Cushman & Wakefield arranges $79.5m sale for Watkins Real Estate Group

Georgia Apartment Community Sells for $159,000 Per Unit


Cushman & Wakefield has arranged the $79.5 million sale of Trees of Newnan, a 500-unit apartment community located in Newnan, Georgia. Chris Spain, Robert Stickel and Alex Brown of Cushman & Wakefield represented the seller, Watkins Real Estate Group, in the transaction. The Praedium Group acquired the property, which is being rebranded to The Willows at Ashley Park.

“For more than 40 years, Watkins has developed quality product in suburban markets throughout the Southeast, and this project is a prime example of their well-executed vision,” Spain said. “Newnan has been a sleeper market for years and has emerged as comparable to Atlanta’s Northside in schools, jobs, and a high quality of life. Through their quality development, Watkins Real Estate Group helped make this happen.”

Located in the affluent Interstate 85 South Corridor, Trees of Newnan’s strategic location serves the thriving Southern Crescent job market.

“We were pleased with the market response to this unique opportunity,” Stickel said. “This newly built asset provided both immediate cash flow as well as upside potential. The Atlanta market continues to see increasing interest from sophisticated capital seeking yields in Atlanta’s desirable suburbs. As an institutional investor, Praedium recognized the opportunity to acquire an asset at an attractive basis in a market with strong growth potential.”

Amenities include a fully equipped fitness facility, resort-style pool, bark park pet playground and walking/jogging paths with extensive natural wooded areas.

About Watkins Real Estate Group

Established in 1977, Watkins Real Estate Group is a family-owned, full-service real estate development and management firm focused on commercial, retail and multifamily properties throughout the Southeast. Watkins Real Estate Group is dedicated to fostering community through real estate. The firm provides development, leasing, asset and property management and brokerage services for its portfolio, thus maximizing stable value for our shareholders. The company’s apartment communities incorporate a conscientious approach to nature preservation while its grocery-anchored shopping centers, single tenant assets and mixed-use properties not only meet tenants’ needs but also deliver functional and aesthetically-pleasing retail centers that bring value to communities.  Equipped with strong financial resources and a team of real estate experts, Watkins is well positioned to seek market-driven development.

About Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield is a leading global real estate services firm that delivers exceptional value by putting ideas into action for real estate occupiers and owners. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest real estate services firms with 48,000 employees in approximately 400 offices and 70 countries. In 2017, the firm had revenue of $6.9 billion across core services of property, facilities and project management, leasing, capital markets, advisory and other services.