How It All Started Over 50 Years Ago
A. (Tony) DeSantis was a young man with a mission when he arrived in Hamilton. Far from enjoying the relatively carefree life of many teenagers, the 17 year-old immigrant from Italy focused on work from the moment he arrived in Canada.
Being a natural salesman and convinced that the real estate market offered a wide array of opportunities, Tony became involved in real estate while in his early 20’s. In 1957, Tony met prominent real estate broker Bill Kronas and began selling houses on behalf of the brokerage. The late Mr. Kronas became a mentor to Tony, schooling him in the ways of real estate sales. The two developed a father-and-son type of relationship built on mutual admiration and respect.
Within just a few months, the enthusiastic young salesman was one of the Metropolitan Hamilton Real Estate Board’s top producers.
In 1962, Tony bought a dilapidated house on Chestnut Street by paying the City of Hamilton for taxes owed on the land. He then co-built his first house.
It was the start of a developer role he would expand over the years by building and selling thousands of houses in the Hamilton area, Burlington, Grimsby and Brantford.
In addition to residential townhouses, condominiums, apartment buildings and single-family homes, Tony builds and continues to manage a number of commercial and industrial projects throughout the Hamilton and Burlington area through companies A. DeSantis Real Estate Ltd., A. DeSantis DeVelopments Ltd., A. DeSantis Holdings Ltd. and H.G.H. DeVelopments Ltd.
Anthony Jr. joined the company in 1995 after receiving his B.A. from the University of Toronto and M.B.A. from McMaster University.
Together, father and son have completed several communities from the design to final construction stage including Millbrook Village and Shoreacres Creek in Burlington, Livingston Gate in Grimsby, Marina Point on Baseline and Conservation Walk in Stoney Creek, Jackson’s Landing, Paradise Gardens and Thornbrae Estates, Marina Point on Baseline, Conservation Walk and Albion Mills Estates.
The signature of a project by A. DeSantis DeVelopments Ltd. is the day-to-day hands on involvement in every aspect of the venture.
- TO BUILD upon our name for dependability, integrity and reliability.
- TO DEVELOP carefully planned communities that offer all the latest amenities for your family.
- TO CREATE beautifully designed homes that have your needs in mind.
- TO DELIVER a superior quality home within your timeframe and specifications.
- TO RESPECT the environment and the future of our children by building in an environmentally conscious and a responsible manner.
- TO EXCEED your expectations by doing whatever we can to ensure that our standards are second to none.