Dealmaker: Berkadia Arranges $118M for Multifamily

Berkadia arranged $75.5 million in financing for the largest multifamily property in Alabama and $43 million for three multifamily properties in Illinois.

In Alabama, Berkadia announced sale of The Park at Hoover, a 1,060-unit garden-style multifamily property located on 101 acres in Hoover, Birmingham’s largest suburb. This Class B property is the largest apartment property in the state.

The Park at Hoover (Ala.).

Senior Director David Wilson, Associate Director Caleb Frizzell and Director Steve Nunnelley of Berkadia’s Birmingham office arranged the sale on behalf of the seller. Senior Managing Director Charles Foschini and Managing Director Chris Apone of Berkadia’s Miami office arranged a total of $75.56 million in financing on behalf of the buyer, Miami-based Westside Capital Group. Westside’s fully integrated institutional property management arm WS Living will manage the property moving forward. 

Berkadia’s Alabama team had previously listed and sold the property in May 2015. The owners had initiated major changes at the property in recent years, including updating the 6,685-square-foot clubhouse, painting the exteriors, upgrading certain amenities and renovating 10% of the unit interiors to prove the “value add” upside.

“Investor interest in The Park at Hoover was extremely high, although the  scale of the asset limited the buyer pool to mostly large private equity groups and institutional owners,” Wilson said. “The massive size was particularly appealing to buyers new to Alabama as it would allow them to enter the market with scale. The property had been managed by Birmingham-based Arlington Properties, who did a great job maintaining the asset and managing the renovations.”

Berkadia originated two Freddie Mac-backed loans for sponsor Westside: a $66.56 million loan for Phase 1 and a $9 million loan for Phase 2. Both were 10-year, floating rate loans.

“Westside took a creative approach to value from inception by recognizing the differences in the asset and closing what was once run as one large property into two separate loans,” Foschini said. “Similarly, Freddie Mac, in this case, provided extremely aggressive terms and a floating-rate loan, which provides both an enviable rate and immense flexibility in terms of a future sale or refinance.”

“We see Alabama as a strategic market for Westside’s growth within the Southeastern United States that we focus on, and we want to build a long-lasting reputation of excellence within the local marketplace,” said Jakub Hejl, founder and president of Westside, a diversified real estate investment firm. “The timing of this investment demonstrates Westside’s capital strength to close large and complex transactions within tight timeframes.”

Located at 2135 Centennial Drive, the 920-unit Phase I is located in the City of Hoover and was built in 1987-88, while the newer 140-unit Phase II was built in 1996 and located in unincorporated Jefferson County. Community amenities include four swimming pools, one of the largest fitness centers in the market, four tennis courts, a sports court, dog park, playground and a clubhouse. The property is adjacent to the largest retail node in the Birmingham market, anchored by the Riverchase Galleria. It is also convenient to Interstate 459, Interstate 65 and Highway 31.

In Illinois, Berkadia announced $43.2 million in combined sales of three multifamily properties, including Wing Park Apartments, Parkside Apartments and Stone Ridge Square. Managing Director Ralph DePasquale of Berkadia’s Chicago office led the sales team on behalf of their respective sellers.

“The sale of these assets demonstrates continued strong investor demand for Illinois properties,” DePasquale said.

Wing Park Apartments is a 184-unit garden-style multifamily property located at 6 Tivoli Place in suburban Elgin. The seller was a joint venture between Trevian Capital and Crown Properties Inc., both based in New York. The buyer was Illinois-based Cunat Inc. Wing Park Apartments features one- and two-bedroom floor plans with large closets and private patios or balconies. Community amenities include a clubhouse, a swimming pool, grilling stations and a fitness center. Residents are afforded convenient access to Route 31 and Interstate 90, as well as downtown Elgin.

Urbana Two Portfolio comprises 304-units across two properties, Parkside and Stone Ridge Square, located within a quarter mile of each other in Urbana. The seller was Illinois-based BWCU LLC, and the buyer was Loop Investments. Both properties provide residents convenient access to the University of Illinois and the shops and restaurants along Route 45.

Parkside is located at 1205 E Florida Ave. and features two-bedroom floor plans with walk-in closets. Community amenities include an on-site laundry facility.

Stone Ridge Square is located at 1714 E Colorado Ave. and features one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans with patios or balconies. Community amenities include a swimming pool, a fitness center and an outdoor area with grilling stations.