REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

First Republic Center by Blox Ventures and Angelo Gordon Sell College Terrace at 2100 El Camino Real in Palo Alto

prnewswire | December 30, 2020

Blox Ventures, LLC, a Silicon Valley-based speculator and land administrator, and worldwide elective speculation firm Angelo Gordon reported today the offer of 2100 El Camino, College Terrace's First Republic Center in Palo Alto. The property is secured by First Republic's territorial office center and most as of late added Real Produce International Market, a claim to fame merchant, to its 11,000-square-foot retail space. The association attempted to guarantee long haul leases with its tenure for the future accomplishment of the property and the organizations.

"Blox Ventures and our joint venture capital partner, Angelo Gordon, are pleased with the sale of this property which, under the stewardship of its new owner, a global investment company, will continue to thrive as a strong component of the neighborhood," said Blox Ventures CEO Jason Oberman. "It has always been our goal to thoughtfully improve this asset to best serve the community and ensure the buyer shares the same commitment."

Blox Ventures and Angelo Gordon obtained the property in July 2018 after development was finished in 2017. Following the property procurement, the association finished the rent up, remembering the local center point for First Republic for Silicon Valley, whose workplaces – situated over the retail space – involve 76% of the structure. The organization likewise rented the property to neighborhood organizations, including a boutique food merchant and music gathering. The First Republic Center is set up now as one of only a handful few properties in Palo Alto's retail center that possess a full city block, profits by its closeness to the zone's key development habitats, is nearby Stanford University, and not exactly 50% of a mile to a Caltrain rail station.

The 2100 El Camino property is one of four late properties in which Blox has put resources into the prime business sectors of Palo Alto and Sand Hill Road.

About Blox Ventures
Blox Ventures, based in Silicon Valley, is a privately owned real estate investment firm focused on buying, renovating, and operating commercial properties.  Blox Ventures' principals have acquired and disposed of over 6 million square feet of real estate valued at over $3 billion. Blox Ventures has worked with the area's leading technology companies on their innovation spaces and campuses.

About Angelo Gordon
Angelo, Gordon & Co., L.P. ("Angelo Gordon") is a privately held limited partnership founded in November 1988. The firm currently manages approximately $41 billion with a primary focus on credit and real estate strategies. Angelo Gordon has over 500 employees, including more than 200 investment professionals, and is headquartered in New York, with associated offices elsewhere in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

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