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Weehawken apartment building trades for $25M

Gebroe-Hammer Associates has brokered the $25.35 million sale of a 99-unit apartment building in Weehawken, NJ.

Ken Uranowitz, president, and Niko Nicolaou, executive vice president, represented the seller of Hamiltom House, a 12-story high rise located at 700 John F. Kennedy Boulevard East. The pair also represented the buyer, Tuli Realty LLC, a local investment and development firm led by Sanjive Tuli.

 “Both the seller and the buyer were committed to seeing the transaction through because Hamilton House is a rarity in any investment environment, given its tree-lined suburban-like locale, walkability to grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, take-out and green open spaces – all of which are integral to today’s executive and established-millennial tenant base in this work- and learn-from-home period,” said Uranowitz.

Hamilton House was constructed in 1964 and offers a mix of 21 studio, 59 one-bedroom and 19 two-bedroom layouts – the latter of which includes four penthouses. Some of the units also offer private balconies and dens. Lifestyle conveniences and amenities include on-premises parking, modern laundry centers, two newly upgraded elevators with dedicated lobbies and front-door NJ Transit bus service.

“Hamilton House’s central positioning and sustained tenant demand rendered this a prime value-add multifamily investment opportunity where the buyer can expand upon the owner’s recent enhancements,” said Nicolaou, the firm’s Hudson County market specialist.

Recent updates completed prior to the sale include a new roof, pointing and modern parapet-wall installation; installation of two modern elevators and a newly constructed, secure package room; comprehensive cable-service updates; and modest enhancements to lobbies, hallways and apartment units.

The deal comes after a sold first quarter for Gebroe-Hammer, which reported 18 deals encompassing 1,574 units sold for $316.4M.

In the midst of the Covid-19 shutdown, Gebroe-Hammer’s market specialists have kept several noteworthy New Jersey apartment-property trades on track including the $43+M sale of 125 Class A units at Bayside Cove in South Amboy, the $25.5M sale of a Class A multifamily portfolio spanning Woodbridge Township and $64.9 million in sales over the course of two months involving more than 269 units across the East, Southwest and Northwest Middlesex submarkets.  

“We are still closing deals during this challenging economic period as buyers continue to seek out multifamily properties knowing that this asset class will always weather any downturns – as I have witnessed throughout my 45 years in the business – because of the basic human need for shelter,” said Uranowitz.

 “As we gradually ‘reopen,’ the new normal may indeed encompass a significant telecommuter population base, thereby further emboldening the strength of multifamily properties – which is the already-favored investment over office and retail asset classes.”  

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