Michael J. Mungo worked his way through multiple academic degrees at the University of South Carolina while working as a sheet rock installer. In 1954, he founded his own company and pioneered land development as a viable profession, by bringing development and construction innovation to the Columbia, South Carolina area. He developed the first neighborhood outside the municipality to have water and sewer, rolled concrete curbs and street gutters, and uniform street lighting. Mungo included amenities such as swimming pools and tennis courts in his neighborhoods, and was the first developer in the area to initiate standard covenants in communities, even including attached garages in homes of all price ranges.
Mungo's son, Stewart, joined the family business in 1974 after graduating from Wofford College with a degree in government. When an unexpected transfer of power was prompted by Michael Mungo’s heart attack in 1978, Stewart was trained to take over as company president.
Although younger brother Steven, an International Politics major at Wofford College, had no initial intentions of joining the family business, that's exactly what he did after graduating in the early ‘80s. The job of expanding the Mungo home building operation was fell to him, while Stewart's expertise was in land development.
Expanding first to Charleston, South Carolina in 2003, Mungo Homes now builds in eight markets throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, selling more than 1500 homes in 2016. Mungo Homes is proud to be ranked among the 20th largest privately held home builders in the country.
Today, the third generation of the Mungo family serves an integral role in the day to day operations of the company.