Gabe Handy bought his first Essex Junction property in 1993. He was impressed to receive a note in the mail from former Village Manager Charles Safford thanking him for choosing to buy property in the Village. He continued to develop in Essex Junction, focusing his attention on properties on Pearl Street and in the Village Center.
Fast forward 25 years. Gabe now owns 360 rental units across Essex, Fairfax, St. Albans, and Winooski. Gabe also owns the Days Inn in Colchester, and the Post Office Square in Essex Junction.
Gabe sees his business as a family-based enterprise. His son Shawn and Alexis manages all of his apartment and commercial rentals.
His daughter Darcy manages the hotel and is a real estate enthusiast! (Please feel free to call her to discuss any real estate or area questions you may have.) Her goal is not just to ensure that her clients have found or sold their home but that you have the best real estate experience and a lifelong friend going forward.
Gabe’s son-in-law Rick is in charge of all the property maintenance. Along with his devoted friends Kaitlyn and Marla who do all the work behind the scenes with bookkeeping. His granddaughter, Jenna helps with showings, inquiries, and customer service.
Gabe highlighted his close relationship with many of his employees and said that he has even been named godfather for several of their children. One focal point of his career has been helping to fund the construction of a new Fire & Rescue building in Fairfax. Gabe served on the Colchester Planning Commission for fourteen years. Gabe believes that the knowledge that he gained through his time on the Planning Commission helped to inform his abilities to design a property that will work well within the community.
Our mission as a business is to provide quality accommodations that are reasonably priced for the area. Our hope is that most of our tenants will have the ability to purchase their own piece of property by having reasonably priced rent.
All our new construction is five star energy efficient. Most of our rental properties include heat and electricity. We firmly believe in taking good care of our tenants that provide steady income to owners.
“I love what I’m doing,” said Gabe, who’s 69 and has the thick, wrinkled hands of a man accustomed to hard labor. “The wheeling and dealing, the buying, being out there with contractors. I love it!”
— Gabriel Handy