KKR and Gulf Bay Group to acquire Pelican Bay property for $80 mln

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co has teamed up with the Gulf Bay Group to buy one of two land parcels in Naples, Florida-based Pelican Bay. The price of the acquisition is $80 million.


NAPLES, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Gulf Bay Group today announced that a new joint venture formed by a wholly owned affiliate of the Gulf Bay Group and KKR has purchased one of only two remaining developable land parcels in Pelican Bay for a cash payment of $80 million.

Under the direction of Aubrey J. Ferrao, who founded Gulf Bay Group of Companies in 1986, Gulf Bay has successfully completed 14 luxury properties along a 1.5-mile stretch of Gulf-front land within the prestigious Pelican Bay community.

The joint venture, known as KRE GB Pelican 1, purchased the land, indirectly, from Parcel J Joint Venture. No plans for the parcel have been released.

“While Gulf Bay’s legacy is represented throughout Naples, we are extremely proud of our role as the ‘Creator of the Pelican Bay skyline,'” said Ferrao. “Partnering with KKR, a firm with a storied reputation as a sophisticated and savvy investor, represents an endorsement and acknowledgement of the unique opportunity afforded by one of the last two ultra-luxury high rise sites between the Ritz Carlton in Pelican Bay and Port Royal.”

“Aubrey Ferrao and the Gulf Bay Group Companies have developed high rise condominium towers along the Gulf of Mexico in Naples for 30 years and know the luxury market in Naples like few other developers,” said Roger Morales, Co-Head of KKR Real Estate Acquisitions in the Americas. “We are very selective of our investments and our partners and we are pleased to partner with Mr. Ferrao on this exciting opportunity.”

In addition to its history in Pelican Bay, Gulf Bay’s other award-winning developments include The Brittany on Park Shore Beach, the Marco Beach Ocean Resort® on Marco Island, and Fiddler’s Creek community on Collier Boulevard on the way to Marco Island.

KKR is a leading global investment firm that manages investments across multiple asset classes. The firm is making the investment primarily from its real estate fund, Real Estate Partners Americas. As of March 31, 2015, KKR had $99.1 billion in assets under management.