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Atlanta's Cortland Partners pays $78M for Island Walk, Gallery at Bayport II, land

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BUYER: Harborside FL Apartment Partners LLC, Atlanta
PROPERTY: 5365 Harborside Drive, Tampa
PRICE: $50 million
PREVIOUS PRICE: $16.95 million, April 2008

BUYER: Harborside FL Condo Partners LLC, Atlanta
PROPERTY: the 5000 block of Baywater Drive, Tampa also known as various units, The Gallery at Bayport II Condominiums, Tampa
PRICE: $28.43 million
PREVIOUS PRICE: $14.13 million, October 2006
LAW FIRM ON DEED: Snell & Wilmer LLP, Denver

Cortland Partners purchased two waterfront apartment complexes and vacant land from UDR Inc. for a total of $78.43 million. The Atlanta-based multifamily company purchased the 400-unit Island Walk apartments for $50 million and 277 of the 320 condominium units in the Gallery at Bayport II for $28.43 million.

The total price equates to $115,852 per unit. That figure is higher than the average price per unit for multifamily space ($70,803) in the Tampa Bay area, according to the CoStar Group.

“We have property there already and like that submarket,” says John Builder, Cortland Partners' director of investments for Florida. “We looked at it as an irreplaceable location, which is what first got our attention.”

The two apartments are across the street from each other and are run as a single property. The units were 97% to 98% occupied at the time of the sale. Cortland Partners plans to improve the interior units with granite countertops and new hardware and to make other additions to its amenities.

The apartments' amenities currently include swimming pools, fitness and business centers, a boardwalk along the waterfront and 100 slips for boats up to 36 feet.

The purchases also included land on a saltwater canal next to the Gallery at Bayport II. The property has entitlements for another 186 units, which Cortland Partners plans to develop, Builder says. The project is currently being designed, but it will likely start in the first or second quarter of 2015.

Cortland Partners will self manage the properties.

The two purchase entities, Harborside FL Apartment Partners LLC and Harborside FL Condo Partners LLC, mortgaged the properties to CBRE Capital Markets Inc. for $63.11 million.


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