BlackRock Real Estate, on behalf of a private fund it manages, has completed of the acquisition of The Zenith, an institutional grade office asset in Chatswood, Sydney.
The Zenith is a co-investment by the BlackRock-managed private fund and the Centuria Zenith Fund, an unlisted property fund managed by Centuria Property Funds Limited, at a purchase price of over A$279 million.
The Zenith is a landmark office asset with a diversified tenant mix. It is currently 94% occupied, with 40% of its rental income underpinned by government tenants. The property has approximately 44,000 sqm of net lettable area, with 800 car spaces occupying an 8,000-sqm site. It is located in Chatswood, a vibrant office, retail and residential precinct and the North Shore’s major rail and bus hub. The new Sydney Metro rail infrastructure will further improve accessibility and make this location increasingly attractive.
Hamish MacDonald, Director of BlackRock Real Estate in Australia, said, “The excellent location of this asset and the favourable office market dynamics in Sydney make The Zenith an appealing risk-adjusted investment opportunity. We look forward to adding value to this property to meet the needs of current and future tenants, while continuing to seek similar opportunities across the market.”
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