CityBizList | September 28, 2017
GFI Realty Services, LLC today announced the $12.5-million sale of 390 Wadsworth Avenue, a 42-unit, pre-war elevator apartment building located in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. GFI Realty Senior Associate Sasha Berg represented both the buyer, Lewis Barbanel of Barberry Rose Management, and the seller in the transaction.
The 50,000-square-foot building is composed of one one-bedroom unit, 18 two-bedroom units, 11 three-bedroom units, and 12 five-bedroom units, all of which are rent stabilized. The building’s central location in Upper Manhattan provides convenient access to the 1 train at 191st Street as well as several bus lines. The building is ideally situated just off of St. Nicholas Avenue, a major commercial thoroughfare within the neighborhood, home to numerous shops and restaurants.
“For the buyer, this deal presented a unique opportunity to acquire a long-term asset in a prime Manhattan neighborhood that is clearly on the rise,” said Berg. “The property sold for a cap rate of just 3.6 percent, as the buyer recognized the building’s significant upside and decided to make this long-term investment.”
“This transaction speaks volumes to the continued ascendance of Washington Heights,” added Berg. “The investment of a savvy buyer like Barberry Rose in this submarket is further validation that Washington Heights has great potential in its future growth.”
For Barberry Rose Management, this acquisition comes on the heels of another recent multifamily pick-up, a 13-building, 363-unit portfolio in neighboring Inwood, which the firm acquired for $63.6 million. Following that portfolio acquisition, the purchase of 390 Wadsworth underscores the buyer’s belief in Washington Heights’ ascendance and the company’s longstanding commitment to the area.
In recent years, Washington Heights has emerged as one of Manhattan’s most attractive residential neighborhoods, which has drawn a steady stream of new residents to the area’s largely classic, pre-war housing stock. Residents also benefit from the area’s numerous mass transit options and competitive price points when compared to other Manhattan neighborhoods.
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