BELLEVILLE, NJ—Transaction activity in EssexCounty, N.J.'s multi-family investment market continues toaccelerate, with the recent sale of a $3.77-million asset inBelleville arranged by Gebroe-Hammer Associates.The firm's market specialist team of vice presidentsNicholas Nicolaou and StephenTragash exclusively represented the seller and identifiedthe buyer.


The well-maintained 242 Washington Ave. complexis a five-story, elevator building, consisting of 36 studios, 9one-bedroom units and 6 two-bedroom units. With a brick,Tudor-style façade, the building recently underwent extensiverenovations, including updating kitchens, bathrooms and windows. Itfeatures 27 garages and laundry facilities and is within walkingdistance to shops, restaurant and the public library. Theproperty's location also offers easy access to major highways aswell as bridges and tunnels to New York City.


“This asset garnered considerable interest due to its primelocation in Essex County,” says Nicolaou. “It isless than 12 miles from the employment and entertainment hub ofManhattan and under five miles to Newark and Montclair. We expectthis level of investor demand in northern New Jersey multi-familyassets to continue throughout the fourth quarter of 2014 and wellinto 2015.”


Correction, 11/21/2014 1:19pm: A previous version of thisarticle was datelined "Livingston, NJ" which is the headquarterscity of Gebroer-Hammer, not Belleville, NJ, wherethe property is located. style is todateline the story from the city where a property involved in adeal is located. A caption identifying the property location asLivingston has also been corrected to Belleville.

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