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Northland Residential: Building Legacies. Preserving landscapes.

Five decades ago, Northland Residential Corporation was founded on the philosophy that excellence begins from the ground up.

We believed in the preservation and enhancement of the natural landscape we developed.

We worked closely with landowners, conservation groups, municipalities and state environmental agencies to create, maintain and protect open space and conservation land.

We were leaders in environmental and energy efficient designs even before we were awarded the first LEED certification in Massachusetts for The Villages at Brookside in Bourne, MA.

And we consistently exceeded expectations with our attention to detail and a keen eye for breathtaking vistas.

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Today, our founding principles continue to guide us. And the things that made us unique, now make us exceptional. 

Northland Residential Corporation is one of New England’s foremost developers of extraordinary real estate properties. Our portfolio ranges from dramatic multi-acre homesites to luxurious townhome communities found in many of New England’s most desirable neighborhoods.

“The hallmark of Northland’s business success has been its strength and stability, regardless of the economic climate. Perhaps the best evidence of this is that it not only locates and develops prime development sites on its own, but is also sought out by other developers, institutional lenders, and marketing consultants in order to rescue troubled projects.”

— V. Douglas Errico, Marcus, Errico, Emmer & Brooks, P.C.

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True artists & visionaries

It takes a keen eye for detail and stewardship of the land to develop New England’s most extraordinary properties. Our leadership team is nothing short of outstanding.

John C. Dawley
President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Dawley has been associated with Northland since 1985. As a principal of Northland Residential Corporation, he was named CEO in 2010. He holds a Master of Science degree in Real Estate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

His experience in residential construction and project management has been celebrated throughout his tenure with Northland. Due to his vision, forecasting abilities and permitting acumen, the firm has consistently identified and transformed select acquisitions into award-winning neighborhoods.

Richard A. Thomas
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer

Mr. Thomas has been associated with Northland since 1986. He began his tenure as an outside auditor, joined the company in 1997, and became a principal in 1999. He holds a Master of Science degree in Taxation, is a Certified Public Accountant, and has over 37 years of experience in the real estate industry.

As Chief Financial Officer of Northland, he is responsible for securing debt and equity for Northland’s residential developments along with all accounting matters, financial reporting, tax compliance, and human resources.

Peter D. Crabtree
Senior Vice President, Director of Acquisitions & Development

Mr. Crabtree has more than 35 years of experience in the real estate industry with a wide range of accomplishments. His deep interest in the field led him to MIT, where he attained his Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development. Since joining Northland in 2001, Peter’s responsibilities include identifying acquisition opportunities, site & architectural design, financial & market analysis, due diligence, permitting, development & project management, and fee-for-service consulting activities. Each of the condominium communities that have been developed under Peter’s role as Project Executive have received acclaim by his peers in the industry for their outstanding site planning & architectural design.

Elaine F. Leonard
Senior Vice President, Director of Sales and Marketing

Recognized for her accomplished track record in high-end residential sales and marketing, Ms. Leonard joined Northland in 2006. Her background includes a professional association with American Real Estate Partners and founding a successful entrepreneurial venture, a marketing firm servicing the needs of large-scale residential developers. She also holds an MBA from Simmons College Graduate School of Management

As Senior V.P. of Sales and Marketing at Northland, she is responsible for orchestrating all of Northland’s sales operations and marketing programs.

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A cornerstone of our success

Our distinguished Board of Directors has shaped the growth of our firm. Their collective business acumen, depth of experience, and fundamental integrity serve to further solidify our legacy as one of New England’s foremost developers of exceptional residential real estate.

John C. Dawley
Chairman of the Board
President and Chief Executive Officer
Northland Residential Corporation
Concord, Massachusetts

Richard A. Thomas
Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
Northland Residential Corporation
Concord, Massachusetts

Peter A. Bailey
International Director
Jones Lang LaSalle
Boston, Massachusetts
and former Chief Financing Officer
Spaulding & Slye Colliers

Patrick Callahan
Callahan Construction
Bridgewater, Massachusetts

James P. Kelleher
Chief Investment Officer
New Boston Fund
Boston, Massachusetts


”Northland has approached all of their projects with a professional attitude. Through the years, with the extremes that our industry endures, Northland keeps its focus on creating quality housing in a gentlemanly manner. The principals have brought together a very talented and dedicated team to lead in-house development, construction and sales functions. This integrated approach allows Northland to be a builder that can act quickly when an opportunity warrants, respond to customer input during construction and stay flexible during challenging economic times.“

— James A. Velleco, AIA, Grazado Velleco Architects

“The Northland name has been known as a responsible developer of New England properties for over a quarter century. In addition to providing construction financing, we have also provided mortgage loans for their buyers. This experience has given us the opportunity to hear first-hand the admiration of their customers for not only the quality of the end product but also for the respectful nature of the customer relationship.”

— R. Bruce Hammatt, Jr., Cape Cod 5 Cents Savings Bank

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Commitment to Excellence

Northland Residential Corporation is proud to belong and participate in the following associations:

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)

The Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB)

Home Builders Association of Massachusetts (HBAM)

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

National Sales and Marketing Council (NSMC)

US Green Building Council (USGBC)


Serving our community. Honing our craft.

Building an award-winning team takes dedication, experience, and a commitment to excellence. We’re proud to say our team has achieved various designations through NAHB, including Certified Sales Professional, Certified New Homes Marketing Professional, and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist.

We’re also giving back to our community and industry through our service. President and Chief Operating Officer John C. Dawley has served as President of the Builder’s Association of Greater Boston. He is also a member of the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Board of Directors, Friends of Leo J Martin Nordic Ski program, Holderness School Alumni Association, Treasurer and Vestry Member of the Church of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.

Many of our new homeowners downsizing from larger family homes into condominiums find that they have furniture and other household items they no longer need. We partner with the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless to donate these items to people transitioning out of homelessness. MCH will arrange to pick up the items from our buyers' departure homes, allowing for an easy process, and one that benefits all involved.


Best in the industry

Collaborating. Connecting. Committed to excellence.

 No man is an island and no company is without its trusted partners and institutions. Northland collaborates with some of the best in the industry to bring the Northland Difference to each of our properties. Our list of distinguished partner organizations includes:

Accounting & Financial Institutions

Davies & Monahan PC
Boston Private Bank & Trust
Cape Cod Five Cents Saving Bank
Eastern Bank
Middlesex Savings Bank

Architectural, Design & Engineering Firms

BSB Design
CBT Architects
CHA Engineers
Grazado Velleco Architects
Jan Gleysteen Architects
Union Studio
Metro West Engineering
Merrill Engineers
National Engineering
Ryan Associates
Vanasse & Associates, Inc.

Strategic Trade Partners

Kohler Co.
Harvey Industries
National Lumber
Eastern States Insurance Agency
W.T. Phelan Insurance Agency
Design East
Morr Interiors

Legal Counsel

Corcoran & Associates PC
David Himmelberger, Esq.
Dunning, Kirrane, McNichols + Garner, LLP
Goulston & Storrs
Hemenway & Barnes
Holland & Knight
Marcus, Errico, Emmer & Brooks, PC
Mirrione Law Group
Moriarty, Troyer, & Malloy
Nutter McLennon & Fish
Sherin and Lodgen LLP

Real Estate Brokerage, Appraisal, and Advisory Firms

Avery and Associates
D-W Investments
Hartel Appraisal Associates
Leggat McCall Properties
Marshall Properties
McCall & Almy
Callahan Construction
New Boston Fund
National Development
Streamline Communities

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Five decades of accolades.


Recognition for our philosophy is the greatest compliment we can receive. Northland Residential Corporation is proud to be the recipient of some of the industry's most prestigious awards.
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