BEVERLY HILLS, CA-Those who follow @GlobeStcom on Twitter and @GlobeStLIVE may have seen a post teasing the announcement, but GlobeSt.com has learned that Aragon Holdings has expanded into two new markets with the acquisition of three properties in Atlanta and Denver, deploying approximately half of the $52 million it raised in its recently-closed private equity fund, Aragon Multi-Family Cash Flow Fund II. The balance of the $100 million acquisition was provided by Freddie Mac.
In the Atlanta market, the company purchased Holland Park, a 496-unit property in Lawrenceville, and Azalea Springs, a 232-unit property in Marietta. The Denver purchase was Hampden Heights, a 376-unit property located just north of the Denver Tech Center. All three properties are located in areas with strong employment, according to a prepared statement.
The acquisitions increase Aragon’s multifamily portfolio to more than 5,000 apartment units, all acquired in the past four years. During 2012, the company purchased more than $200 million of multifamily assets in six states.
Equity for the three transactions was provided by Aragon Multi-Family Cash Flow Fund II, a private equity fund formed to facilitate the company’s acquisition activity and to produce monthly cash flow distributions to investors, according to a prepared statement. Like its predecessor Aragon Multi-Family Cash Flow Fund I, the latest fund targets 10% annual, tax deferred, cash-on-cash returns, paid monthly to investors.
In Denver, Hampden Heights Apartments is located in the southeast submarket, less than 10 miles from the city’s center. The local area’s average income is 20% above that of metropolitan Denver, and its population is forecasted to grow by over 10% in the next five years, according to a release. In Atlanta, the Holland Park and Azalea Springs apartments are both close to major employment centers. “The metropolitan area’s employment levels have returned to 95% of pre-recession levels. The job base expanded by 2.6% last year, and is forecasted to outperform most other cities in the coming years,” says the release.
Larry Clark, president of Aragon Holdings, noted that Atlanta and Denver are new markets for the company, “but they fit well with Aragon’s model of acquiring properties in areas with strong job markets and robust demand for multifamily housing.” He also says the firm is “actively seeking to purchase additional multifamily properties across the nation in cities that have positive job and population growth.”