Organization That Owns 10 Triad Shopping Centers Buys First Apartment Community

A New Jersey-based company currently owns ten shopping centers in the Piedmont Triad and has now entered the apartment market with the purchase of a Winston-Salem property. From the Triad Business Journal:

The Bedrin Organization, which owns 10 Triad shopping centers, has purchased Hilltop House Apartments in downtown Winston-Salem for $17.75 from retired Wachovia Corp. CEO and chairman L.M. “Bud” Baker in a deal that closed Monday…

The 169-unit community at 241 S. Cherry St., includes three buildings, and has an interesting history. The first building was built in 1962 as a Holiday Inn, later became a Best Western and was converted into 54 units in 2011 and 2012. The 50-room North Tower was built in 2012. The 65-unit South Tower was built in 2014 using pre-fabricated pod components.

“We are excited about where downtown Winston-Salem is going, with the arts and the culture that is there, with the Innovation Quarter,” said Garret Bedrin, who oversees acquisitions, leasing and investor relations for the New Jersey-based family company. “We want to make sure that there is a reasonably priced option for housing downtown.”

At Least 15 Apartment Communities in Forsyth County Have Been Sold in 12 Months

The Winston-Salem Journal ran a story in its June 8 edition highlighting the sale of 15 apartment communities in Forsyth County, and just today (June 20) another two were announced. The June 8 article does a nice job summarizing the many factors that contribute to the spike in transactions – demographics, lifestyle, costs – but one facet of the transactions that they pick up on is something that has been observed over the last year by apartment industry observers: a significant increase in out-of-town buyers of apartments. From the June 8 article:

Yet, there have been six apartment-complex purchases in Forsyth over the past three months, all by out-of-region and out-of-state buyers.

“Investors are trying to find what few pockets of value there are left in the apartment market,” said Mark Vitner, a senior economist for Wells Fargo Securities.

“Prices have been bid up so much in larger markets, such as Charlotte, Raleigh and Nashville, that investors are increasingly looking to markets that have been overlooked and show great potential for growth.

“Winston-Salem and Greensboro are at the top of the list of overlooked markets.”

If you’re wondering what the price points were for the transactions, we did a little “back of the napkin” calculating using the information from the article and some data we have in our membership files and found the following;

Those 15 communities have a total of 2,349 units and the combined total of sales prices was $136,640,000, or $58,169 per unit.

237-Unit Class-A Greensboro Apartment Community is Sold

Carlisle Residential has sold its Encore North community in Greensboro to Grimley Residential. The 237-unit community sold for $34.3 million, or $144,725 per door. Here are more details from an article in Multi-Housing News:

Carter-Haston will manage the community on behalf of the new owner. Built in 2017, the apartment property offering one- and two-bedroom homes is located at 3619 N. Elm St., less than 5 miles north of downtown Greensboro.

The community was built by Lomax Construction and comprises five three-story buildings, with an occupancy rate of nearly 94 percent, according to Yardi Matrix data. Amenities include a fitness center, swimming pool, resident lounge and dog park…

Grimley Residential’s Southeast portfolio is growing. Early last year, the company bought Preserve at Hardin Valley, a 296-unit community in Knoxville, Tenn., for $48 million from a joint venture between Crescent Bend Development and Cumberland Advisors, according to Yardi Matrix.

100-Unit Apartment Community in NW Greensboro Sold for $162,000 per Door

Apartment transactions in the Triad are continuing at a steady pace, the most recent example being a 100-unit community in northwest Greensboro. From the Triad Business Journal:

A luxury apartment community in the Piedmont Triad International Airport submarket has sold for $16.2 million...

Piedmont Place at 5817 Garden Village Court has 100 units with either one or two bedrooms, and garages. Amenities include hardwood floors, granite countertops, a tankless hot water system, garden tubs and a community clubhouse and pool.

The new owner has hired Hawthorne Residential Partners to manage the community, built in 2015. 

Student Property in Greensboro Sold

Spring Place Apartments in Greensboro, near UNCG, was sold to a Chicago-based real estate investment company that specializes in student housing. From an article in the Triad Business Journal:

A large Triad student apartment community has sold for $23.15 million, according to records with the Guilford County Register of Deeds.

OC Ventures, a Chicago-based real estate investment firm specializing in student housing, bought Spring Place Student Apartments at 3610 Clifton Road in Greensboro, near UNC-Greensboro, through 3610 Clifton Road Associates LLC. The sale was recorded in Guilford County April 8…

Built in 2009, Spring Place has 164 units on 13.2 acres. 

Sale of Winston-Salem Apartment Community Continues Trend

The recent sale of Towergate Apartments continues a trend of apartment purchases by companies from outside the region. From the Winston-Salem Journal:

Another Forsyth County apartment complex has been sold to an out-of-region buyer, this time Towergate Apartments in Winston-Salem for $10.94 million.

The buyer is Ginkgo Towergate LLC of Charlotte, and the seller is Towergate Associates LLC of Winston-Salem, according to a Forsyth County Register of Deeds filing Tuesday. The deal closed Tuesday….

The complex was built in 1985 and has 259 units within 25 buildings on 14.65 acres.

The sale is the latest of a recent spree of apartment complex purchases in the county…

Other recent apartment complex sales include: the 209-unit Carolina Woods in Winston-Salem for $11.5 million; 213-unit Loxley Chase in Winston-Salem selling for $16.25 million; 234-unit Morgan Place in Clemmons for $14.3 million; 204-unit Twin City Townhomes in Winston-Salem for $10.15 million; 144-unit Salem Crest in Winston-Salem for $7.5 million; 96-unit Woodlawn in Winston-Salem for $3.5 million; and the 49-unit apartment complex at 1976 Maryland Ave. in Winston-Salem for $1.45 million.

Northwinds Sold, Renamed

The property formerly known as Northwinds was sold and the new owner is planning on making upgrades. From Multi-Housing News:

Arcan Capital has acquired Village 1373, a 332-unit, garden-style community in Greensboro, N.C., for $21.3 million from Southwood Realty, per Yardi Matrix information. Hunt Real Estate Capital has originated a $21 million, three-year acquisition and renovation loan for the buyer, according to Guilford county recorded documents.

Located at 1373 Lees Chapel Road, the property formally known as Northwinds is less than 6 miles from downtown Greensboro. The community offers one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in 17 three-story buildings. Amenities include two pools, a fitness center, a tennis court and a playground. The asset had an 89.5 percent occupancy rate as of January.

rcan intends to use the Hunt-originated financing to upgrade the interiors, exteriors and common areas. “While the former owner maintained the property, it has not undergone any renovations or improvements for the past 11 years,said RJ Guttroff, managing director at Hunt, in prepared remarks. “Upon acquisition, the new owners will rebrand the property and implement a capital improvement plan exceeding $4 million to upgrade and reposition the property.”

New York Group Purchases Bridford West in Greensboro

In December a group out of Uniondale, New York purchased Bridford West Apartments in Greensboro. From the Triad Business Journal:

A realty group based on Long Island has purchased a gated apartment community in the Triad for $36 million, according to Guilford County public records…

Built in three phases beginning in 2012, the 264-unit upscale community sits on 20 acres at 600 Eagle Road in southwest Greensboro, just off Bridford Parkway. The complex has 11 apartment buildings and a clubhouse. Amenities include a fitness center, saltwater pool, dog park, car wash and grilling stations.

That purchase price puts the transaction at $136,364 per door and continues a trend of apartment communities being purchased by non-local companies. The seller bought Bridford West in 2015 for $33.2 million.

Carolina Woods Latest in a String of Winston-Salem Apartment Transactions

The Winston-Salem Journal ran a fairly in-depth article on the sale of Carolina Woods and the plans the new owner has for the community. Here’s a taste:

The Carolina Woods apartment community near Bethabara Park will go through a major renovation initiative as part of its new owner’s push into the North Carolina and Southeast metro markets…

Weiss owns and manages more than 600 multifamily units, more than 20,000 square feet of commercial space, and an 89-room boutique hotel, banquet hall and restaurant.

However, until it closed on the Carolina Woods community, all of its investments were in New Jersey and New York.”

The article also had an interesting bit of info about all of the apartment transactions in Winston-Salem over the last six months:

“The others include: 213-unit Loxley Chase in Winston-Salem selling for $16.25 million; 234-unit Morgan Place in Clemmons for $14.3 million; 204-unit Twin City Townhomes in Winston-Salem for $10.15 million; 144-unit Salem Crest in Winston-Salem for $7.5 million; 96-unit Woodlawn in Winston-Salem for $3.5 million; and the 49-unit apartment complex at 1976 Maryland Ave. in Winston-Salem for $1.45 million. “

Texas Company Buys Greensboro Apartment Community

Continuing a recent trend of companies based outside of the Piedmont Triad purchasing local apartment communities, a Texas company has purchased a 336-unit Greensboro property. From the Triad Business Journal:

A Texas real estate company has purchased a large Triad apartment complex for $16.3 million, with plans to make more than $3 million in renovations over the next two years.

Artesia Real Estate of Austin, Texas, bought Mallard Lake Apartments in Greensboro. The seller was an LLC managed by Robert Canham, president of Sunchase American of Greensboro, which also manages the community.

Artesia principal Colin Brothers told Triad Business Journal that 3 Points Property of Raleigh will take over management of the 336-unit development at 2905 Cottage Place, just northeast of Greensboro Science Center off Lawndale Drive, in mid-December. The apartments are only a few minutes from various retailers on the Battleground Avenue corridor…

Brothers told TBJ that renovations would begin soon, starting with exterior improvements. Interiors will be upgraded units become available. Brothers said plans are still under development. He said various subcontractors would be hired. The community has two pools and a clubhouse.