JLL Income Property Trust has acquired The Preserve at the Meadows, a garden-style apartment community in Fort Collins, Colorado.
The purchase price was approximately $61 million, and brings the portfolio’s total residential allocation to nearly $1.8 billion, or 41 percent of total assets.
“This addition to our growing residential portfolio fits extremely well with our strategy to invest in well-located communities with strong demand drivers and high barriers to entry for new competition,” said Allan Swaringen, JLL Income Property Trust President and CEO. “Given its proximity to Colorado State University and the Denver metro area we believe The Preserve will continue to see growing tenant demand and higher occupancies, making this an attractive, long-term investment for our diversified portfolio.”
Located 50 miles north of Denver along I-25, Fort Collins is the No. 3-ranked market by LaSalle Research & Strategy on its most recent Small Apartment Market Analysis owing to Fort Collins’s limited construction pipeline, strong long-term vacancy rate of just 4.3 percent (15-year average) and annualized rent growth of 4 percent over the last 15 years. This market’s vacancy rate and rent growth are 1.2 percent and 1.6 percent better than the US average, respectively.
The city benefits from a strong labor market, bolstered by Colorado State University, which drives demand for well-located highly-amenitized apartment communities. The property is currently 97 percent leased. The Preserve is also located in an A-rated school district, according to Niche.com, and benefits from several walkable retail amenities.