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Our History

J.R. Watson & Associates Development Corporation was founded in Orange, California by James Watson in January, 1972

In 1961, Jim began purchasing properties in blighted neighborhoods and his developments always improved the existing neighborhood visually and economically. It was immediately apparent that nearby residential and commercial owners began making improvements on their own, enhancing their neighborhoods. 

From then until now, the company has been led by Jim’s conviction to seek out projects that will enhance peoples’ lives and transform entire communities.

In 1977, JR Watson & Associates Development Corporation built its new home at the corner of Main and Ocean in Seal Beach

As soon as the vacant lot overlooking the ocean and pier became available, Mr. Watson knew he had found the company’s new home.

Over the years, J.R. Watson & Associates Development Corporation has developed more than 1 million square feet ...

of master planned communities, shopping centers, single/multi family residences, and student housing. We have completed more than 35 shopping centers and provided more than 3,000 residential development opportunities. 

We have developed two master planned communities, a 315-acre project in Post Falls, Idaho and a 132-acre project in San Bernardino, California.

CSUSB - James R. Watson and Judy Rodriguez Watson College of Education
- Named 2022

CSUSB - Watson & Associates Literacy Center

- 2004 to Present

CSUSB - 'Eternal Learning' Mural at Watson College of Education
- Unveiled 2023

CSUSB - Judy Rodriguez Watson Collective Art Program Fellowship Fund
- Founded 2023

CSUSB - Judy Rodriguez Watson Public Art Program

- 2010 to Present

  • Art created by CSUSB Art Professors & Students

CSUSB - Philanthropic Foundation Board
- 2004 - 2019

  • Chairman 2012 – 2014

CSUSB - Children’s Fund President’s Circle
- 2013 to Present

CSUSB - President’s Showcase

CSUSB - Foundation Board of Governors
- 2009 - 2014

CSUSB - Presidents Advancement Council
- 2006 - 2009

Tools For Education Committee
- 2003

  • Jim and Judy Co-Chairs
  • J.R. Watson & Associates Development Corporation
    101 Main Street, Suite A
    Seal Beach, CA 90740
    Phone (562) 430-0503 | Fax (562) 493-5860

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