Blackstone Group to Acquire 66 Multifamily Communities in San Diego for $1B


Conrad Villas in the San Diego County community of Spring Valley, Calif., is part of the Conrad Prebys Foundation’s multifamily portfolio. (Image courtesy of Google Street View © 2021)

SAN DIEGO — Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX), in partnership with TruAmerica, plans to acquire 66 multifamily communities in San Diego County for more than $1 billion. The sale is one of the largest real estate transactions in county history, according to reports by The San Diego Union-Tribune. 

The seller, Conrad Prebys Foundation — a philanthropic organization created by local real estate owner Conrad Prebys — began shopping its multifamily portfolio in February, according to KPBS, a public broadcasting service in San Diego. The assets largely feature below-market-rate rents for low-income renters.

The report by KPBS lists that the portfolio includes Conrad Villas apartments in Spring Valley, alongside communities located in San Ysidro, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, National City, Lemon Grove, Lakeside, Spring Valley, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, El Cajon, Escondido, Ramona and Santee. The 5,800-unit, market-rate portfolio is set to undergo $100 million in renovations under the new ownership, according to the Union-Tribune.

Blackstone also plans to partner with the nonprofit organization Pacific Housing to provide services for residents, including after-school tutoring, financial literacy classes, and health and wellness initiatives at no cost. 

The deal will add to Blackstone’s existing portfolio of $4.5 billion worth of assets in San Diego County, including Legoland California and the Hotel del Coronado. The transaction is expected to close within the next few weeks, according to the Union-Tribune.

New York City-based real estate investor Blackstone was founded in 1991 and has $196 billion worth of investor capital under management. The company’s stock price closed on Wednesday, May 12, at $84.30 per share, up from $50.46 on the same date last year. 

Katie Sloan

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