W Brothers buys building on UES’ Gold Coast for $37M
Retail rents correct, but buyers continue to snap up Madison Avenue properties
W Brothers Realty and their partners picked up a mixed-use building on Madison Avenue’s Gold Coast for $37 million from owners who had held the property for nearly 100 years.
The Midtown-based firm bought the five-story building at 766 Madison Avenue in partnership with the Bronx-based Altmark Group and the New Jersey-based Blenden Group, a representative for the new owners confirmed to The Real Deal.
The seller is a corporation controlled by estate-planning attorney James Rice. Public records show the corporation had owned the property since 1925.
“The market’s good, and we got a good offer,” Rice said.
There’s been some recent uptick in investment-sales activity on the high-street stretch of Madison Avenue between 57th and 72nd streets, despite the market correction in retail leasing.
The purchase price on W Brothers’ acquisition works out to just shy of $6,150 per square foot. The ground-floor retail portion of the building is occupied by the fine-minerals store Mardani, which has about five years left on its lease. The retailer reportedly inked an nearly nine-year lease for its 1,200-square-foot space in 2014 with an asking rent of $1,500 per square foot.
Average retail asking rents on that stretch of Madison were $1,286 per square foot during the third quarter, down nearly 9 percent from slightly more than $1,400 per square foot a year earlier, according to CBRE.
Venture Capital Properties’ Jeremy Nazarian, who represented the buyers in the off-market deal with colleague Itan Rahmani, said that high-street retail with long-term contractual cash flows “continue to remain in high demand.”