JLL arranges $27 million in acquisition financing for grocery-anchored multihousing property in prime Manhattan neighborhood

PA-based Westover Companies is making its first move into NYC market with The Nathaniel, a rare modern apartment building in the East Village

The Nathaniel
JLL arranged $26.85 million of acquisition financing for The Nathaniel, a grocery-anchored, 85-unit apartment building in Manhattan.

JLL Capital Markets announced that it has arranged $26.85 million of acquisition financing for The Nathaniel, a grocery-anchored, 85-unit apartment building located at 138 East 12th St. in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan.

JLL worked on behalf of the buyer, Westover Companies, a Pennsylvania-based owner and manager making its first acquisition in New York City, to secure financing from BankUnited.

Designed by architect Karl Fischer and built in 2014, The Nathaniel is a nine-story property with 85 market-rate luxury apartments and an 18,000-square-foot Westside Market, occupying the ground floor. The popular family-owned grocery is one of eight operated by the Zoitas Family across Manhattan that have built a loyal following of customers.

Comprised of 33 studios, 44 one-bedroom, two two-bedroom and six three-bedroom units, totaling 49,741 rentable square feet, The Nathaniel is a doorman building that sits on the corner of Third Avenue and East 12th Street as a stand-out in a neighborhood dominated by walk-up tenement apartments. Its sophisticated design is complimented by a host of resident amenities that include a private gym, bike storage, a social and gaming lounge, rooftop reflecting pool and a fully landscaped sunset deck.

Located at the convergence of the East Village, Chelsea and transit-oriented Union Square, the property sits in a neighborhood with a resident population boosted by approximately 75,000 students from six nearby schools and colleges, which primarily lack purpose-built student housing.

The JLL Capital Markets Debt Advisory team that arranged the financing was led by Senior Managing Directors Steven Klein and Jamie Leachman, Vice President Christopher Pratt and Analyst Sean O’Brien.

Klein commented, “The Nathaniel is a Class A asset in a highly desirable location with excellent access to transportation generators and amenities. As a long-term generational holder, Westover will benefit from these attributes and the asset will continue to perform well for many years to come.”

JLL Capital Markets is a full-service global provider of capital solutions for real estate investors and occupiers. The firm’s in-depth local market and global investor knowledge delivers the best-in-class solutions for clients—whether investment sales advisory, debt advisory, equity advisory or a recapitalization. The firm has more than 3,000 Capital Markets specialists worldwide with offices in nearly 50 countries.