Zeitgeist Asset Management is expanding its portfolio of flats for rent in Poland. JLL advised the investor on the purchase of the property located at 34 Czyżewskiego Street in Gdańsk-Oliwa. The project is being carried out by a Tri-City developer – the BMC group.
The project at Czyżewskiego 34 involves four residential buildings with 210 flats for medium and long-term rent. They are located in the immediate vicinity of the University of Physical Education and Sports and the historic part of Gdańsk-Oliwa. The advantage of the project is its proximity to the business hub of the Tri-City, with numerous office buildings and commercial facilities. The flats will be commissioned in March 2022.
Zeitgeist Asset Management has been operating on the Polish market since 2016. The company’s portfolio already includes properties in Warsaw and Krakow. Until now, however, it has acquired buildings "with history", which is in line with the company's operating strategy throughout Europe. The investment in Gdańsk is the company's first Polish development project built from scratch in Poland.
“Zeitgeist likes historic buildings. These projects usually take 2-3 years longer to complete, but the additional time and efforts pay off. These are properties in very good locations, and their unique nature attracts tenants who want to live in buildings with a soul. In turn, a greenfield project allows us to have a say in the planning of the distribution of various functions, such as bathrooms, toilets, or the size of rooms in buildings, which is essential from the point of view of our business. Thanks to this, we can plan our properties for various types of clients”, says Peter Noack, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Zeitgeist Asset Management.
The project, acquired with the help of JLL experts from the Residential Investments team, is being carried out by a Tri-City developer – the BMC group.
“Investors – both those who already operate in Poland and those who want to enter our market – are forced to deal with the build-to-rent model, because there are no portfolios of standing assets of appropriate scale that could be purchased. So far, this has caused significant limitations in rapid portfolio expansions, as only a few developers have decided to partner up with funds. In a situation where the pandemic may affect the dynamics of retail sales and significantly extend the commercialization process, partnering with investors using forward funding deal structures may become significant in protecting the financial liquidity of a development company”, comments Maximilian Mendel, Head of the JLL Residential Investments team.
Currently, in Poland, companies operating in the residential rental segment have over 4,000 units in multifamily buildings, and another 17,000 flats planned or under construction. The acquisition of the housing property at Czyżewskiego 34 in Gdańsk will accelerate the implementation of Zeitgeist AM's plans in Poland, which next year will comprise a portfolio of 350-400 rented units and one student house.
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