Jason Halpern began his career as a real estate developer at Halpern Enterprises, a firm his late father founded. However, in the late 1990s he founded his own business, JMH Development based in New York. JMH is a real estate development company that prides themselves as being pioneers in the development of growing markets in such areas as Brooklyn, Manhattan and Miami.
Jason’s goal as founder and managing partner of JMH is to create luxury properties by combining both the old with the new and giving his properties a new and inventive look. The best way to understand his work, is to look at the numerous properties he has developed.
His first development was at 184 Kent. It was originally a warehouse, but he turned the Wild Turkey bourbon warehouse into 340 luxury apartments in 2010. However, recently Halpern co-partnered with Kushner Companies and the Rockpoint Group to convert the apartments into luxury condos. He has a soft spot for this location? Why? It is where his office and penthouse apartment are located. So once the conversion over to condos are complete, he will remain.
He ventured out of his home state of New York and took on a project in Miami, Florida in 2014. The Aloft South Beach project as it was called, was in the beginning, a 200-plus room historic hotel called the Motel Ankara. A joint venture between Jason Halpern and Madden Real Estate, restored and expanded the old structure with larger rooms and more floor space and an added eight-story tower. The opening in 2015 in Miami Beach Florida, offered an outdoor pool, roof deck lounge, fitness center, live entertainment from around the area and more. In September of 2016 JMH Development sold the property to Rockpoint Group.
The Townhouses of Cobble Hill project was a joint development by JMH Development and Madison Estates. The development site consisted of two properties that spanned from 110 to 126 Congress Street, which consisted of a single block within the Cobble Hill historic district in New York City. One of the said buildings was a Catholic church rectory and that was renovated into 4 townhouses. The other structure consisted of five townhouses.
Do you see a pattern with Jason Halpern’s developments? He is recreating housing in historic sections of New York and Florida by renovating the structures in the historic areas. You still have a taste of history on the outside, but with a modern structure on the inside of the building. These types of developments help to revitalize the inner city and give a family, who prefers to live in the city and not in suburbia a welcoming choice.