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David Taran

Real Estate Professional & Perpetual Optimist

About David

David Taran is a firm believer in pursuing a diverse and balanced life. David is a licensed real estate broker in the state of California and a practicing lawyer for California, New York, Florida, and Quebec. As the co-founder of Sunstar Capital, David brings more than 26 years of experience that includes many different aspects of the investment process including negotiation, acquisition, finances, development, redevelopment, construction, and investment and property management.

Sunstar Capital is a recently launched commercial real estate company focused on high-growth markets in the Western United States. The venture utilizes the merging of several seasoned professionals, including co-founder, Mark Skeen.


Prior to his work at Sunstar, David was the founder of Divco West Properties, and also worked as a managing partner at his family’s manufacturing and retailing business. This venture, which operated on a global scale, gave him a perfect place to hone his diverse skill set that he continues to use today. As a partner, he worked on capital investments, strategic and financial planning, sales, real estate acquisitions, real estate negotiation, and currency trading and management.

David Taran also worked as a practicing attorney at Graham & James in Los Angeles. There, he specialized in Tax, Corporate, and Real Estate law. David holds a DEC degree from McGill University, an L.L.L degree from the University of Ottawa, a J.D. degree from Columbia University, and a Masters in Tax Law from New York University.

Throughout the span of his career, David has acquired $2.3 billion in real estate, which includes over 700 acres of land, 1,800 multi-family residential units, 449 hotel rooms, and 13.8 million square feet of buildings. David’s successful record is a testament to his diverse and balanced portfolio. David credits his rich portfolio to his earlier roles in as a managing partner and practicing attorney.

Meaningful, Mindful and Balanced

On a personal level, David is an advocate for creating a balanced, meaningful life. Despite his success, David upholds that a life filled with meaning and intent is far more enjoyable than a profitable one. To this end, he continues to support Project Happiness, a thriving non-profit started by his wife, Randy. Project Happiness is dedicated to providing the tools and resources needed for individuals to live an empowered, happier life.

David is proud to support the organization and serves on the board of directors. As a board member, David brings his unique experience and skill set to the table in an advisory capacity. His personal interest in the organization’s mission combined with his professional knowledge makes him an invaluable member of the board and his local community.

David’s continued passion for promoting greater happiness and meaning in everyday life continues to launch his career and leadership skills in exciting directions.

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Palo Alto, CA Community Events

Palo Alto, CA Community Events

Something I am really passionate about is my local community here in Palo Alto, CA. An excellent resource to help stay involved is the Community Calendar. The calendar allows users to view everything that is going on within the community for each specific day of the...
Booming Housing Markets of 2018

Booming Housing Markets of 2018

The real estate market is ever fluctuating, and as a professional within the industry it’s important to keep up with current housing market trends. According to, here are 2018’s current hottest housing markets.

Midland, Texas

Likely in correlation to the recent oil boom, Midland surprises us all with landing in the top spot. The current average lifespan for listings on the market is 29 days! Also in its corner is its relatively low costs for big spaces, with a median listing price of $350,000, which will score you a four bedroom, three bathroom home.

Columbus, Ohio

Currently in the second spot, homes in Columbus spent an average of 32 days listed on the market. With an average median home price of $250,000, it’s also a hugely affordable option for families on the move. It is also where Ohio State University resides, which is another contributing factor to the cities real estate boom.

Boston, Massachusetts

Landing in the third spot on the list of hottest housing markets is Boston! Because Boston is such a thriving, diverse city this really comes as no surprise, as we have seen this city on the list plenty of times before. Home to Harvard University, the average time spent on the market per home is only 32 days, but does come with a costly average price of $580,000 per home.

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Surprisingly, Fort Wayne has climbed its way to the fourth spot on the list, a vast difference to its 10th place ranking for May 2018. Home spent an average of 34 days on the market, with an average listing price of $197,000. It is also the most affordable option on the list, surely attracting more families to the area.

A huge factor for last month’s housing trends that I didn’t see coming was the impact Amazon would have on the list. Its potential headquarter cities of Boston, Columbus and Dallas all showed up within the top 20 highest booming markets. Another surprising aspect of the list is the lack of Californian cities mentioned. Usually falling within the top 5 spots, California was not represented until spot 7 which is likely due to the high housing costs that seem to be rising, at a time when people are looking for more affordable options for their family.

Local Spotlight: Best Eateries for New Residents of San José, CA

Local Spotlight: Best Eateries for New Residents of San José, CA

So you’ve made the move to the city of San José! With the heart of Silicon Valley so close by, there is so much to do and see. But where to eat? This guide will help make this decision for you and lead you to some of the best places to eat in different neighborhoods in the area. You’ll be sure to find new ways of connecting with your community this way, because there is no better way to connect with your neighbors than over good, local food.   

Something Old: Bill’s Cafe
This breakfast destination is sure to give you and your family a taste of traditional American homeyness. It might not look like anything too fancy, but this place is sure to fill you up to the brim. Some people even refer to this place as a blast from the past, as it first opened in 1977 and hasn’t changed much since. The nice thing is that it won’t be too hard to find: Bill’s Cafe now has seven locations in San José! Make sure to get there early, though, as they close up shop at 3:00 pm. You won’t want to miss it, though! Their chilaquiles and chorizo scramble are to die for.  

Something Traditional: Bún Bò Huế An Nam
Did you know that San José has one of the largest Vietnamese populations in the United States? This means that the perfect place for you to go to lunch might be a place like Bún Bò Huế An Nam. Not only has this place received outstanding reviews, it’s also recognized as being a hidden gem with inexpensive food and authentic dishes. Naturally, one of their most popular dishes is the Bún Bò Huế, which is known for having incredibly flavorful broth. If you’re looking to be a little more adventurous, people sometimes are daring enough to order pizzle, but I’ll leave that decision up to you.   

Something Fun: Cafe Stritch
A popular place amongst locals, Cafe Stritch offers an ideal environment for craft beers and free live music. It’s no wonder the locals love it so much! You’re surely to become a part of the local following as soon as you step in. There’s something happening every weekend, and every Wednesday they have an all-vinyl DJ night, for those who have their roots in the past. You can look at their events calendar here.

Something New: Adega
With Silicon Valley constantly growing, you can bet that the restaurant scene is only growing exponentially, too. This restaurant, however, pairs a little bit of tradition with a modern twist. Adega serves traditional Portuguese food in San José’s Portuguese District but is new to the area, only opening first in 2015. But here’s something you might not know and might just love if you’re a new foodie to the area: this restaurant is the first and only Michelin-starred restaurant in San José, California. You will definitely not want to miss out on this destination if you’re looking for some gourmet eats and good local friends.  


Something Sweet: Treat Ice Cream Company
One of the best hidden gems in San Jose is the Treat Ice Cream Company. If you’re in the area, this establishment will surely be frequented by you and the family. Started up in 1951, its ice cream is old fashioned with smooth, original, creaminess. They have packed flavors such as marble butterscotch and coconut pineapple, but they also have four different vanillas on site! You definitely won’t want to miss this destination.

With the blossoming food scene in San José, your tastebuds will surely never be bored. Now it’s time for you to decide where to eat next in your new neighborhood.