KKR enters Seattle real estate market

KKR enters Seattle real estate market

KKR closes on two real estate transactions totaling over $1.2 billion in the Greater Seattle region

KKR, a global investment firm, announced the closing of two real estate transactions totaling over $1.2 billion located in the greater Seattle region, including the Summit located in downtown Bellevue and the F5 Tower in downtown Seattle.

The Summit is a 915,000-square-foot Class A office complex in the Bellevue central business district. The complex is 99% leased, and is comprised of two existing LEED Platinum office buildings and a third building currently under construction, expected to be completed in Q3 2020. The properties are well located in the heart of the central business district, one block from the Bellevue Transit Center and the Bellevue Downtown Light Rail Station opening in 2023.

F5 Tower is a recently completed 43-story tower in the Seattle central business district, which includes the 100% leased 516,000-square-foot office condominium acquired by KKR alongside a separate 189-room luxury hotel. The property is architecturally significant to the Seattle skyline and home to F5 Networks as their global headquarters.

“We are excited to be making these two real estate investments in the Puget Sound Region, a market we believe has attractive long-term growth driven by a highly educated employee base, attractive cost of living relative to other top tier markets in the U.S. and high-quality of life,” said Justin Pattner, KKR’s Head of Real Estate Equity in the Americas. “The region is the headquarters to several of the world’s largest companies, and has recently attracted others to build a significant presence in the region. We are looking forward to growing our own presence there with these transactions.”

The buildings will be operated by Urban Renaissance Group, a Seattle based real estate investor, developer, and manager of real estate, who assisted with the acquisitions.

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Since launching a dedicated real estate platform in 2011, KKR has invested or committed approximately $9 billion in capital across over 200 real estate transactions in the U.S., Europe and Asia as of September 30, 2019. KKR’s global real estate team consists of over 85 dedicated investment professionals, spanning both the equity and credit businesses.

These investments are being funded by accounts co-advised by KKR and KKR’s balance sheet.

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