For Caroline Keelty Casey, the success of Keelty Homes can be summed up in three words: Strength, stability and longevity.
Her great-grandfather James Keelty, an immigrant from Ireland, started the company in 1904. A stonemason, he began by building homes on Calvert Street and at the site of the former Orioles stadium.
Today, the Stevenson-based company is involved in all phases of real estate: residential development, commercial real estate, property management, land development and special asset management.
For all of its expansion, Keelty is still very much a family affair. Caroline Keelty Casey is a vice president, but her father, uncle and cousin also work for Keelty Homes.
The roster of Keelty’s new home communities includes Rodgers Forge, begun in the 1930s and one of Baltimore County’s first suburban townhouse home communities, and Mays Chapel Village in Lutherville.
Last year, the company settled 60 new homes, Caroline Keelty said, and it is currently building a new, 300-plus-unit apartment community in Perry Hall.
Keelty also owns and manages a number of real estate assets, including apartment communities, office buildings and shopping centers.
Being contemporary and keeping up with homeowners rising expectations is an “operational imperative” at the company, Caroline Keelty said. That means offering amenities such as parks, walking paths, grilling stations and clubhouses.
Environmentally responsible development is also a priority, she said. Keelty’s Cider Mill, in Ellicott City, was one of the first communities in the country to be certified as green by the National Association of Home Builders.