Phoenix Development

Phoenix Development is an integrated real estate development company focused on luxury brownstone renovations in high-barrier to entry neighborhoods such as Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Charlestown, and the South End.
Through careful site selection, architectural design, and the highest quality construction standards, our team creates comforting living experiences that beautify and preserve traditional, historic appeal.


Phoenix Development has an in-house General Contractor, and Inspector to assess rehabilitation cost, eliminate properties based on risks that might be unforeseeable to the an investor outside of the space.


Phoenix Development is experienced in going through the various permitting and zoning board of appeals processes.


Phoenix Development has established relationships with top-producing realtors in Boston, skilled in pricing properties appropriately and moving them quickly.

Meet Our Team

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J. Melissa Cooper

Lead Developer
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Jesse Vera

General Contractor
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Michael Labrie

Property Manager
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Jessica Saranich

Project Manager

J. Melissa Cooper – Principal

J. Melissa Cooper is an active real estate investor and developer in the single family and multi­family space, in addition to managing a portfolio of rental properties. She has experience raising both bank and private financing, as well as extensive Boston real estate market expertise. Over her real estate career, she has raised and guaranteed over $25mm in acquisition and construction loan financing.

Ms. Cooper navigated a successful mid­-seven figure exit from an Internet career services business in 2014. Her background in staffing and hiring lends itself to the successful sourcing and negotiating with various construction contractors and subcontractors.

Ms. Cooper has a Master of Science from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University. She is also the author of Freelance Nation, a how­ to book detailing her experience starting a business on a shoestring budget and growing it successfully to acquisition.

Contact Us

  • 177 Huntington Ave. #1700 Boston, MA 02115
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