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Edens Corporate Center Northbrook IL

Chicago Investment Firm Sees Upside in Suburban Office Properties

As the battered office sector adjusts to post-COVID realities, Jeff Bernstein and Larry Elbaum are betting that suburban buildings packed with small, local firms have more upside than their CBD counterparts. Crain’s Chicago Business reported that Bernstein and Elbaum, who founded Bradford Allen Realty Services in 2003, have been among the most aggressive buyers of local suburban offices since the pandemic began via their BA Investment Advisors. 

BA has paid more than $120 million for properties in Downers Grove, Deerfield, Northbrook and next to O’Hare International Airport, where it bought a big office building in November, Crain’s reported. 

“We were believers at the outset of the pandemic that office space was not going to go away, it was just going to be used differently,” Elbaum told Crain’s. “We saw something that made sense to us.” 

To support that thesis, BA has renewed or expanded numerous leases in its suburban holdings. 

Pictured: BA Realty Advisors’ Edens Corporate Center in Northbrook, IL.

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