Over 100 Years of Management Excellence

Devlin's Pointe 2014Hickory Hills 2014

Deerfield Management Continues the Tradition of JA West Companies

Four generations later, James A. West, Jr. continues the real estate tradition by building on a great foundation started by his great-grandfather. Deerfield Management Group currently owns and exclusively manages two upscale apartment and townhome communities in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Devlin's Pointe, in Hampton Township, is a 352-unit community consisting of a mix of one- two- and three-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom townhomes. Hickory Hills, in Wexford, PA is a 560-unit community consisting of a mix of one- two- and three-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom townhomes surrounded by woods and natural beauty. Both complexes are shining examples of resident-focused communities. Like generations before him, Jim is passionate about his companies and keeps an eye toward the future.


Development and Home Building Continues

Deerfield acted as Developer and Home Builder on the following communities:

Forest Heights Apartments - 80 Units
Butler, Butler Cty.
Alder Street Apartments - 15 Units
Pittsburgh, Allegheny Cty.
Fox Meadow Farms - 4 Lots
O'Hara, Allegheny Cty.

Deerfield acted as Developer on the following communities:

Cambridge Point - 62 Lots
Unity, Westmoreland Cty.
Lots sold to Ryan Homes
Franklin Run - 34 Lots
Franklin Park, Allegheny Cty.
Lots sold to Heartland Homes
Cooper Run - 19 Lots
McCandless, Allegheny Cty.
Lots sold to Ryan Homes
Myoma Woods - 54 Lots
Adams, Bulter Cty
Lots sold to Heartland Homes / NVR

Townhouses Along the Allegheny

Jim, Jr. was the developer and home builder of a 21-unit multi-family townhouse development along the Allegheny River in Blawnox, called The Cove at St. Charles. Developed on a former scrap yard, it was one of the first riverside development projects in the area.


The Farmhouse Revisited

This stunningly beautiful project in rural Butler County was designed and built by Jim West, Jr. The Federal Farmhouse and land features a spectacular view of a private five-acre lake. This Farmhouse project received Professional Builder Magazine's "Best in American Living Award" and was highlighted in the magazine in January 1997.


Commercial Projects

Jim West, Jr. continued his heritage by providing turnkey build services to Bell Federal International Credit Union for their new branch along Siebert Road in Ross Township. The name of this credit union would later change to OMEGA Federal Credit Union.


Hilltop Estates featured in BAMP Parade of Homes

Hilltop Estates, a Murrysville, Westmoreland County project developed by Jim West Jr., was chosen to be featured in the Parade of Homes, an annual event sponsored by The Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh [BAMP]. These events were tremendously popular, generated foot traffic for new developments, and anyone involved received notoriety. Developers from all over the area competed for a chance to have their projects featured. The 1991 Parade of Homes became the largest and most successful Parade of Homes in Western PA's history.


The Inc. 500

Deerfield Construction was named in the Top 500 of America's Fastest Growing Private Companies by Inc. magazine.


Life Above the River

C. Arthur West, III and Jim, Jr. partner to construct multi-family townhomes for sale in Aspinwall, PA. These townhomes filled a niche market at the time, including state-of-the-art sunken family rooms and boasting vaulted ceilings. The planned community would be known as River Oaks II.


Farmland Becomes Future Home for Development

With the suburban sprawl of Pittsburgh growing north, the Wests decided to re-enter the apartment building industry and acquired farmland in McCandless Township. This land would be the future home of Hickory Hills Apartments and Townhomes. Jim West, Jr. carried on the development tradition with this design-build. Because of the size of the complex, construction was completed in phases over the next decade. Built on a beautiful piece of land, some of the townhomes were sold, however, most of this property remains in the family today and is managed by Deerfield Management Group.


A Focus On Housing

In 1955, James A. West, Sr. carried on the construction tradition of the family business by building single and multi-family homes, and began employing veterans returning to the area from their service in WWI and Korea. Pittsburgh held great opportunities for these veterans and over the next three decades, the company served as developer and home-builder for several communities in Allegheny, Beaver and Westmoreland counties.


Like Generations Before

The Roaring Twenties were a thriving time for the construction industry in Western PA. People were flocking to the area because of the abundant job opportunities. JA West Builder employed more than 100 people. In this photo, suits and ties were the norm at the 2nd Annual Employee Banquet of JA West Builder. The company expanded to include rental units, in addition to home building and remodeling. At this time, JA West Builder had about 2,000 units and many more were in construction. The outlook was prosperous for Jim and his two sons, Franklin West and Chester Arthur West, who now ran the business with him. Sadly, the boom would be short-lived. The majority of the units were lost during the Great Depression of the early 1930's.


The Proud Tradition Begins

The entrepreneurial spirit of the West family began when James A. West became the owner of a hardware store in Western PA. Eventually he expanded his horizons and began building and remodeling homes. He operated under the name JA West Builder.