Our Story

How It All Started


After several years working in the real estate construction and development industry, Mathew Roth and Ryan McDonnell, two neighbors living on Hawthorn Avenue in Needham, took a leap of faith and started their own business in February 2005.  In January 2007, they bought a single-family home in Needham, tore it down and built their first house.  This project set the company on a path that has seen the construction or renovation of over 130 properties (into the first half of 2019), including dozens of new luxury homes in the greater Needham and Boston areas.  

Ryan & Mat realized early on that they could not accomplish the company’s goals without assembling a strong team and creating a business built on client happiness.  They also understood that their team must treat each other (and their clients) with respect, honesty, and sincerity.  Today, that team has the expertise and vision to lead their clients through the entire building process as true partners.  Hawthorn likes to be involved as early as possible in the planning process.  Whether working on the design or acting as a construction consultant with the client’s architect or designer, Hawthorn works as a team. They help determine feasibility and collaborate on developing and working together on the budget. 

Hawthorn Builders also continues to work on their customized system that is designed to evolve in the ever-changing construction industry and one that can also meet their discerning clients’ high expectations. They call this process the Hawthorn Difference.  Hawthorn stresses the importance of client service, transparency, process and following their core values.  Their dedication to their ideals make them an up and coming force in the home building industry.  They have built a strong team that works together as they continue to follow a clear vision to become the leading craftsmen in the area.

Hawthorn Builders, has been engaged by customers for projects ranging from kitchens and baths, to major additions and custom new construction.


Under Hawthorn Real Estate, which includes Hawthorn Builders and Hawthorn Properties,  Mathew & Ryan bundled the company’s services under one umbrella to provide customers with a complete real estate solution.  The two companies combine to supply a full collection of real estate value by offering customers access to a deep network of tradespersons, vendors and suppliers.  Hawthorn Real Estate is focused on remaining a fixture in the greater Needham and Boston development and brokerage communities for years to come.

In 2012, Rob Ticktin joined Hawthorn Real Estate after a 10-year career developing condominiums in Somerville, Cambridge and Boston. He is a partner in Hawthorn Properties while filling an advisory role for Hawthorn Builders.