News and Events - 2018
Downtown Houston Office Landmark to Receive Multi-Million Dollar Makeover
HOUSTON, December 18, 2018 --- 1010 Lamar and 1111 Main in downtown Houston will be receiving a multi-million dollar makeover. Younan Properties announced it has completed the refinancing of the property, and has allocated nearly $7.0 million for building renovation, leasing and tenant improvements. Houston-based Ziegler Cooper has been hired to lead the design effort. As part of the renovation, the property will be renamed Lamar Plaza.
According to Zaya S. Younan, Chairman and CEO of Younan Properties, “1010 Lamar and 1111 Main, the former Sakowitz department store, has had special meaning to Houstonians since the 1950’s. We recently completed the refinancing of this property for a long-term hold. The asset is fully capitalized with significant funds available for a complete renovation and repositioning. This includes upgrading the building and introducing numerous amenities that tenants will enjoy. Everything a tenant sees or experiences will be upgraded to the highest standards.”
The project calls for both interior and exterior renovation including a new lobby design and finishes, lighting upgrades, lower lobby expansion and build out of a new café, meeting area, fitness center and a. Exterior upgrades include a new canopy system, signage and introducing design features that the building and garage into harmony while respecting its history.
1010 Lamar is a 20-story, Class "A" office tower located on the corner of Lamar and Street. The 277,991 square foot building sits on 1.36 acres, nearly a full city block. There is immediate METRO access and is linked to 7.5 miles of pedestrian tunnels. The attached six-level garage initially served as the flagship for Houston’s Sakowitz department store. The garage offers 24/7 access and is conveniently located near GreenStreet and Discovery Green.
PMRG’s Courtney Buckout, Leasing Manager for 1010 Lamar described the value of the renovations in leasing the building to full capacity. “In a growth market like Houston, it’s important for downtown properties to provide an amenity package that today’s tenants’ demand. 1010 Lamar is ‘ground zero’ in the overall redevelopment of downtown Houston, and the planned upgrades will create even more compelling office space for new and existing tenants.”
“From our experience working with Younan Properties, we know there will be considerable financial resources both for broker incentives and for tenant improvements to increase occupancy faster than current market absorption," Buckout added.
Younan concluded, “The investment in 1010 Lamar sets a bold standard for office environments and underscores our commitment to Houston and to our tenants. We have a great team in place to help us execute our vision. We are looking forward to enjoying a newer, improved image for this great building.”
About Younan Properties
Founded in 2001, Younan Properties makes principal investments and provides asset and property management services for Class A office assets in the U.S. on behalf of private, corporate and institutional investors. Through successful acquisitions and strategic dispositions, the company has assembled a fully scalable platform providing leasing, asset and property management, marketing, acquisitions, redevelopment, facility engineering and financing. Domestically, the company owns and manages commercial real estate in Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix and Colorado Springs.
About Ziegler Cooper
Founded in 1977, Ziegler Cooper is a Houston-based architectural firm. Ziegler Cooper is guided by the strong belief that beautiful architecture enriches people’s lives, uplifts the human spirit, and provides a constant vision of excellence.
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Zaya S. Younan Continues Luxury Expansion
LOS ANGELES, September 5, 2018 --- La Grande Maison Younan Collection continued its European expansion by acquiring Château de la Perrière & Golf in the heart of the Loire Valley. The 17th century castle is classified as an historic monument, and it is recognized for its beauty and amenities. This magnificent property features a gastronomic restaurant, an 18-hole, par 71 golf course designed by Robert Berthet, and is one of the most sought after venues for business meetings and weddings in the Loire Valley.
Zaya S. Younan, Chairman & CEO of Younan Properties and the Younan Collection, stated, “I am impressed by the heritage and history of this majestic property, very close to the charming medieval city of Angers. This is a significant acquisition for the Younan Collection because we plan to add a new luxury hotel, transforming Château de la Perrière into a five-star resort.” He continued, “This is another step in our growth to be the largest owner of luxury hotels in France, and the beginning of our global expansion.”
Château de la Perrière is an extraordinary setting for corporate and family events. With nearly 25,000 square feet of timeless glamour and inspired design, Château de la Perrière can accommodate up to 450 people for a large event. The property offers seven elegant reception rooms, 10 versatile meeting/event rooms with high speed wifi and full A/V capability, 32,290 square feet of exquisite gardens and an intimate chapel.
Known for its creative, refined and traditional French cuisine, the restaurant features local seasonal products. Open daily for lunch, guests can enjoy dining on the terrace overlooking the golf course or in the 17th century salon with meticulously-restored ceiling frescoes and fireplaces.
Just 10 minutes from Angers, the prestigious chateau is surrounded by a 185.3 acre golf club that is operated by Golf Bluegreen Avrille where ancient trees, water features and lush vegetation create an interesting and varied course. The golf course is suitable for all levels of play and includes an 18-hole course, a compact 9-hole course and a practice range. The restaurant is open seven days a week, and the pro shop sells the latest in golf attire and accessories.
Dynamic businessman Zaya S. Younan remarked, “It is an honor to be given the opportunity to continue the wonderful heritage of the Château de la Perrière. In the past three years, we have spent hundreds of millions of euros to rebuild and reposition our acquisitions in order to unlock their value and propel their growth. We intend to boost business by adding new amenities and expanding the footprint of this remarkable, historic venue. I never forget that ‘Fortune favors the bold.’”
About the Younan Collection
The Younan Collection is a global, private equity company that acquires and manages worldwide assets, including Younan Properties. The brand specializes in acquiring a broad array of businesses through its subsidiaries Younan Properties, and through La Grande Maison Younan Collection, which owns and operates 4-star hotels and resorts throughout the Loire Valley, including Chateau de Beauvois, Hotel Saint-Martin, Chateau Le Prieure, Chateau du Petit Chene, Golf des Forges, Golf du Petit Chene, MPA Communication, Chateau la Croix Younan, a Bordeaux vineyard, and Château de la Perrière.
Younan Properties Remains Younan Collection Subsidiary
LOS ANGELES, June 6, 2018 --- Younan Properties, Inc., one of the nation’s leading commercial real estate investment and management companies is changing its corporate name to Younan Collection. The new name emphasizes the company’s evolution and growth as a global powerhouse and its expansion into multiple lines of business and services. Younan Properties will continue to operate as the Younan Collection commercial real estate subsidiary.
“The new name reflects our global expansion into a wide array of industries,” explained Zaya S. Younan, Chairman and CEO of the Younan Collection and of Younan Properties. “Younan Properties was founded in 2002 with a mission to build a fully-integrated platform that acquires and manages Class “A” office buildings in top U.S. markets. To that end, we have experienced significant success owning some of the largest buildings in the U.S. and closing more than $6 billion in transactions.
“Today, the company operates as a global, private equity and investment firm that manages multiple asset classes including global real estate, energy, infrastructure, construction, hotels and resorts, golf courses, luxury goods, spirits, tobacco, and marketing and design agencies focused on luxury products. The Younan Collection name embodies this transformation and allows us to leverage our management expertise in multiple industries as we build a worldwide brand,” he said.
“While we have been building an extraordinarily successful real estate company, we also have been planning for the future – a broader and brighter future. We plan to be involved in every aspect of consumer and high technology products and services. As a global private equity firm, we will engage in alternative asset management and financial services,” Younan added.
In 2015, La Grande Maison Younan Collection (LGMYC) was formed to invest, renovate and operate historic hotel-chateaux in France. The hotel assets include Chateau de Beauvois, Chateau Le Prieure, Hotel Saint-Martin, and Chateau du Petit Chene. In an enterprising move that further expanded its presence in France, the Collection has acquired golf resorts including Golf du Petit Chene and Golf des Forges. In 2017, the company acknowledged its growing presence in the luxury market with the purchase of a premier Bordeaux vineyard, Chateau la Croix Younan (formerly Chateau la Croix Fourney). Last month, the Younan Collection acquired MPA Communication, a Paris-based design and marketing firm serving myriad luxury brands.
“In the past three years, we have spent hundreds of millions of euros to rebuild and reposition these acquisitions in order to unlock their value and propel their growth. Because we have the expertise and infrastructure to further expand our lines of business globally, we will continue to invest in the Younan Collection brand by making major multimillion-dollar acquisitions in Europe, Asia and in the U.S.,” Younan added.
Plans include the creation of Europe’s first major ‘Silicon Valley’ based in France to invest and incubate ideas into businesses. “We selected France because of its superb engineering, overall innovation and culture,” he concluded.
About the Younan Collection
The Younan Collection is a global, private equity company that acquires and manages worldwide assets, including Younan Properties. The brand specializes in acquiring a broad array of businesses through its subsidiaries Younan Properties, and through La Grande Maison Younan Collection, which owns and operates 4-star hotels and resorts including Chateau de Beauvois, Hotel Saint-Martin, Chateau Le Prieure, Chateau du Petit Chene, Golf des Forges, Golf du Petit Chene, MPA Communication , and Chateau la Croix Younan, a Bordeaux vineyard.
Office Buildings Total 440,000 SF
LOS ANGELES, May 10, 2018 --- Younan Properties, Inc., a commercial real estate leader completed the refinancing of three of its Houston properties – Greenbriar Place, Bridgewood I and Bridgewood II, also known as the North Belt portfolio for a total of 440,000 square feet.
According to Zaya S. Younan, Chairman and CEO of Younan Properties, it was important to find a lender that understood the Houston market and the upside potential of these particular assets. “The loan with Money360 replaces existing debt with attractive financing enabling us to de-leverage the asset by 15%, and separately fund several million dollars in reserves for future tenant improvements and commissions as we continue our efforts to improve occupancy in the portfolio.”
According to Gary Bechtel, President of Money360, “We were able to fulfill the borrower's unique objectives by providing a loan product that meets its criteria. The refinancing allowed the borrower to replace the expired facility while maintaining profitable cash-flow. The Younan team worked closely with us to expedite the loan process and ensure a successful loan closing.”
“It was a pleasure working with Money360,” added Younan. “This is a first class lender, and provided exactly what was promised. The team understands complex transactions and worked hard to deliver.”
Working on behalf of Younan Properties, Richard Perry, Vice President of Churchill Commercial Capital, placed the three-year fixed rate loan with Money360. The amount of the loan was not disclosed. Perry noted, “It was easy to place this loan with any lender because of Younan Properties’ reputation in asset management and its continuous focus on turning around assets. Also, the fact that Houston has turned the corner with the recovery in petroleum prices was another positive aspect of this transaction.
Located along the Sam Houston Parkway E. in the Greenspoint/North Belt Submarket, Greenbriar Place, Bridgewood I and Bridgewood II offer excellent access to I-45, Beltway 8 and the Hardy Toll Road. Together, the three properties offer tenants some 440,000 square feet of office space in a suburban setting. The Greenspoint/ North Belt area is considered the primary market area of North Houston, and consistently is the preferred location of many companies, given its proximity to the Intercontinental Airport as well as ample options for residential housing in the surrounding suburban areas including Kingwood, Champions, and The Woodlands.
Houston is considered the “Energy Capital of the World,” however the economy has many drivers. It is world-renowned in science and medicine through the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical center with more than 106,000 employees. It remains number one in exports through the Port of Houston and is recognized as a global hub for arts and culture. Houston is a city on the move.
Founded in 2001, Younan Properties makes principal investments and provides asset and property management services for Class A office assets in the U.S. on behalf of private, corporate and institutional investors. Through successful acquisitions and strategic dispositions, the company has assembled a fully scalable platform providing leasing, asset and property management, marketing, acquisitions, redevelopment, facility engineering and financing. Domestically, the company owns and manages commercial real estate in Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix and Colorado Springs. In 2015, the Company formed the Younan Collection specializing in acquiring venues, products and services that embody the luxury lifestyle including historic chateau-hotels, golf resort properties and vineyards throughout Europe The Collection currently owns four castle hotels, three golf courses and a vineyard in the Loire Valley of France. Information at www.younancollection.com.
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