Vista Investment Group Acquires Pleasant Hill Apartment Community for $91MM

Vista Investment Group Tokyu Land US Corporation Northridge Apartments Pleasant Hill East Bay Institutional Property Advisors Marcus & Millichap

Los Angeles, CA (March 5, 2020) — Vista Investment Group in partnership with Tokyu Land US Corporation (“TLUS”), a fully-integrated real estate development and investment company, has acquired the Northridge Apartments, a 221-unit garden-style apartment community in the San Francisco East Bay submarket of Pleasant Hill for $91 million ($411,764 per unit). This marks Vista and TLUS’ first partnership together.

“Renters who have been priced out of expensive markets like San Francisco and Oakland are migrating to the East Bay in search of more affordable alternatives,” said Vista Investment Group President Jonathan Barach. “They are finding that Pleasant Hill has a great school system, a robust amenity base and rents at a considerable discount to neighboring cities Walnut Creek, Lafayette and Orinda.” 

Nobuhide Kashiwagi, President of TLUS, stated, “This acquisition fits well within our value-add investment strategy, and marks our first acquisition in the Bay Area. We are excited about the trajectory of growth in the market, and feel Northridge Apartments is well-positioned to capture that momentum.” 

Stanford Jones, Salvatore Saglimbeni, Philip Saglimbeni and Alex Tartaglia from Institutional Property Advisors, a division of Marcus & Millichap, represented the seller, Equity Residential, which has owned the property for more than 20 years.  

“The property’s attractive location, combined with the ongoing need for high-quality, affordable multifamily assets, make it an ideal value-add opportunity for Vista and TLUS,” added IPA senior managing director Salvatore Saglimbeni.  

Built in 1974, the Northridge Apartments are located at 235 Camelback Road. The studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes are situated in 16 low-rise residential buildings on a 6.63-acre site. Common area amenities include a clubhouse, two swimming pools, fitness center and laundry facilities. Vista’s capital improvement plan includes upgrading common areas, amenities and renovating apartment interiors as units roll.

The property is adjacent to Diablo Valley College, 2.5 miles from the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Concord station, and minutes to Interstate 680, which leads to major employment centers in Walnut Creek and the Tri-Valley (San Ramon, Pleasanton and Dublin). The Pleasant Hill Shopping Center is walking distance away and the Sunvalley and Willows shopping centers are within 1.5 miles. Pleasant Hill’s downtown corridor, located 2.2 miles from Northridge, features an authentic, pedestrian-friendly retail district with more than 40 dining, shopping and entertainment options highlighted by a Century 16 Theatre. 

Northridge Apartments is the latest in a series of West Coast multifamily acquisitions totaling more than $160 million since the beginning of the year for Los Angeles-based Vista Investment Group. The other assets are located in Portland, OR, and Los Angeles. Vista Investment Group’s portfolio includes more than 2,000 multifamily units and approximately 1.8 million square feet of office space throughout the West Coast, including 670,000 square feet of commercial office space in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

About Vista Investment Group
Vista Investment Group, LLC ( is a privately held real estate investment firm, engaged in the acquisition and active management of commercial property located in urban infill markets throughout California and the Pacific Northwest. The Los Angeles-based company was founded in 2008 by Philip Barach and Jonathan Barach, to focus on value-add and opportunistic strategies in the multifamily, mixed-use and office sectors. 

About Tokyu Land US Corporation
Tokyu Land US Corporation is a subsidiary of Tokyu Land Corporation, a comprehensive, fully-integrated real estate company in Japan that operates an urban development business, a residential business, a wellness business, and other overseas businesses. Tokyu Land US Corporation has offices in Los Angeles and New York, and investments in multifamily and office properties in New York, Texas, California, Oregon, Georgia, Washington DC and Washington state.

About Institutional Property Advisors (IPA)
With a network of senior-level investment advisors located throughout the United States and Canada, Institutional Property Advisors (IPA) is qualified to meet the needs of institutional and major private investors. IPA’s combination of real estate investment and capital markets expertise, industry-leading technology, superior support services and acclaimed research offer customized solutions for the acquisition and disposition of institutional properties and portfolios.

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