Student housing is generally more resilient than multifamily in a downturn, and the current tight supply of student housing in Los Angeles is putting upward pressure on rents.
By Kelsi Maree Borland | September 13, 2018 at 04:00 AM
Student housing is having a moment. A tight supply of student housing is putting upward pressure on rents—even more so than the tremendous rent growth in multifamily. But, the strong rent growth isn’t the only reason to buy student housing. The apartment niche is also more resilient in a downturn than multifamily, and as we get later in the cycle, downside protection is attractive to investors. Champion Real Estate Co. is actively investing in student housing assets near USC, and is very bullish on the sector.
An affiliate of Champion Real Estate Company has sold the redeveloped Grand & Alosta in Glendora to Clarion Partners.
HFF, which represented the seller declined to provide a price, but a source with knowledge of the deal said it sold for $34.2 million.
Clarion Partners acquired the 70,811-square-foot grocery-anchored retail center at the intersection of Grand and Alosta Avenue along Historic Route 66. The property is co-anchored by Sprouts and Marshalls and is 100 percent leased, according to a release from Champion Real Estate.
The 75-year-old John Tracy Clinic, sold the property at 806 West Adams Blvd. to Champion Real Estate. The clinic, which provides services to parents and families of children with hearing loss, was founded by actor Spencer Tracy’s wife, Louise, in honor of their son, John.
The purchase price for the land was $26 million, or $422.88 per square foot, according to CoStar data.
JANUARY 31, 2018 (Los Angeles, CA) – Champion Real Estate Company (“Champion”) recently completed the acquisition of two multifamily buildings for $33.6 million in the city of Glendale, California, which buildings are owned by a subsidiary of Champion, Champion Glendale Property, LLC. This purchase is an off-market acquisition that was negotiated simultaneously for the two buildings, totaling 104 market rate apartment units.
The two properties are located less than two miles apart. Princess Louise (“Louise”) was built in 1970 with 42 units, and Windsor Real (“Windsor”) was built in 1972 with 62 units. The properties include a large percentage of multi-bedroom units with an average size of 951 square feet.
Glendale and the cities of Burbank and Pasadena comprise the Tri-Cities of the eastern San Fernando Valley/Western San Gabriel Valley. The Tri-Cities are highly sought-after locations with strong schools, clean and accessible community parks, renowned shopping and restaurants, as well as relative affordability in the Los Angeles metro area.
“The Glendale apartment market is largely bifurcated with the vast majority of units either being new construction or dated and untouched 1960’s and 1970’s product. With a comprehensive improvement plan, Louise and Windsor will provide an upgraded, clean and professionally managed living experience at a steep discount to the new construction,” states Parker Champion, Executive Vice President.
“Providing larger-sized homes in an updated apartment community while maintaining affordability in such convenient and desirable locations will offer the Glendale community with more options to enjoy the desired lifestyle,” comments Parker.
Champion has over 30 years of experience in the multifamily market and previously completed similar value-add investment acquisitions including Villa Olive in Burbank, Casa Laguna in Los Angeles, Union Bay Apartments in Seattle, and Ancelle in Koreatown.
Louise is located at 720 N Louise St and Windsor at 1377 E Windsor Rd.
About Champion Real Estate Company
Champion Real Estate Company (“Champion”) was founded in 1987 by veteran investor, developer and CEO, Bob Champion. Based in West Los Angeles, Champion’s strategy is to acquire infill properties in “A” locations within markets that are core, core adjacent or gentrifying to core and implement value accretive improvements.
For more information, visit www.ChampionRealEstateCompany.com.
GLENDORA – Champion Glendora, a grocery-anchored neighborhood retail center located at 655 S Grand Ave in the City of Glendora held its grand opening on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017. The opening was celebrated with the City of Glendora, Glendora Chamber of Commerce, and the center’s tenants, inaugurated by a ribbon cutting ceremony.
By STEVEN SHARP on March 29, 2017, 1:40PM
A half-acre property north of the USC Campus is being transformed into a luxury student housing complex by local developer Champion Real Estate Company.
The Victory on 30th, located at the northwest corner of Vermont Avenue and 30th Street, will consist of a four-story building featuring 24 two-bedroom apartments and residential amenities.
Construction crews are already shaping the wood skeleton of the low-rise development, which renderings show will exhibit an industrial aesthetic, featuring an exterior of brick and metal panels.
By HELEN ZHAO
Monday, March 27, 2017
Champion Real Estate Company has acquired a collection of aging retail buildings on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park for $9.5 million. The company plans to repurpose them into a mixed-use development of retail, restaurants, and residential lofts called BrickWorks.
The existing property includes nearly 19,800 square feet of retail space on 36,000 square feet of land. The buildings included in the deal comprise what are currently an Asian supermarket, a former Chinese barbeque restaurant space, a nearby two-story building, and a parking lot. The land was listed for sale in 2015.
BrickWorks will span 1485 to 1501 W. Sunset Blvd. It will include 15,000 square feet of retail space and a food court-style collection of eateries and restaurants. The number of residential units is currently being planned.
“The acquisition of BrickWorks is consistent with Champion’s strategy of acquiring properties at discounts in ‘A’ locations and we continue to focus on sourcing similar deals in surrounding neighborhoods,” Garrett Champion, senior vice president of Champion said.
MARCH 27, 2017 (Los Angeles, CA) – Champion Real Estate Company (“Champion”) announced its latest value-add retail acquisition for $9.5m, with plans to revitalize and rebrand the existing collection of dilapidated retail buildings into a retail and residential mixed-use development named “BrickWorks”.
The existing property includes 19,772 square feet of dated retail buildings on 36,049 square feet of land in the burgeoning neighborhood of Echo Park. Champion intends to repurpose and remodel the existing property to include an eclectic collection of distinctive restaurants and residential lofts.
“The property is sandwiched between upscale Silver Lake and Downtown Los Angeles in Echo Park, which was dubbed the ‘Greatest Neighborhood in Los Angeles’ by LA Weekly,” states Garrett Champion, Senior Vice President of Champion. “Combined with its location just blocks from Dodger Stadium, BrickWorks will provide trendsetting food and beverage focused retail to an underserved sub market.”
BrickWorks will boast over 200 linear feet of frontage along the heavily trafficked Sunset Boulevard and consist of approximately 15,000 square feet of prime retail space that will create a trendy food court-style collection of the latest eateries and restaurants.
“The acquisition of BrickWorks is consistent with Champion’s strategy of acquiring properties at discounts in ‘A’ locations and we continue to focus on sourcing similar deals in surrounding neighborhoods,” states Garrett.
Champion has over 30 years of experience developing retail in Los Angeles and helped pioneer the first vertical retail power centers such as Brentwood Place and the One Westside Shopping Center. Last year, Champion acquired Grand + Alosta in Glendora, CA, a former 80,000 square foot freestanding building that is currently being redeveloped into a specialty grocery center with Marshalls and Sprouts anchoring the project.
BrickWorks is located at 1485-1501 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park and was acquired by an affiliate of Champion.
About Champion Real Estate Company
Champion Real Estate Company was founded in 1987 by nationally recognized investor, developer and CEO, Bob Champion. Based in Los Angeles, Champion’s strategy is to acquire infill properties in “A” locations within markets that are core, core adjacent, or gentrifying to core, and implement value accretive improvements. Champion acquires and develops multiple product types including multifamily, retail, office, mixed-use, adaptive re-use of industrial buildings and historical renovations. Since 1995, Champion has completed projects valued in excess of $1 billion. For more information, visit www.ChampionRealEstateCompany.com.
As the city debated slow-growth Measure S, developer Century West Partners refused to buy land that would need special exemptions to build, fearful the two-year moratorium on such projects would pass.
“We are going to answer the phone,” said Kevin Farrell, the chief operating officer of Century West, which has built about 1,000 housing units in Los Angeles over the last four years.
But Farrell and other developers said they aren’t taking the vote as a mandate to go on an acquisition and building spree. Instead, they said voters simply rejected an “extreme” measure amid a housing shortage — but one that exposed deep resentment among Los Angeles residents.
“It reminds us to step carefully,” Farrell said.
Going forward, he and others said they’d more carefully scrutinize potential deals to ensure the community and the local City Council member is on board, especially for developments that need council approval.
“In part, that’s because council members themselves are likely to look closer after an uproar from some of their constituents,” said Bob Champion, a Los Angeles developer currently asking for a zoning change to build a large mixed-use complex in Hollywood that would require the demolition of rent-controlled apartments.
Champion said he agreed before the Measure S vote to allow existing tenants the option to live at his new project at Yucca Street and Argyle Avenue at their current rents. He also said that while the project is being built, he would pay the difference between tenants’ current rent and the rent at whatever temporary place they find in the area.