One of the largest privately held real estate advisers in the U.S. has acquired two prime office properties along Broward Boulevard in the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s business district.
Realty Associates Fund X LP, a real estate investment trust, paid $66.4 million for the downtown office towers at 203 SE First St. and 200 E. Broward Blvd., according to a deed recorded Friday. The building is home to multiple law firms, including Shutts & Bowen and Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske.
The buyer is linked to Boston-based TA Associates Realty LLC, which manages 91 million square feet of commercial real estate and 12,300 residential units in 35 markets nationwide. This deal gives it control of more than 540,000 square feet of prime office space.
One of the biggest tenants, Greenspoon Marder, moved nearly 100 lawyers into the building from the Cypress Creek area. In November, Greenspoon leased 64,964 square feet, expanding from one to four full floors and giving a strong boost to office absorption along the Broward Boulevard corridor.
The sale represented a gain for the seller, VV USA City LP, a German closed-end investment fund, which paid just under $44 million for the towers in separate transactions in 1998 and 1999, yielding a 51 percent return on the deal.
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