Family. Character. Homes.
Williams Properties has roots dating back to 1902 when Dax Williams’ great-grandparents settled in Washington and
began purchasing investment properties, including the land the Capitol Mall in Olympia sits on today. In 1939
their son purchased the family’s first apartment building in Tacoma with the firm belief that “apartments were
the homes of the future in such a bustling city”. In 2008, Dax and Chaundra Williams succeeded their parents in
management of the company including the Brentwood Apartments, which Rex and Frances Williams purchased in
1972 from Jack and Ethel Williams. They purchased the Brentwood in 1961, making it the longest held property in
the Williams family’s current portfolio. Today, Williams Properties LLC is co-operated by Dax and Chaundra
Williams with their mother, Frances Williams. Dax lives in Tacoma and oversees the Tacoma properties;
Chaundra and Frances live in Spokane and oversee the Spokane properties.
Dax Williams began working summers for the company at the age of fourteen, doing landscaping. On his first day
working with the crew, his father Rex instructed his team that during the work day Dax was to be given no special
treatment—Dax’s challenge was to overcome the “boss's son” stereotype and earn their respect. It wasn’t an easy
task, but by combining the work ethic and know how that came from this process and eventually working his way
through every position in the company, paired with the design flair he acquired as an art major at the
University of Washington (Go Huskies!), Dax has focused much of his attention into emphasizing the character of
the properties and working to make each home unique. Dax still personally selects the
colors, fixtures, flooring, etc. and firmly believes this attention to detail is necessary to distinguish a space from an
apartment to a home.
But there’s definitely more to a home than the physical space. Your home is your sanctuary. It’s where you feel
secure. While most of us would love to drive a classic car, few of us do, at least on a regular basis, given they
require a lot of upkeep. Vintage buildings are no different (the majority of the Williams family properties were
built between 1889 and 1922). Where the Williams family strives to set themselves apart is by being incredibly
hands on owners. They don’t use outside management firms and likewise won’t manage anyone else’s properties, so
they can focus their attention exclusively on their own properties. If anything goes wrong in your apartment,
you’re communicating directly with the long-term owners of the building, not the newest management company the owner hired.
Please feel free to reach out anytime at Dax@WilliamsProperties.com.
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