Brickell gets biggest office sale ever
The sale announcement of landmark office building 800 Brickell on Tuesday for $111.6 million, or $533 per square foot, will probably set a precedent of pricing in the Brickell area, experts say.
RREEF Property Trust, an arm of Deutsche Bank, purchased the 15-story tower from Stiles Corp., which bought the building in partnership with Guggenheim Real Estate in 2004 for $34 million. According to Stiles, the sale represents the highest price per square foot in the Brickell submarket.
The real estate investment management business paid more than triple its last sales price and 2014 assessment of $37 million.
“From an economic view, if a building sells for $533 per square foot, the buyer would need to get very high rents to justify the price,” said Tom Dixon, president of Dixon Commercial Real Estate. On the other hand, he said, when one has that kind of money to invest, opportunities are scarce.
“Years ago, one would never buy a building without a return of 8%,” Mr. Dixon said. “Now, any return on an income investment property is better than the alternatives.”
Developed in 1981 by Intercap, 800 Brickell is currently 89% leased to tenants that include State Trust Group, Anheuser Busch, Sol Group, Conill Advertising, Banco de Brasil, TotalBank, Conde Nast America, BoConcept and Dannon Foods.
The sale price will probably set a pattern of pricing, Mr. Dixon said. He predicts there will “be a lot of buzz’ about the transaction when the Commercial Industrial Association of South Florida meets today (5/14) and presents its office market report.
The building is directly south of Swire’s now-rising Brickell City Centre, whose 80-plus story tower is to be built across the street. No start date for that construction has been announced. Swire several years ago paid $64.1 million for 700 and 710 Brickell, the properties that will become the portion of the new tower fronting Brickell.