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HFF Represents JCI Residential in the Sale of Silverado Crossings Class A Multi-housing Community

7 Mar 2014, 1:11 am

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

The newly constructed Silverado Crossing has been purchased by the Meagher Family Trust; JCI Residential was the seller, represented by HFF (Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P.). Terms of the transaction were undisclosed, but the acquisition of the complex ran its course free and clear of debt, projecting full stabilization.

The development is located in Austin’s suburb Buda on Interstate 35, at 1480 Cabelas Drive. Construction of the 300-unit multi-housing community was completed in 2013. Silverado Crossing offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom units that range in size between 625 square feet and 1,291 square feet. Unit amenities include granite kitchens and baths, oval garden bathtubs, 9-foot ceilings, island kitchen with pantry, yards for pets, full-size washer and dryer connections, and exterior storage. Community amenities feature a resort-style swimming pool, dog watering stations, concierge services in clubhouse, fitness center, movie theater, and sand volleyball court.

Silverado Crossing has found an uncommon way to differentiate itself from other residential communities. They’ve created an extensive resident event calendar, featuring weekly events such as “Weird Wine Wednesdays”, yoga classes, and movie nights. On a monthly basis community cooking classes and complimentary breakfast & coffee are organized too. Moreover, Silverado Crossing residents receive the exclusive “Live in Buda” club card, a discount program for Buda area businesses which provides special rates on shopping, restaurants, and services.

“Silverado Crossing is one of the hottest properties in this burgeoning submarket; when HFF began marketing it was at 60 percent occupancy and by the time the property was under contract occupancy had already increased to 73 percent,” said Sean Sorrell, senior managing director who led the sales team representing JCI Residential. “Given the record levels of leasing, the property traded as if fully stabilized with no discounts given for leasing/occupancy levels.”

Photo courtesy of Silverado Crossing Facebook Page



New West Cypress Hills Elementary School Will Open This Year Courtesy of MileStone Community Builders

5 Mar 2014, 6:24 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

Only 30 minutes from Austin’s downtown lie some of the most stunning views of beautiful hill country land, hundreds of acres accessible to greenbelts, trails, and parks surrounding the West Cypress Hills Lake Travis Community. The builder, MileStone Community Builders LLC, recently announced that the new West Cypress Hills Elementary School will open in 2014.

They chose an interesting marketing strategy, committing to pay $500 for each new home sold in West Cypress Hills. Interested home buyers can receive all needed information by attending one of the informative sessions scheduled by the developer on the West Cypress Hills Elementary School opening. The sessions require registration as space is limited.

“We are delighted to help bring a new school to the award winning Lake Travis ISD and unveil the West Cypress Hills Elementary School,” says Garrett Martin, President and CEO, MileStone Community Builders. “This new community really delivers the pinnacle of luxury hill country living and offers the perfect location for growing families with its expansive views, large greenbelt homesites, exceptional amenities and top rated school district.”

The builder offers a selection of 12 semi-customizable floor plans of 1 and 2 story homes, ranging in size from 1997 square feet to 3590 square feet starting at $289’s and $382’s respectively. State-of-the art designs including elegant master suits, gourmet kitchens, covered patios and media/game rooms are part of the package. The overall living experience is a luxurious one, close to shopping areas, schools, entertainment, dining, parks, and easy access to Lake Travis.

Photo courtesy of West Cypress Hills Elementary.



Round Rock’s Cypress Semiconductor Campus Acquired by World Class Capital Group

26 Feb 2014, 4:12 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

The long abandoned Cypress Semiconductor campus in Round Rock has found its new owner. Austin-based World Class Capital Group LLC announced the acquisition from Cypress Semiconductor Corporation who closed the facility in 2009.

The cost of the transaction has not been disclosed. The property is located behind the IKEA retail development at the intersection of Interstate Highway 35 North and University Drive, extending to Cypress Boulevard. It spans over 118 acres and according to a news release, it will undergo serious renovations and redevelopment processes.

The new owner plans to renovate the massive 98,700-square-foot manufacturing facility and repurpose it mainly into an office and flex/industrial complex.  According to Nate Paul, World Class’ President and CEO, the campus redevelopment will include various uses such as office, retail, flex, and residential.

“We are excited to work with the city of Round Rock to plan and create a new mixed-use project that will enhance the community” Paul says. “The strong central Texas economy is a national leader in positive job growth, which creates significant demand for commercial space and housing. We look forward to meeting this demand by delivering a high-quality, mixed-use, master planned development.”

World Class Capital Group is a privately owned real estate firm that focuses on real estate investment, development, and management nationwide. It owns over 5 million square feet in 12 states and 23 markets in its national portfolio.



Austin Hampton Inn Hotel Sale Arranged by Marcus & Millichap

12 Feb 2014, 7:38 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

The Hampton Inn hotel located at 4141 Governors Row in Austin has changed owners. Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services arranged the sale of the six-story 123-room hotel, without disclosing the terms of the sale.

The seller, a joint venture between a California family trust and a Texas-based private investor, was represented by a Marcus and Millichap trio consisting of Allan Miller, associate vice president investments in the San Antonio office, Chris Gomes, senior associate in Dallas, and Jake Gaddy, associate in Austin. The buyer, Moody National REIT 1 Inc., was advised by David Greenberg, vice president investments in the Fort Lauderdale office.

“Assets like this Hampton Inn rarely become available in Austin,” says Miller. “This is a premier franchise in one of the fastest-growing cities and hotel markets in the country.”

Greenberg added: “The hotel’s 10-year franchise was renewed with Hilton Hotels & Resorts in July 2012.”

The property is located off the intersection of Interstate 35 and Texas State Highway 71, six miles from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. It’s only five minutes south of downtown Austin and 10 miles from a new Formula One racetrack. The hotel was built in 1997 and underwent extensive renovations in 2012. Amenities include a business center, a meeting room of 430 square feet, swimming room and jogging and walking tracks.

After a very successful 2013 when the four sold 27 hotels valued at $169 million throughout seven states, Greenberg concludes: “We expect 2014 to be a record year for hotel transactions; with our unique value proposition, Marcus & Millichap will undoubtedly continue to be the dominant hotel broker in the nation.”

Photo courtesy of Hampton Inn Austin/Airport Area South.



Emerson Opens Third Global Innovation Center in Austin

3 Feb 2014, 9:31 am

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

Emerson Process Management opened its third global Innovation Center – Process Systems and Solutions in Round Rock, near Austin, Tex. The other two centers are located in Marshalltown, Iowa – a unique research & development facility that develops and tests flow control applications and technologies – and in Pune, India – a center where world-class software application is developed.

The new innovation center is the global headquarters for Emerson’s automation systems and project services business that provides leadership for process control systems development, integrated operations consulting, project execution and human centered design. The businesses that benefit from Emerson’s latest center come from various industries such as oil and gas, refining, chemicals, power, life sciences, food and beverages, and metals and mining. Its brands include PlantWeb™, Syncade™, DeltaV™, Fisher®, Bettis™, Micro Motion®, Rosemount®, Daniel™, Ovation™ and AMS Suite.

“No other facility in the world can do what our new Emerson Innovation Center can do,” says Jim Nyquist, president of process systems and solutions for Emerson Process Management. “To us, this campus is more than just an expanded space — it actually is a catalyst for innovation,” he adds. “It’s here where we solve some of our customers’ toughest challenges.”

At a cost that reached almost $70 million, the Round Rock development encompasses 282,000 square feet that comprises several disciplines under the same roof – the Integrated Operations Center where customers can learn how to remotely manage operations and collaborate with experts, a consulting and engineering practice, a product testing lab, and a support center.

Emerson opened its first Austin facility in 1981 with 50 employees. The new building increases the number to almost 800 in Austin alone, and 2,500 throughout Texas.

Photo courtesy of Google.



Brohn Homes Announces New Homes in Austin’s Pflugerville

24 Jan 2014, 9:05 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

Brohn Homes, a family operated and owned business with focus on custom home building, has announced the start of construction in Pflugerville’s established neighborhood The Commons at Rowe Lane. Prices start in the $220,000s.

The community is only 25 minutes from Downtown Austin with easy access to I-35 and Highways 130 and 45. The nearby Stone Hill Town Center, La Frontera, and Round Rock Premium outlets are just a few of the shopping options, at the same time convenient to major employers such as Dell, Apple, Samsung and National Instruments. For recreation the community offers miles of hike and bike trails, and the nearness of the beautiful Lake Pflugerville.  A large community center and a swimming pool are part of the community’s amenities.

The Commons at Rowe Lane offer floor plans that range in size from 1,793 square feet to 3,490 square feet. The future owners can choose from nine available floor plans that feature three to five bedrooms, two to four baths, and multiple living areas, displayed on one or two story elevation. Flexible outdoor living spaces are available in many of the plans. The warm New French Country Style homes feature gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances, wood burning fireplaces and mahogany front doors.

Pflugerville has been named one of the 50 best places to live in America for the last two years by Money Magazine due to strong job opportunities, great schools, low crime, quality health care, and various recreational activities.

“All the advantages cited by Money Magazine are the very reasons we chose to build in new homes for sale in Pflugerville at The Commons at Rowe Lane,” says Aaron Boenig, owner and managing member of Brohn Homes. “It’s a beautiful community located close to I-35, Highways 130 and 45, major employers, and Lake Pflugerville recreation. Everything a family needs is minutes from their front door.”

Photo courtesy of Brohn Homes.



HID Global Opened New World Headquarters and North American Operations Center

20 Jan 2014, 7:09 am

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

HID Global recently announced the opening of its new world headquarters and North American operations center at 611 Center Ridge Drive in North Austin’s Tech Ridge area. The state-of-the-art complex is expected to be fully operational by the third quarter of 2015.

“HID’s decision to move their worldwide headquarters to Texas is proof positive that our focus on low taxes, smart regulations, fair courts and a skilled workforce helps create jobs and strengthen our economy,” Texas Governor Rick Perry said in the company’s press release. “I’m pleased HID has chosen to call Texas home, and look forward to their continued success in the Lone Star State.”

The expansive project is managed by a team of Austin- and Houston-based firms, including Harvey Cleary Builders, Austin’s commercial real estate developer Live Oak-Gottesman, and a commercial general contractor from Houston. The plant cost $35 million, and the whole project investment is of $50 million. The facility pursues the goal of earning LEED certification. Studio 8 Architects from Austin took responsibility for the overall design, in collaboration with engineering consulting and design service partners Bury, Endeavor Real Estate Group LLC, and Carrillo Dean Landscape Architecture (CDLA).

The plans for the campus were announced in 2012 and works have been completed ahead of schedule. By 2015, 400 people are expected to be employed at HID’s new World Headquarters and North American Operations Center. The project is spread on 22 acres and encompasses 250,000 square feet of manufacturing, office and warehouse space. It has been designed to support future expansion. The development will include the consolidation of the company’s corporate functions, manufacturing, assembly and test operations, distribution, and sales operations.

Photo courtesy of HID Global.



Brandywine Realty Trust Buys Austin’s Four Points Centre

28 Dec 2013, 12:30 am

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

Brandywine Realty Trust recently paid $47.3 million to buy Four Points Centre and related land parcels in Austin.  The acquisition was announced on December 20. At the same time, Brandywine, one of the largest, publicly traded, full-service, integrated real estate companies in the United States, also announced it purchased the remaining common ownership interest in One and Two Commerce Square, in Philadelphia’s Central Business District, for $331.8 million.

Four Points Centre consists of two LEED-Gold buildings constructed in 2008 and located in Austin’s Northwest submarket. Both buildings are three stories tall and offer a total of 192,396 square feet of space. They are currently 100 percent leased. According to Brandywine, Four Points Centre is valued at $41.5 million, or $214 per square foot.

The Radnor, Pennsylvania-based real estate investment trust also said it paid $5.8 million for the land parcels. Up to 480,000 square feet of additional office space can be constructed on them. Brandywine funded the acquisition of the land parcels and the Four Points Centre with available corporate funds.

“We are delighted to complete the Commerce Square and Four Points Centre transactions and congratulate the Parkway and Thomas teams on the closing of their transaction,” says Gerard H. Sweeney, president and CEO of Brandywine Realty Trust. “The acquisition of Four Points Centre and the land parcels further expands our operating platform and provides a quality addition to our Austin portfolio at an attractive price along with a value-add development opportunity.”

According to a Marcus&Millichap Market Report for Q3 2013 demand for office properties in the Greater Austin area is high. The median sales price reached $200 per square foot, a sizable uptick from last year’s $170 per square foot price. Office vacancies in the metro area are going down, expected to reach 12 percent at the end of 2013. Over the past 12 months, the average asking rent for local office space increased 4.9 percent to $26.30 per square foot. Rents are expected to end the year at $26.50 per square foot.

Photo credits: Brandywine Realty Trust

Charts courtesy of Marcus&Millichap.



Las Colinas Apartments Sold Through ARA

13 Dec 2013, 10:04 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

The apartment community located at 1500 Reagan Hill Dr. in northeast Austin has again switched owners. The last time the property was on the market was in 2012 when it was acquired by San Diego-based Quez Capital.

The seller was represented by Atlanta-based ARA, the nation’s largest privately held, full-service investment advisory brokerage firm, through Principal Andrew Shih and Broker Matt Pohl from the Austin office. The buyer is a private Minnesota entity and the details of the transaction have not been disclosed. The occupancy rate at the time of sale was of 97 percent.

The garden-style community was built in the 1960’s and 1970’s and offers 178 one- and two-bedroom units. Amenities feature a playground and tree-lined interior courtyards. The renovations Quez Capital invested in during the past year include painted building exteriors, renovated clubhouse, updated courtyards, new faux-wood flooring, new appliances, and updated cabinetry in many of the units.

“Quez Capital purchased the property in 2012 and embarked on an extensive rehabilitation of the property in order to address the high level of deferred maintenance left from the prior ownership group,” Shih says.

Pohl added:  “Although significant renovations were completed, Quez Capital intentionally left a number of the units ‘as-is’ to provide new ownership with the opportunity to complete the rehab of the property.”



Arc Capital Partners Acquires The Establishment Apartment Community in Austin

9 Dec 2013, 7:10 pm

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

On November 22, 2013, the Los Angeles-based boutique commercial real estate platform Arc Capital Partners, formed by industry veterans Quincy Allen and Neville Rhone, entered into a joint venture with Cardinal Group Investments (CGI) to acquire an apartment community located in the South Congress submarket of Austin. The Establishment is a 139-unit residential complex located at 3501 South 1st St., only 10 minutes from downtown Austin.

“We are pleased to partner with Arc Capital Partners, and to help bring affordable, high-quality rental housing to such a vibrant community in Austin,” says Jason Luker with Cardinal Group Investments. “Neville has a strong track record of success in the Austin market, and his existing relationships and ability to move quickly were instrumental in closing on the acquisition of The Establishment.”

The acquisition was performed through an off-market transaction and the details have not been disclosed. In the upcoming months, the community will go through a series of enhancements, renovations and a rebranding process, joining CGI’s successful multifamily platform Mint Urban™. The Establishment offers one- and two-bedroom units and the community amenities include a barbeque/picnic area, pool, courtyard, clothes care center with credit card reload, and dedicated car2go parking.

“As investors in Austin for over a decade, we immediately recognized this as an opportunity to generate an attractive risk-adjusted return in a market with a growing population and employment base,” says Neville Rhone, Managing Partner of Arc Capital Partners. “We are very excited to partner with Cardinal Group Investments in our first investment since forming Arc Capital Partners. They have a demonstrated commitment to quality with the Mint Urban brand and are focused on improving the resident experience on the property.”

Photo courtesy of Mint Urban Apartments | Establishment







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