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ABI sells prestigious Morningside Apartment Homes for $28M

ABI Multifamily, a dedicated multifamily brokerage and advisory services firm, has announced the $28,000,000 / $175,000 Per Unit sale of the 160-unit, Morningside Apartment Homes in Scottsdale, AZ. Morningside, originally built in 1989, features spacious 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units with a weighted average size of approximately 1,019 square feet and full size washer/dryer in each unit. The Seller, FSC Realty, in the past 2 years completed over $600K in exterior and interior renovations to Morningside, prior to this current sale.

“This is an amazing deal, for both buyer and seller,” states Alon Shnitzer, Senior Managing Partner at ABI. “The Buyer, Wood River Properties, wanted to find a stable, high quality asset to purchase after their recent Sonoran Ridge and Quail Canyon Apartments sales. This acquisition of Morningside offers them an extremely low density, best-in-class, stable asset, with the additional upside of completing the balance of the interior renovations and significant redevelopment upside should the landsite at Morningside ever built-out to its existing high density R-5 zoning designation. In March of 2013 the current seller, FSC Realty, purchased Morningside from the largest REIT in the nation. It was a tremendous purchase, as they only paid $21,600,000 at that time, and through the renovation upside had instantaneous equity in the property.”

The property is located in the prestigious Scottsdale Ranch Master Planned Community. The Scottsdale Ranch Community offers residents tremendous recreation opportunities including: the 42-acre man-made Lake Serena with boating and fishing activities, as well as a fully appointed community center. Directly across the street from Morningside are the Via Linda Senior Center, Scottsdale Ranch Park and Tennis Center, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale, Laguna Elementary School and MVLL AAA Baseball Field. Additionally, the property is only minutes from major transportation corridors, Loop 101 and Shea Blvd., which provide direct access to all of Scottsdale’s fine dining, entertainment and the well-known Scottsdale-Shea Regional Hospital.

Morningside Apartment Homes sits on nearly 10-acres of land, with 18 total buildings and a dedicated leasing center/clubhouse that was recently remodeled. Additionally, all commons areas, pool and exterior/select interiors of the buildings were upgraded as well. Morningside is a solid and highly sought after “B+” class community, with 80% of its unit mix comprised of large 2 and 3-bedroom units, and situated in an “A+” location. Morningside’s high-end community amenities include:


  • Newly Renovated Resort Style (Heated) Pool & Spa (offering wireless pool-side internet) -Upgraded Fitness Center
  • Outdoor BBQ Grill and Picnic Areas
  • Newly Renovated at Fully Appointed Clubhouse with Business Center
  • Full Covered Parking
  • Lush Resort Style Landscaping

Interior unit amenities include:

  • Fireplaces*
  • Full Size Washer/Dryer
  • 9-10 Foot Ceilings
  • Vaulted Ceilings*
  • Gourmet Upgraded Kitchens with Stainless Steel Appliances* -Built-In Bookshelves*
  • Large Private Patio or Balcony with Storage
  • Walk-In Closets

*select units

The Buyer in this transaction is an experienced Phoenix Metro multifamily investor, Wood River Properties, based in Santa Monica, CA. Wood River Properties was also represented by ABI Multifamily in the sale of the Sonoran Ridge Apartments, for Lennar Multifamily’s Tempe assemblage site – The Motely and in the sale of Quail Canyon Apartments to Canada-based, Living Wells Homes, just last month.

The Seller in this transaction is Beverly Hills, CA-based, FSC Realty. FSC Realty, LLC, a privately owned limited liability company, is an operating partner/owner of apartments, shopping centers, and office buildings. Guided by Stanley R. Fimberg and his partner, Albert A. Baril, have over 50 years of experience in the acquisition, ownership, management, financing, and disposition of all of the above property types.

The Phoenix based ABI Multifamily brokerage team of Alon Shnitzer, John Kobierowski, Rue Bax, Doug Lazovick and Eddie Chang represented both buyer and seller in this transaction.

Monroe Tribute Awards Winner

Tribute Awards Wrap Up 2012 AMA State Convention

The 2012 Arizona Multihousing Association state convention ended on a high note Thursday night with the 20th annual Tribute Awards gala at the Phoenix Convention Center.

An audience of more than 1,200 was on hand as 18 awards were given to individuals and real estate companies in Arizona’s multi-family industry. Besides the Tribute Awards, the state convention also included a two-day expo and panel discussions.

The 2012 winners:

  • Industry Partner – Tucson: Judy Drickey-Prohow, Law Offices of Scott M. Clark;
  • Industry Partner: Jim Kowalski, Kowalski Construction Inc.;
  • Volunteer: Amy Smith, Bella Investment Group;
  • Volunteer – Tucson: Chris Evans, HSL Asset Management;
  • Housekeeper: David Dreyer, Autumn Ridge (Greystar Real Estate Partners);
  • Leasing Consultant: Kaysie Keifer, San Palmilia (Mark-Taylor Residential);
  • Assistant Manager: Stuart Draper, Crestone at Shadow Mountain (P.B. Bell Companies);
  • Maintenance Technician: Jose Romero, The Lodge at Arrowhead (Alliance Residential Company);
  • Maintenance Supervisor (1-199 units): Keith Walker, The Oaks (Fairfield Properties);
  • Maintenance Supervisor (200+ units): Todd Schwartz, Fernwood Manor (Greystar RE Partners);
  • Apartment Manager (1-199 units): Meghan Banaszak, Sonoran Ridge (P.B. Bell);
  • Apartment Manager (200+ units): Don Nolder, Fountain Oaks (Greystar RE Partners);
  • Best Team & Community for Properties Built Prior to 1993: Bella Sera, Allison-Shelton RE Services Inc.;
  • Best Team & Community for Properties Built 1993-2003: Dakota at McDowell Mountain Ranch, Mark-Taylor Residential;
  • Best Team & Community for Properties Built 2004-2011: Trillium Cave Creek, Trillium Residential Communities;
  • Regional Maintenance Supervisor: Peter Parham, Alliance Residential;
  • Regional Property Supervisor: Ann Boomsma, MEB Management Services;
  • Developer’s Award: 44 Monroe, Greystar RE Partners.