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Tilt49, Amazon-Leased Class A Office Tower in Seattle, Sells for $268.5MM

Principal Financial Group, Seattle, NKF Capital Markets, Touchstone, Takenaka Corporation, BGC Partners, Inc., NASDAQ Global Select Market
Tilt49. Image courtesy of NKF Capital Markets.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The $85 million LEED Silver, Class A office project Tilt49, developed by Seattle-based Touchstone, built by Minneapolis, MN-based Mortenson Construction and designed by ZGF Architects, is occupied by Amazon.)

Seattle, WA (December 19, 2017) – NKF Capital Markets has announced the $268.5 million ($924 per square foot) sale of Tilt49, a newly constructed 11-story Class A office building totaling 290,573 square feet in Seattle. The office space in its entirety has been triple-net leased through 2033 to a prominent online retailer and technology company. The property also includes 1,646 square feet of retail that has been leased to Mighty-O Donuts.

NKF Capital Markets President, West Coast Kevin Shannon, Executive Managing Director Ken White, Senior Managing Director Rob Hannan, Managing Director Michael Moll and Executive Managing Director Tim O’Keefe represented the seller, a joint venture of Des Moines-based Principal Real Estate Investors and Seattle-based Touchstone who developed the asset. The buyer was Takenaka Corporation out of Tokyo, Japan. The price per square foot was $924, which is approximately $40 higher than the recently sold adjacent Midtown 21 office property also leased to the same tenant.

“Our NKF Capital Markets team strategically sourced the buyer via an ad hoc Asia/Pacific roadshow to four countries,” said Shannon. “Senior Managing Director Alex Foshay along with Rob Hannan led the effort. As a result, we identified a strong buyer and achieved record-setting pricing for a Seattle office property. Takenaka is a first-time buyer in the Seattle market and plans a multi-generational holding period for this trophy asset.”

Built in 2017 and located at 1812 Boren Avenue, Tilt49 is a creative office property that offers easy access to more than 100 restaurants, 3,000 hotel rooms, 28,000 urban residential units and public transit. It is located in the heart of the Denny Triangle, one of Seattle’s top office markets. The Class A market within the Denny Triangle has seen an impressive 51 percent increase in average asking lease rates over the last three years. Additionally, the Denny Triangle and adjacent South Lake Union submarket represent the heartbeat of the tech and life science industries in Seattle. As testimony to that, the vacancy rate in these submarkets has been hovering under 3 percent for the past several quarters despite the development of more than 3.5 million square feet of new office space since 2014.

Urban Renaissance Group has been retained to manage the project for Takenaka.

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