Oaktree and Security Properties buy Colorado apartment property

Oaktree Capital Management LP and Security Properties have acquired Aurora, Colorado-based The Grove at City Centers, an apartment property. No financial terms were disclosed. Security Properties Residential will manage the property.


SEATTLE, Nov. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — On October 31, 2018, Security Properties and funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (“Oaktree”) purchased The Grove at City Center, a 420-unit, Class-B garden style property located in Aurora, CO. This was Security Properties’ fourth joint venture with Oaktree. With this acquisition, Security Properties has now closed on four market rate properties in Colorado within the last 12 months. In addition, they also own affordable housing properties throughout metro Denver.

Located at the crosshairs of East Mississippi Avenue and Interstate-225, The Grove at City Center boasts exceptional accessibility to local and regional amenities. East Mississippi Avenue, a primary east-west corridor, is a highly-traversed road that services 53,000 riders daily, thereby providing great drive-by exposure. Further, located just two blocks from Interstate-225, The Grove at City Center benefits from its quick access to a number of regional amenities / economic drivers within Denver, including the Fitzsimons Medical Campus, Buckley Air Force Base, as well as the Denver Tech Center.

Units feature a mix of 1- and 2- bedroom floorplans, offering in-unit washers and dryers, a stainless steel appliance package, wood burning fireplaces, and air conditioning. Prior ownership had upgraded all common areas as well as unit interiors; however, Security Properties sees an opportunity to create additional value. The property-level business plan features light cosmetic-upgrades, including the addition of backsplashes, USB outlets, as well as under-cabinet lighting. When finished, the units will offer finishes that are unique to the properties in the comp set. Additionally, the property offers a comprehensive amenity package including a swimming pool, a remodeled clubhouse with lounging areas, a fitness room, as well as a dog park.

Tad Johnson, Senior Investment Manager at Security Properties says, “The recent renovations at The Grove at City Center resulted in an attractive income producing asset. The asset’s central location in Aurora benefits from close proximity to a handful of marquee jobs nodes that are driving demand for housing. We expect the current strong fundamentals in the submarket to continue, resulting in durable cash flow for this long term investment.”

Jared Lazarus, Managing Director at Oaktree, added, “As we continue to expand our income-producing, core-plus business through strategic relationships, we’re excited to partner once again with Security Properties on another compelling transaction in a high-growth, supply constrained market. The Aurora submarket in the Denver MSA continues to exhibit some of the strongest apartment fundamentals in the United States”

The property will be managed by Security Properties-affiliate Security Properties Residential.

About Security Properties
Security Properties is a national real estate investment, development, and operating company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. For more than 49 years, Security Properties has provided quality housing to its residents as well as excellent financial performance for its investors. Since its founding, Security Properties has acquired or developed over 83,000 residential units at a cost of over $5.7 billion. Security Properties maintains a focused multi-family strategy supported by integrated teams of professional acquisition, development, construction, investment, and property management specialists. For more information, visit www.securityproperties.com

About Security Properties Residential
Security Properties Residential is the affiliated property management firm of Security Properties, created to increase the value of its real estate holdings by more closely managing its assets. Operating throughout the U.S., Security Properties Residential is committed to delivering exceptional service to its apartment communities and residents. Services include property, construction and compliance management services that create positive living environments for residents and build value for clients.