Weston Office Building Changes Hands

Avison Young’s Florida Capital Markets Group closed the $8.3 million sale of the 33,720-rentable-square-foot landmark office building, Weston Commerce Center, at 1625 N Commerce Parkway in Weston.

The asset was the second of the seller’s 100% occupied, two-building portfolio to sell within three months, both sales totaling $17.2 million.

The seller, HRE/SEFIRA Weston Office, LLC, a joint venture between Highline Real Estate Capital and Sefira Capital, acquired the portfolio in 2017 for $13 million. Fox Ridge Capital, LLC was the buyer in the transaction.

On behalf of the seller, the Weston Commerce Center sale was completed by Avison Young Principals David Duckworth; John K. Crotty, CCIM; Michael T. Fay, who is also Managing Director of the firm’s Miami operations; Vice President Brian C. de la Fé; and Associates Emily Brais and Berkley Bloodworth. The team also facilitated the sale of the portfolio’s other building, a J.P. Morgan Chase Bank-anchored building at 1040 Weston Road, for $8.9 million in December 2020.

“Weston Commerce Center maintained its 100% occupancy rate during the pandemic, which is a testament to the strength of the asset and the market and what attracted strong investor interest,” said Duckworth. “Our client, with the support of the Avison Young leasing team, worked diligently to increase the portfolio’s value and led to a notable return on investment following the sales.”

At the time of the HRE/SEFIRA acquisition in 2017, the properties were 82% occupied. Over the course of three years, the ownership partners increased occupancy to 100% and grew the portfolio’s net operating income by nearly 45%.

“When we acquired the portfolio, we recognized the strength of the Weston submarket and saw the opportunity to drive occupancy and rental rates through the completion of aesthetic improvements and proactive asset management,” said David Moret, President of Highline Real Estate Capital. With the assistance of Avison Young’s leasing team including Principal Greg Martin and Senior Associate Lisa Blumer, the buildings reached full occupancy well ahead of schedule, and we were able to substantially increase rental rates, which ultimately led to two successful sales during a pandemic after a hold period of less than four years.”

 

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