Our Story

From South Africa to Southern California, the ColRich story is a decades-long journey of business building, continuous reinvention and a devotion to family.

Through generations of family ownership, the ColRich brand has evolved, but the company’s foundation remains the same today as in the beginning—find opportunity, build value, stay humble, constantly improve and drive hard to innovate.

In 1977, business colleagues and friends Richard Gabriel, Barry Galgut and Colin Seid moved from Johannesburg to San Diego, leaving the unrest of apartheid-era South Africa for a more stable environment to raise their families. The trio quickly formed a San Diego-based partnership to pursue development and investment opportunities in Southern California. The business achieved notable success over more than two decades—largely due to continual reinvention and the team’s ability to leverage the peaks and troughs of the cyclical real estate industry.

Gabriel’s sons, Graeme and Danny, took the helm in 2003 to build the next iteration of ColRich, creating a diverse residential platform that leverages a unique homebuilding background, renovation expertise, sophisticated in-house construction and design teams brought together in private capital partnerships. Today, ColRich is recognized as an industry leader for integrating design and value into both for-sale and multifamily rental properties.

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Core Values

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FAMILY

We are a family-run business and treat every member as such. ColRich relationships are based upon trust, transparency, and respect.

WORK ETHIC

The ColRich team brings passion to their work, always giving 100%. Our team members roll up their sleeves and are hands-on participants at every level of the organization, supporting their colleagues and the overall platform to produce the best product at the highest standard.

HUMILITY

No matter the title or seniority level, every member remains grounded and in service to the team as a whole. Team members let the situation, instead of their title or ego, dictate how to best serve the company and one another.

CREATIVITY

We have a creative and collaborative work environment that remains nimble in an ever-changing marketplace. We value new ideas and expect each team member to be adaptable beyond their core function. ColRich places a heavy emphasis on a constantly evolving workplace to create, develop and innovate.

OWNERSHIP

Every team member accepts accountability, cognizant that their role has a direct impact on the company’s success. Pride of ownership is a key shared value.

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