CoolTown Investments


Urban smart growth for the creative class, aka cooltowns. Triple-bottom-line developments.

what we do

Developers,we provide capital partners to fund cooltown developments as a joint venture with promoted returns, from an investment resource exceeding $150 million. Typical equity investments range from $2-$8 million, primarily in the eastern half of the U.S. at this time.

, we provide deal flow on urban, infill developments with high upsides and mitigating risk factors, ranging from a select few between $2-$8 million, to several dozen between $0.5M and $2M.


Neil Takemoto is the founder of CoolTown Investments (CTI), a capital sourcing network for real estate developers committed to urban smart growth for the creative class. CTI was established as an investment-focused company, spun off of and complementary to CoolTown Studios, also founded by Neil, a consulting group that attracts 20,000 unique vistiors to its website each month and assists cities and developers in market, economic and real estate development as it applies to urban smart growth for the creative class. He is also the

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founder of the beta community business model, applying customer-driven, open source development to real estate. With Andres Duany, Neil co-founded the National Town Builders Association, the only business trade group of Smart Growth/New Urbanism real estate developers. His work for over the last fourteen years has been solely focused on the implementation of next-generation towns for the most creative and entrepreneurial of markets.

Gary Brandeis is Managing Director at FB Capital Partners, overseeing a $150M real estate capital source to invest in forward-thinking development projects in addition to the development firms themselves. He was Chief Operating/Investment Officer at Sage Financial Group and served as the operating and investment officer, directing the day to day, management of the individual property investments and the overall performance of a $40M fund. He was Senior Vice President and Regional Partner with Lincoln Property Company in their Philadelphia office, "one of the largest and most successful full service real estate companies in the country with over 50 offices and 4000 employees. At Lincoln, Gary was directly responsible for all development, acquisition, and property management functions for a growing portfolio valued at over $200M with 4 million sf of office, industrial, and retail properties within his geographic region.


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