Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Bancap Self Storage Group, Inc., the “#1 Self Storage Broker in California,” recently announced that the firm had successfully brokered the sale of two trophy self storage properties located in Los Angeles County. The two properties were 405 Self Storage in the Hawthorne area of Los Angeles County and El Dorado Park Self Storage in Long Beach, California. Dean Keller, the firm’s president, was the sole broker in the transaction. The seller was a local private party and the buyer was an affiliate of a real estate investment trust (REIT) specializing in self storage properties.
“This was a very rare opportunity to purchase two trophy quality properties in high density coastal L.A. County locations,” Keller said, “These are the types of properties that every self storage investor would love to own – great infill locations, strong markets, good occupancy and first class construction.”
The properties sold for a total price of $26,000,000 which represented an attractive capitalization rate on the current net operating income. The all cash transaction equaled nearly $150 per net rentable square foot.
405 Self Storage in Hawthorne contains just over 87,000 net rentable square feet of self storage space demised into approximately 770 units. El Dorado Park Self Storage in east Long Beach contains over 87,000 net rentable square feet demised into approximately 825 units.
“Other than a couple of portfolio transactions, there have been very few non-distressed self storage properties that have sold in Southern California this past year,” Keller explained, “Most owners think they cannot obtain a good price in today’s market, but that just is not the case. We have several motivated buyers that are aggressively looking for stabilized facilities in good markets. The key for the seller is to hire a self storage broker with a proven track record of getting the highest and best price possible. Self storage is such a unique property type and it takes a very specific expertise with decades of experience to maximize value for sellers in this unique property niche.”