Gladstone Commercial, a McLean, Virginia-based REIT, purchased a three-story office building on Lake Mary's International Business Center Drive for $18.5 million, according to a deed signed Dec. 27 and recorded Thursday in Seminole County.
The 87,080-square-foot building is 100 percent leased to CentralSquare Technologies through December 2029, according to Brandon Flickinger, Gladstone's managing director for the southeastern United States.
Flickinger told GrowthSpotter that Gladstone is looking for more investments in the Orlando area. The company likes the area's strong underlying economic foundation, especially the 2.7 percent unemployment rate.
"That's about a point below the national average," he said. "That supported the Class A office investment because it manifests in an 8 percent vacancy rate."
The seller, Starwood Capital Group Global, bought the Lake Mary building in July 2017 for $16 million. Flickinger pointed out that Starwood negotiated a lease extension with CentralSquare and invested approximately $8 million in the property.
"We fund our mortgage with fixed-rate debt that allows us to lock in our returns for the 12-year lease period," Flickinger explained. "That's where we receive our value -- at around a cost basis of $212 a square foot, which is well below replacement cost."
It was Gladstone's second acquisition in the Greater Orlando area. In July 2017, Gladstone bought the Maitland Preserve office park for $51.4 million. The Maitland property consists of 300,000 square feet of office space in three buildings, and is 100 percent leased, Flickinger said.
Gladstone Commercial typically invests in single-tenant and anchored multi-tenant net leased office, industrial and medical properties, in what it considers growing submarkets with strong underlying land value. As of Sept. 30, the company's real estate portfolio consisted of 99 properties in 24 states, totaling 11.6 million square feet.