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  • Excellence in quality and attention to  detail
  • Communication with  our customers
  • Unique  styles and craftsmanship
  • Limited number of custom homes overseen each step of the way personally
  • A positive attitude and friendly staff


  Gerald Lamar has worked in the construction or real estate business for over 35 years.  Born in Oklahoma City in the early 50's, Gerald grew up in that community which cherishes strong family values.  He attended Oklahoma State University on a football scholarship. 
    While in college, he experienced his first construction job working as a carpenter for one of the areas construction companies.  After graduating in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications, he found employment as an announcer with  a couple of radio stations in Aspen, Co., before opening his own graphic design company.  His eye for design and his hands-on background in construction next led him to San Francisco in the late 1970's.
   Gerald worked enthusiastically in the "City by the Bay" to establish Reliable Remodeling.  There, he specialized in Victorian home renovations.  While the West Coast real estate market was lucrative, the central Texas market was really beginning to take off.  Gerald and his wife, Vicki moved to Austin to be near her family. 
    During the first few years in Austin, Gerald began buying, renovating and selling properties in the Central Business district.  He and his wife both obtained their real estate licenses .  He went to work for a local volume builder, where he learned the new-home construction business from the ground up.  When the market slacked off in the mid-80's, he focused on commercial real estate brokerage.  About 25 years ago, they ventured into residential construction and found his niche in the market. 
     With his wife Vicki, by his side, Gerald Lamar started in the 80's developing neighborhoods of multi-family upscale communities.  Prominent during this time was a 13-unit Mediterranean townhome development, Woodlawn West; 1 22-unit development, Shoal Crest Townhomes,in central Austin; and a gated community of 13 single-family homes in Zilker Skyline.  These and other development during this period were received so enthusiastically by buyers that they sold out quickly. 
    In the 90's they started acquiring "in-fill" lots in the city to build spec homes.  These were empty lots where established neighborhoods had grown up around them. He has completed over 150 homes in the inner city neighborhoods of Rosedale, Hyde Park, Enfield, Clarksville, Tarrytown, Rollingwood, West Lake Hills, Las Lomas, Treemont, Lost Creek, Courtyard, Lake Austin, Travis Heights, Lakewood, Great Hills and Brykerwoods. The 2000's have been a mix of custom and speculative homes.
    Most of Lamar's homes are designed in Hill Country or soft contemporary styles.  The use of two story open space makes common living areas, even baths, more dramatics, and this is a hallmark of his homes. 
    Extensive use of both natural materials, such as granite countertops, and premium man-made materials, such as Corian solid surface countertops, distinguishes a Lamar home.  Other materials, such as mesquite wood flooring, open rafters, stripped bark posts and railings, iron work, and stone, have been used in various Lamar Designs to bring the outdoors inside. 
   Over 130 subs and suppliers contribute their time and effort and are considered a part of the Lamar Homes team.  The company annual  barbecues is a tribute to the working relationship with staff and subs.  This attitude toward his subs has resulted in a high degree of loyalty and esprit de corps. 
  Lamar's small efficient staff is extremely accessible to the buyer.  He keeps his volume low, at a level that is easily manageable. This personal attention assures a high degree of quality control and scheduling to make the construction process as smooth as possible. 
   Gerald Lamar and his wife, Vicki, who holds a real estate brokers license and a Bachelors Degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin are committed to Austin and building excellence.
    Lamar, an avid golfer, participates in about 10 charity tournaments each year.  In addition, they are members of the Home Builders' Association of Austin, The Green Builder Program, Keep Austin Beautiful program, and the Austin Board of Realtors.

    Gerald  Lamar has built his reputation as a premier, high quality home builder in the Austin area. You can expect dramatic homes, designed in the Hill Country or soft contemporary styles, situated on handpicked lots chosen for their location with an accent on views.  Custom design your own home or choose from one of our many plans.



302 Inwood Rd  (512) 748-5288
 Email: LamarHomes@gmail.com