Carroll Organization Acquires 298 Units in Orlando

Carroll Organization completes a $36.6 million buy; Kennedy Wilson expands with $160 million in West Coast acquisitions; and Walker & Dunlop arranges $43.5 million acquisition financing with interest-only terms.

Bala SandsOrlando, Fla.—The Carroll Organization has expanded its presence in the Orlando market with the acquisition of Bala Sands, a 298-unit Class A community. Cushman & Wakefield of Florida Inc. brokered the $36.6 million sale of on behalf of an undisclosed seller.

Bala Sands is one of the first Humphrey’s and Partners Architects ‘big-house’ designs in Central Florida. The Carroll Organization has plans to rebrand the asset as ARIUM Bala Sands, and will complete minor upgrades to units and amenities.

“The Carroll Organization was able to complete the purchase of Bala Sands at a volatile time within the debt markets,” says Jay Ballard, senior director at Cushman & Wakefield of Florida Inc. “The asset will be a strong addition to the Carroll Organization’s portfolio as it continues its expansion throughout the Southeast.”

Ballard worked with Ken Delvillar, associate director, and Lindsey Pfaender, associate, in brokering the sale.

Kennedy Wilson and partners pick up apartments in Washington and NorCal

Liberty Lake, Wash. & El Cerrito, Calif.—Kennedy Wilson and its partners are in the process of adding three West Coast properties to its portfolio. The investment and services firm has closed the acquisition of Village at Town Center, a 159-unit asset in El Cerrito, Calif., and Big Trout Lodge, a 297-unit community in Liberty Lake, Wash. Both properties were sold by The Wolf Company. A third asset comprised of 372 units in a Seattle suburb is also under contract and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014.

The three communities are being purchased for a combined $167 million. Kennedy Wilson and its partners invested approximately $26.2 million of equity in the two closed transactions, $9.3 million of which was contributed by the company. Additionally, Kennedy Wilson secured approximately $51 million of debt with Fannie Mae for the two closed transactions through CBRE Capital Markets.

“We are very pleased about the opportunity to purchase these three very attractive assets through this off market transaction,” says Kurt Zech, president of Kennedy Wilson’s Multifamily Management Group. “The properties are all located in submarkets with excellent occupancy rates and limited supply and where the company has extensive investment and management experience.”

Village at Town Center offers convenient access to two BART stations in the San Francisco suburb or El Cerrito, Calif. Amenities include a swimming pool, barbecue and picnic area, fire pit and community garden, a clubhouse, kid’s club, playground and 24-hour fitness room.

Big Trout Lodge will see a unit interior renovation plan that will upgrade cabinetry, plank flooring, doors, lighting and hardware packages. Liberty Lake is a Spokane suburb.

Walker & Dunlop arranges $43.5M acquisition financing with interest-only terms

Esplanade at City ParkBethesda, Md.—Walker & Dunlop Inc. announced that it recently provided $43.5 million for Esplanade at City Park, an apartment community located in New Orleans.

Walker & Dunlop Senior Vice President Stephen Farnsworth structured the 10-year, five-year interest-only acquisition loan through German American Capital Corp. for long-time borrower, Priderock Capital Partners.

Built in 1973 and renovated from 2008-2010, Esplanade at City Park offers 436 residential units and four commercial spaces, just two miles northwest of downtown New Orleans. The building’s prominent seven-story facade faces the scenic Bayou St. John waterway and overlooks historic City Park, the nation’s sixth largest urban park. The property also benefits from its proximity to the new medical district, which includes the new Veterans Affairs facility and University Medical Center.

“This financing is indicative of the recent growth of the CMBS market nationwide, resulting in Walker & Dunlop’s ability to structure loans with higher interest-only periods for borrowers,” Farnsworth says. “The transaction also demonstrates the continued development of the multifamily market in New Orleans, and the increased demand for out-of-state institutional equity. As a native New Orleans resident, I am proud to have contributed to financing Esplanade at City Park, one of the most iconic apartment communities in the city.”