Bill and Cindy Gallaher started building homes under the name Gallaher Construction in 1979. They started one house at a time, and for years Bill designed the floor plans and built or managed the construction of each home himself while Cindy chose interior and exterior details and finishes. Those years of on the job experience gave them an intimate understanding of both the construction and development process. In the following years they developed and built a large array of products in addition to single family homes: apartment buildings, office buildings and shopping centers in addition to the 400 plus homes in Oakmont in Santa Rosa and homes in Brooks Creek and Elsbree in Windsor.
Although Bill started his career in single-family homes, the family stopped building homes decades ago when they made the switch into Senior Living. In 1995 the Gallahers built their first Assisted Living Community, Chancellor Place, in Windsor. Since then they have built more than 50 communities under the Oakmont Senior Living name. This has been a source of great success and continues to be a primary business focus.
The company reentered the general Multi Family housing market with construction of Canyon Oaks in Fountaingrove, scheduled to open in 2018, and has more than a thousand other units in the pipeline waiting approval. The decision to return to the construction of single family homes was made in the aftermath of the firestorms and resulting devastation in October 2017. Sonoma County, previous to that tragedy, was already experiencing a housing crisis that stemmed from decades of underbuilding: the building permits issued meeting only a fraction of the units needed. The fire and the additional loss of several thousand homes has made the situation far worse. The severe shortage of housing and the deep roots the Gallahers have in the community have prompted the expansion of the company into two factions: Oakmont Senior Living, which continues to build Senior Living communities throughout the state, and Gallaher Homes*, which will continue to build Multi Family housing (apartments) and now has begun to build single family homes exclusively for those who lost them in the fire. Regardless of the project, the Gallahers maintain a commitment to quality, aesthetics and function, always with an eye on the changing market.