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The ART OF REAL ESTATE Adrian Webber, Realty Companies

Adrian Webber, Realty Companies


Smart development strengthens communities, bolsters local economies, and helps families thrive. As much as we celebrate our past itโ€™s true that every historical house was once new, every quaint glassblower or blacksmith was once cutting edge.

Growth is the history of America and because it is inevitable, itโ€™s vital that people with a shared love of the region shepherd their communities thoughtfully into their next chapter. An artistic vision is as important to this process as a hammer and nails. 

๐€๐๐ซ๐ข๐š๐ง ๐–๐ž๐›๐›๐ž๐ซ, ๐’๐š๐ฏ๐š๐ง๐ง๐š๐ก ๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ค๐ž๐ญ ๐ƒ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐‘๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ฒ ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ž๐ฌ, has that artistโ€™s vision. After graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2002 with a degree in Graphic Design, Adrian became the fourth generation of her family to join the real estate business. She says, โ€œAs an artist, I bring a creative edge to the market with an out the box approach, whether transforming a space, a tract of land or an old building, it's about bringing life to space that otherwise didnโ€™t exist.โ€

Realty Companies is owned and operated by Adrianโ€™s father, Shawn Leveto, and brother, Alex Leveto. They primarily sell land and commercial buildings, securing land and specializing in off-market opportunities for commercial development in Savannah, Effingham County, and surrounding areas.

โ€œWe are honored to be involved with development transactions that affect people's everyday lives. We admire our communities for their resilience and willingness to embrace the future and we take our role in that very seriously." says Adrian.

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A revitalized downtown Springfield features in that role. โ€œWe are very proud of our new office,โ€ says Adrian, โ€œIt is the perfect space for both loves, real estate and art.โ€

The office is located in The Railyard, a renovated historic building on Laurel Street, downtown Springfield. Owned and operated by Ricky and Ivy Eilerman, the 4,000 square foot building is home to several businesses.

Adrian says, โ€œThe Railyard is full circle for us. We had a vision for building an office space and the completed buildout has complimented the space beautifully by incorporating the historical aspects with innovative design.โ€

They currently have five agents in the office and are seeking to add two more.

Realty Companies shares a common area with the 13 Stars, an in-house event venue, enabling them to collaborate with the First Friday events held on Laurel Street the first Friday of every month, as well as other fun happenings. The office features local artistsโ€™ work, currently photographer Bobby Fitzmayer has his photos on display. 

Because she loves the city and is invested in seeing it grow, Adrian is now a Board Member of the Springfield Downtown Development Authority, which actively pursues economic opportunities for the city.

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โ€œSmart development has the potential to have a profound generational impact on our community,โ€ Adrian said. โ€œCreating communities, ensuring that our children, and our grandchildren, are safely positioned to reap the benefits of todayโ€™s growth is who we are.โ€ Adrian says, โ€œCo-creation is where the magic happens. We bring deals to other agents and welcome working with other brokerage firms. At the end of the day there are always two sides at the closing table."

She says the paradox of the small town is that there is actually room for all.

โ€œWe can all succeed together. Other peopleโ€™s success inspires us. Our office is collectively looking to grow our community by listing properties that will suit both local and national businesses as well as commercial and residential development entities.โ€

It wasnโ€™t long ago that this level of interest in the area was unheard of, and so while it is important to plan carefully, it is equally important to welcome smart growth and overcome the inevitable roadblocks. โ€œDevelopments take time, and there can be frustrating delays,โ€ says Adrian, โ€œbut the rewards will be felt for many years to come.โ€

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Adrian and her family love spending time in downtown Springfield, enjoying the events and the revitalized businesses. โ€œIf we are out, we are either in Springfield or down at our property on Ebenezer Creek,โ€ she says. โ€œItโ€™s an idyllic location for our future family retreat.โ€

She says, โ€œI will always be an artist and although my work today is differently creative it allows me to open up opportunities for others. Facilitating our clientsโ€™ vision and influencing our community is the ultimate act of creativity. I am proud to have a role in producing thriving local economies.โ€