Henley USA buys New York residential property

Henley USA has acquired Hayes Court, a residential property located in Queens, New York. No financial terms were disclosed. Choate provided legal services for the deal.


NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Henley USA’s appetite for multi-family properties continues with the off-market purchase of an additional residential property in New York.

The new Henley City Living-branded asset, Hayes Court, is located in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens, New York, and consists of 56 residential units and six commercial suites spread over two five-story, mirrored buildings, comprising approximately 50,000 sq. ft.

The buildings provide a significant amount of development upside, which will be used to derive additional value from the property. Alongside reconfiguring the majority of apartments to enhance layouts and adding bedrooms to oversized units, Henley City Living will be undertaking a renovation of the building’s common areas, including the creation of a rooftop balcony for the tenants’ benefit. The company also plans to incorporate numerous technological amenities into the buildings, including new building and unit entry systems, creating a residential experience similar to that of full-service apartments. Finally, Henley City Living intends to replace the aging heating infrastructure with a new, more efficient natural gas boiler / hot water heater.

This acquisition follows the group’s recent off-market purchases of more than 1,000 units in New York and Arizona.

Commenting on Henley’s acquisition, Ian Rickwood, Chief Executive Officer of Henley Investments, said:
“This additional purchase by Henley USA in Jackson Heights, New York, demonstrates our ongoing, strong momentum and appetite in this market. Through both unit renovation and active asset management, multi-family assets in prime locations provide the opportunity for significant upside and rental returns. The local expertise of Henley USA leaves us well-placed to identify assets which meet our key criteria; we have a strong pipeline in place and look forward to announcing further acquisitions in the new year.”

Garrett Solomon, President of Henley USA, commented:
“As demand for rental units in Manhattan continues to climb, Henley USA has recognized the Jackson Heights area as both an affordable and popular area for renters within the New York City Metro area. This acquisition provides us with an exceptional opportunity to purchase a high quality asset in a prime location with excellent access to Manhattan. At each Henley City Living property, we plan to make everyday life for our residents more convenient. Through planned renovations, active management as well as the installation and use of the latest in-home technology, we are confident that this asset will deliver exceptional returns.”

This deal was sourced through Henley USA’s network, with legal services provided by Choate out of Boston.

Established in 2006, Henley is a leading UK private equity real estate investor focusing on development, investment and asset management in the commercial, residential, healthcare debt and alternative real estate market. Since inception, Henley has approximately doubled in size every year and is expected to do the same again in 2017. The company currently has around $1.5 billion in assets under management (as of mid-year 2017).
Henley is an entrepreneurial company that continues to back entrepreneurs. Its platform has multiple divisions, all headed by an experienced entrepreneurial partner. These include Henley Space, a prime London residential development; HCRE, an opportunistic commercial investment; Henley Healthcare Investments; Henley 360, a European light industrial vehicle; Henley Camland, a land infrastructure business; Henley Ark, in the student accommodation space and Henley USA, which looks at new ventures across all asset classes.

Launched by private equity real estate group Henley in April 2016, Henley USA has offices in Boston, California and Florida and is headed by ex-Rockpoint executive Garrett Solomon, who was also the founder of Corbelis, an award-winning residential master-plan and management company. Henley USA’s business investment strategy focuses on replicating the same opportunistic entrepreneurial platform as its European counterpart, by investing in the best local operators across the US real estate market.