Roka Properties paid $20.6 million for Element WeHo.

Roka Properties paid $20.6 million for Element WeHo.

L.A.-based Roka Properties acquired the Element WeHo, a multifamily property in West Hollywood, for $20.6 million.

The seller was a New York-based investor.

CBRE Group Inc.’s Dean Zander and Chris Tresp represented the seller in the transaction.

The seller had acquired the property in 2015 for $8.9 million and renovated 22 of the 24 apartments. Updates included new doors, windows, in-unit washer-dryer additions and stone slab counters.

The 24-unit Element WeHo property is located at 1425 N. Crescent Heights Blvd. It was 90% leased at the time of the sale.

“At $856,000 per unit, the sale of Element WeHo represents a record achieved in West Hollywood for a property of its size and vintage,” Tresp said in a statement.

“The impressive sale metrics were well-justified by the superb renovation and repositioning of the property by the ownership group,” he added.

The property was built in 1959 and has a fitness center, courtyard and pool.

It was the second largest multifamily sale in West Hollywood this year, according to data from CoStar Group Inc.

The largest was the $103.2 million sale of the Domain Apartments, a 166-unit property at 7141-7155 Santa Monica Blvd. RREEF Management Co. purchased the property from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. and Trammell Crow Residential in August.

That property was 92% leased at the time of the sale and includes 10% affordable housing units.

Multifamily is expected to continue to be a valuable asset class in 2020, according to a CBRE market outlook report.

The report did, however, mention industry concerns about rent control.

California recently approved rent control limiting annual rent increases to 5% after inflation and protecting tenants with barriers to eviction. The law goes into effect Jan. 1.

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