JPMorgan Is Said to Buy San Francisco Property for $415 Million

Jun 19, 2014 11:22 pm ET

June 19 (Bloomberg) -- JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s asset- management unit bought a San Francisco property from Jamestown LP in a $415 million deal that includes offices, a hotel and a development site, said two people with knowledge of the deal.

The purchase of 22 Fourth St. near Union Square closed today, said the person, who asked not to be named because the transaction is private. JPMorgan will acquire 430,000 square feet (40,000 square meters) in two buildings, as well as a land parcel, the people said. Tenants include the 195-room Hotel Palomar, software maker Intuit Inc. and retailers Old Navy, Levi’s and the Container Store.

Melissa Shuffield, a spokeswoman for New York-based JPMorgan, declined to comment, as did Renay Weissberger Fanelli, spokeswoman for closely held Jamestown, based in Atlanta.

San Francisco’s office market is luring property investors after a surge in leasing demand led by technology companies pushed rents up 70 percent since 2010, according to Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. The metropolitan area has California’s lowest unemployment rate at 4.3 percent and an economy that has added jobs each month for almost five years, state labor data show.

“It’s a very strong market, with tons of tenant activity driving investment activity,” Grant Lammersen, a sales broker at Cushman & Wakefield Inc. with a waterfront office listing at 188 Embarcadero, said in a telephone interview.

Salesforce Tower Inc. in April agreed to lease 714,000 square feet in a skyscraper being built by Boston Properties Inc. that will be the city’s tallest and named for San Francisco-based Salesforce, the biggest maker of customer-management software. A unit of Shenzhen, China-based developer Genzon Property Group Co.last month bought a majority stake in 225 Bush St. offices in the financial district, in a deal valued at $350 million.

The 22 Fourth St. property, two blocks from Union Square’s cluster of upscale shops and theaters, has retail frontage on both Fourth Street and Market Street, the city’s main transit corridor for buses and Bay Area Rapid Transit, the regional subway and rail system.

San Francisco’s Muni light-rail line is being extended from the South of Market technology district to Chinatown and North Beach and will travel beneath Fourth Street, with a station at Union Square scheduled to open in 2018.

JPMorgan buys properties on behalf of institutional investors through its Global Real Assets business. The unit, run by Joe Azelby, invests and manages in real estate, infrastructure and maritime assets around the world.

--With assistance from Hugh Son in New York.