REDONDO BEACH, CA-The lone private investor vying for the 161-unit Waterfront on the Beach apartment complex here has sealed the deal for a $49 million purchase price in bidding against nearly 20 prospective institutional buyers. Ron Harris of Marcus & Millichap, who had the listing for the rare waterfront complex along with Greg Harris of Marcus & Millichap, tells that the property garnered nearly 20 offers and would have attracted 15 to 20 more were in not for the fact that the complex sits on a ground lease, which discouraged would-be bidders who would have preferred fee-simple ownership.

The locally based private investor acquired the complex, which is at 211 Yacht Club Way and includes a Charthouse restaurant, from a joint venture of the Irvine-based Bascom Group and the Rockpoint Group LLC. Ron Harris tells that REITs, pension funds, sponsors partnering with institutional equity and other institutional buyers were interested in the property, but the lone private buyer presented “a very compelling offer for the seller.” Financing was not a problem, noted Harris: The buyer invested $16 million of equity and financed the rest with a $33 million Fannie Mae loan.

“Considering the credit markets today, financing was not an issue for this buyer, who had a previous relationship with Fannie Mae,” Harris adds. “The quality of the property and the income from it allowed Fannie Mae to step up and make the loan without any reservations .”

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