Meet Our Company

From the first home in Paper Mill Lake, to our latest $1m+ QE II Lottery Home in The Parks of West Bedford.

We’ve come a long way since our first home in 1989.

Cresco was established in 1989 by Hossein Mousavi and his partners. Five years later Taleb Abidali joined the company. Hossein and Taleb always had big plans for Cresco. Although they started with smaller projects, they were always motivated to grow.

In 2006, after years of determination, Cresco’s biggest accomplishment came to fruition. Cresco acquired 1,300+ acres of land which is now The Parks of West Bedford. The Principals recognized this would be a massive 25-year undertaking for Cresco on its own, and signaled a change of direction for the company. Now partnered with Clayton Developments, Cresco is planning on building for years to come.

Today, Cresco has a total of 18 employees, with many loyal trades working in the communities – some that have been with Cresco since the beginning. These relationships have helped Cresco grow into the organization it is today.

Progressive thinking

We place an emphasis on offering ample green space, plenty of sidewalks and amenities, and lots of room for families to live active lifestyles.  Cresco has re-defined neighbourhoods by introducing Nova Scotia to active lifestyle communities, including:

  • Russell Lake West (Dartmouth)
  • The Parks of West Bedford
  • The Ravines of Bedford South
  • Clayton Park West
  • Paper Mill Lake (Bedford)

These well-established communities are now highly sought-after locations because of the significant consideration which was originally made to features like accessibility, schools, sporting activities, leisure pursuits and shopping.

Currently, Cresco is building homes for sale in Russell Lake West, The Parks of West Bedford, and The Ravines of Bedford South. New developments are planned for the future.

Hossein Mousavi

Principal (since 1989)
Prior to founding Cresco in 1989, Hossein began his university education with his eye on a medical degree. However, his artistic heart won him over, and with a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Francis Xavier University in hand, he followed his dream into home renovations. Today, Hossein is widely respected for his visionary methods and progressive thinking when planning communities. His ideas and input on home building industry trends are regularly sought out by various organizations. Hossein and his wife, Darlene, have three children.

Taleb Abidali

Principal (since 1994)
Taleb has a long history in the construction field and joined Cresco as a Principal in 1994. But his first career began with children as a physical education teacher. With six children and eight grandchildren of his own, he is a strong advocate of education, health and cultural diversity, values that deeply influence Cresco’s commitment to active lifestyle communities. Taleb was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Saint Mary’s University in 2015. He has been a member of the Bedford South Advisory School Board, Halifax Region Immigration Leadership Council, and the School Advisory Committee for Rocky Lake Junior High School. He is an Ambassador at the Cobequid Community Health Centre and is the Chair of the Alrasoul Islamic Society. He has been instrumental in raising significant funds for both organizations.

We Know Homes





Our Vision

The Art of Building is more than a brand promise… It’s a mantra that guides everything we do.

Our Vision

To create desirable homes and communities by using our knowledge, experience and resources and by collaborating with our customers.

Our Mission

To be a leading, high quality, people-centric community builder.

Core Values

  • Family-owned – a family selling to families.
  • Integrity – show trust-worthiness, do the right thing, take accountability.
  • Respect – recognize we do not exist without each of our stakeholders.
  • Caring – support our community’s organizations and institutions.
  • Enabling – support our employees’ professional development and personal and financial well-being.
  • Team – value each other’s opinions, time and contributions towards our common goals.

An industry leader since 1989

Canadian Association of Family Enterprise – Nova Scotia Division

  • Family Enterprise of the Year Award – 2015

Canadian Association of Family Enterprise – Canada

  • Family Enterprise of the Year Award National Finalist – 2015

Canadian Home Builders’ Association

  • Marketing Award Direct Promotion ‘#iCouldLiveHere Campaign’ – 2014
  • R-2000 Builder of the Year – 2010

Halifax Chamber of Commerce

  • Business Person of the Year – Gold Winner – Taleb Abidali – 2013

Metro United Way

  • Outstanding Corporate Partner and Community Builder – 2001

Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association

  • Chair’s Award of Excellence – Safest Companies 5-19 Employees – 2008
  • Founders’ Safety Select Award – 2006
  • Safety Champion Award – 2013, 2014

Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association – Peak Awards

  • Atlantic Home Warranty – The Customer Choice Award 2015-2016
  • Consumer Choice Award – Business Sector: Home Builders
  • Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association – Peak Awards – Best Use of Multi Media 2015
  • Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association – Peak Awards – Marketing Excellence Award Builder/Renovator Over $75,000
  • Best EnerGuide for New Houses Rating – 2007
  • Builder of the Year – 2000, 2007, 2009
  • Builder/Renovator under $10,000 – 2007
  • Community Service Award – 2004, 2005, 2009, 2012
  • Marketing Excellence – 2007, 2012, 2013, 2018
  • Membership Recruitment Award – 2008, 2010
  • Most EnerGuide for New Houses Built – 2006, 2007, 2011
  • Most Outstanding New Home – 1999, 2006


  • Most Outstanding New Home 2000-3000 Sq. Ft. – 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Most Outstanding Home Over 2000 Sq. Ft. – 1999
  • Most Outstanding New Home Builder over 3001 sq. ft.– 2017
  • Most R-2000 Homes Built in – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Most TechReady Homes Built – 2011
  • Multiple Unit – Semi/Townhouse – 2006, 2007, 2011
  • Multiple Unit Condominium – 2003, 2006
  • Outstanding New Home, Judge’s Choice – 2012
  • Outstanding New Home – Most Energy Efficient 2007
  • Outstanding New Home over 3000 Sq. Ft. – 2008, 2009
  • Safety Award – 2006, 2013
  • Specialty Award Social Media – 2014
  • TechReady Ambassador – 2012
  • TechReady Builder of the Year – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014