The Man Behind the Bosa Brand

Early Years

One of eight sons of Italian immigrant parents, Natale "Nat" Bosa grew up in the blue collar suburb of East Vancouver. Learning the value of hard work, integrity and resilience from their parents, the working class Bosas started framing houses in the summers when Nat was in his early teens.

While still in his teens, Nat got his start as a labourer on single-family home construction sites in his neighbourhood. Nat's passion for construction grew quickly, he could see the potential and opportunities in his local housing market. Nat and his brothers got more jobs and delivered on their word. A reputation was building, and that's how the foundation for the Bosa brand began.

Prior to founding Bosa Development Corporation in 1986, Nat led Bosa Bros Construction Ltd. with his brothers. As President of Bosa Brothers, Nat was responsible for the development of thousands of units in Greater Vancouver and Seattle.

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"I learned a long time ago that it is easier to keep the customers you already have, rather than continually going out looking for new ones."

"I learned a long time ago that it is easier to keep the customers you already have, rather than continually going out looking for new ones."

Rising Ground

Throughout the years the homebuilding business was good for Nat. After Vancouver's World Exposition in 1986, he knew that the city was poised for growth. The time had come for Nat to make a bigger mark in his adopted hometown.

Setting ambitious goals, Bosa Development struck ground in several places where no one was willing to venture:

  • At New Westminister Quay, Nat and his team turned what was once a holding berth for raw logs into the first homes and shops for a new waterfront community.
  • On the former lands of Expo '86, he developed 9.5 acres into Citygate, expanding the perimeter of downtown Vancouver and giving the city another jewel in its glittering crown.
  • And in Whistler, the snowy mountainside that would play host to the 2010 Winter Olympics, Bosa Development was first to enter the market. Nearly 1500 luxurious condominiums are now sprinkled across this alpine setting.

By now the millennium was fast approaching. Nat had accomplished his goals by trusting his gut, assembling a great team and giving value and sophistication to his customers. What could be next?

His answer lay south, in two seaside towns named after Spanish saints.

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“We want to continue to impress Bosa customers with the quality of their homes after they've moved in. And we want to continue to impress them for years to come.”

By now the millennium was fast approaching. Nat had accomplished his goals by trusting his gut, assembling a great team and giving value and sophistication to his customers. What could be next?

His answer lay south, in two seaside towns named after Spanish saints.

Game Changers

Nat fell in love with the natural beauty of California and its two sparkling cities of San Diego and San Francisco. His instincts told him that there was fantastic potential to revitalize their downtown cores. In less than eight years, over 1,600 new homes were built by Bosa overlooking San Diego Bay, and another 232 further north in picturesque Orange County.

Along with other projects in the Golden State, Bosa Development expanded into other American markets: in Portland there was the residential single family community of Oak Meadows; in Hawaii, the beach-front low-rise complex of Maui Banyan. Back across the border there were new landmark buildings erected in Calgary, Alberta; Newport Village in Port Moody; and the idyllic seaside oasis of Cameron Island in Nanaimo.

For Nat and Bosa Development, it's not enough to create great homes for customers. The real pleasure comes from making something special, something that becomes an integrated part of its community.

"If there is one thing that I am most proud of, it is that we create value wherever we go.”

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"If there is one thing that I am most proud of, it is that we create value wherever we go.”

New Paths

Besides construction projects, Nat takes great pride in other business and personal endeavors:

  • Ownership of several film and television production facilities (Mammoth Studios, North Shore Studios) headquartered in Vancouver
  • Property management, leasing and construction supervision
  • Opening The Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film and Animation at Capilano University, North Vancouver
  • Gifting land and resources to help create cultural and community building projects like San Diego's Cortez Hill, a housing facility for homeless families
  • Contributing to the Monarch School Nat and Flora Bosa Campus in San Diego

Now well into his sixth decade in the industry, Nat Bosa remains steadfast at the helm of the company he founded. His vision for where he wants to take Bosa Development remains clear.

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"Going forward, it's more exiciting than where I've been because I'm entering a brand new phase of building. It should be great."

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Now well into his sixth decade in the industry, Nat Bosa remains steadfast at the helm of the company he founded. His vision for where he wants to take Bosa Development remains clear.

BOSA HISTORY—VIEW TIMELINE—