(EDITOR’S NOTE: The sales price on the transaction was $80 million, or roughly $1,978 per square foot, according to sources familiar with the transaction. The Newmark Cornish & Carey Capital Markets team in San Francisco had represented the buyer in the transaction. They declined to comment on the purchased price when contacted for this story.
The property was bought by Grosvenor Americas in an off market transaction. The seller of the property was Bently Holdings, based in San Francisco. It represented itself in the transaction.
Gucci occupies 11,000 square feet in the property. It has a lease that has at least five more years left to run. Floors three through ten of the complex are 100 percent occupied by office tenants. Some of them are tech companies. The rents in the office space are anywhere from 10 percent to 20 percent below market, so the new owner will have a chance to add value to the property in the future once these leases come up for renewal.)
Company Adds Gucci-Anchored Mixed-Use Building to its Union Square Portfolio
Grosvenor Americas (Grosvenor), a private property investment and development company, announced today the acquisition of 240 Stockton Street, a ten story 40,442-square-foot luxury retail and office building directly facing Union Square located at the corner of Stockton Street and Maiden Lane. Originally constructed in 1908, the ten-story building is fully occupied and is designated a Category 1 historic building in the Kearny-Mason-Sutter conservation district. Luxury retailer Gucci anchors the ground and second floors, with six office tenants above and a large 30×50 foot billboard facing Union Square leased to Apple. The property is certified LEED Gold and has been well maintained by the previous owner.
“The acquisition of 240 Stockton Street complements our high-street properties on Post Street around Union Square and our properties on Rodeo Drive and North Michigan Avenue – all properties owned for many years,” said Michael Beattie, Grosvenor’s chief investment officer. “The purchase of 240 Stockton Street enhances Grosvenor’s position as a high-street retail specialist and demonstrates Grosvenor’s commitment to the area.”
Union Square is recognized as one of the world’s premier shopping destinations and an international destination for luxury retailers. Local upscale retailers such as Gump’s and Wilkes Bashford; international fashion houses including Hermès and Dior; and mainstream tenants such as Apple and Zara contribute to the area’s vibrancy. The growth of San Francisco’s visitor industry continued to break records in 2015, with both spending and total visitors reaching the highest levels ever. Over 24.6 million visitors came to San Francisco in 2015 – up 2.7% from 2014 – and spent $9.3 billion, or $25.4 million, per day.
“240 Stockton Street is a significant corner retail property and is home to Gucci, one of Union Square’s highest profile tenants. In addition, unobstructed views of Union Square and generous natural light add to the desirability of this office address” said Peter Staver, Grosvenor’s senior investment manager.
Mike Taquino, Kyle Kovac and Daniel Cressman at Cornish & Carey Commercial represented Grosvenor in this transaction.
Grosvenor’s existing Union Square portfolio consists of 180, 185 and 251 Post Street, which feature tenants such as Dior, Coach, Façonnable and North Face. Investing in high quality assets in dynamic, vibrant cities with strong education systems and accessibility is an important part of Grosvenor’s investment strategy. When the Company acquired 185 Post Street in 2009, they upgraded it with a modern glass façade that artfully preserved the original brick exterior. The property later received an Excellence in Architecture Honor Award from the San Francisco chapter of the America Institute of Architects (AIA).
Grosvenor recently acquired 394 Pacific Avenue, a 50,220-square-foot office building in Jackson Square. They plan on renovating the property by improving the ground floor street experience and installing a new lobby, enhancing the façade and exposing the original exterior brick walls. Grosvenor’s local development team is also advancing plans to build two boutique residential projects atop Nob Hill and in Jackson Square.
About Grosvenor Group
Grosvenor Group has 17 offices in 11 countries and assets in 16 countries. The Group has regional investment and development businesses in Britain and Ireland, the Americas, and Asia Pacific. The Group’s international fund management business operates across Continental Europe. It also has indirect investments, managed centrally. Unusual for a private company, Grosvenor publishes a detailed reporting suite – Annual Review, Financial Statements, Environment Data and index of sustainability reporting under the GRI initiative – available at: www.grosvenor.com.
About Grosvenor Americas
Grosvenor Americas aims to become a market leader in select geographical areas and sectors in Canada and the USA through focused, strategic expansion. Grosvenor Americas uses their knowledge of the cities they work in and their property skills to develop projects that contribute to the vibrancy and attractiveness of those communities. With particular interest in retail, residential condominiums and apartments, and mixed-use sectors, the Company currently operates in Washington, D.C., Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Calgary. As at 31 December 2015, Grosvenor Americas had assets under management of $2.7B USD. For more information, please visit www.grosvenor.com.