SAN DIEGO,– American Assets Trust, Inc. (NYSE: AAT) (the “Company”) has successfully closed on the acquisition of La Jolla Commons, consisting of two trophy office towers, an entitled development parcel and two parking structures, located in the preeminent University Town Center submarket of San Diego, California.
The two LEED platinum office towers at La Jolla Commons were built in 2008 and 2014, respectively and total approximately 724,000 square feet. One tower, consisting of approximately 421,000 square feet, is 100% leased to credit-rated LPL Financial. The other tower, consisting of approximately 303,000 square feet, is approximately 72% leased to such major tenants as U.S. Bank National Association, Paul Hastings LLP and Finch, Thornton & Baird LLP, among others.
La Jolla Commons is walking distance to a range of high-end destination dining, high-scale retail and entertainment and has the benefit of ready access to San Diego’s major freeways and a soon to-be-completed Mid-Coast Trolley line.
“We are thrilled to expand into the University Town Center submarket of San Diego and proud to add La Jolla Commons to our portfolio of trophy assets,” said Ernest Rady, the Company’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President.
The purchase price of $525 million, less a seller credit of approximately $11.5 million, was paid with a combination of cash on hand and funds drawn against the Company’s existing credit facility.
About American Assets Trust, Inc.
American Assets Trust, Inc. is a full service, vertically integrated and self-administered real estate investment trust, or REIT, headquartered in San Diego, California. The Company has over 50 years of acquiring, improving, developing and managing premier retail, office and residential properties throughout the United States in some of the nation’s most dynamic, high-barrier-to-entry markets primarily in Southern California, Northern California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. The Company’s retail portfolio comprises approximately 3.1 million rentable square feet, and its office portfolio comprises approximately 3.4 million square feet. In addition, the Company owns one mixed-use property (including approximately 97,000 rentable square feet of retail space and a 369-room all-suite hotel) and over 2,112 multifamily units. In 2011, the Company was formed to succeed to the real estate business of American Assets, Inc., a privately held corporation founded in 1967 and, as such, has significant experience, long-standing relationships and extensive knowledge of its core markets, submarkets and asset classes.
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