Our legacy

Since its inception, the legacy of Alhouse Deaton has been a foundation of community and giving. The company was started in Palo Alto by William "Billy" Alhouse in 1960 as Alhouse Realty and remained a community fixture for 50 years before he passed away peacefully of pneumonia with his loving family surrounding him on Feb. 24, 2011. Through its history, the company has maintained a reputation for being well-respected and upholding high ideals.


Our founder, Bill Alhouse was born in Jamaica, N.Y., where he graduated from Stony Brook Christian Boys School, joined the Navy and was released in California. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara and obtained a Masters Degree in Education from Stanford University. He married his college sweetheart, Barbara Pattee, in 1951 and began his career in real estate in Palo Alto. Bill maintained his passion for baseball by being the Assistant Coach at Stanford for 17 years, 12 years at Gunn High School and 4 years Menlo School. He was committed to youth sports and was a co-founder of Palo Alto Little League in 1952. His zest for life was inspirational to many baseball players and employees at Alhouse Realty. He was a Deacon at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. Playing the piano and clarinet were his hobbies. Nothing made Bill happier than spending time with his family and encouraging others to make a difference in their community.

A headshot of Bill Alhouse, the company's name sake

William "Billy" Alhouse

Bill Alhouse successfully ran Alhouse Realty for over 30 years before hiring Jeff Deaton, who later became the sole owner of the company in 1991. In 2001, Marty Smith joined what is now Alhouse Deaton. Deaton and Smith expanded the company from a mid-peninsula firm to a multi-faceted Bay Area property management and investment firm with offices in Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Walnut Creek.


Building on Bill Alhouse’s rich legacy of community, The Alhouse Deaton management team continues the tradition of service to the community; with Jeff Deaton coaching local sports teams, Marty Smith serving on the board of several not-for-profits, including Stanford and through the business’ adoption program (READ MORE).


The business’ core value continues to be developing strong relationships with its clients, within its team and within the partnership.