Vista Investment Group Acquires Historic US Customs House in Portland, OR for $30 Million

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Dec. 4, 2017 - PRLog -- Vista Investment Group has acquired the historic 67,000-square-foot U.S. Customs House in Portland, OR from Eastern Real Estate for $30 million.

The U.S. Customs House is Vista's latest acquisition of architecturally significant, historic buildings located in transformative urban neighborhoods of major West Coast cities. Among Vista's holdings include: the original 82,000-square-foot Boeing corporate headquarters in Seattle's up-and-coming Georgetown neighborhood; and the 50,000-square-foot Jensen's Recreation Center, in Los Angeles' burgeoning Echo Park district.

"With its distinctive architecture, large floor plates and high-volume interiors, The U.S. Customs House is an irreplaceable building in the Pearl District of Portland and we consider it one of the jewels in our portfolio," said Vista President Jonathan Barach.   "Residential and office users alike appreciate the authentic experience that these historic buildings offer and we continue to look for opportunities throughout the West Coast for these types of assets."

Designated as a Portland Historic Landmark, and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, The U.S. Customs House was constructed in 1901 to accommodate the city's burgeoning prosperity and status in the late 19th century, according to the General Services Administration.  It is considered one of the most ornate and intact historic buildings in Portland. The granite and brick building originally housed the U.S. Customs Service, which occupied the building for 67 years.  The building is now 100 percent leased to the preeminent collaborative workspace company, WeWork. Currently valued at more than $20 billion, WeWork recently received a $4.4B investment from Softbank Group, giving Vista added confidence in the tenant's long-term viability.

Located at 220 NW Eighth Avenue, the H-shaped building encompasses a full city block, bounded by NW Broadway, Everett Street, and Davis Street in the Pearl District, a former industrial neighborhood that has reinvented itself as one of Portland's most dynamic urban neighborhoods.

"Portland's Pearl District has undergone exceptional growth since peak vacancy in 2009," said Jones Lang LaSalle's Executive Vice President Paige Morgan who along with Managing Director Buzz Ellis and Senior Vice President Peter Furest led the JLL team on the sale.   "Today the neighborhood is home to art galleries, restaurants, young tech workers, local and national retailers, and affluent empty nesters. The micro market's 2.8 million square feet of office space has consistently outperformed the overall central business district. The Custom House is an incomparable asset in a thriving area of NW Portland."

Andrew Kirsh, partner and head of the real estate practice for Los Angeles-based law firm Sklar Kirsh acted as legal counsel to Vista Investment Group in the transaction.

About Vista Investment Group

Vista Investment Group, LLC ( is a privately held real estate investment firm engaged in the acquisition and active management of commercial real estate in the western United States. Established in 2008, and headquartered in Santa Monica, CA, the company focuses on value-add and opportunistic strategies in the multifamily, mixed-use and office sectors. Vista's portfolio, primarily located in urban infill markets within California, includes approximately 1,200 multifamily units and 750,000 square feet of office space.

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