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BOSTON-Westbrook Partners acquired 50% of 1 Beacon St., a 1.1 million-sf office tower, from Prudential Real Estate Investors. The acquisition is the sixth purchase by the firm since it moved into the area a year and a half ago. The building was reportedly valued at $270 per sf but officials at Westbrook declined to comment.

Despite recent reports that that the area’s tight real estate market is easing slightly, the fact that nearly a quarter of the office tower’s space will soon be available still makes it an appealing investment. One of the building’s lead tenants, Palmer & Dodge LLP, will be turning over nearly 150,000 sf when it moves into Boston Properties Inc.’s 111 Huntington Ave next fall. In addition, Holland & Knight LLP will be opening up 50,000 sf in the building when it moves to James Ave.

Westbrook made its first foray into the area a year and a half ago when it bought Allstate Insurance Co.’s portfolio. The purchase included 1030 Massachusetts Ave. The company then bought 265 Franklin St. for $66 million, which it recently sold to Boston Properties Inc. for $98 million. Other purchases include 18 Tremont St., 711 Atlantic Ave and the Davenport Building at 25 First St, with Paradigm Properties.

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