Blake Communities, founded in 2003, is one of the largest residential land development firms in the country.  Backed by a $12B hedge fund and Blake Investment Partners, the company has built hundreds of communities for sophisticated homebuilders.


Blake Communities prides itself on being capable of creating value for land sellers, vendors, and homebuilders through financial transparency, thoughtful decision-making and a focus on the alignment of interests of all parties involved.


We look forward to working with you.



Blake Whitney Thompson


Rick Stevens

Mr. Stevens recently joined Blake Communities as President.  In this role, Stevens will oversee all existing communities and develop new opportunities through his extensive connections throughout the US.

Prior to joining Blake Communities, Stevens served as the Vice President of Operations and General Manager for the Tampa Division of Newland Communities, a national master plan real estate developer. At Newland, Stevens managed the operations for 3 out of 4 master plan communities in the Tampa division totaling over 4,000 lots, 1,000 multifamily units and 400,000 square feet of commercial real estate.  Stevens handled the master planning, amenity creation, and negotiated with multiple builders for the disposition of finished lots and entitled land.

Prior to Newland, Stevens worked as the National Vice President of Land for both private and public builders, negotiating over five hundred million dollars in land purchases and development operations.  Stevens holds a B.S. from Southern Connecticut State University and a Juris Doctor from Quinnipiac University School of Law.

Brent Shearer

Mr. Shearer is tasked with overseeing all approved residential investments and the teams associated with them. He also serves as a member of the Blake Investment Partners Investment Committee and is a Director at Heatherland Homes.


Shearer has successfully led an internal five-year campaign to make BLAKE the most organizationally efficient, technologically-advanced and financially sound developers in the space.  While his focus has been operationally focused, Shearer has doubled the number of homebuilders that call BLAKE their developer and created an off balance sheet financial tool available to all of the company’s builders.


Prior to joining the BLAKE family, Brent worked at Situs Holdings, a third party underwriting and due diligence firm. In his role with Situs, he was involved in over 100 commercial real estate transactions, totaling over $3.0 Billion closed transactions with CMBS lenders including UBS, Rialto, Bank of America, and Cantor Fitzgerald.  Shearer holds a B.A. in Real Estate from the University of Georgia and an M.S in Real Estate from Georgia State University.




Blake Communities focuses on high growth markets with limited new condominium supply as the cornerstone for its condominium developments. With over 30 years of combined real estate experience, the executive team possesses the tools and the expertise to efficiently manage condominium projects and maximize investor returns.


Rental Development


Blake Communities is a developer of multifamily rental assets across the Southeastern United States. By focusing on markets with strong in-migration and controlling for costs, Blake Communities creates tangible real assets and real cash flow for its capital partners.



Land Development


Since its inception, Blake Communities has bought and developed over 100 residential neighborhoods and has closed on over 4,000 lots.  Blake Communities focuses on leveraging its long standing relationships with land sellers, developers, and homebuilders to source off-market acquisition and development (“A&D”) opportunities.


The Blake Tower


The City of St. Petersburg is booming. The City is one of Florida’s best success stories with great pedestrian connectivity, public access to the waterfront, large parks, many new employers and a dense population. St. Petersburg combines the amenities and variety that any top tier city offers, while providing a small-town neighborhood feel in an affordable setting.


The City of St. Petersburg continues to develop as one of the brightest spots in the Southeast, not only as a business location, but as a home for a talented workforce. With median incomes rising and an influx of new residents from within the United States and from Latin America and Asia, demand for residential real estate is expected to continue to rise in the coming years.




Our Footprint


With operations in the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, Virginia, and Alabama, Blake Communities is one of the largest, non-master plan residential land developers in the country. Blake Communities has technical knowledge of building neighborhoods and experience with challenging terrain, soil conditions, and special political environments. The company has owned or constructed tens of thousands of lots.


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St. Petersburg, FL 33734

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St. Petersburg, FL 33734