SmartStop Asset Management buys student housing property for $43.8 mln

SmartStop Asset Management has acquired 411 Lofts, a student housing community located near the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The price of the acquisition was $43.8 million.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. – (Jan. 22, 2018) – SmartStop Asset Management, LLC announced today that certain of its affiliates have acquired 411 Lofts, a 90 unit, 345-bed purpose-built student housing community located three blocks from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for $43.8 million.

“We are very pleased to complete the acquisition of this Class ’A’, institutional-quality student housing property located near one of the largest and most prestigious research universities in the country,” said H. Michael Schwartz, chief executive officer of SmartStop. “The property is a best-in-class, purpose-built community with excellent amenities and floor plans that SmartStop seeks when acquiring student housing.”

A 10-story building, 411 Lofts is comprised of fully furnished one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units ranging in size from 400 square feet to 1,187 square feet. The property features security controlled access to units and bedrooms and underground parking. Additional amenities include a 24-hour fitness facility; 10th floor resident sky lounge; a computer center with iMacs, PCs and printers; study rooms; free common area washers and dryers; 500 Mbps Internet bandwidth with Wi-Fi hot spots; onsite restaurants; and a tanning room.

The property is currently 98 percent occupied for the 2017 – 2018 academic year and is 53 percent pre-leased for the 2018 – 2019 academic year. The community will be professionally managed by Asset Campus Housing, one of the nation’s premier third-party student housing managers.

“The 411 Lofts student housing community is the complete package – a full amenity set, with attractive floor plans all within a short walk of the University of Michigan’s central campus,” said John Strockis, senior vice president of acquisitions for SmartStop. “Given its current rent structure, 411 Lofts represents one of the best price/value student living accommodations in downtown Ann Arbor.”

Constructed in 2009, 411 Lofts is a five-minute walk from The Diag, the University of Michigan’s open space in the middle of its central campus, which the university reports to be one of its busiest sites. The property is one block from State Street District, which features several shops and restaurants, and approximately one mile from Michigan Stadium, the largest football stadium in the United States with a seating capacity of more than 107,000 and home to the University of Michigan Wolverines football team.

The University of Michigan has more than 575,000 alumni worldwide and an enrollment size of approximately 46,000 students as of the fall of 2017. The school also has nearly 30 NCAA Division 1 intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports teams. In 2017, the University of Michigan was ranked third on Money Magazine’s list of Best Colleges For Your Money, fourth on Forbes’s list of Top 25 Public Colleges In The U.S., and first on U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Social Work Programs.

About SmartStop Asset Management, LLC (SmartStop)
SmartStop is a diversified real estate company focused on self storage assets, along with student and senior housing. The company has approximately $1.3 billion of real estate assets under management, including 109 self storage facilities located throughout the United States and Toronto, Canada, comprised of approximately 68,000 units and 7.9 million rentable square feet. SmartStop’s real estate portfolio also includes four student housing communities with approximately 2,100 beds and 700,000 square feet of space. SmartStop is the sponsor of Strategic Storage Trust II, Inc., Strategic Storage Growth Trust, Inc. and Strategic Storage Trust IV, Inc., all public non-traded REITs focusing on self storage assets. The facilities offer affordable and accessible storage units for residential and commercial customers. In addition, they offer secure interior and exterior storage units as well as outside storage areas for vehicles, RVs and boats. Additional information regarding SmartStop is available at and more information regarding SmartStop® Self Storage in the United States and Canada is available at