Real estate for the knowledge economy.

Based in Durham, NC, Ancora is a premier real estate investor, developer and manager of creative office, life sciences/lab, residential and mixed-use assets.

Ancora partners with leading anchor institutions to create collaborative environments where people and business can thrive. We invest for long-term growth across business cycles in markets with strong fundamentals to create durable asset value.

Our team has a successful track record executing catalytic developments in partnership with leading public and private anchor institutions. With committed institutional capital relationships and deep experience in creative public-private financing, Ancora can execute investments at any scale to meet the unique needs of Anchor+ real estate.



Ancora’s team of visionary leaders has the unique experience, relationships and laser focus to identify and execute the most compelling opportunities in this real estate niche. We actively monitor the emerging trends, sectors and players that shape our space. Recognizing that every anchor institution and knowledge market is distinct, we build upon foundational investments made in people, intellectual property and physical plant.



We plan, build and manage real estate in innovative districts. In addition to traditional sectors, we know how to execute coworking, lab and public spaces that work for the people inhabiting them. Beyond the real estate, our superior placemaking and programming are tailored to every local market, which enables us to capitalize on the energy of anchor institutions and their communities.



We thoughtfully plan and actively manage knowledge ecosystems to create durable partnerships with local and national organizations. We are adept at handling the complexities of public/private partnerships and adaptive re-use projects. Ancora’s commitment to sustainable placemaking translates into careful physical and financial management of our assets, adding layers of value.



The goals of our anchor institution partners become our goals and drive a cycle of success. The diverse partnerships we craft – whether with a research institution, accelerator program, local government or venture capital investor – are deeply rooted in knowledge of the landscape. Our connections and market insights drive value for anchor institutions and tenants, while delivering compelling risk-adjusted returns to investors.