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Company History

Management | History | Qualifications


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 services.

Since 1977 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.

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 that allows us to handle leasing, sales and acquisition, 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 receivers.

California Commercial Property Management

Our owners are in various states and countries, but their properties that we manage are generally in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout California.

  • San Jose
  • San Francisco
  • Palo Alto
  • Mountain View
  • Redwood City
  • Santa Cruz
  • Monterey
  • Salinas
  • Gilroy
  • Sacramento
  • Fortuna
  • Fremont
  • Milpitas
  • San Mateo
  • Oakland
  • Walnut Creek
  • Vallejo
  • Livermore
  • Bakersfield
  • Fresno
  • Clearlake
  • Napa
  • Antioch

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As licensed real estate agents/brokers, we personally manage your commercial properties and provide additional services ranging from leasing, sales, and consulting.

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