A&E Real Estate Buys Two Queens Mixed-Use Properties for $59M

35-65 84th Street; James Patchett, CEO of A&E Realty; 80-01 37th Avenue (A&E Realty, Google Maps)

Trust in apartment buildings is growing in the outskirts.

A&E Real Estate bought two mixed-use buildings in Jackson Heights this week for $ 58.75 million, about 11 percent below the asking price of $ 66.5 million, a spokesman for Marcus NY Multifamily Group said & Millichap who brokered the deal.

The sale suggests investors’ interest in a discounted multi-family market and confidence in the neighborhoods outside of Manhattan, said a source familiar with the matter.

The Queens, Georgian Hall and Ravenna Court buildings at 35-64 84th Street and 80-01 37th Avenue, respectively, have been family-owned since their development nearly a century ago and are administered by the Joseph Bruno Trust.

Together, the properties have 198 apartments and 23 commercial units. According to the Rent Guidelines Board, Georgian Hall contains rent-stabilized units.

Queens has fewer apartment buildings than the other boroughs, and properties are typically owned by multigenerational owners. As a result, prices have remained competitive with the rest of the city in the past.

The Jackson Heights portfolio discount reflects ongoing pandemic prices, said a source familiar with the deal.

Multi-family investments in the second quarter showed a recovering market, with activity extending into the boroughs beyond Manhattan. Highlights included a 15-building Bronx portfolio that changed hands in June for $ 122 million.

This week, Phoenix Realty Group, a New York-based multi-family investor, acquired an eight-building apartment complex in the South Bronx for $ 91 million, a quarter more than seller Spencer Equity paid in 2016.

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