Thursday, April 18, 2019

Blackton Earns Contract to Provide Flooring for D.R. Horton’s New Polk County Community Orchid Grove in Polk County, FL

Micky Blackton
Haines City, FL --- Blackton, Inc., an Orlando-based supplier for the home building industry, was recently awarded a contract from D.R. Horton to provide flooring products worth an estimated $500,000 for Orchid Grove being developed in Polk County.

   Micky Blackton, chief executive officer of the family-owned firm, said the contract with Dallas/Ft. Worth-based D.R. Horton includes all flooring materials for the homebuilder’s 91 single-family homes planned for Orchid Grove located off U.S. Hwy. 27 in Haines City.   

Blackton, Inc., a family owned business headquartered on Alden St. near Ivanhoe Row north of downtown Orlando, has been ranked as one of Central Florida’s largest distributors of materials to homebuilders.  They have been supplying the industry from Jacksonville to Tampa for 65 years.


Michael “Micky” Blackton, CEO, Blackton, Inc. 

Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications 

HFF arranges $360 million in debt and equity for the development of the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Nashville

Mary  Dooley
BOSTON, MA, April 18, 2019 – Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announces that it has arranged $360 million in debt and equity financing for the development of the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Nashville, a luxury mixed-use hotel and for-sale residential project in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. 

Robyn King

 Both the hotel and the for-sale residential units will be branded and operated by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

HFF worked on behalf of the developers, The Congress Group, Inc. and AECOM Capital.

Located at 151 First Avenue South, the exclusive mixed-use development will include 232 five-star hotel rooms, luxury for-sale residential units, approximately 10,000 square feet of retail space and a 368-space parking garage.

Riaz A. Cassum
 Residences will feature exquisite interior finishes, floor-to-ceiling windows with views of downtown Nashville, open-concept living areas alongside best-in-class amenities and luxury service that will redefine luxury living and exclusivity in Nashville.  Construction will begin in second quarter 2019.

  The project will overlook the Cumberland River as well as the adjacent Ascend Amphitheatre and is just across the John Seigenthaler pedestrian bridge from Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans.

  Additionally, residents and guests will enjoy ease of access to Lower Broadway and Second Avenue, which serve as home to the city’s quintessential live music venues, restaurants and nightlife, including the Nashville Music City Center. 

 The project is also less than a 15-minute drive from four out of the five top employers in Nashville, including Pinnacle Financial Partners and Bridgestone.

Daniel Kaufman
The HFF debt and equity placement team representing the developers consisted of senior managing directors Riaz Cassum and Danny Kaufman, senior associate Robyn King and associates Andrew Gray and Mary Dooley.

“This transaction garnered strong interest from both lenders and equity investors due to the strength of the sponsorship and their vision for a world-class, luxury development on the best site in Nashville,” said Cassum. 

“The arrival of Four Seasons to Nashville speaks volumes to the attractiveness of the city as a destination for both leisure and business as well as one of the most desirable places to live in the country.”

About The Congress Group, Inc.

The Congress Group, Inc. (“Congress”) is a privately-held real estate development, construction, property/asset management and investment company. 

Founded in 1980, Congress has grown to be one of New England’s leading commercial real estate and development firms, with a presence along the Eastern Seaboard. 

Andrew Gray
 Congress has been responsible for the design, development and construction of approximately eight million square feet of office, residential, retail, hotel and structured parking projects. 

 It has made the reuse of complex central city sites a specialty, establishing new, high profile landmarks on underutilized spaces.  

A leader in value-added real estate developments, Congress has many notable projects, including 28 State Street and 33 Arch Street in Boston, Massachusetts.

About AECOM Capital

AECOM Capital is an investor and developer of real estate and other large-scale projects across North America and select international markets.

 Targeting high-quality, risk-adjusted investments, AECOM Capital leverages AECOM’s vast resources across all engineering, design and construction services for deal flow, due diligence, execution and project delivery.

Four Seasons Hotel  and Private Residences, Nashville, TN
 AECOM Capital has a total development value of over $4.5 billion across approximately 11 million square feet. As part of AECOM, a fully integrated global infrastructure firm, we connect knowledge and experience across a global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges.

A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM had revenue of approximately $20.2 billion during fiscal year 2018. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at 


HFF Senior Managing Director
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HFF Senior Managing Director
(312) 528-3650

HFF Director, Public Relations
(617) 338-0990

Louise Folkesson of Illustrated Properties Closes $5 Million Sale in Wellington, FL

Louise Folkesson
WELLINGTON, FL, April 18, 2019 – Illustrated Properties, a member of The Keyes Family of Companies, has completed the $5 million sale of a seven-bedroom home on more than three acres near the site of the Wellington Equestrian Festival. Louise Folkesson of Illustrated was the exclusive listing agent in the transaction.

Located at 2488 Appaloosa Trail, the estate was built in 1994 and has seven bathrooms, 5,239 square feet of living space and 10,515 total square feet. The sale closed on April 1.

2488 Appaloosa Trail, Wellington, FL

Interior features include a gourmet kitchen, media room, gym, Sonos sound system, impact windows and newly upgraded bathrooms. The property also has a pool and center aisle barn with 12 matted stalls, two grooming stalls, two wash racks, a tack room, oversized arena and additional storage space.

The barn also comes with a two-bedroom grooms apartment with a full kitchen and a studio apartment with a kitchenette.

Gyllebo Farm LLC is the seller and RSJ Real Estate LLC is the buyer, according to Palm Beach County records.

For Folkesson, a native of Sweden who studied Equine Science and spent several years in Wellington working in the equestrian industry before venturing into real estate, the sale is the most expensive she has closed for Illustrated. She is based in the firm’s Wellington office.

Mike Pappas
“It was an honor to list this stunning property,” Folkesson said. “My ties to Wellington and equestrian experience were certainly beneficial in marketing the home. Understanding the real estate needs and priorities of equestrians is critical in producing favorable results in this market.”

The sale follows Illustrated’s prestigious recognition as the 2018 Member of the Year by Luxury Portfolio International®, the luxury marketing division of preeminent global network Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®. 

The organization’s Member of the Year award recognizes the brokerage firm that most effectively utilizes the tools and strategies provided by Luxury Portfolio to produce impressive results. Illustrated generated nearly $1 billion in transaction volume in 2018.

“We congratulate Louise on her continued success serving her clients in Wellington,” Illustrated CEO Mike Pappas said. “This is yet another example of Illustrated’s unmatched output throughout the Palm Beach County luxury market.”

Engel & Volkers represented the buyer in the transaction.

In July 2016, Keyes and Illustrated Properties announced the completion of a merger between the two companies, which continue to operate under their existing brands. Overall, Keyes and Illustrated generate more than $6 billion in annual revenue from their real estate service lines.

Keyes and Illustrated control more than 20 percent of the $1 million-plus market in northern Palm Beach County.


Eric Kalis
Vice President

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JLL completes $19.9 million sale at $338 per-square-foot of Summerlin – Las Vegas office asset

Summerlin Development, Las Vegas, NV
Tivon Moffitt
 LAS VEGAS, NV – On behalf of Moonwater Capital, JLL has completed the $19.9 million sale of a single-tenant office property in the Summerlin masterplanned community in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Class A office building is leased to an industry leading Fortune 10 company and features recent, comprehensive renovations – a combination that helped to generate interest from more than 100 potential investors.

JLL Senior Vice Presidents Tivon Moffitt and Peter Bauman, and Executive Vice President Bret Davis represented Moonwater Capital in the transaction. The buyer, a private investment entity from California, was represented by Kase Abusharkh of The Kase Group.

“This sale represents an industry-leading cap rate for a single-tenant office project in the Las Vegas market,” said Bauman. “The significant interest achieved by the JLL team drove this sale price to $19.9 million and we are pleased that the property sold for $338 per square foot.”

Peter Bauman
Located at 1451 Center Crossing Road in Las Vegas, the building totals 58,950 square feet and is fully leased by a Fortune 10 company. 

It sits within the Summerlin masterplanned community, surrounded by a desirable residential, retail, office and employment demographic, and with an attractive geographical position along Summerlin Parkway, minutes from the Interstate 215 Beltway and US 95.

“Investors across the United States and globally understand the strength and diversity of the Las Vegas economy, especially Summerlin,” said Moffitt. “They want to invest in Las Vegas and there is diverse capital seeking to make long-term real estate investments in this market.”

The property seller, TSSP – Moonwater Capital, acquired the building in 2018 as part of a seven-building office portfolio. 

Bret Davis
“Moonwater recognized the significant value of this building’s long-term lease to a credit tenant,” said Davis. “That was a driving force in the aggressive offers the JLL team received from a diverse group of buyers, including direct foreign capital investors.”

About JLL

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management.

 Our vision is to reimagine the world of real estate, creating rewarding opportunities and amazing spaces where people can achieve their ambitions. 

In doing so, we will build a better tomorrow for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $16.3 billion, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of over 90,000 as of December 31, 2018.

Kase Abusharkh 
 JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. Jones Lang LaSalle Brokerage Inc. is JLL’s legal brokerage entity in Nevada. For more news, videos and research resources on JLL, please visit

About Moonwater Capital

Founded in 1997 by Ofir Hagay, Moonwater Capital is a Las Vegas-based boutique real estate investment firm. 

Moonwater Capital specializes in value-add investments, particularly real estate properties in the greater Las Vegas metropolitan area.

 Through years of company-wide success, Moonwater Capital creatively applies its international experience to the Las Vegas marketplace where it stands as the leader in the commercial office market.

Ofir Hagay
The company leverages its deep knowledge, relationships and global experience to identify, secure and profit from strategic real estate projects; real estate projects that also impact the city of Las Vegas by way of job creation and community development.


Stacey Hershauer
Phone: +1 480 600 0195

Marcus & Millichap Arranges $1.3 Million Sale of Nine-Unit Blue Skies Apartments in St. Pete Beach, FL

Nataliia Musick

Grant Fitzgerald
ST PETE BEACH, FL – Marcus & Millichap (NYSE: MMI), a leading commercial real estate investment services firm with offices throughout the United States and Canada, has announced the sale of Blue Skies Apartments, a nine-unit apartment property located in St. Pete Beach, Fla., according to Grant Fitzgerald, sales manager of the firm’s Tampa office. The asset sold for $1,300,000.

Casey Babb

Nataliia Musick, Casey Babb, CCIM, Luis Baez, CCIM, and Shawn Rupp, investment specialists in Marcus & Millichap’s Tampa office, had the exclusive listing to market the property on behalf of the seller, a private investor.  

The buyer, a private investor, was also secured and represented by the four brokers. 

“Even though the property has upscale amenities and units have higher-end condo-grade finishes, rents were below market average at the time of the sale,"  said Musick.  "The buyer felt that would make for a great value add play and was able to close on the full list offer in less than 90 days.” 

Luis Baez
Blue Skies Apartments is located at 521 68th Avenue in the high barrier to entry market of St. Pete Beach, an area with strong rental demand for long-term apartments as well as seasonal and vacation rentals. 

Voted TripAdvisor's No. 7 Beach in the U.S. in 2018, St Pete Beach is located within the Gulf Boulevard commercial corridor and only minutes away from major demand drivers and points of interest.

The property consists of two buildings, a free-standing frame cottage (352 approximately square feet) and a concrete block two-story building made up of eight one-bedroom units (520 approximately square feet each) with first-floor units featuring large patios with privacy fencing. 

Shawn Rupp
The property received a complete condo-grade renovation in 2007 which included new tile floors, granite counter tops, European-style fixtures, ceiling fans in the living rooms, crown molding and instant hot water heaters.

 Tenants enjoy amenities such as a swimming pool, private parking, brick pavers, courtyard-like setting, lush tropical landscaping, and walking distance to the beach, dining and entertainment. 


Grant Fitzgerald
Sales Manager
 Tampa, FL
(813) 387-4700

Whitney Davis
Marketing Coordinator
Marcus & Millichap
201 North Franklin St.
Suite 1100
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 387-4700 main
(813) 387-4743 direct
(813) 387-4710 fax