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Starboard Realty Advisors Acquires Class A Apartment Community in Spring, Texas

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On April 15th, Starboard Realty Advisors announced the acquisition of Arden Woods, a highly amenitized, class A, garden-style apartment community in Spring, Texas. The seller was represented by Tonya Chaffin, John Carr, and Ben Fuller of Cushman & Wakefield.

Arden Woods is a community of 1-, 2-, and 3- bedroom apartments that offer a contemporary living experience. Each apartment comes with stainless steel appliances, faux-wood flooring, ceiling fans, granite countertops, and an in-unit washer and dryer. An attached garage is a feature in some units. Amenities like a resort-style swimming pool with pavilions, a fire pit, BBQ grills, storage units, a dog park, and a fitness center are part of the property’s offering. The property provides easy accessibility to North Houston, Conroe and the Woodlands.

The Arden Woods property is an excellent investment due to the projected 16.8% population increase in the surrounding area by 2026. We look forward to the opportunity it presents our investors."

Bill Winn, CEO of Starboard Realty Advisors, LLC 

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PR Newswire | January 10, 2024

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PR Newswire | January 10, 2024

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Cushman & Wakefield Collaborates with Microsoft to Enhance AI Technology Platform

Business Wire | January 25, 2024

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PR Newswire | January 09, 2024

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