7 June 2019 – El Confidencial
The Grifols family, the main shareholder of the pharmaceutical group of the same name, has purchased a sought-after building on Calle Velázquez, 21 in Madrid through its Socimi Centurion Real Estate.
Until now, the property had been jointly owned by the Gancedo family, which has occupied the commercial space on the ground and first floors for more than 70 years, and another family, comprising around 20 interested members, who owned the upper four residential floors.
According to various sources, last year, the Grifols family reached an agreement with the Gancedo family to purchase its share of the property for €20 million, in a deal brokered by Savills Aguirre Newman. The sale of the residential floors of the building is now being brokered by CBRE and is expected to close in September for €32 million, taking the total purchase price to €52 million, equivalent to €8,000/m2.
Created in 2014, Centurion has been famous until now as the landlord of the pharmaceutical company, given that it owns the four buildings that house the company’s offices in Barcelona, on Calle Jesús y María, and in Sant Cugat del Vallès. This represents the Socimi’s first major purchase in Madrid and sees its entry into the luxury home market in the heart of the Spanish capital.
Original story: El Confidencial (by R. Ugalde & E. Sanz)
Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake