Jesse Lunsford knows commercial Real Estate (CRE) in Austin, Texas.  His achievement of high return, safety, and strong cash flow in Austin CRE would delight the most demanding of investors. He is excited to now share his mastery of property development through Rainey Ventures.

Over the past 25 years, Jesse has done the hard work of CRE brokerage. He has learned at the grassroots level what is most needed in the marketplace. He has brokered transformative transactions for his clients. He has invested in income producing properties that have outperformed. He has become the transformative force behind the emergence of the Rainey Street District in downtown Austin. And he has enjoyed it tremendously all the way through. 

Jesse’s biggest and to-date most challenging project in commercial property development was saving and moving a small home built in Downtown Austin in 1889 from its original site to an industrial yard in deep East Austin. The destination site, what is now Lustre Pearl East, represents everything he is about: creative reuse of existing property, establishing and curating districts, bringing great value to the operators, generating strong financial returns on irreplaceable assets for investors, and enhancing the community.  

The next phase of his story is sharing his expertise with investors in commercial property through Rainey Ventures.

  • Rainey Business Coalition, Co-Founder and Board Member 

  • Urban Land Institute, Member

  • Downtown Austin Alliance, Member

  • Central Texas Commercial Association of Realtors, Member

  • Westwood HS, Austin (Yes, I am from here)

  • George Washington University, WDC, BA Finance

  • Thunderbird School of Global Management, MBA Finance




In 1998, Fred graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Environmental Design and immediately began working for TeamHaas Architects. There, he had the opportunity to work on four award winning projects and one Austin Energy Green Building project.


In 2003, he joined Noack-Little Architects. At NLA he worked with many non-profits such as Goodwill, People Fund, and Travis Association for the Blind.


In 2007, he joined Bercy Chen Studio. As the lead architect and construction manager at a design build firm, he was able to further expand his skill set. In addition to growing as an architect, he became well versed in estimation, bidding, construction scheduling, material orders, and construction crew management and safety. Being responsible for the design and construction has given him a unique ability to weigh all of the consequences of any design decision.


Fred has been lead architect and owner of Hubnik Architecture since 2010. Through the 10+ years of experience he came to specialize in large scale renovations, institutional facilities, industrial facilities, retail, and corporate interiors. 


Fred has been the architect for many of Rainey Ventures' projects and has designed and is overseeing our latest South Austin project, Hey Burl



Norah, a graduate of San Diego State University, worked in healthcare administration for nearly thirty years prior to joining Rainey Ventures in 2015. She is currently responsible for all property management, marketing, bookkeeping, contracts, website design, insurance coordination, and office management for the firm and assists in the commercial real estate construction, development, and design process. 

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