We build cities for people, not cars.

Real Estate Development Manager at Culdesac

Tempe, AZ
Job Type
6+ years
Apply to Culdesac and hundreds of other fast-growing YC startups with a single profile.
Apply to role ›

About the role


Culdesac builds cities for people, not cars. Our goal is to create the first car-free city in the US. Culdesac’s CEO Ryan Johnson was previously on the founding team of Opendoor, and our investors include Khosla Ventures, Zigg Capital, Initialized Capital, and Y Combinator.

We started by creating the first car-free neighborhood built from scratch in the US - Culdesac Tempe, a $170 million mixed-use neighborhood development for 1,000 residents opening in 2022. The neighborhood covers 17 acres and features 55% open space, shared courtyards, and abundant bookable spaces. Culdesac is the co-developer and tech-enabled property manager. More on us here.

As a Real Estate Development Manager at Culdesac, you will be an integral part of developing our next set of car-free projects. With our multi-disciplinary team, you will assist in the identification and analysis of potential locations and related outreach, design, and planning. Your work will span urban planning, project design, feasibility and entitlements. This role is either Tempe-based or will require relocation to our next undisclosed site. Remote work is not offered for this position.

How you will make an impact:

  • You will conduct monthly monitoring of project financials, and working with the Head of Real Estate to set yearly project budgets and financial goals.

  • You will assist the Head of Real Estate in all aspects of site control, as appropriate, including research on ownership, negotiating purchase agreements, and securing access.

  • You will support the Head of Real Estate on all aspects of new project due diligence and pre-development.

  • You will review existing entitlements and regulatory processes and study relevant local codes for potential sites

  • You will participate the conceptual planning and design of potential projects.

  • You will build real estate finance pro formas and perform related real estate data collection and analysis.

  • You will create slide decks related to development projects for external users.

How you will be successful:

  • You prioritize a lifestyle leveraging public transportation, micro mobility, and other alternatives to private cars.

  • You have a Bachelor's degree or Master's degree in urban planning, real estate development, or a related field.

  • You have strong domain knowledge; check back later for generalist positions.

  • You are a driven, ambitious person with an innate sense of humility.

  • You have excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • You are adept at data analysis.

  • You are experienced with real estate financial modeling.

  • You are intrinsically motivated by quality work and collaboration.

  • You are excellent at giving and receiving constructive feedback, especially the hard-to-give variety.

  • You value a caring, supportive, and honest culture.

  • You are creative and data-driven.

Why you'll love bein part of the Culdesac Team:

  • We work as a team: We are inclusive, drawing on the strengths of people who bring a different perspective. We find ways to work together that overcome disciplinary and geographic separations.

  • We are driven, humble, and ambitious: Our mission is to build cities for people, not cars. We are doing this through hard work, asking for feedback along the way, and seeing our work through to the end, including the last 10%.

  • We have a caring, supportive, and honest culture: We get to know one another, we support our community together, we have fun together, we even have Culdesac talent shows!

  • We are revolutionizing the real estate landscape: Are you ready to be part of this transformation?

Culdesac is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


  • Are you legally authorized to work in the U.S.?

  • Will you now or in the future require visa sponsorship for employment at Culdesac?


  • Are you interested in learning more about being a resident at Culdesac Tempe?


  • Please describe how you are prioritizing a lifestyle leveraging public transportation, micro mobility, and other alternatives to private cars.

  • What micromobility have you tried/have experience with? Is there something new in this space that you're particularly excited about trying?


  • Why do you think there aren’t enough walkable neighborhoods in the US?


  • Add a cover letter or anything else you want to share.

Why you should join Culdesac

Our cities should be celebrated. They have been the largest driver of innovation in human history. But somewhere along the way, things broke and our quality of life suffered. We built our lives around our cars as cookie-cutter housing popped up around the country. Sprawl became commonplace, and we normalized hour-long commutes, even as private vehicle ownership became the largest source of carbon emission pollution. We became more isolated and felt less connected to each other. It doesn't have to be this way.

We're building cities for people, not cars. Our team blends technology, real estate, and culture to reimagine our daily lives. We come from different backgrounds to bring a fresh perspective on what's possible. As a team, we keep a pulse on our community and what they need. We ride our e-bikes to lunch, host pop-ups on construction sites and make 16-acre cornstarch art pieces. We cultivate these relationships and bring our community closer together so they can experience the neighborhood they deserve.