Jesse's Story:

Jesse Lunsford knows commercial Real Estate (CRE) in Austin, Texas.  His achievement of high return, safety, and strong cash flow in Austin CRE would delight the most demanding of investors.  He is excited to now share his mastery of property development through Rainey Ventures.

Over the past 23 years, Jesse has done the hard work of CRE brokerage.  He has learned at the grassroots level what is most needed in the marketplace.  He has brokered transformative transactions for his clients.  He has invested in income producing properties that have outperformed.  He has become the transformative force behind the emergence of the Rainey Street District in downtown Austin.  And he has enjoyed it tremendously all the way through. 

Jesse’s biggest and to-date most challenging project in commercial property development was saving and moving a small home built in Downtown Austin in 1889 from its original site to an industrial yard in deep East Austin.  The destination site, what is now Lustre Pearl East, represents everything he is about:  Creative reuse of existing property, establishing and curating districts, bringing great value to the operators, generating strong financial returns on irreplaceable assets for investors, and enhancing the community.  

The next phase of his story is sharing his expertise with investors in commercial property through Rainey Ventures. 


Past + Present Involvement:

  • Rainey Business Coalition, Co-Founder and Board Member 
  • Urban Land Institute, Member
  • Downtown Austin Alliance, Member
  • Central Texas Commercial Association of Realtors, Member
  • Westwood HS, Austin (Yes, I am from here)
  • George Washington University, WDC, BA Finance
  • Thunderbird School of Global Management, MBA Finance