The Boulder Group Arranges Sale of PNC Ground Lease

Randy Blankstein and Jimmy Goodman of The Boulder Group represented both the seller and purchaser in the transaction

The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, has completed the sale of a single tenant core located PNC Bank Ground Lease located at 1640 W Fullerton Avenue in Chicago, IL for $6,000,000. The Property is located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, one of Chicago’s wealthiest and most expensive communities with average single-family home prices of approximately one million dollars.  

The PNC Bank property is strategically positioned at the heavily trafficked signalized intersection of Fullerton Avenue and Clybourn Avenue which experiences traffic volumes in excess of 48,000 vehicles per day. Fullerton Avenue is the primary east-west thoroughfare in the trade area. The surrounding urban infill area is densely concentrated with homes, apartments and commercial properties. The PNC Bank property is located within an affluent area with average annual household incomes of approximately $150,000 within a one-half mile radius. The immediate area is densely populated with over 51,000 people living within a one mile radius. 

The PNC Bank property is benefitted by its proximity to Interstate 90/94 which is located one-half mile to the west. Further contributing to the strength of the PNC Bank property is its location within one of Chicago’s primary retail destinations. Retailers located in the immediate vicinity include Costco, Target, Home Depot, Menards, Kohl’s, Best Buy, TJ Maxx, Jewel-Osco, Mariano’s, Treasure Island Foods, Regal Cinemas, Sports Authority and Aldi. The nearby Costco is one of only two locations in the entire city of Chicago.  DePaul University is located one-half mile east of the property with an enrollment of approximately 24,000 students. 

Randy Blankstein and Jimmy Goodman of The Boulder Group represented both the seller and purchaser in the transaction. The seller was a Midwest based real estate development company and the purchaser was a Midwest based real estate investor. 

The PNC Bank Ground lease has over eight years remaining and expires in December 2024. The ground lease features 2% annual rental escalations throughout the primary term. The ground lease has six 5-year renewal option periods with 10% rental escalations in each. PNC Bank is an investment grade rated company (S&P: A-) and is publicly traded (NYSE: PNC) with a market capitalization in excess of $44 billion. 

“The market for long term ground leases remains active as these assets are highly sought after amongst private investors” said Randy Blankstein, President of The Boulder Group.  Jimmy Goodman, Partner of The Boulder Group, added, “While single tenant properties are selling in all types of locations; core markets, like Chicago, are at the forefront of investor demand.”

About The Boulder Group

The Boulder Group is a boutique investment real estate service firm specializing in single tenant net lease properties. The firm provides a full range of brokerage, advisory, and financing services nationwide to a substantial and diversified client base, which includes high net worth individuals, developers, REITs, partnerships and institutional investment funds. Founded in 1997, the firm has arranged the acquisition and disposition of over $3 billion of single tenant net lease real estate transactions. From 2010-2015, the firm was ranked in the top 10 companies in the nation for single tenant retail transactions by both Real Capital Analytics and CoStar. The Boulder Group is headquartered in suburban Chicago.

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