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Apr 11, 2023

Here for Good: Celebrating 40 Years of Pahlisch Homes

In 1983, founder Dennis Pahlisch started Pahlisch Homes with the mission to build homes with superior quality and integrity. But more than anything, his vision was to create communities where people could gather, thrive, and belong. Today, we’re proud to be celebrating 40 years of Dennis’ vision coming to life through the work of Pahlisch Homes.

The theme for our 40th anniversary is “Here For Good.” This reflects not only Pahlisch’s desire to keep building beautiful homes and lasting communities throughout Oregon and Washington for years to come. It also reflects our commitment to doing good in and for the communities where we live and work. We’re excited to celebrate this milestone throughout the year with events and other fundraising opportunities to raise money for a scholarship fund to send kids to trade schools. 

But today, as we look back on an incredible 40 years, we want to share the Pahlisch story with you — where we came from, who we are today, and how we hope to expand on Dennis’ vision in the years to come.

From Wisconsin to Oregon

Dennis Pahlisch knew he wanted to go into construction after working throughout his high school years framing houses in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After graduating, Dennis moved out to Oregon and got a job building homes in the Willamette Valley.

Thanks to his experience with timber framing, his career accelerated, and he became a foreman by the age of 19. As he took on more leadership and responsibilities, Dennis realized he might have what it takes to build homes himself. 

“People there watched each others’ kids. Community was very important,” Dennis said of his childhood in Wisconsin. “So I love that we’re doing communities now and building special places for people to meet and share time together.”

That’s why community has always been at the heart of everything Pahlisch Homes does. Since breaking ground on those first homes 40 years ago, Dennis and the Pahlisch team have made it their mission to build lasting communities in the Pacific Northwest that bring value and joy to the people who call them home.

Continuing the Pahlisch Legacy

Today, the next generation carries the Pahlisch legacy of building quality, premium homes and designing welcoming, lasting neighborhoods throughout Central Oregon, Northwest Oregon, Southwest Washington, and Southeast Washington. With beautiful parks, close proximity to shopping, outdoor recreation, and other world-class amenities, every Pahlisch community is intentionally designed to enhance your lifestyle and create spaces where people can come together.

While Pahlisch Homes is where we first built our legacy of serving our customers with uncompromising quality and integrity, there are now four distinct brands within the Pahlisch family of companies that continue to serve that same mission.

Pahlisch Homes

With award-winning floor plans and luxury finishes, Pahlisch Homes is still building premium homes that our customers can cherish for a lifetime. Our emphasis on creating carefully-planned communities that offer homebuyers the amenities they need to live comfortably is what continues to set us apart today.

Pahlisch Commercial

Through innovative, mixed-used development, Pahlisch Commercial designs and constructs premium rental communities with high-end amenities that enhance the lifestyle of every resident. With the same high standards of quality set by Pahlisch Homes, we strive to build multi-family and retail spaces that truly serve the community. 

Pahlisch Real Estate

We created Pahlisch Real Estate to provide homeowners with a unique home-buying experience to match the unique communities we build. With decades of experience, our brokers have a deep understanding of every detail that goes into buying a Pahlisch home. From finding the perfect floor plan to learning what each of our communities has to offer, our new home experts are here to guide you through every step of the process.

Pahlisch Select

Finally, there’s Pahlisch Select, which exists to help homebuyers build the home of their dreams on their own land. With affordable luxury floor plans to fit most lot sizes and layouts, Pahlisch Select offers full personalization from framing to finishes.

Investing in the Future of Our Communities

We are so grateful for these last 40 years, but we know there is still so much more we can do to expand on Dennis’ vision of growing beautiful communities that people can call home. We’re working to innovate how we plan and develop the land where we build our communities through new and exciting lifestyle amenities, including pools, splash pads, gyms, co-working spaces, and so much more.

We also want to keep investing in the cities where we build, aiding in their expansion and getting involved with local causes that help to improve the lifestyle of everyone in the community.

Over the past four decades, we’ve donated millions of dollars to local organizations and created thousands of jobs through our Pahlisch family of brands and our trade partnerships. We love giving back to the community and investing in our team. We believe we have the best people and want to keep finding ways to create opportunities for them to grow professionally while working together to grow the communities we build and serve. 

Be Part of the Pahlisch Legacy

Helping people find their dream home, the place where they will build memories and share life’s moments with the ones they love, is what motivates us. If you’re ready to make a move, browse our homes for sale and contact one of our New Home Specialists today! We’d love to talk with you and help you find exactly what you’re looking for.



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