BELLEVUE, WA-Essex Property Trust, the Palo Alto-based apartmentREIT, purchased the Courtyard Off Main Apartments in Bellevue for$30 million. Built and sold by local developer Courtyard Off MainLLC, the community consists of 110 apartment homes with 7,573square feet of commercial space.

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Philip Assouad and Giovanni Napoli of GVA Kidder Mathewsbrokered the transaction. Constructed in 1999, Courtyard is locatedin the heart of Bellevue, just blocks from boutiques, fine dining,high end retailers and the CBD.

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Residents enjoy 990 square foot units with views of the downtownskyline and Meydenbauer Bay. Although Essex is adding to theiralready considerable Seattle portfolio of 6,500+ units, Courtyardis their first acquisition in downtown Bellevue.

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As GlobeSt.com previously reported, Essex is on a buying streak.It recently bought the 165-unit apartment complex, the SanteeCourt, for $31.1million or about $156 per square foot. In addition, itpurchased Bella Villagio Apartments, a 231-unit luxury apartmentcommunity, for $54million from Sares Regis Group and its partner, CignaRealty Investors. It also recently purchased the Commons apartmentcomplex for $42.5million or $160,985 per unit.

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