A Family Owned Property Management Company since 1948

History of Calson Properties, Inc. 

Calson Properties originally formed in 1948 and stood for “California Sons”. It was started by Ray T. Lindsay and his sons, Dean R. Lindsay and Ronald K. Lindsay, in Palo Alto, California, but the story didn’t start there.   Ray was the son of Walter John (WJ) Lindsay.

At 60 years old and looking for brighter horizons,  WJ investigated construction opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area. It looked promising and he asked his 10 grown family members if any of them were interested in joining him.  It was a resounding “Yes!” and in December 1922 they all moved to Mountain View, California.

With the help of a contractor to lead them, WJ, his sons and sons-in-law all donned overalls and tool belts and within a year, 8 homes were built and sold.  The Lindsay’s were in the construction business.

There is a brief history of WJ Lindsay that appeared in the NEA Pacific Bureau Service newspaper on February 17, 1925, that you might find interesting.  

Some of the original homes they built I the 1920s can still be found on Villa Street in Mountain View, CA, but these were just the start. “Lindsay Homes”, developments and apartment complexes were soon scattered up and down the peninsula through areas of San Francisco, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale and Mountain View.



Eventually as the family grew, and Lindsay Construction continued to build and grow, many of WJ’s children ventured out and started their own construction companies. Ray Thompson Lindsay was one of those hard-working sons and he and his sons, Dean & Ron, started Calson Properties, Inc on February 4, 1948, as the management company to manage the properties they were building and others they eventually purchased.  Today, Calson continues to manage the day-to-day operations of both their local Bay Area real estate investments in California, as well as managing investments in Utah, Colorado, Minnesota, and Maui.

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WJ Lindsay

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Ron & Dean