Bascom buys California apartment property Hillside Terrace for $6.2 mln

The Bascom Group has acquired Hillside Terrace, a Vista, California-based 32-unit apartment community, for $6.2 million. Meridian Capital’s Olga Alworth arranged the debt funding for the deal while San Diego Private Bank provided the loan.


IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Bascom Group, LLC (“Bascom”) has acquired Hillside Terrace, a 32-unit apartment community located at 322 Hillside Terrace, Vista, California for $6,200,000 or $193,750 per unit or $228.00 per square foot. Olga Alworth with Meridian Capital arranged the debt financing and San Diego Private Bank provided the new loan. This was an off-market transaction with Rita Lancaster-Hannah with ACRE representing Bascom.

Hillside Terrace
Built in 1988, the property is truly unique. Four apartment buildings are terraced along a slope just off one of Vista’s major thoroughfares. The terracing of buildings along with the limited number of units per building gives each home a private, condo-like feel. Each unit at Hillside is a corner unit, limiting shared walls and increasing the presence of natural light. The spacious patios and balconies at the property offer tenants ample outdoor living space to enjoy the warm San Diego climate. Bascom’s planned modernization program will remodel the interiors and enhance the amenities, exterior, and overall curb appeal.
Vista’s apartment market continues to strengthen as average rent has increased for six consecutive years to $1,556 in 1Q 2016, a 32% increase since 2010. In 2016, the effective rent growth is projected to be 5.58%, outpacing San Diego’s projected growth of 4.55%. The vacancy rate in Vista remained at 3.45%. High barriers to entry, including a scarcity of land for development and natural boundaries, constrain new supply.

Lee Nguyen, Senior Vice President for Bascom, adds “We’re acquiring a well located, stabilized building that is ready for renovations in an expanding north San Diego economy. Our San Diego projects have performed well over the years so we are excited about the project.”

About Bascom: The Bascom Group, LLC is a private equity firm specializing in value-added multifamily, commercial, non-performing loans, and real estate related investments and operating companies. Bascom sources value-added and distressed properties including many through foreclosure, bankruptcy, or short sales and repositions them by adding extensive capital improvements, increasing revenue, and reducing expenses by realizing operational efficiencies through implementation of institutional-quality property management. Bascom, founded by principals Jerry Fink, David Kim, and Derek Chen, is one of the most active and seasoned buyers and operators of apartment communities in the U.S. Bascom has completed over $12 billion in multifamily and commercial value-added transactions since 1996 including more than 300 multifamily properties containing over 79,000 units. Bascom has ranked among the top 50 multifamily owners in the U.S. Bascom’s subsidiaries and joint ventures include the Southern California Industrial Fund, Rushmore Properties, Bascom Portfolio Advisors, Shubin Nadal Associates, Spirit Bascom Ventures, REDA Bascom Ventures, MHF RM Holdings, Bascom Northwest Ventures, Bascom Arizona Ventures, Harbor Associates, Village Partner Ventures, and the Realm Group. Bascom’s subsidiaries also include Premier Business Centers, the largest privately held executive suite company in the U.S. For additional information, please visit