Institutional Property Advisors closes $80 million San Bernardino County apartment asset sale

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The Benson
Institutional Property Advisors, a division of Marcus & Millichap, announced the sale of The Benson, a 236-unit multifamily property in Upland, California.

Institutional Property Advisors (IPA), a division of Marcus & Millichap, announced the sale of The Benson, a 236-unit multifamily property in Upland, California. The asset sold for $80.75 million, or $342,161 per unit.

“The Benson benefits from significant capital expenditures, most of which were spent on systems and common area improvements,” said Joseph Grabiec, IPA executive director. “New ownership has the opportunity to focus on revenue enhancing interior upgrades consistent with the competitive set, thereby immediately adding value.” Grabiec and IPA’s Alexander Garcia, Jr., Kevin Green, Greg Harris and Chris Zorbas represented the seller, an affiliate of Abacus Capital Group, and procured the buyer, New Standard Equities. “Rents in Upland have increased by 13 percent in the last 12 months and the competitive set’s asking rents are approximately 35 percent higher than the average in-place rents at The Benson,” added Garcia. “Average occupancy in Upland over the same time period has been 97 percent.”

Located 1.4 miles from the Los Angeles County border, the property is near Claremont Colleges, the Montclair TransCenter, and extensive retail. The San Bernardino Metrolink line at the Montclair TransCenter, three regional rapid bus service providers, and convenient access to a multitude of  freeways offer connectivity to surrounding employment centers in the Inland Empire and the San Gabriel Valley.

“The Inland Empire continues to experience impressive growth and job creation, and this surge in economic activity has intensified the demand for housing,” said Green. “Single-family home prices have increased 13 percent over the last 12 months and are projected to grow 10 percent over the next 12 months, further exacerbating the affordability gap to home ownership and fueling strong rent growth.”

The Benson was built in 1973 on a 516,578-square-foot lot. The asset has 32 residential buildings, two resort-style pools with furnished sundecks, a spa, fitness center, dog park, playground, and over 350 onsite parking spots. The unit mix is composed of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Each unit has a private balcony or patio.