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GAIA Real Estate acquires mixed-use portfolio on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and secures $24M financing

102 Norfolk St.

JLL Capital Markets announced today that it has arranged the $34.75 million sale and $24.325 million acquisition financing for a three-building, mixed-use portfolio located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, which includes 56 residential units and five retail spaces.

JLL marketed the property on behalf of the seller, SMA Equities. JLL also worked on behalf of the borrower, GAIA Real Estate, a New York-based institutional real estate investment firm led by Danny
Fishman, to secure the loan through Bank of America.

177 Ludlow St.

The majority of the residential units in the portfolio offer two- or three-bedroom floorplans, and multiple
units feature renovations with high-end finishes and Central HVAC. 46 of the apartments are free market
and the remaining 10 are rent stabilized.

Located at 102 Norfolk St., 177 Ludlow St. and 99 Allen St., the portfolio is situated in one of the most
culturally diverse and historic neighborhoods in New York City. The Lower East Side is bounded on the
west by Bowery Street, on the south by Delancey Street, on the east by the East River Park and on the
north by East Houston Street and the East Village. It is considered one of the city’s most desirable
residential neighborhoods, especially among students and young professionals, because of its central
downtown location, relatively affordable housing stock and vibrant dining and nightlife options.

The portfolio also offers outstanding access to all of Manhattan and the five boroughs through the
nearby subway stations that service the J, Z, F, M, B and D trains.

The JLL Capital Markets Investment Sales team representing the seller was led by Chairman, NY
Investment Sales Bob Knakal, Managing Directors Guthrie Garvin and Jonathan Hageman and Analysts
Jack Norton and Jacob Russell. Working on behalf of the borrower Senior Managing Director Scott
Aiese, Director Alex Staikos and Analyst George Kordahl led the JLL Capital Markets Debt Advisory

“Despite inflationary headwinds, the New York City multi-housing market continues to be an attractive
opportunity for savvy investors and sellers looking to capitalize on historic apartment demand as the city
continues to prove its resilience and appeal as a world class place to live, work and play,” said Garvin.

“This is a high-performing portfolio of mixed-use assets located in a premier NYC neighborhood,” said
Aiese. “The borrower is well positioned to capitalize on the upward pressure inflation continues to place
on apartment rents.”

JLL Capital Markets is a full-service global provider of capital solutions for real estate investors and
occupiers. The firm’s in-depth local market and global investor knowledge delivers the best-in-class
solutions for clients — whether investment sales advisory, debt advisory, equity advisory or a
recapitalization. The firm has more than 3,000 Capital Markets specialists worldwide with offices in
nearly 50 countries.

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