History of Planned Communities & Apartments at Korman
  • Steven Korman revolutionized the apartment industry in the United States when he began offering fully furnished suites with flexible leases at The Plaza in Philadelphia in the 1960s.

  • Steve Korman has always been a champion of the meticulous maintenance of the Korman Properties.  In his words, "A property can get a day older, or a day better."  The Steve Korman legacy is reflected today in the beauty of AVE Malvern, acquired by Korman Communities in 1999.

  • Steven expanded and enhanced the serviced apartment concept during the 70s and 80s, offering finely appointed furniture packages, wall-to-wall carpeting, full-size appliances, and unparalleled amenities and guest services at all Korman properties.

  • On the evening Temple University’s Fox School of Business honors Steven with the prestigious Musser Award, he surprises 20 sophomores by giving each a scholarship.

In 1962, Sam’s son, Steven, joined the family business, now The Korman Company. Between 1964 and 1966, they developed The Plaza, a white marble, circular high-rise in Center City, Philadelphia. The building was beautiful and had a prime location, but the contemporary apartment design with pie-shaped floor plans was a challenge to lease. Steven commissioned several Philadelphia designers to each furnish one apartment on a floor in a unique way. After a man touring the property expressed interest in renting the apartment fully furnished, Steven realized there was a whole segment of people that weren’t being served, those between the daily hotel stay and the annual apartment lease. In 1966, he revolutionized the apartment industry in the United States, offering fully furnished apartments with flexible leases.

Over the next 10 years, Steven expanded and enhanced this concept to a fully serviced furnished apartment with amenities packages, and housekeeping. Features that are considered apartment standards today, such as washers and dryers and wall-to-wall carpeting were innovations championed by Steven in the 1970s. By the early 1980s, after building more than 40,000 homes, single family, duplex, row houses, and apartments, Steven led the company’s residential division out of home building, and exclusively into the apartment and furnished suite business.

In 2012, Temple University’s Fox School of Business honored Steven with its prestigious Musser Award. It is the school’s highest honor for outstanding achievement, leadership, and commitment to the community by a distinguished member of business. On the evening he received the award, he surprised 20 Temple University sophomore students each with a scholarship.