Mid-Priced Apartment Community Trades Hands for $145M

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In an area where skyrocketing rent is squeezing the middle class out of existence, a mid-priced apartment community is an oasis. One of these rare gems recently changed hands, sold by investment Goliath Blackstone to Nuveen, an investment arm of TIAA-CREF (Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America-College Retirement Equities Fund).

The whopping $145.2 million price tag translates to $400,000/unit for the 348-unit property currently known as Terra House. Rent at this property, located at 4501 Snell Ave in South San Jose, averages $2,500/month, which is below average for San Jose. Average rents nationally are $1,355/mo, but average rents in San Jose top $2,770, according to CoStar.

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Terra House was built in 1991, and was last renovated in 2009. The property includes mixed units from studios to 3-bedrooms, which include walk-in closets, washer/dryer hookups, and air-conditioning. Shared property amenities include a pool, fitness center, and grilling stations.

The property could be considered a candidate for a fresh renovation, which would likely boost rents up to at least the San Jose average. The Terra House deal represents one of the few recent sales of a more moderately priced community. Much focus has been placed recently on the 22,000 newer, higher-priced complexes that have been developed in San Jose since 2012, which are priced and outfitted to appeal to high-salaried tech employees.

The Silicon Valley tech expansion has been largely blamed for the astronomical rise in housing costs, caused by a shortage of housing in the face of high demand. Vacancy rates in San Jose, hovering around 5.2%, is well below the national average of 6%. Analysts at CoStar believe that this rate may actually be somewhat inflated, due to the continuous addition of new capacity as projects are completed. These units are quickly gobbled up.

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