Since its inception, Fairlawn has acquired and developed over 50 multi-family and commercial projects, including over 5,000 apartment units, and totaling over $500M in gross asset value. Fairlawn Capital works closely with its property management partner, Fairlawn Real Estate, on all aspects of property leasing, marketing, maintenance and other operational matters.

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November 2012

Chris Hartman and various partners acquire Fairlawn Village—a stalled condo conversion project—and restore the unsold inventory into rental units.

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August 2013

Townway Place Apartments, a distressed 96-unit property in Danville, IL, becomes the group's second acquisition. The property becomes 100% occupied within 12 months.

July 2015

Chris & Gozen Hartman acquire Team Kay Property Management (the operating partner for Fairlawn Village and Townway Place) and rebrand as Fairlawn Real Estate. Shortly thereafter, the Townway Place investors complete a non-recourse CMBS recapitalization of Townway Place, only 23 months after acquisition.

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June 2016

An expanded group of Fairlawn investors acquire Prairie Hills Apartments, a 109-unit apartment complex in Decatur, IL. The project had been suffering from prolonged distress, but the Fairlawn team completely turned the project around in fewer than 12 months. 

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January 2017

Will Thompson joins Chris Hartman to form Fairlawn Capital, and the company begins providing formal investment and asset management services to both internal and external investor groups. Upon formation, Fairlawn Capital had approximately $40M of gross asset value under management.

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October 2017

Fairlawn acquires Champaign House Apartments and Westbury Park Townhomes, its first projects with assumable HUD financing.  Fairlawn Capital surpasses $56M in gross asset value.

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November 2017

Fairlawn acquires Spring Creek Townhomes in Springfield, IL as its 18th project, surpassing $65M in asset value.

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May 2018

Fairlawn Capital acquires Eagle Creek Commons, a retail strip center in Indianapolis, Indiana—its first property outside of Illinois.

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June 2018

Fairlawn acquires Pinecrest Apartments in Bloomington-Normal, IL—its largest acquisition to date. Fairlawn's total gross asset value tops $90M.

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October 2018

Fairlawn Capital acquires its 24th project, 727 West Apartments, and surpasses $100M of gross asset value.

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May 2019

Fairlawn Capital closes its first investment fund structure and acquires 5 properties totaling over 800 units and almost $50M in total value.

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October 2019

Fairlawn acquires Hickory Point Apartments in Decatur, Illinois—its first Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) property—consisting of 80 affordable units constructed in 1995.

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March 2020

Fairlawn Capital completes the sale of Spring Creek Townhomes, its first strategic disposition of a major asset.

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September 2020

Fairlawn acquires Lincolnshire Apartments in Broad Ripple Village, Indianapolis, IN--an iconic building constructed in 1930 and located within one of the most popular neighborhoods in the city.

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October 2020

Fairlawn acquires Versailles Apartments, a 109-unit value-add community in Peoria, IL.

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October 2020

Fairlawn Capital adds The Maywood at Speedway, a 237 unit complex in Speedway, IN, to its continually-growing managed portfolio.


May 2021

Fairlawn Capital opens a new office in downtown Chicago with a team specializing in Acquisitions, Asset Management, and Development.

December 2021

Fairlawn Capital makes two new workforce multifamily acquisitions in Central Illinois: West Mound Apartments in Decatur, IL and Birch Street Apartments in Champaign, IL.

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January 2022

Fairlawn Capital completes the acquisition of a large student housing portfolio at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, representing over 3,000 beds and $150,000,000 in value.

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