Our mission is to create quality communities in premier locations and our vision is to provide great communities in which to live, work and invest.

We are Essex—the proven leader in West Coast apartments. We are a fully integrated real estate investment trust (REIT) that acquires, develops, redevelops, and manages multifamily apartment communities located in supply-constrained markets. With a commitment to the vibrant coastal economies in which we operate, we continually push to innovate, improve, and add value to the lives of our residents, associates, and shareholders.

Business History

Through a proven investment strategy grounded by research and discipline, we have evolved from a small real estate company to an industry leader over the past five decades.


George M. Marcus founded Essex


Essex Property Trust goes public (NYSE: ESS) at $19.50 per share


ESS completes the development of its first sustainable-certified community


Increases the regular dividend, the only multifamily REIT to do so during the Great Recession


Michael Schall succeeds Keith Guericke as President & CEO


ESS closes $16B merger with BRE Properties and is added to the S&P 500 Index


ESS celebrates 25th year as a public company


ESS celebrates 50th anniversary since the company was founded

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The Essex Difference

Essex Apartments Great Communities

Great Places to Live

We know every resident is unique; that's why we provide flexible lease terms to fit to your needs. You can move in when you please and stay as long as you like. With Essex, you get a one-of-a-kind living experience that provides convenience and peace of mind.

Essex Apartments Sustainable Living

Sustainable Living

At Essex, sustainability and corporate social responsibility ("CSR") impact all aspects of our business and contribute to the success of the company. We take full responsibility for our impact on the planet, which is why we work tirelessly to uphold our CSR goals: providing great communities in which to live, offering a positive place to work, and reducing our environmental footprint across our organization.

Essex Apartment Giving Back

Community Involvement

We care about social impact as much as a solid balance sheet. With a range of programs, fundraisers, and charitable partnerships, we work to build a better, stronger community that connects both residents and their surrounding neighborhoods. At Essex, we believe that making a difference is the best way to make yourself at home.

Shareholder Services and Information

Essex is a fully integrated real estate investment trust (REIT) that acquires, develops, redevelops, and manages multifamily apartment communities located in supply-constrained markets. The Essex portfolio is concentrated along the West Coast, including Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Seattle metropolitan area. Please see the general Company Presentation for additional information about the Essex portfolio.

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Creating Better Communities

More than 10 years ago, we began pursuing new initiatives aimed at integrating sustainable practices into our communities. Our goal is to make our communities a place our residents are proud to call home.

U.S. Green Building Council

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We are a proud member of USGBC, and have achieved Green or LEED certifications—the leading programs for green buildings and communities worldwide—on 27 development projects, over 8,000 sustainable homes.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Our four pillars to creating quality communities include improving our residents’ well-being, creating a positive work experience for our employees, reducing our environmental footprint, and delivering long-term results for our investors. View our CSR Report.