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SB Real Estate Partners Acquires Azura Apartments in North Phoenix for $91 Million

Irvine, CA –SB Real Estate Partners (“SBREP”) has acquired Azura Apartments, a 387-unit garden style multifamily community in Phoenix, AZ for $91 million.  The property will be rebranded as Portola North Phoenix.

SBREP has been an active buyer and seller in the greater Phoenix MSA, with over $250 million in transaction volume so far during the first half of 2022.  SBREP also has two additional properties under contract in the Phoenix market totaling over $100 million of purchase price, with both slated to close in July.

“SBREP continues to have a high level of conviction behind investing in the Phoenix apartment market.  We think that the diversified employment base and the relative affordability are here to stay over the intermediate-to-longer term,” said SBREP Founder & Managing Principal, Srijin Bandyopadhyay.

Built in 1980, the property is located at 2700 W Sahuaro Drive and is immediately across from the former Metrocenter Mall within the North Phoenix submarket.  The City – in partnership with local and national developers – plans to redevelop the 68-acre mall site based on a residential and mixed-use suburban village concept including a light rail extension slated for 2024 completion.  The property also benefits from its proximity to Interstate 17, providing residents with immediate access to Phoenix’s I-17 and Deer Valley employment corridors.

The property consists of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans ranging from 474 square feet to 924 square feet.  Community amenities include a recently modernized clubhouse, three swimming pools, three laundry facilities, secured-access gating, along with BBQ and playground areas.

SBREP is planning a $4 million capital improvement program to enhance the property’s exterior/curb appeal, common area amenities and unit interiors.

Cliff David and Steve Gebing with Institutional Property Advisors (IPA) represented the buyer.

About SB Real Estate Partners
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