Catella Wohnen Europa nears €1b mark following investments in Berlin and Madrid

Berlin-based Catella Residential Investment Management and Catella Real Estate have acquired two residential real estate developments in Berlin and Madrid via their AIFM platform for a total of €75 mln.

The two transactions increase the total investment volume of their Catella Wohnen Europa (CWE) Fund to over €975 mln.
 
The development in Berlin-Marzahn, acquired from T&T Grundbesitz GmbH for €50 mln, is located in the northeast of the German capital and comprises 165 apartments over two buildings as well as three commercial units with a total rental area of approximately 13,700 m2.
 
Upon completion of the development in 2023, a supermarket will occupy the ground floor catering to residents in the building and the rest of the neighbourhood. In addition, a childcare centre is under construction in the neighbouring building.

In Madrid, the CWE Fund acquired a recently developed, high-quality 15,200 m2 asset in the Ensanche de Vallecas district to the southeast of the city centre for €25.5 mln from Domo Activos Socimi. The building consists of 80 apartments with two to four bedrooms, spacious common areas such as a multi-purpose room, a children’s play area, a swimming pool and green spaces.
 
Catella AM Iberia will provide local asset management services.
 
Benjamin Rüther, executive director of Catella Residential Investment Management, said: ‘With this acquisition we are further expanding our portfolio of affordable rental apartments, one of the investment segments our strategy will focus on in the coming years across Europe. Given the current supply constraints, providing housing that is affordable for a wide range of people is absolutely vital. Rental levels per square metre in this new building are over 35% cheaper than the average in Madrid, which makes this complex affordable for a wide range of residents.’
 

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