Vinod Khosla makes $200M bet on Westchester rentals

Khosla Capital, Pacific Urban Investors acquired 408-unit community

Khosla Capital's Vinod Khosla with 1 Shearwood Place (Getty Images, Google Maps)
Khosla Capital's Vinod Khosla with 1 Shearwood Place (Getty Images, Google Maps)

Westchester’s multifamily market remains an attractive option for investors, judging by a recent $200 million sale in New Rochelle.

Vinod Khosla’s Khosla Capital and Pacific Urban Investors partnered on a $200 million purchase of the apartment building Halstead Station, JLL announced, paying roughly $490,000 per unit. The seller was the DSF Group.

The 24-story, 408-unit luxury community was built in 2001. Apartments range from one to three bedrooms, and community amenities include a fitness center, lounge, training studio, outdoor swimming pool, courtyard with barbecue grills and a business center with private conference pods.

The building is at the entrance to New Rochelle’s Metro-North station, giving residents easy access to Grand Central Terminal, Harlem and soon Penn Station and the East Bronx.

A JLL team including Jose Cruz and Steve Simonelli represented DSF in the sale.

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Khosla Ventures was an early investor in Opendoor and the second largest shareholder when the company went public. Khosla led the Series A round in 2014 and invested $40 million over the next few years, according to regulatory filings. Its investment was worth about $1.4 billion in January 2021, after Opendoor’s IPO, but the iBuyer’s stock price has since dropped by 85 percent.

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