Building A Heritage of Building Homes and Communities

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Building isn’t one of those professions you just choose. It starts with a passion for creating something important, something lasting. Sometimes, that passion carries on to the next generation, and maybe the next. It’s hard to tell what one generation will want for their own future. Charles Simms Development is one of those companies that has established a legacy of builders. They’ve been building a heritage of building homes and communities that spans three generations.

Alexander Simms launched what would become a building legacy in the early 20th century, not long after the Wright Brothers practiced flying at Simms Station, the Simms family farm in the Dayton area. He built homes north and east of the city, with each one strengthening his motto, “Quality Comes First”. Even when Alexander went off to serve his country as a fighter pilot in World War II, his wife, Dorothy Simms, kept the business running.

Charles V. Simms founded the company that carried his name in 1957, another generation of builders with a vision. Charles V. Simms Development pioneered the building of condominiums and townhomes, while still following the tradition of single-family homes. His son, Charles H. Simms, joined the business in 1983, and they focused on creating a unique lifestyle with multi-family residences. In 1995, the company was awarded the National Multi-Family Builder of the Year Award.

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The following year, Charles H. Simms bought the company from his father. He remains committed to the “Quality Comes First” tradition. He earned the 2009 McDaniels Zengel Lifetime Achievement Award, given for outstanding service to the homebuilding industry and the community. Under his leadership, Charles Simms Development also received the Builder Member of the Year Award in 2004 and 2013 from the Home Builders Association of Dayton and the Miami Valley, and the 2010 Industry Pioneer Award.

Over the past three decades since Charles H. Simms assumed the leadership, the company has built more than 1,500 homes. Currently, four communities by Charles Simms Development offer a range of opportunities: Cottages of Beavercreek in Beavercreek, Parkside Row in Springboro, Monument Walk in Dayton, and Savannah Place in Centerville. The 14 luxury townhomes of City View have sold out—a reflection of the Simms experience and vision that combine to build homes the way people want to live. The tradition of excellence continues. When you’re ready to choose a lifestyle that fits your present and future, choose a name that has lasting value: Simms.


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