American Realty Capital New York Recovery REIT Acquires Brooklyn Condos

American Realty Capital New York Recovery REIT Inc. closed on the acquisition of the fee-simple interest in 50 rental units and a 36-space parking facility, together with an undivided interest in the common elements appurtenant thereto, in the condominium known as The 163 Washington Condominiums, located at 163 Washington Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, at a purchase price of approximately$31.5 million, exclusive of closing costs. This acquisition increases the total size of the company's portfolio to $213.1 million comprised of 12 properties.

"We are excited to be acquiring this newly built, class-A quality apartment building in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York and to be working with A&E Real Estate Holdings, an experienced owner/operator of multifamily properties, as our partner," Michael A. Happel, the REIT’s chief investment officer, said in a statement. "This acquisition is consistent with our overall strategy of acquiring high quality, income-producing real estate in New York City."

The 50 rental units contain 41,613 rentable square feet and include 49 residential rental units and one commercial unit leased to a day care company. In addition, the property contains a 36-space parking facility and 20 storage units.

As of the date of this filing, the 50 rental units are 80.2 percent leased. The aggregate annualized straight line rental income for the occupied units, which represents the contractual rent adjusted to reflect any contractual tenant concessions including free rent, is approximately $40,000 per unit and the average monthly base rent, calculated as the monthly base rent divided by the number of occupied units, is approximately $3,000 per unit.

The commercial unit is leased to a day care company for a period of 10 years which will commence upon the completion of certain conditions. The annualized straight line rental income will be approximately $47,000. The lease contains 3 percent annual rental increases and has two five-year lease extension options. Due to zoning restrictions, the unit may only be leased to an educational or healthcare-related tenant.

The 36-space parking facility is currently under a two year master lease with the seller of the property. The annualized straight line rental income under the master lease is $200,000.

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