Fairmont Properties Ltd. has grown to become one of Rosedale's most trusted names in new construction, renovation and luxury rentals. John Emery, upon graduating from Dalhousie University, entered the real estate development industry. Initially, he was involved with the development of the TD centre. Subsequently, he became an executive at the well-respected commercial development company of Trizec (now Trizec-Hahn). During this period, he began to develop the ideas that would lead to his later success. The initial plan was to restore Rosedale mansions and rent them as luxury apartments. The key elements were an understanding of the architecture of the period, matched with an attention to craftsmanship and use of the finest materials. His ideas became a small business that has evolved into one of the most substantial Rosedale custom builder/renovators. Neighbours and clients were so impressed with the quality of Fairmont Properties Ltd. work that Mr. Emery was approached to build new homes. Initially the reply was "we don't build for the public, we build for ourselves." It became apparent, however, that Fairmont Properties Ltd. sensitivity to period architecture and craftsmanship was in high demand, resulting in Fairmont Properties Ltd. move into custom design/build. Extensive experience in the senior development industry as well as "in-fill development" has led to significant "know-how". "Our background of converting mansions to luxury homes and apartments has required numerous steps, including issues concerning the municipal authority, re-zoning and the committee of adjustments. Our experience and ability to sort out serious problems has become one of our strengths."