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Longfellow Real Estate Partners Spends $112 Mil on 12-Building Office/Lab Portfolio in San Diego’s Sorrento Valley


Boston-based Longfellow Real Estate Partners has acquired the Inspire Portfolio, a 12-building, 319k sf commercial office/lab portfolio in San Diego’s Sorrento Valley area, for $112 mil ($351/sf). The properties, currently 95% leased to a diverse roster of 81 life science, technology and research and development tenants, were sold by Parallel Capital Partners Inc, out of San Diego.

The new owners plan to continue the proven life science conversion plan started by Parallel Capital Partners, adding significant value by repositioning the remaining 50% of the portfolio. Over a period of six years, Parallel infused more than $10 mil in state-of-the-art renovations and upgrades to the Inspire Collection, meeting the growing demand for creative office and life science space.

According to Matt Root, CEO of Parallel Capital Partners, his company purchased the Inspire assets as part of a larger portfolio acquired from Collins Development Company in 2012. That $63 mil acquisition included the Sorrento Valley assets as well as the 31.3k sf Herschel Building in La Jolla and the nine-building, 152.7k sf One Technology Place in Rancho Bernardo.

Parallel sold One Technology Place (10905-10949 Technology Place) to Menlo Equities for $22 mil in December 2014 and the Herschel building (1100 Wall Street) to the McCarthy family (McCarthy Family Vineyards) for $15.2 mil in February 2015. All told, the Parallel group bought the Collins portfolio for $63.4 mil and sold it for $149.2 mil.

“This latest transaction confirms institutional investors are still focused on well-positioned acquisition opportunities with demonstrable value-added upside in key submarkets,” Root said. “The Inspire assets – and the Collins portfolio overall – represented a very unique opportunity to acquire incredibly well-located assets in La Jolla, Sorrento Valley and Rancho Bernardo that were positioned extremely well for conversion and repurposing to life science and creative office. We believe office and lab space need to acknowledge the human side of the people to foster work-related creativity. It isn’t work versus life anymore – it’s work and life – and creative space supports both with its flexible, interactive style. This approach has helped our tenants grow, attract and retain the best talent.”

The Inspire Portfolio includes:

• 11535-11585 Sorrento Valley Rd (128k sf)
• 11772 Sorrento Valley Rd (19.2k sf)
• 11760 Sorrento Valley Rd (35.7k sf)
• 11750 Sorrento Valley Rd (19.9k sf)
• 11558-11588 Sorrento Valley Rd (85.2k sf)
• 11494 Sorrento Valley Rd (31k sf)

Nick Frasco, Nick Psyllos and Michael Leggett of HFF represented the seller in this latest transaction.

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