What we do

  • Convert old buildings into exciting places to live and work
  • Develop residential communities
  • Manage income producing properties

Who we are

Alex de Parry founded Ann Arbor Builders, Inc. in 1971 just after graduating from University of Michigan.

The company has since served as the umbrella under which its operating entities have developed many subdivisions, built hundreds of single and multi-family homes, completed numerous residential and commerical remodeling projects, and owned, restored and managed many residential and commercial properties throughout southeast Michigan, southeast and southwest Florida and southeast Georgia.  

Additionally, we own and have restored several historic buildings in Saginaw, Michigan where the company operates under the name of Old Town Saginaw Properties. 

Now, more than 50 years after founding the company, Alex is still at the helm, making Ann Arbor Builders one of the oldest companies in Ann Arbor still owned and run by its founder.

In all those years, the world has changed and homes have certainly evolved. Here's a fun look back.  

Betsy de Parry is vice president of marketing and sales and the associate broker of de Parry Properties, a licensed Michigan real estate broker wholly owned by Ann Arbor Builders.  She focuses solely on handling the company's projects.

How we do it

When Alex founded Ann Arbor Builders back in 1971, he was lucky enough to land a few remodeling jobs.  Because he was young and inexperienced, he simply asked his clients what they wanted and then did it.

His own inexperience at the start formed the very foundation of our company’s philosophy:  listen to our clients.  And that’s what we’ve been doing all these years.

You - our client - are the most important aspect of our business.  That's why we take a personal, partnering approach to every project we undertake.

Test of time

Since 1971, Ann Arbor Builders, Inc. has built strong relationships with our clients and business associates that have withstood the test of time.

We’re especially proud of repeat business and referrals our clients send to us.  We consider these endorsements the highest compliment, and we attribute them to our clients’ satisfaction.  And satisfaction must be earned one client, one project, at a time.

You can rely on our years of experience to treat your project as if it were our very own.  That’s a promise we make and a promise we keep.

Giving Back

Alex is Past President and Life Director of the Building and Remodeling Association of Greater Ann Arbor (BRAG). He is currently President of the Old Town Saginaw Association and is on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Theodore Roethke Foundation. He and Betsy proudly support a number of organizations, including Avalon Housing and The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.