Thursday, September 11, 2014

Easton & Associates Arranges $8.35M Sale of Miami Lakes, FL Industrial Building

Tom Kimen

DORAL, FL — Easton & Associates, the commercial real estate brokerage division of The Easton Group, arranged the sale of a 106,000 square foot industrial property in Miami Lakes, FL.  The purchase price was $8.35 million or $78 per square feet. 

 Easton & Associates Vice President Tom Kimen represented the seller, 3B Associates, a real estate investment partnership.

The buyer is Safari Topia, a manufacturer of educational toys and figurines.  Kimen said Safari Topia will conduct its business operations from the new facility.  The company had been located just a few miles away, but decided to purchase its own building once its lease came up for renewal.

 “With interest rates still at historic low levels, it makes a lot of sense for some businesses to own their real estate,” said Kimen.  “In the short term, they get reduced monthly payments, and in the long term, they get the appreciation of the asset.”

 The property is located at 5960 Miami Lakes Drive in the Miami Lakes Industrial Park.  

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Todd Templin
Boardroom Communications

Marcus & Millichap Arranges Sale of Santona Corner in Coral Gables, FL for $17.4 Million

Benjamin H. Silver
CORAL GABLES, Fla., Sept. 9, 2014– Marcus & Millichap (NYSE: MMI), a leading commercial real estate investment services firm with offices throughout the United States and Canada, announced the sale of Santona Corner, a 37,130-square-foot retail property with a private parking garage composed of 159 spaces, located in Coral Gables, Fla.

The asset sold for $17,400,000, which equates to $469 per square foot.

Douglas K. Mandel, a first vice president investments, and Benjamin H. Silver, an associate vice president investments, both in Marcus & Millichap’s Fort Lauderdale office, procured a buyer for the property on behalf of the seller.

“This was an opportunity for an investor to acquire a trophy retail asset across from the University of Miami with prominent and high exposure on busy U.S. 1,” says Silver. “The distinguished building was designed by Mateu Architecture and offers its tenants an upscale modern façade.”

Santona Corner has an abundance of on-site parking with the private parking garage and provides excellent access to Miami International Airport and Downtown Miami. The property is located on the corner of South Dixie Highway (U.S. Route 1) and Santona Street at 1430 South Dixie Highway.

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Gina Relva
Public Relations Manager
(925) 953-1716

IPA Sells 903-Unit Multifamily Portfolio in Hartford, CT

Part of  903-Unit Apartment Portfolio, Hartford, CT
HARTFORD, CT– Institutional Property Advisors (IPA), a brokerage division of Marcus & Millichap serving the needs of institutional and major private investors, has arranged the sale of a 903-unit multifamily portfolio in Hartford, Conn.  The transaction details were not disclosed.

            IPA executive directors Victor Nolletti and Steve Witten, along with IPA associate Eric Pentore represented the buyer and seller in the transaction.

            “The portfolio consisted of a number of addresses that encompassed a range of solid locations serving the first-time renter and workforce housing needs of those living and working in and around the city of Hartford,” says Nolletti. 

            Built in the 1960s, the rentable square footage of the portfolio totals almost 800,000 square feet.

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Gina Relva
Public Relations Manager
(925) 953-1716

Lincoln Brokers Engel & Völkers’ Nearly 2,000-Square-Foot Lease at Buckhead Atlanta

Amy Fingerhut

ATLANTA, GA – Lincoln Property Company Southeast (Lincoln) has brokered Engel & Völkers’ new 1,875-square-foot lease at Buckhead Atlanta, a 1.5 million-square-foot, mixed-use development at the intersection of Peachtree and Pharr roads.

 Chip Sipple, a senior investment analyst with Lincoln, represented the international real estate brokerage firm in the transaction; Amy Fingerhut of CBRE represented the landlord, developer OliverMcMillan.

 Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta’s office will be located on Pharr Road across the street from the Elle Apartments and will open when the first phase of the development is complete, which is expected to be this fall.

Chip Sipple
Engel & Völkers is one of the world’s leading companies specializing in the sale and lease of premium residential and commercial properties and yachts.

 “It was very exciting to place this high-profile firm in one of Atlanta’s highest-profile developments,” Sipple said. “This transaction is another example of Lincoln’s proven ability to put tenants in exactly the right spaces.

“This couldn’t be a better fit. As a well-known luxury brand, Engel & Völkers is a perfect fit for a project that will be home to a wide range of high-end tenants and retailers.”

“We’re thrilled to have Engel & Völkers join the Buckhead Atlanta community,” added Jeff Zeigler, senior managing director of retail services for OliverMcMillan. “Their offerings complement the varied roster of tenants we have lined up to date, and we are confident that Engel & Völkers brings a unique element to this destination that our guests won’t be able to find elsewhere.”

Jeff Zeigler
 Fingerhut, vice president at CBRE, further defined the benefits of the deal, saying, “This deal signifies the beginning of a meaningful partnership between one of the largest luxury real estate and lifestyle brands and an iconic Atlanta community. This brings the global Engel & Völkers network to native Atlantans and international clients moving to the area.”

 Engel & Völkers plans to open more offices throughout metro Atlanta, and Lincoln and Sipple are currently assisting the firm in its efforts to locate space in Alpharetta.

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Stephen Ursery
The Wilbert Group

SVN Crossroads Management Awarded 157,000 SF of Property Management Contracts

Kirsten Bowersox
SCHAUMBURG, IL– Schaumburg-based SVN Crossroads Management, LLC has been awarded property management contracts for five separate properties comprising 157,000 square feet of space.

Located in the north, northwest and south suburbs of Chicago, the properties consist of industrial, office and industrial flex.

“As I said earlier this year, we are making a full-court press to increase our market share,” said Kirsten Bowersox, chief operating officer of SVN Crossroads. 

“Our targeted marketing efforts combined with a reputation for providing responsive, ownership-style management services has been noticed by building owners across Chicago.”

The 157,000 square feet of new property management contracts, all located in Illinois, includes 103,000 square feet of industrial space in three separate properties at 525-533 S. Ashland Ave. in Chicago Heights; 740 Industrial Drive in Cary and 726 McHenry Ave. in Woodstock. It also includes a 6,900-square-foot office space at 630 N. Route 31 in Crystal Lake.

The fifth new property management contract is for a 47,000-square-foot industrial flex building at 1940-1950 Lehigh Ave. in Glenview.
For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Mark Thomton,, 312-267-4523
Emily Johnson,, 312-267-4522


Waterton Purchases The Apartments at Denver Place in Colorado

Matt Masinter
CHICAGO, IL – Waterton Associates LLC, a U.S. real estate investor and operator, is pleased to announce the acquisition of The Apartments at Denver Place, a 193-unit high-rise apartment community located in downtown Denver. The community is the fifth property purchased by Waterton in 2014.

 The Apartments at Denver Place is located within a larger mixed-use property known as Denver Place, which also includes a high-rise office building, a fitness facility and a controlled-access underground parking garage.

The apartments are located in a 37-story mixed-use tower that contains 24 for-sale condominiums and a five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel on the first 14 floors of the building.

Residents of The Apartments at Denver Place have access to the hotel’s full suite of luxury amenities including the 9,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton spa, as well as the newly renovated 68,000-square-foot TruFit Athletic Club.

 “This is a very high-quality property with a unique opportunity to further improve the residential units, common areas and amenity spaces,” said Matt Masinter, senior vice president of acquisitions at Waterton. “We are very pleased to add Denver Place to our portfolio, as we see a lot of growth potential in this market and some great value-add upside at this property.”

The Apartments at Denver Place, Denver, CO
The Apartments at Denver Place is conveniently located within walking distance of downtown Denver’s most desirable employment, nightlife and entertainment districts, including the 26-block Arapahoe Square Urban Redevelopment Area, just one block northeast of the property. 

Since the area became eligible for tax increment financing in 2011, eight sites have been redeveloped, including the Denver U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The office, which opened in June 2014, is home to 125 professionals and is expected to generate $439 million of economic activity over the next five years.  Lastly, the highly anticipated Union Station redevelopment is located just six blocks from the property.

For leasing information, call (866) 995-0446 or visit

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

  Abe Tekippe,, (312) 267-4528
Virginia Love,, (404) 937-2061

Marcus & Millichap Arranges Sale of 2,400-SF Verizon Wireless-Leased Building in Valrico, FL for $1.9 Million

James Medefind

 VALRICO, FL – Marcus & Millichap (NYSE: MMI), a leading commercial real estate investment services firm with offices throughout the United States and Canada, announced the sale of Verizon Wireless, a 2,400-square foot net-leased property located in Valrico, Fla., according to Richard D. Matricaria, regional manager of the firm’s Tampa office.

The asset sold for $1,936,000.

Armando Rodriguez, associate and James Medefind, senior associate in Marcus & Millichap’s Tampa office, represented both parties in the transaction.

Verizon Wireless is located at 3330 Lithia Pinecrest Road in Valrico, Florida.  The property is well located at the corner of a four-way intersection with a traffic count over 50,000 per day.  The property is situated among 300,000 square feet of retail space, giving the property great synergy with the other retailers.

Armando Rodriguez
“This particular asset drove several offers, but at the end of the day we were able to find a local private investor who was willing to pay the most aggressive price of over $806 per square foot, which is a record for a single-tenant net-leased Verizon building,” says Rodriguez. 

  “This was also a win for the buyer who was looking for inflation protection and limited management responsibility.”

 “In addition, with annual rental escalations, the return over time made this asset the best on-market out there,” adds Rodriguez.

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Richard D. Matricaria
Vice President/Regional Manager
Tampa, FL
(813) 387-4700

HFF represents Kimco in the $27.15 million sale of a Stop & Shop-anchored center in Waterbury, CT to Slate Properties

Jim Koury

 BOSTON, MA – HFF announced it has closed the sale of Waterbury Plaza, a 141,443-square-foot, grocery-anchored retail center in Waterbury, Connecticut.

               HFF marketed the property exclusively on behalf of the seller, Kimco Realty Corporation (NYSE: KIM).  Slate Properties, Inc. purchased the asset for $27.15 million. 

               Waterbury Plaza is located at 410 Reidville Drive, adjacent to Interstate 84, approximately 16 miles north of New Haven in Waterbury, Connecticut.  The fully leased center is anchored by Stop & Shop and Raymour & Flanigan.

The HFF investment sales team was led by senior managing director Jim Koury.

For further information on Kimco, please visit, the company’s blog at, or follow Kimco on Twitter at

For more information on Slate, please visit

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Kristen M. Murphy
Associate Director
HFF | One Post Office Square, Suite 3500 | Boston, MA 02109
Main: 617-338-0990 | Direct: 617-848-1572 | Cell: 617-543-4873 |

Faris Lee Investments Completes $7.6 Million Pre-Sale of New Construction Retail Property in Charlotte, NC Submarket

Matthew Mousavi
 IRVINE, CA – Faris Lee Investments, a leading retail advisory and investment sales firm, has completed the $7.6 million pre-sale of Petco & Shops, an approximately 22,500-square-foot newly constructed property in Gastonia, NC, a rapidly growing submarket of Charlotte.

The property is fully leased and includes a 12,500-square-foot free-standing building occupied by Petco, and two free-standing pad buildings each totaling approximately 5,000 square feet with Select Comfort, Massage Envy Spa, Firehouse Subs, and Tijuana Flats as tenants.  All the tenants have new 10-year triple-net leases.

Matthew Mousavi and Patrick Luther of Faris Lee Investments represented the seller, a privately held development company based in North Carolina. Shaun Riley of Faris Lee Investments represented the buyer, a private investor from Arizona who was in a 1031 Exchange.

 Situated on 2.26 acres at 2272-2290 E. Franklin Boulevard, Petco & Shops is within a growing retail corridor. It is ideally located at the north side of East Franklin Boulevard/Highway 74 and is near the on/off ramp of Interstate 85.

Patrick Luther
As part of a pre-sale strategy, Faris Lee marketed the property well before the completion of construction, ensuring certainty of execution for the developer, while still capturing full forward-looking value for the asset. Faris Lee's buyer was non-contingent with a non-refundable deposit in place prior to property’s tenants opening for business.
“Faris Lee’s marketing outreach highlighted the growing market and surrounding retail fundamentals of the immediate area,” said Mousavi.

 “We also repositioned the center as a "Lifestyle" retail destination for the community, and renamed the property to better suit the tenancy and the retail orientation of the property.

“We generated multiple competing offers from across the country and helped the seller select a qualified, out-of-state buyer who offered very aggressive price and terms.”

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Darcie Giacchetto
Spaulding Thompson & Associates

Stirling Sotheby’s International Realty’s Lake Nona/Medical City Marketing Center opening soon with New Professional Team

                    Top from left Tiffany Licata and Melissa Ziarko
                          Front,  Laurie Branch-Conner 
ORLANDO, FL -- Three seasoned professionals have formed a team for the launch and growth of Stirling Sotheby’s International Realty’s new Lake Nona/Medical City Real Estate Marketing Center opening on Narcoossee Rd. this fall.

 Team founder, Laurie Branch-Connor has had a longstanding career in all aspects of real estate including residential re-sales, new homes, international sales, investors, and property management.

 Melissa Ziarko, Laurie’s sister, received her real estate license two years ago and has dealt with many real estate transactions involving foreign investors and has also been involved in property management.  Ziarko is very knowledgeable about market trends and closing deals.

 Tiffany Licata, the newest member of the team, brings a background in hospitality/restaurant management.  Since starting her real estate career, Licata has been leasing and listing properties and pursuing investors interested in the area surrounding Southeast Orlando’s robust Medical City.

Roger Soderstrom
 “The Branch-Conner, Licata and Ziarko Team offers a triangular solution to the real estate needs of customers and clients seeking to locate in this rapidly expanding, upper tier job-growth area,” said Roger Soderstrom, founder and owner of Stirling Sotheby’s International Realty.

 “They are outstanding professionals and committed to new and established communities in the Lake Nona Medical City / Saint Cloud region, he said.

 Among communities Branch-Conner, Licata and Ziarko will be servicing are Harmony, St. Cloud and Kissimmee.  
For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications 407-644-4142