WASHINGTON, DC-An office in the CBD has traded for $830 per square foot, or $207.8 million. Vornado Realty Trust’s recently delivered 12-story, 250,000-square-foot office, 1999 K, has been sold to an international investor, Germany-based Deka Immobilian GmbH. The company is not commenting beyond the announcement, a spokesperson tells GlobeSt.com.
The sale price represents a 6.3% cash cap rate, with Vornado realizing a net gain of $41 million. It received net proceeds of approximately $90 million after repaying the existing construction loan and costs. The building delivered fully pre-leased to Mayer Brown LLC. Vornado will manage the property on behalf of the new owner.
The $830 per square foot sales price is reminiscent of the high water mark days when office buildings traded north of $500 per square foot. The peak of the market was reached in mid-2008 when another international investor–a private equity fund headed by Dublin-based principals–acquired CBD office 2099 Pennsylvania Ave. for $172.5 million, or over $800 per square foot. Indeed, data from the Association of Foreign Real Estate Investors suggest that foreign-based private equity and institution funds are focusing their resources on the DC area market.
The deal also adds to the growing ledger of closed trades here: other recent examples include the 570,038-square-foot Willow Oaks Corporate Center, which was acquired by KBS REIT II for $112 million and Potomac Center North, an office building in the city’s SW quadrant that traded for an undisclosed amount.