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Built on a foundation of integrity and committed to building strong communities around the highest quality developments.

Proud of its Wisconsin legacy, Hovde Properties seeks to be the leading residential and commercial real estate developer, owner, and manager
in its class. We are committed to building strong communities around the highest quality developments throughout the state.

Our attentive and professional customer service will parallel the level of quality found in our buildings’ finishes. The growth of our portfolio will continue as the right opportunities arise to offer high quality

The Early Years 2
1835 - 1929
The Early Years
When John G. Ogden first moved to Milwaukee in 1835, he determined that Milwaukee had a promising future. He founded a carriage company on a parcel of land that is now occupied by the Wisconsin Hotel, and purchased land that is now Ogden Avenue. He was the co-founder of the First Presbyterian Church, now known as Immanuel Presbyterian Church. His son, Henry Ogden was actively involved in the G.W. Ogden Carriage Company. Henry and his wife had two children, Alice and Elliott.
1835 - 1929
1835
John G. Ogden moves to Milwaukee.
1835
1849
G.W. Ogden Carriage House is founded.
1849
The Depression Years
1929-1939
The Depression Years
On October 29, 1929, Elliott Ogden & Guido Scheffer founded the Ogden- Scheffer Company. The Company began with residential sales and leasing. The first office was located at 110 E. Wisconsin Avenue. Elliott Ogden took over the business and expanded it to include real estate management, commercial sales and leasing, and mortgage procurement and servicing. By the late 1930’s, Ogden & Company, Inc. became the first full service real estate company in Milwaukee.
1929-1939
1929
Founding of Ogden- Scheffer Company, the same day as the stock market crash, October 29, 1929.
1929
1932
Expansion of Company with new divisions.
1932
1936
Ogden & Scheffer split, the Company becomes known as Ogden & Company, Inc.
1936
1939
John Ogden Sr. graduates from Cornell University
1939
The War Years
1939 - 1949
The War Years
In 1939, Elliott Ogden developed 1609 North Prospect Avenue. The building was designed by Russell Bar Williamson, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. Ogden expanded the business to include mortgage servicing with companies such as Northwestern Mutual Life. In 1941, John Ogden Sr. enlisted in the US Army Air Force, and remained on active duty until 1946. Grange Meadows became the first subdivision Ogden developed, and was one of the first subdivisions developed in Hales Corners.
1939 - 1949
1940
1609 N. Prospect completed and occupied
1940
1946
John Ogden Sr. joins the Company
1946
On The Move
1949 - 1959
On the Move
In 1949, the Company moved to the Railway Exchange Building, located at 229 East Wisconsin Avenue. Mortgage Servicing continued to be an important aspect of the business, with clients such as MONY and Aetna. As the business grew, the Company moved again to 1234 North Prospect Avenue. During this period, Ogden owned and managed the Wisconsin Hotel. The Ogdens remained active in the church, laying the cornerstone of the Waverly House in 1958, the same year that John Ogden Sr. became President of the company.
1949 - 1959
Decade of Change
1959 - 1969
Decade of Change
In the 1960’s Ogden went through a number of changes. The first residential branch office was opened in the North Shore, on the corner of Port Washington and Brown Deer Roads, where it remains today. ⌦The Company became involved in the development of various projects, including Regency House, Summit House, and Lodgewood. Company founder, Elliott Ogden passed away in 1965 due to a brain aneurysm, and in 1969, John Ogden Sr. was elected Realtor of the Year.
1959 - 1969
1967
Ogden opens the first residential branch office in the North Shore.
1967
1968
Ogden developed the Regency House, which started as a rental
1968
Recognition and Expansion
1969 - 1979
Recognition and Expansion
John Ogden, Sr. received several honors during this decade. They included the Manager of the Year in 1969, President of the twenty four hundred- member Milwaukee Board of Realtors in 1970, and Realtor and Property Manager of the Year in 1974. The Company developed the Forum building, and the Badger Savings and Loan building. A residential branch of the company was opened in Cedarburg, and in 1979, John Ogden, Jr. joined the sales staff. His joining the team made Ogden a third generation company.
1969 - 1979
1979
Ogden Investments Created
1979
1974
John Ogden, Sr. Awarded Realtor & Property Manager of the Year.
1974
1975
Opened residential branch in Cedarburg.
1975
The Third Generation
1979 - 1989
The Third Generation
River House Condominiums were developed along the Milwaukee River, which marked the first residential project on the river to include private boat slips. During the late 80’s, the three Ogden brothers, John Jr., Peter, and Christopher were all working with the Company. The office moved to 1550 North Prospect Avenue, and in 1988, Ogden Acquisition Group and Ogden Development Group were created. In 1986 CraftMaster Contractors became the maintenance subsidiary of the Company and another residential sales office opened in Elm Grove.
1979 - 1989
1979
John Ogden, Jr. joins the Company
1979
1982
Peter Ogden joined the Company.
1982
1984
River House Condominiums developed
1984
1986
Acquired Oak tree services, later renamed CraftMaster Contractors.
1986
1988
Ogden Development Group created
1988
New Developments
1989 - 1999
New Developments
In 1993, Ogden & Company, Inc. purchased Higgs Management Company and acquired the management of Bay View Terrace. Hotel Metro was developed and remains to be a premier downtown Hotel. Ogden began managing other Milwaukee area buildings, including the Iron Block Building. Ogden started developing West Village Apartments on Milwaukee’s west side. In 1992, Peter Ogden was appointed President of the Company.
1989 - 1999
1993
Developed West Village Apartments.
1993
Future Focused
1999 - 2009
Future Focused
Ogden & Company, Inc. opened a new office in Scottsdale Arizona, and later moved the office to Mesa. Ogden Residential moved their business to Wauwatosa. The Ogden family of businesses grew with the addition of Ogden Construction Group, LLC., Craftmaster Painting, and Waterhouse Law Offices. Work on White Coach Village, and Mill Reserve continue, and Craftmaster Contractors enhanced their menu of services. The Property Management Division added a maintenance group and moved into the Madison market. Our future focuses, under the leadership of President, Peter Ogden and a well respected executive team.
1999 - 2009
2002
Named one of the “Top 20 Places to Work” by Milwaukee Magazine.
2002
2003
Opened office in Scottsdale, Arizona.
2003
2004
CraftMaster Contractors broke ground on the first custom built house.
2004
2006
Ogden Arizona starts a Residential Sales Division
2006
The Ground Breaking Years
2009 - 2019
The Ground Breaking Years
Ogden & Company, Inc. made significant additions to its development portfolio including Sutter Creek Apartments in Brookfield, Keystone on Brady Apartments on Historic Brady Street, Nine10 at Land Place Apartments on Milwaukee’s Lower East Side, Element 84 Apartments in West Allis, and The Box Self Storage in Mukwonago. Ogden opened their Fox Valley office, and in 2019 Ogden was named a Top Workplace by the Milwaukee Business Journal for the 9th year. Lori Percival was named President of the Arizona office, “Real Estate without Boundary®” became a registered trademark, the downtown office and RiverWalk renovation was completed, and Hotel Metro was rebranded by(as?) Marriott Autograph Collection. Ogden was recognized by the Book of Lists
2009 - 2019
2010 / 2011
Named one of the “Top 100 Workplaces in SE Wisconsin”
2010 / 2011
2018
Fox Valley office opens
2018
2019
Lori Percival named President of Arizona Division
2019