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An Affiliate of Oberndorf Real Estate Management and The Bascom Group Acquire Multifamily Community ‘Hearthstone at City Center’ in Aurora, Colorado, for $74 Million

Hearthstone features 360 low-density garden-style apartments in one- and two-story buildings, and is situated on 18 acres in the attractive suburban Aurora submarket of Denver

DENVER, March 13, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — An affiliate of Oberndorf Real Estate Management, LP. (“OBREM”) formerly known as The Axton Group, and The Bascom Group, LLC (“Bascom”), announced today that they have closed on the acquisition of the 360-unit Hearthstone at City Center (“Hearthstone”), located at 932 South Helena Way in vibrant Aurora, Colorado, for $74 million.

Hearthstone marks Bascom’s fourth acquisition of 2024 and comes shortly after the recent acquisitions of The Overlook, a 344-unit garden style multifamily property located in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Texan26, a 204-bed student housing community in Austin, Texas. Once the largest multifamily owner in the state of Colorado, Hearthstone is Bascom’s 37th acquisition in the state and 10th acquisition in the city of Aurora.

Constructed in 1984 as a low-density community comprised of forty-one buildings across 18.25 acres, Hearthstone features ample onsite outdoor space and a diverse mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans. The community is conveniently located southeast of Aurora City Center, a midway point between Downtown Denver and Denver International Airport, just minutes from the I-225 highway, the Aurora Metro Center Station RTD Line, and a 20-minute drive to Downtown Denver.

Residents at Hearthstone can access hundreds of thousands of employment opportunities within a 20-minute commute from the property. Nearby employment hubs include Fitzsimons Medical Campus, Buckley Space Force Base, Denver International Airport, Denver CBD, Denver Tech Center and Cherry Creek. Hearthstone’s location offers superb access to key quality of life attractions and recreation given a diverse selection of shopping, dining and retail in the vicinity, and outdoor activities in Aurora’s many parks, in-town trails and reservoirs, including the scenic 4,000-acre Cherry Creek State Park, and outdoor art and golf courses, all within the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.

The community has been well-maintained over numerous renovation programs throughout the years and offers select units with contemporary appliances, in-home washers and dryers, hardwood-style flooring, walk-in closets, fireplaces and private patios and balconies. The highly amenitized property has a resort-style pool, outdoor grilling and picnic areas, fitness center and sauna, pet park, playground, basketball court and on-site laundry.

Renters enjoy a 50% discount relative to the costs of home ownership in the immediate area. The partnership believes it is acquiring this property at an attractive basis and yield resulting from the highly volatile economic environment over the last twenty-four months. Peter Oberndorf, Managing Director at Oberndorf Real Estate Management, said, “While there is some softness in rents due to elevated supply deliveries, the partnership is positive on the long-term trajectory of the Aurora submarket and greater Denver MSA as new supply becomes harder to build given the higher interest rate environment and recent development restrictions, which will stagnate supply for the foreseeable future.”

The partnership’s business plan includes an extensive value-add renovation program that includes upgraded appliances, countertops and lighting; additional in-unit washers and dryers; added kitchen backsplashes; new cabinets and fixtures; and wood plank flooring. Common area improvements are planned for the fitness center, leasing center and pool, as well as a completely redesigned multipurpose activity area, façade enhancements and revamped landscaping.

Jim Singleton, Bascom’s Senior Vice President & Principal of Acquisitions, shared, “We are thrilled to make yet another multifamily investment in the city of Aurora and state of Colorado. Despite a challenging transaction market, we are finding select opportunities that we anticipate will be strong investments for our company and our highly valued partners such as OBREM.”

Bascom’s Senior Vice President of Portfolio Operations, Paul Zakhary, added, “Bascom plans to further elevate the Property by strategically repositioning and improving operations that will make Hearthstone a top choice among multifamily product in the immediate area.”  

The partnership continues to focus on investments in the multifamily sector across the United States, with a focus on value-add opportunities that arise as pricing resets occur amid significant global macroeconomic pressures.

About Oberndorf Real Estate Management, LP. (“OBREM”)
Oberndorf Real Estate Management, LP. is a privately held investment management firm based in San Francisco with a focus on value add and opportunistic real estate and real estate related assets in the U.S and Canada. OBREM’s management team has extensive sourcing capabilities through its proprietary network and invests opportunistically across asset types, geographies and capital structure as risk/return dynamics shift. The firm invests in direct real estate and real estate related operating companies with the understanding that real estate is subject to cycles, both in terms of its underlying supply and demand fundamentals and its pricing relative to other asset classes. OBREM seeks to invest in undervalued assets which can be enhanced with redevelopment, aggressive asset management, and repositioning in fundamentally strong markets. OBREM prioritizes opportunities with strong current cash flow and capital appreciation with a focus on capital preservation.

About The Bascom Group
Bascom is a private equity firm specializing in value-added multifamily, commercial, and non-performing loans and real estate related investments and operating companies. Bascom sources value-added and distressed properties including many through foreclosure, bankruptcy, or short sales and repositions them by adding extensive capital improvements, improving revenue, and reducing expenses by realizing operational efficiencies through implementation of institutional-quality property management. Bascom, founded by principals Derek Chen, Jerry Fink, and David Kim, is one of the most active and seasoned buyers and operators of apartment communities in the U.S. Since 1996, Bascom has completed over $22.0 billion in multifamily value-added transactions encompassing 358 multifamily properties and over 105,000 units. Bascom’s commercial transaction volume is $5.8 billion in total and amounts to over 23.4 million square feet. Bascom has ranked among the top 50 multifamily owners in the U.S. Bascom’s subsidiaries and joint ventures include the Bascom Value Added Apartment Investors, Shubin Nadal Associates, Spirit Bascom Ventures, REDA Bascom Ventures, Bascom Northwest Ventures, Bascom Arizona Ventures, Harbor Associates, Village Partners Ventures, and Realm Group. Bascom’s subsidiaries also include Premier Workspaces, one of the largest privately held executive suite, coworking and shared workspace companies in the U.S. For additional information, please visit www.bascomgroup.com.

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