Commercial Property Management for Shopping Centers,
Office and Industrial Buildings
408-371-8770

Company History


Stephen J. Coates and N. Gary Sowards formed Coates & Sowards, Inc. in 1977 to specialize in fee management. Prior to this time, both individuals had been Regional Property Managers for a large West Coast full-service real estate firm. They believed that there was a need for a smaller, aggressive real estate company to provide personalized management service. Steve and Gary are both active in the company, each managing a portfolio of several properties.

During the past 30 years, Coates & Sowards, Inc. has managed over 5,000,000 square feet of shopping centers, industrial buildings, and office buildings, providing quality management services to businesses and individuals throughout Northern California.

Coates & Sowards, Inc. was conceived during the growth boom in Silicon Valley. We have since extended our reach by recently opening an office in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is currently experiencing a similar population surge of its own.

The prime concentration of activity at Coates & Sowards, Inc. is shopping centers, followed by industrial buildings and suburban office buildings. Although the focus is on property management, we are a full-service real estate firm which allows us to handle leasing and other real estate services for our clients.

Coates & Sowards, Inc. works closely with owners who appreciate a long-term commitment and wish to establish a business relationship with the firm’s principals. Because of the extensive, full-time property management experience at Coates & Sowards, Inc., we have been selected, on many occasions, to be expert witnesses and/or Court Appointed