University Oaks: A Case Study

Athens, Georgia

Asset Profile

  • Property ClassC
  • Address2360 West Broad Street
  • SubmarketDowntown Athens
  • Year Built1969
  • Size500 units

Ideally Situated But Long Neglected

University Oaks is a 500-unit multifamily apartment property on 36 acres of land in Athens, Georgia. This large complex is ideally located within walking distance to the University of Georgia as well as the city’s retail and entertainment district. Its apartment buildings are in the line of sight for college football game day coverage.

At the time of the University Oaks project, none of these advantages were apparent. What should have been an attractive option for students seeking lower-cost housing had fallen into a state of disrepair through mismanagement and neglect. University Oaks stood at only 50% occupancy and was extremely dilapidated. All in all, the building served as a poor ambassador for all that the Athens area had to offer. 

Creating a Student Village

REAP Capital applied its multi-tiered approach to bring this challenging project through to profitability. Seasoned experts oversaw every stage of the investment life cycle. This included:

  • Negotiating the acquisition of the University Oaks complex directly with the seller, an off-market Hedge Fund specializing in distressed debt.
  • Planning and implementing the drywall-level renovation and apartment upgrade. 
  • Installing efficient property management in line with REAP Capital’s ideals and values.

The end goal was to establish a vibrant and thriving student village environment intertwined with a renewed market-rate tenant community. To that end, REAP Capital focused on both capital expenditures and accretive value-add.

Investments in the latter included cost-effective enhancements to attract and retain tenants: modern floor plans and fixtures; useful leisure and convenience amenities such as a business center; upgrades to the swimming pool; and updates to the laundry facilities.

Impressive Returns for Investors

REAP Capital successfully transformed University Oaks from a distressed property into an ideally situated apartment complex with all of the amenities that residents required. The property quickly reached 85% occupancy, which in turn increased its gross revenue and net operating income. The speed with which this turnaround occurred served as evidence that the strategy had been the right fit for the project.

Upgrading University Oaks created a more affordable housing option for students and other residents seeking appealing, up-to-date apartment living in walking distance of the University of Georgia. Within five years of its acquisition, REAP Capital had increased occupancy to 93%, brought the complex to high profitability, and sold the property in an off-market, all-cash deal, creating sizable returns for its investors. 

"The University Oaks project shows the full capabilities of the REAP Capital team. It combined our expertise in asset, property, and construction management at a large scale and in a highly visible site. Beyond being an excellent financial opportunity, the project was a fit for our purpose-driven investment, creating a true community for underserved residents."

Daniel Alexander, Managing Partner

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