Established in 2003 by experienced homebuilder John Martin and longtime affordable housing advocate Bruce Shimizu, The Housing Company's primary objective is to build housing opportunities for working families through innovative design and efficient management & construction practices.

We are also driven by our commitment to the environment. As such, we build our developments around the principles of sustainability, New Urbanism and Smart Growth. We embrace green building products and practices and value the preservation of agricultural land by focusing on developing underutilized in-fill parcels within city limits. This means that our communities are not only walkable and compact, but also built in a manner that helps protect our natural resources.

We know that bigger is not always better, and we believe that a house is more than its square footage and number of bedrooms and bathrooms. Our homes are modestly sized to encourage family interaction, yet they contain the amenities and efficient design necessary for modern living.




John W. Martin


John W. Martin is a licensed General Contractor, General Engineering Contractor and founder of Homestead Builders, Inc. For more than 25 years, he has developed residential and commercial projects throughout California. Martin has served as President of Waterford Construction and as Vice President of Construction for Christopherson Homes and Morrison Homes. He has been responsible for construction of more than 5,000 homes throughout California, with over 600 in Sonoma County. He holds a BS degree in engineering technology from California State University, Sacramento.

Professional Affiliations:
American Society of Civil Engineers, Member
International Conference of Building Officials, Member
Home Builders Association, Past Director

Contact Email: John@TheHousingCompany.net



Bruce K. Shimizu


Bruce K. Shimizu has over 20 years of experience in environmental design and residential housing He has developed hundreds of homes and apartment units in Sonoma County through The Housing Company and while associated with Burbank Housing Development Corporation and Ecumenical Association for Housing. Shimizu is an experienced site planner, and has practiced landscape architecture with Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey in Mill Valley and Site & Environmental Design in San Luis Obispo. He holds a BS degree in Landscape Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is also a master's candidate in Architecture and Real Estate Development through the University.

Professional Affiliations:
American Society of Landscape Architects, Member (ASLA National Honor
Award, 1986) Sonoma County Housing Coalition, Member
Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, Member
North Coast Builders Exchange, Associate Member

Contact Email: Bruce@TheHousingCompany.net