Jan Olav Reien Frestad
Jan Olav is an enthusiastic Norwegian real estate developer with twenty years of experience, and a particular passion for conceptual projects that brings people together.
Jan Olav received his college degree in economics from California State University, and it was during his years in the United States that he learned about the concept of active adult communities. During a visit to Sun City Lincoln Hills, by Del Webb in 1995 he realized how designing communities for social interaction can have a huge impact on the lives of its residents.
Since returning to Norway in ’95, Jan Olav has created numerous projects that manifests the idea that how you live can be defined by where you live. With projects like Sanderstølen, Mycube and Doyén, Jan Olav has proven that his conceptual and all-encompassing approach to real estate development can help defeat loneliness and empower people to make positive changes to their lifestyles.
The project “60 degrees north” turned a struggling Norwegian hotel into 159 affordable apartments with free access to hotel facilities and services. Today, Sanderstølen is bustling with activity and the offering has been extended to include hundreds of newly built cabins.
As families move longer away from relatives, neighbors are often the most important source of support for families with children. Mycube is a concept built to accommodate the needs of the modern family and make hectic everyday life easier to manage.
For many people, life after 50 comes with a feeling of isolation and loneliness. Doyén is a friendly, including and affordable housing concept where owning an apartment gives access to a variety of shared facilities and activities.
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“People don’t want to just sit at home by themselves when they retire, they want to do something meaningful with their lives! Ambera allows people to be a part of a community, and to spend their days doing what they love. That’s why this is my dream project.”
— Jan Olav Reien Frestad, Founder