Joint Venture Acquires 1.2 MSF Boston Office Property for $845M


53 State Street in Boston was 93 percent leased at the time of sale. The property totals 1.24 million square feet.

BOSTON — A joint venture between Allianz Real Estate, Beacon Capital Partners and the Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management (PRIM) Board has acquired 53 State Street, a 1.2 million-square-foot office property in Boston’s Financial District. The sales price was $845 million.

The Class A property, known locally as Exchange Place, comprises the historic Boston Stock Exchange building that was completed in 1891 and a 40-story office tower that was built in 1985. The building also features ground-floor retail space.

The seller of 53 State Street, which was 93 percent leased at the time of sale, was not disclosed. The property features a seven-story, glass-enclosed atrium and an outdoor arcade with seating areas along Congress Street. Amenities include a rooftop deck, fitness center and conferencing facilities.

“Allianz recognizes this acquisition is a unique opportunity to expand into Boston and to continue to diversify our investors’ portfolio,” says Christoph Donner, CEO of Allianz Real Estate.

“Our real estate portfolio includes some of the top office buildings in the U.S., and this investment is consistent with our overall strategy to generate strong returns from Class A properties,” adds Michael Trotsky, executive director and chief investment officer of Mass PRIM.

Allianz Real Estate is the investment and asset manager for real estate within Allianz Group, a German financial services company. Beacon Capital Partners is a Boston-based private real estate investment firm. PRIM is a pooled investment fund that invests the assets of state pensions to ensure that retirement obligations are funded.

— Taylor Williams

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