TANTUM is a dynamic real estate development and advisory firm that provides integrated solutions based on a cohesive vision and unrelenting commitment to creating vibrant multi-family and mixed-use communities.
A certified Women’s Business Enterprise, TANTUM is one of the most distinctive multi-family development organizations in the New Jersey region. With comprehensive knowledge of the municipal land use process, leading-edge construction practices, and expansive insight into regional and local market trends, TANTUM has the experience and integrity needed to realize exceptional results and deliver extraordinary communities to the marketplace.
TANTUM operates with a special focus on bridging the transitions from entitlements through construction to operations. Our success is the result of a thoughtful approach to design, a qualitative approach to cost, and a collaborative approach to enhancing community, maximizing value at every level.
With expertise in a diverse range of disciplines, TANTUM is uniquely positioned to identify and execute on development opportunities, delivering quality residential and mixed-use communities designed to enrich neighborhoods and provide lasting benefits that will sustain our cities for the future.
Leveraging this same commitment to excellence, TANTUM also offers a variety of third-party real estate advisory and project management services to other owners and developers, from entitlements and design, to leasing and marketing.
As Founding Principal of TANTUM Real Estate, Debra Tantleff operates a certified Women’s Business Enterprise development and advisory firm focused on creating boutique multi-family and mixed-use communities in the New Jersey region. Prior to founding TANTUM, Ms. Tantleff was a Vice President of Development at Roseland Property Company, where she established a highly-acclaimed reputation for delivering exceptional mixed-use projects, with a portfolio that grew to more than 5,000 residential units and 200,000 square feet of retail space.
Ms. Tantleff serves as Builder Vice President to the New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA) and is a member of the Executive Committee at the Center for Real Estate at Rutgers Business School; she sits on the Board of Trustees for the Meadowlands Regional 2040 Foundation and the Board of Directors for Downtown New Jersey. She has been listed on ROI-NJ’s Real Estate Influencers List, named a “Top Forty Under 40” both by Real Estate Forum and NJBiz, and received the Women Builders Council’s Outstanding Women Award. She has been recognized numerous times by the National Association of Home Builders and the NJBA, including twice being awarded the Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Political Action and the Special Service Industry Award.
An honors graduate from Rutgers University, Ms. Tantleff holds a B.A.S. from the School of Communication and Information Studies. She holds a Masters in Real Estate Finance from the Schack Institute of Real Estate at New York University.
Today’s world is experiencing a fundamental shift in social dynamics that has transformed the way we look at our communities. Guided by these trends, TANTUM focuses on developing communities that cater to a growing population with a strong affinity for an amenity-rich home environment that offers exceptional design, convenient access to transportation, vibrant, walkable public spaces and an overall efficient lifestyle.
Municipalities everywhere are responding to increased demand among people of all ages for the maintenance-free lifestyle and activity offered by animated downtowns and urban areas. The need for independence and flexibility requires the creation of stimulating environments that provide a comprehensive living experience and foster a meaningful life outside of the workplace.
In a world where quality continues to be redefined, TANTUM combines enhanced construction methods with cutting-edge strategies, integrating lifestyle as a fundamental component of development and design to continuously meet the needs of an evolving market.
Consistent with its vision for unlocking the opportunities inherent in New Jersey’s great downtowns, TANTUM is developing a boutique multi-family redevelopment in Red Bank situated along the Navesink River. Benefitting from a rich art and antique district, the convenience of mass transportation, the nationally reputable Count Basie Theater, and the adjacent Riverside Gardens Park, the Element at Red Bank is poised to become a landmark addition to this emerging downtown.
TANTUM is proud to be developing supportive veteran housing that will provide stable, quality and affordable rental residences for veterans, while providing valuable support services to enhance and improve their quality of life. Through a collaborative effort capitalized by a variety of public and private funding sources, TANTUM welcomes the opportunity to provide long-term reinvestment back into the community, while supporting those who have served our country. In a legislative climate where municipalities are challenged with creative ways to implement affordable housing, this redevelopment exemplifies the power of thoughtful and sustainable public-private partnerships that can lead to the long-term well-being of our communities.
A model for “urban-lite” living, Madison exemplifies the best of a desirable suburban neighborhood complete with the dynamic characteristics of a quaint urban core. Direct access to mass transit, charming shops, and a variety of restaurants all position this coveted downtown as an enticing destination rich with professional, social and cultural amenities.
This quintessential New Jersey suburb balances the charisma of a small town with the allure of urban living. With a myriad of choices to dine, shop and play, a convenient one-seat ride to Manhattan, and a number of neighborhood parks, this bustling downtown is strengthened by its strong sense of community, earning its reputation as one of new Jersey’s favorite downtowns.
The Peninsula City is the latest beneficiary of the surge of economic investment into New Jersey’s Gold Coast. The strategic repositioning of the Military Ocean Terminal, coupled with comprehensive urban infill redevelopment, are all benefiting from the City’s inherent amenities, including extensive Hudson River waterfront access, a walkable downtown core and tremendous transportation resources.
The revival of downtown Morristown exemplifies the powerful dynamics created by successful public-private partnerships. The strategic and simultaneous execution of multiple mixed-use communities has catalyzed lasting economic development, serving as a model for smart growth redevelopment throughout New Jersey.
The redevelopment of Weehawken and West New York’s Hudson River waterfront is a quintessential example of place making. Incorporating a variety of housing types including apartments, condominiums, and townhomes, and with multiple public transportation and retail options, Port Imperial offers a unique and special lifestyle complemented by miles of breathtaking waterfront walkway.
The introduction of quality housing options in New Brunswick has served as a conduit for transformative growth anchored by Rutgers University and other top New Jersey research facilities. With an appreciative eye towards the expansion of technology and innovation centers, TANTUM succeeds in providing alternative housing opportunities for the professionals who seek to collaborate with these institutions.
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The COVID-19 pandemic may have changed the commercial real estate sector, but it didn’t stop it. The pandemic led to a pivot, one that still is impacting CRE today — and one that figures to do so in the months (even years) ahead.read more →
As the housing industry looks to move beyond the coronavirus crisis, two female executives are poised to play prominent roles as board members of the New Jersey Builders Association.read more →
Two prominent women in the real estate industry have joined the New Jersey Builders Association’s leadership team, the organization announced Monday.read more →
We assembled a panel of industry experts to tackle this month’s question. Here’s what they had to say.read more →
It wasn’t too long ago when a remark like “That’s a man’s job” was just accepted as the norm. For the longest time, the choices we made in the workforce were dictated not by an individual’s calibre but by their gender.read more →
It’s an annual tradition here at ROI-NJ: Kicking off the new year by surveying some of the New Jersey real estate industry’s top experts to find out what they see for the coming year. Read on for the 2020 edition!read more →
You can’t have a real estate list in New Jersey without dozens of developers. Here are some of the most influential.read more →
The Simon Wiesenthal Center hosted its fourth annual 9/11 commemoration, this year “Honoring Heroes for Tolerance,” at Yankee Stadium on August 18.read more →
The Simon Wiesenthal Center hosted its fourth annual 9/11 commemoration event this past Sunday, honoring Heroes for Tolerance at Yankee Stadium.read more →
Red Bank, a riverfront town in New Jersey about 50 miles from Midtown Manhattan, had been sleeping on its laurels in terms of fostering new development, according to its mayor. But that's changing. The borough recently welcomed several new projects and has others in the works.read more →
RED BANK - In the late '90s and early 2000s, Red Bank was hailed as the SoHo of the Jersey Shore.
New Jersey Monthly magazine called it “the hippest town in New Jersey.” A few years later, the 12,000-resident borough landed on Smithsonian magazine’s list of the “hippest enclaves on the East Coast.”read more →
The first installment of the new TOD in Your Downtown Forum Series, organized by Downtown New Jersey (DNJ) and NJTOD.org, was held on May 30 at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Planners, municipal officials, and other practitioners assembled at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy to hear from expert panelists who work on the front lines of planning and implementing transit-oriented development.read more →
It’s often mentioned in the same breath as Morristown and Montclair, but Red Bank has mostly lacked the type of new investment and mixed-use development seen by its northern counterparts.read more →
Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna was thrilled. As he stood beside Tantum Real Estate founder and President Debra Tantleff and development partner Joe Bezzone and cut a bright red ribbon signifying the grand opening of The Element at Red Bank, he said the boutique urban infill development will help change the heart of downtown Red Bank.read more →
Finalizing a development process that began a dozen years ago, a new 35-unit apartment building made its debut in downtown Red Bank Wednesday.read more →
RED BANK - The Element, an upscale 35-unit “boutique” apartment building marketed for well-heeled baby boomers and empty nesters, opened its doors Wednesday, marking another milestone in the downtown’s budding residential renaissance.read more →
RED BANK, NJ – The Element apartments had their ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Red Bank Mayor Pat Menna, state senator Vin Gopal, former senator Joe Kyrillos and Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, and a host of other political and business notables.read more →
A joint venture has unveiled a boutique apartment building in downtown Red Bank, bringing new life to a long-vacant site and paving the way for additional redevelopment in the borough.read more →
Career opportunities in commercial real estate run the gamut from architecture, asset management and investment banking to engineering and environmental science.read more →
Women are increasingly breaking gender stereotypes and stepping into historically male-dominated fields, and the commercial real estate industry is no exception.read more →
New Jersey has large-scale problems with its demographics and its real estate, but their solutions could come at the smallest of scales.read more →
Has multifamily finally hit its peak? Can industrial continue its big push, buoyed by the ports? Will Newark and Jersey City continue to lead the way in urban development? What’s the feeling on retail? And how will Gov. Phil Murphy’s goal of an innovative economy impact all of this?read more →
In 2017, ROI-NJ unveiled its first ROI Influencers Real Estate list. In 2018, we’ve created our latest version, capturing who the most powerful, most influential people in the industry are today.read more →
Migration from the suburbs to urban areas — a pattern that’s ruled for more than a decade — may finally be turning around, according to a report from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.read more →
NEWARK, NJ—(SBN)—Municipalities may need to increase their expectations of how new multifamily construction will affect their schools, and probably should stop using a “one size fits all” model in determining the impact of multifamily construction on local school capacity, according to research released by The Center for Real Estate at Rutgers Business School.read more →
The Center for Real Estate at Rutgers Business School announced the release of its first public policy white paper, “School-Age Children in Rental Units in New Jersey: Results from a Survey of Developers and Property Managers.”read more →
The number of school-age children in multifamily housing units increases with the number of bedrooms, regardless of the residents’ income level and building product type. And, if income and bedrooms are fixed, it can be shown that denser properties will have fewer school-aged children.read more →
A new study is shedding new light on a widespread, age-old debate between developers and local governments in New Jersey: Do new apartments mean new school-age children?read more →
ROBBINSVILLE - The New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA) honored its annual Industry Awards recipients recently at the Stone Terrace, by John Henry's in Hamilton. The awards honor members of NJBA who have made outstanding contributions to the housing and/or the building industry in New Jersey during the prior year.read more →
Going in opposite Riverside Gardens Park at 55 West Front Street is the Element, a 35-unit apartment building with self-contained parking beneath an elevated patio for tenants.read more →
Our Common Ground campaign for Gender Equality continues! Today, we salute another pioneering woman in real estate: Debra Tantleff! Debra is Founding Principal of TANTUM Real Estate. We’re proud to shine a spotlight on Debra and so many other trailblazers in the field. These women have paved the way for others to follow. Here’s to every achievement earned, every milestone passed, and every glass ceiling shattered!read more →
After nearly two years of planning, a proposed mixed-use development near the border of Jersey City’s Greenville and Bergen-Lafayette neighborhoods has finally been approved.read more →
RED BANK – The borough Zoning Board of Adjustment may have said “no” but the Planning Board said “yes” – after a little nudging from the Borough Council – for the upscale multistory apartment complex intended for the downtown.read more →
RED BANK -- A year ago, the borough's Zoning Board rejected a 35-unit apartment project planned for the heart of downtown. On Monday, the Planning Board approved essentially the same plan, after the proposal took an unorthodox path.read more →
RED BANK -- The borough council on Monday approved a redevelopment plan that allows up to 35 apartments to be built on a downtown parcel, despite continued protest from some on the council.read more →
Packed with industry giants and power players, the advisory board of the Rutgers Business School Center for Real Estate has no shortage of leadership or experience.
But the group wants to ensure its viability for decades to come, while connecting with the students it was meant to serve when it was formed last year.read more →
RED BANK – The borough Zoning Board of Adjustment may cast the deciding vote for a project that could finally result in building on a long-vacant West Front Street lot.read more →
It was nearly a decade ago when Debra Tantleff, then a young executive with Roseland Property Co., took a lead role in a project that would define the future of downtown Morristown. You might say it also did the same for her career.read more →