After graduating from the College of Architecture at the University of Kentucky in 1976, Keith Woodard moved to Charlottesville making a new home here for his family. His first endeavors were designing and building custom homes, but when interest rates rose to 21% in 1981 it was evident that Woodard Properties needed a new direction and focus.
Keith recognized the need for quality student housing near UVA and designed and built Woodard Properties’ first buildings, Cherry Suites, which are still owned and managed by Woodard Properties. Recognizing the importance of design and location, additional properties were developed on Wertland Street, Arlington Boulevard, Montebello Circle, Jefferson Park Avenue, King Street, John Street, and 13th and 14th Streets. Woodard Properties now provides housing for almost 750 students attending UVA.