Kennedy Wilson acquires Irish PRS portfolio for €87m

Global real estate investment company Kennedy Wilson has acquired The Elysian mixed-use complex in Cork, Ireland for €87.5 mln from real estate funds managed by Blackstone.

The acquisition comprises 206 multifamily/PRS units, 67,600 sq ft (6,280 m2) of retail and office space over 550 car parking spaces. The residential element is 98% leased and the commercial space is 61% leased.

Construction was completed in 2008 with 70% of the multifamily unit fit-outs and leasing completed in 2015 and 2016. The Elysian sits in the rapidly expanding docklands area in Cork city centre.

Mary Ricks, President and CEO of Kennedy Wilson Europe, said: 'We see good near-term and medium-term prospects to grow NOI by leasing up the vacant commercial space and implementing the Kennedy Wilson Residential package of amenities to drive unit rental growth.'

She added: 'The Elysian is an excellent first entry for our multifamily business into Cork; it has virtually no residential projects in direct competition. The same strong fundamentals across the Dublin multifamily/PRS market exist in Cork and we see exciting future opportunities to continue investing in both markets with a goal to double our PRS portfolio in the next few years.'


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