Oak Coast Properties has closed one of the largest transactions year-to-date in the Denver market. The firm has sold the 959-unit Pembrooke on the Green Apartments in Denver for $163 million, following the completion of its value-add business plan. The firm purchased the asset in 2019, and invested $1.9 million in renovations.

"We were looking at selling this deal pre COVID, and we were out in the market and negotiating. Once COVID happened, we took a little break," Phil Nahas, managing partner with Oak Coast Properties, tells GlobeSt.com. "Ultimately, we decided to re-engage with the buyer. We did hit our business plan, and we were looking at a really solid return for our investors. When we purchased the property three years ago, we place 10-year fixed-rate debt on the property with five-year interest only. So, we saw an interest-only period that was expiring and decided to take some chips off of the table and redeploy the capital into some other opportunities. So, the timing lined up well."

During the pandemic, many owners have removed properties from the market to wait out the downturn; however Oak Coast was able to secure strong pricing for this property and ultimately meet its investment goals. "Some people pulled properties right after COVID, and the thought was to revisit it a year later," says Nahas. "However, where we ended up on the exit price of this asset, it was still a really strong exit for us that made sense. With that, we have seen some additional buying opportunities this year." When Oak Coast decided to sell, the firm reconnected with buyers that had already engaged in the negotiation process before the pandemic.

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.