The Lawyers’ Mutual Society Buys Paseo de la Habana, 3 for €23.4M

3 April 2019 – El Confidencial

Grupo Millenium has sold an office building on Paseo de la Habana, 3, in Madrid to the Mutualidad de la Abogacía (Lawyers’ Mutual Society) for €23.4 million. In fact, the deal was signed in April 2018, but has only just come to light after the Mutualidad published its annual accounts for last year.

The building has been completely renovated and is leased in its entirety to Gunni & Trentino, the Spanish company specialising in high-end interior decoration, which houses its headquarters there. The property is located in a prime area, just 100m from Paseo de la Castellana and Nuevos Ministerios, and comprises 3,000 m2 distributed over five storeys.

Original story: El Confidencial (by E. Sanz)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Juan Bravo 3 Plot Worth 7% More Than 12 Months Ago

6 March 2016 – El Confidencial

The recovery of the real estate market is starting to be reflected in the income statements of real estate companies and Socimis, especially in the value of their assets. According to information submitted to Spain’s National Securities Market Commission (CNMV) by Lar España, the famous plot of land located on Calle Juan Bravo, 3, which is going to be home to the most exclusive luxury housing development in the capital, has risen in value by 7% in the last year.

The Socimi has owned 50% of the land, alongside the US manager Pimco since the beginning of 2015, when both companies joined forces to buy Eurosazor (the development company created by Rafael Ortiz and the businessman Fernando Fernández Tapias) which owned the 26,203 m2 plot on Juan Bravo, 3 and another 5,318 m2 plot on Claudio Coello, 108.

Lar and Pimco acquired both residential assets for €120 million, in such a away that the purchase amounted to €60 million for each plot. Six months later, in June 2015, the consultancy firms JLL and C&W valued the plots at €61.3 million, and by the end of last year, that figure had increased to €64.35 million, up by 7.1%. This increase in value is explained not only by the recovery of the residential market, but also the scarcity of plots of land and new homes on the market in the neighbourhood of Salamanca, the most sought-after by wealthy individuals, both domestic and international – especially Venezuelans.

This increase in value has been generalised for the whole of the Socimi’s portfolio. The value of the assets acquired between its debut on the stock exchange and 31 December 2015 amounted to €898.9 million, in other words, €46.2 million more than their combined acquisition prices, which represents an increase of 5.4%. By type of asset, besides residential, Lar’s shopping centres have increased in value by 4.4%, its office are up by 6.6% and its logistics centres are up by 11.1%.

Juan Bravo, 3 is, nevertheless, one of the most important assets in the portfolio, at least from the media’s point of view, given that the market has been waiting for work to begin there for more than a decade. (…).

The demolition work is about to begin

Now… the project is increasingly closer to becoming a reality, after it recently received the licence from the Town Hall of Madrid that will allow it to demolish the basements and consolidate the land. This is the first step to obtaining the construction permit and, therefore, the definitive launch of the project, which will be designed by the Madrilenian architecture firm Rafael de La-Hoz (see photo above).

Although the details of the project have not been revealed yet, all indications are that around one hundred homes measuring between 250 m2 and 450 m2 will be constructed on the 2,250 m2 plot of land, which has a buildable capacity of 26,000 m2. Prices could reach, on average, €10,000/m2, with the most affordable homes averaging around €8,000/m2 and the most elite averaging around €14,000/m2. (…).

Original story: El Confidencial (by E. Sanz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Patrizia Acquires Claudio Coello 108 For €22M

3 February 2016 – El Confidencial

Yesterday (Tuesday), the German fund Patrizia Inmobilien completed the purchase of a residential building on Claudio Coello, 108 for €22 million, from Grupo Lar and Pimco, according to sources close to the deal.

Specifically, the property, which is currently vacant, has a surface area of 5,318 m2 and previously formed part of the operation to purchase Juan Bravo, 3. In fact, the building is located just a few metres from that plot, which houses one of the most highly anticipated luxury developments in the capital. The building acquired yesterday will be converted into 14 luxury homes, measuring 300 m2 each, with two or three parking spaces per flat.

According to the latest report prepared by TecniTasa, these homes could have a market value of around €10,900/m2. Patrizia Inmobilien will undertake a complete renovation of the property, which will require an additional investment of €7.5 million – equivalent to around €1,500 per m2 – and the company expects the building work to take 18 months.

Patrizia is one of the largest investment funds in Europe, with a presence in 14 countries and total funds under management of €18,000 million. 40% of its portfolio is invested in residential assets, equivalent to approximately €8,000 million.

The fund arrived in Spain last year, led by Borja Goday, the head of Patrizia in Spain, and the former CEO of Sotogrande, with the intention of investing €1,000 million in the Spanish market. It closed its first operation in July last year with the purchase of the H&M store in Málaga from the Nergosa group and it raised its profile further by participating in the bid for Torre Espacio.

With this operation, the fund becomes one of the new players in the luxury residential market in the capital and demonstrates its strong commitment to the real estate recovery in Spain, given its conservative profile, in comparison with the speculative capital that has entered the market in recent years.

BDO has advised the vendor, whilst the firms CMS Albiñana and MMM have advised the purchaser.

Original story: El Confidencial (by R. Ugalde and E. Sanz)

Translation: Carmel Drake