Westside acquires 176-unit apartment community with additional development potential in Jacksonville, FL

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Miami, FL. (Feb. 4, 2019) – Westside Capital Group (“Westside”), a real estate investment holding firm, announced the acquisition of Creekwood Club, formerly known as Creekwood Apartment Homes, a 176-unit garden-style apartment community in Jacksonville, FL (the “Property”). The Property is situated in the southside submarket of Jacksonville near The St. Johns Town Center, an upscale super-regional open-air mall, and near St. Vincent’s Medical Center. The Property benefits from great traffic accessibility one-half mile south of Beach Boulevard, a mile south of Hart Bridge Expressway, a mile west of Southside Boulevard and less than 3 miles east of I-95.

The Property, built in 1975, is comprised of 22 buildings on a 11.67-acre site. The unit mix offers studio, one, two and three-bedroom floorplans averaging 846 square feet a unit. The Property also features a clubhouse, 431 on-site parking spots, fitness center, swimming pool and other tenant amenities. Westside aims to update common areas and perform targeted interior unit upgrades.

Westside has been focused on acquiring existing cash-flowing assets that provide for downside protected returns with additional non-underwritten upside. Throughout the due diligence and acquisition process, Westside had assessed development potential of up to 57 multi-family units that could be added to the Property.

“We’re thrilled to announce another multi-family investment in our portfolio,” said Jakub Hejl, Westside’s Founding Partner and Chairman. “This investment demonstrates Westside’s ability to work through complex acquisitions that include extensive due diligence of all property complexities due to condition and vintage. It is also a good example of our ability to work with lenders on assuming existing debt from previous owners.”

Strong population growth and job creation in Jacksonville continues to contribute to an improving rental market. The transaction was signed on May 10, 2018 and closed on February 1, 2019. The sale price before any closing adjustments and credits was $13.15 million. Westside has allocated a multi-million capital improvement budget for common areas, unit interiors and property systems.

Westside will continue to leverage its local market expertise and deep industry relationships to identify attractive multifamily investments throughout Florida and throughout the U.S.


About Westside:

Westside is a diversified real estate investment holding firm with a proven track record in real estate private equity investments, construction & development management and venture capital investments. Founded in 2016, Westside leverages big ideas in small timelines out of its US and European offices. Westside generates attractive returns on capital by defensive, value-added investing in traditional real estate asset classes. It targets cash-flowing properties at discounts to replacement costs with additional non-underwritten upside. It creates value through active management and targeted capital initiatives. Westside establishes individual investment platforms within the firm with a particular desire to strengthen economies of scale, operating expertise, and exit optionality. It’s strategy within asset classes, capital structures and markets, shifts based on macro-economic considerations.

About ARA:

ARA is the leading investment advisory firm in the multihousing industry. From marketing the sale of single assets and portfolios to, through the NKF Capital Markets brand, sourcing acquisition and development equity and financing, ARA provides 360-degree solutions for clients. In addition to market-rate and mixed-use properties, we offer specialized services in land, student, seniors, manufactured and affordable housing.

With the industry’s deepest bench of multihousing advisors, ARA provides the insight and experience to ensure world-class execution. Our advisors average 20 years’ experience and are the most skillful negotiators in the industry. They are experts in 300+ markets and provide asset specific customization that yields highly effective transaction strategies.

Backed by the global resources of Newmark Knight Frank, ARA matches each client’s assets to a robust group of investors – from private and institutional owners to global entities – and accesses nearly every commercial real estate class for options to diversify and profit. The firm’s combination of asset sales and, through the NKF Capital Markets brand, debt and equity services, yields more than $28 billion in multifamily transaction volume annually. ARA also works closely with its affiliate Berkeley Point Capital, (www.berkpoint.com), which is a leading commercial real estate finance company focused on the origination, servicing and sale of multifamily loans through government-sponsored and government-funded loan programs. www.aranewmark.com

Newmark Knight Frank and ARA are owned by Newmark Group, Inc., which is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "NMRK". Newmark Group, Inc. is a publicly traded subsidiary of BGC Partners, Inc. (BGC), a leading global brokerage company servicing the financial and real estate markets. BGC's common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select. Market under the ticker symbol "BGCP". BGC also has an outstanding bond issuance of Senior Notes due June 15, 2042, which trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "BGCA".


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