Kennedy Wilson’s Long-Held Boise Strategy Bears Fruit
In separate transactions, Kennedy Wilson recently acquired three existing apartment communities totaling 640 units for $143 million and an Opportunity Zone development site that is fully entitled for 240 units in the Boise, ID region. The three existing apartment communities include one wholly owned asset, The Lofts at Ten Mile, as well two communities, Jasper and Towne Square, that were acquired with the Boise-based real estate investment company Roundhouse. Kennedy Wilson and Roundhouse also acquired the Dovetail development site, which is expected to complete in 2023.
Kennedy Wilson has an average ownership of 95 percent in these four investments and invested $68 million of equity into the properties, utilizing either fixed-rate financing or floating-rate financing hedged against long-term increases in interest rates. The off-market purchases reflect a continued focus on recycling equity capital from dispositions into multifamily properties throughout the Mountain States, a priority for Kennedy Wilson since first investing in the region in 2012.
“We anticipate continued growth in population and employment in the Boise area as both individuals and employers seek relative housing affordability, lower taxes, a friendlier business environment, better infrastructure and access to the outdoors,” said Nick Bridges, managing director at Kennedy Wilson who oversees multifamily investments in the region. “These trends, which existed for years leading up to the pandemic, were accelerated over the last year as portions of the two largest segments of the population, Baby Boomers and Millennials, sought a higher quality of life in the Mountain States where Kennedy Wilson has been an early investor.”
Kennedy Wilson’s asset management plans include adding/enhancing amenities and updating unit interiors across the existing communities. All properties were either developed via a build-to-hold business plan or secured through off-market transactions, acquired directly from private sellers.
Allen Matkins attorneys Stephen Etheredge, Paul Obico, Kate Kraus, Will Barrett, Jared Kassan and Julia Lewitt represented Kennedy Wilson in the transactions.
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