An Oxford Capital Group, LLC led venture with Angelo, Gordon yesterday announced the $315 Million sale and 25 year lease-management back of LondonHouse Chicago, at the corner of North Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, to Germany's Union Investment Real Estate.
Scheduled to open Spring 2016, LondonHouse Chicago is Oxford Capital's latest luxury lifestyle hotel development. The hotel features 452-rooms located on Floors 3 – 22 of the Alfred S. Alschuler-designed London Guarantee & Accident Building, and the entire new 22-story architecturally synchronized Modernist glass tower designed by Chicago's Goettsch Partners. Built on the site of historic Fort Dearborn in 1923, the London Accident & Guarantee Building is a both a local and national landmark, and one of the four iconic 1920s flanks of the North Michigan Avenue Bridge, along with the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, and 333 North Michigan Avenue. The Oxford – Angelo, Gordon venture retains ownership of the separate 28,000SF retail parcel on floors 1 and 2 of the 360 North Michigan Avenue building.
Commenting on the transaction, John W. Rutledge, founder, president and CEO of Oxford Capital and Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC, said "We are delighted to announce an agreement with Union Investment for their second foray into the United States' hotel market. We've had a wonderful experience to date with them around our recent similar Godfrey Boston transaction."
Rutledge continues, "This transaction outcome is a true win-win-win for Oxford, its institutional investment partner Angelo, Gordon, and Union Investment. Specifically Oxford and Angelo, Gordon are able to receive an attractive return on their original investment. Oxford Capital and Oxford Hotels and Resorts secured a long term lease, management, and brand licensing agreement for LondonHouse, which is part of its growing national collection of lifestyle hotels and brands. Finally, this transaction allows for Union Investment to acquire one of the most prominent, well-located properties in the United States at an attractive return for its investors."
The LondonHouse Chicago transaction is structured as a 25-year lease covering 100% of the total rentable area of 361,467 square feet based on an annual Fixed Rent. An additional Profit Share component documents the spirit of aligned interests between Oxford Capital, Angelo, Gordon, and Union Investment. With the LondonHouse Chicago agreement, Union Investment strategically expands its UniImmo: Europa open-ended real estate fund in the United States.
"This second investment underscores our reputation as a reliable and attractive partner to the hotel industry at international level. It also opens up the prospect of further off-market transactions in the US," said Andreas Löcher, head of Investment Management Hotels at Union Investment Real Estate GmbH. "Following our joint deals in London and Boston, we are delighted to be expanding our partnership with Oxford Capital in the Chicago metropolitan region with the acquisition of this exceptional property."
"Working closely with Oxford in overseeing the transformation of and breathing new life into this iconic Chicago landmark has been an extremely rewarding process. We are pleased to have been able to recapitalize this historic asset with an investor well-suited to partner with Oxford as LondonHouse's long-term stewards," said Ryan Klenovich, Director at Angelo, Gordon.
The luxury lifestyle, full-service LondonHouse Chicago, is located on the corner of North Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive inside the architecturally-renowned historic London Guarantee and Accident building, and an all-new modernist 22-story glass tower. LondonHouse will offer 452 luxury guest rooms and suites featuring expansive views of Michigan Avenue, Wacker Drive, the Chicago River, and many other city landmarks. Amenities include LH, Chicago's first tri-level rooftop venue featuring a private Cupola level, outdoor rooftop terrace, an indoor bar with private dining rooms, a chef-driven restaurant and lobby bar, and 25,000 square-feet of conference and event space. The venue will offer a variety of meeting and event spaces for both small and large groups as well as two column-free ballrooms for social dinners and weddings of up to 300 guests, or receptions for 350 or more. Additional features included in the guest rooms are Hilton's Digital Key (through its soft-brand affiliation with Curio Collection by Hilton), free Wi-Fi, in-room refrigerator, large HD LED TV's, SoniCast device streaming, large work desk with task chair and USB outlets, walk-in shower with Malin + Goetz bath amenities, full length mirrors, luxurious linens and a sitting area. Guests can also enjoy the full service spa, 24-hour fitness center and state-of-the-art-technology throughout the hotel. LondonHouse Chicago is affiliated with the Curio Collection Hotels by Hilton Worldwide.