The mid-rise building features one-, two- and three-bedroom units averaging about 1,240 square feet. Westside Capital Group said it intends to invest in common areas and target capital improvements.
As part of the acquisition, Westside assumed control of Veranda Park Association within the MetroWest Master Association. The company also secured several future purchase rights and purchase options pertaining to other development parcels within Veranda Park.
Jakub Hejl, founder and president of Westside, was not immediately available to comment.
The company scored a $31.5 million in financing through Freddie Mac. Charles Foschini of Berkadia’s Miami office helped arrange the loan.
Evan Kristol, Jason Hague and Duane Anderson from Marcus & Millichap brokered the deal. The Lowndes team in Orlando, led by Gary Kaleita, provided legal advisory services to Westside.
In a prepared statement, Hejl said “we see Orlando as a strategic market for Westside despite the short-term economic shocks related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we want to build a long-lasting relationship with the city and its residents.”
In 2017, the company purchased a 23-year-old apartment building Winter Haven for $4.35 million and neighboring vacant 3.7-acre site for an additional $105,000. There, the developer had plans to add an additional 130 apartments along South Lake Howard Drive, but records show the property has remained vacant.
Westside Capital is also planning a $1 billion mixed-use project on 128 acres in the City of Orlando, but no further details were released. A representative with the company declined to comment further.
The company joins a number of investors and developers have set their sights on Orlando’s MetroWest neighborhood, likely thanks to the area’s proximity to S. Kirkman Road, which is undergoing an 1.7-mile extension to Universal Boulevard, next to Universal Orlando’s planned Epic Universe theme park.
Last month, GrowthSpotter reported of plans by real estate development company Crosland Southeast to build up to 320 apartments nearby, on about 17.4 acres of land on the northwest corner of Carter Street and S. Kirkman Road.