About Us

At the Realest, we see things differently. The real estate game is changing. You can play by the old rules, or you can rewrite them. And while others double down on what already works, we believe that every place has the power to drive new experiences. That’s what inspires us to create the realest value for our partners.

Realest is a privately held and minority owned, multiple industry-leading group of companies that strategically ideates and executes individually curated destinations. Our projects not only shape culture, but form an evergreen portfolio of experience-driven retail, hospitality, office, leisure and entertainment assets in emerging growth markets.

Based in Los Angeles, Realest capitalizes on its proximity to the apex of entertainment, digital media, and innovative dining. With our diverse expertise and close ties to leaders in the real estate, fashion, culinary, music, and entertainment industries, Realest is uniquely positioned to develop a portfolio of experiential brands at the cross-section of multiple sectors. Together, our work has drawn over ten billion impressions and counting.

As commercial real estate is upended by emerging technologies, e-commerce, a flattened competitive landscape, and the recent global pandemic, we believe the best way to predict the unknown future is to invent it, creating our own reality. Then, diligently stewarding its course. This is how we ensure our capital investors and long-term brand partners are able to secure, stabilize, and maximize their investments in our institutional-grade projects throughout specific growth markets.

Vision

To create extraordinary destinations
for people to grow and enjoy together.

Team

managing partner

Kenny Liu

Kenny Liu is a versatile business leader and the founder of the Realest Group. Kenny has represented over 1.1 million square feet of retail and office, consulted on +1,500 acres of various land development projects and managed over $3.5B in real estate assets. He has also developed a lead generation platform for a $150M fund to deploy approximately 75MW of commercial solar throughout the United States. 

Prior to starting Realest, Kenny was the in-house leasing director for The Source, a 600,000 SF entertainment center in Orange County. He also co-founded nationally recognized food concepts Xian Wei and Shao Kao BBQ, a private supper club and food truck respectively - both of which were early key contributors in elevating regional Chinese cuisine in Los Angeles.

Kenny is a real estate broker and investor, member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and holds a B.S. in Policy, Planning, and Development from the University of Southern California. He lives happily in Los Angeles with his wife, Jamie, and his daughter, Sophie.


managing partner

Miles Canares

Miles Canares is a renowned event producer and the founder of Realest X, and co-owner of creative branding agency OOO Studios, with nearly a decade of experience in the events and festivals industry. Having conceptualized, created, and produced consistently successful trade shows, direct-to-consumer events, and large-scale festivals, Miles has become widely recognized for his culture-defining work as head of food programming for youth culture festival,ComplexCon and producer of ​Family Style Food Festival by streetwear brand ​The Hundreds and is considered the leading figurehead for brand partnerships and collaborations between popular apparel brands and the restaurant industry. Early in his career, Miles founded his first show in 2013, Venue Trade Show, which was later acquired by Lights and Sounds Collective in 2015.

Other shows in Miles’ portfolio include: The Eat Show, KTown Night Market, Asian American Expo, and Agenda Trade Show / Festival; having featured notable brands, restaurants, and performances including: Nike, Adidas, Puma, Stussy, Diamond Supply Co., Undefeated, HBO, Tyler the Creator, A$AP Rocky, Ludacris, Sony, Polaroid, Eminem, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Takashi Murakami, Pharrell, N.E.R.D., Otium, Fogo De Chao, McDonald’s, Shack Shack, Howling Ray’s, Badmaash, Jon & Vinny’s, Portillo’s, and Fat Rice.

In addition to his experience in the event space, Canares is a father of 3 beautiful children ages 10, 4, and a 1 month old.