American Realty Advisors, an institutional real estate investment manager with approximately $6.7 billion in assets under management, on behalf of one of its clients, has sold an office building and data center totaling 513,361 square feet in Phoenix for $91.5 million.
The property is fully occupied by tenant American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. (a subsidiary of FORTUNE 500 company American Express).
“This asset was poised for strong investor interest, based on the long-term commitment to the property demonstrated by American Express,” says Stanley Iezman, Chairman & CEO of American Realty Advisors. “This resulted in an attractive property with a stable rent roll to market to investment groups.”
This asset is situated on a 28.54-acre site located at 3151 and 3202 West Behrend Drive within a growing submarket of Phoenix where demand for office and data center properties continues to rise, according to Iezman.
“Several major data centers are located in the Phoenix market, based primarily on the region’s skilled workforce, affordable power, and low rate of natural disasters,” says Iezman. “This particular data center competes on both a national and international level, making the asset even more attractive to investors.”
Iezman notes that the sale of this property demonstrates American’s overall strategy to acquire, stabilize, manage, and sell assets in a way that drives the highest yields for its institutional investors, which include major pension funds, insurance companies, and foundations.
Jim Fijan and Chad Freese of CBRE represented the seller in the transaction. The buyer was Griffin Capital Corporation, a publicly registered non-traded REIT.