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Invesco Doubles Its Money In Leather District Office Sale To Blackstone

179 Lincoln St.

Blackstone isn’t done with Boston’s office sector. 

The private equity giant acquired 179 Lincoln St. from Invesco Real Estate last week for nearly $156M, according to Suffolk County deed records. The price is more than double the $75M Invesco paid for the 221K SF office building in 2012. 

A Newmark Knight Frank team of Robert Griffin, Edward Maher, Matthew Pullen, James Tribble, Samantha Hallowell, Gil Dailey and Tim Bianchi brokered the deal. 

“179 Lincoln St. represents a high-performing boutique office asset,” Pullen said in a statement. “With distinctive architecture, modern upgrades, open office layouts, LEED Silver certification and on-site amenities including a café, fitness center, parking garage and bicycle storage, it is well suited for creative office tenants.”

Blackstone subsidiary EQ Office will manage 179 Lincoln, which is 88% leased to tenants including Smartsheet, PowerAdvocate, Outfront Media, XPO Logistics and Mad*Pow. 

The acquisition is a reversal from years of Blackstone shedding Boston assets gained through its $39B acquisition of Equity Office Properties Trust, since rebranded as EQ Office. 

Blackstone sold five buildings for $2.1B in Boston and Cambridge to a group of buyers in 2014 that included Oxford Properties Group and JPMorgan Chase. A year later, Blackstone sold 500 Boylston St. and 222 Berkeley St. to Oxford and JPMorgan for $1.3B

Rockpoint bought 100 Summer St. from Blackstone last year for $806M, which was the last piece of the Equity Office portfolio it acquired at the peak of the market in 2007. Despite the bottom falling out of the real estate market for years afterward, Blackstone turned a $7B profit on the deal.