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SURPRISE, AZ-The 256-unit Villas at Mountain Vista Ranch has sold for $23.8 million, a new record for the priciest multifamily asset trade in the city at $92,969 per unit. The Portland, OR-based Pacific Northwest Properties acquired the two-year-old complex from West Valley Investment Partners LLC.

“When we put the property on the market at $24 million, we were unsure if it would get that much,” says Jerry Tenge, a senior vice president with Colliers International’s Phoenix office. “But, the Surprise market was very well received by investors.” He tells GlobeSt.com that the Villas at Mountain Vista Ranch at 16630 N. Reems Rd. attracted 13 offers, including a pitch from a condo converter for $105,000 per door just as the deal was headed to the closing table. “The new owner already said that he’s not going to sell,” he says. The deal closed at closed at the highest per-unit price for a multifamily asset in the city, he adds.

Tenge says the 85%-leased Villas at Mountain Vista Ranch offers some upside by improving occupancy. The 21-building complex sits on 14.1 acres in the city’s northern tier. The mix contains 88 one-, 148 two- and 20 three-bedroom units. The apartments, ranging from 839 sf to 1,200 sf, bring in rents of $725 to $1,050 per month.

“Pacific Northwest Properties liked the unit mix and unit sizes,” Tenge says. Other pluses from the buyer’s perspective included quality of construction that includes attached garages in many units and upscale amenities, he says. The gated complex was built by West Valley Investment Partners’ principal, Jim Henrie.

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