President and Owner
Margaret Freund has been a private real estate developer for decades, with projects in Richmond, Virginia and Boulder, Colorado representing more than $150 million of investment.
A leader in the industry, Margaret has continually explored new ideas in commercial and residential development, infill, historic renovation, financing and sustainability. Much of her work has been in Richmond’s Old & Historic Districts, adding a level of complexity.
Margaret’s eye for potential and love of urban transformation has yielded such projects in Richmond as Bottoms Up Pizza and the Flood Zone (before there was a flood wall); Lady Byrd Hat, on Richmond’s Canal Walk; Canal Crossing, overlooking Richmond’s historic Triple Crossing; and Haxall View, a former eye-sore that is now transformed and home to both residential and commercial tenants. Her own offices are in the historic Robert Fulton Elementary School, which she restored as Fulton Hill Studios in 1997, and then renovated top to bottom in 2019 as apartments, studios, office and event space now known as Schoolhouse at Artisan Hill. Schoolhouse is across from her recent new construction of the 230,000 sq ft Artisan Hill Apartment Community, with 204 apartments and artist studios surrounding a beautiful 75’ lap pool.
Recipient, Andrew Asch Historic Developer Award
Recipient, CREW Richmond Top 20 Women in Real Estate
Mayoral Appointee to the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Task Force
Served, Technical Assistance Panels for the Urban Land Institute, 2nd Street Project
Served, first president of the board of directors, Art 180
2019 Honoree, RTD Person of the Year program
Served, Local Initiatives Support Corporation Institute Greater Fulton’s Future steering committee
Margaret received her JD from Washington and Lee University and her BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.