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Recession Afoot? Here's What Blackstone's Jonathan Gray Has Sold In The Last 24 Months


As head of the real estate wing of the world's largest alternative asset manager, Blackstone's Jonathan Gray fits every definition of a big player in the property world. Even after market turmoil helped cut Q4 profits by over 70%, the private equity behemoth bought up the healthcare REIT BioMed Realty Trust for $8B in January.

Even with that sort of bullishness, recession fears and the sputtering global market have to have Gray seeing bears somewhere. Here's a list of investments Blackstone has pulled out of in the past two years.

LA Office Portfolio


Price: $1.34B

Size: 1.72M SF

When: February 2016

Buyer: Douglas Emmett 

In one of the largest LA office sales in years, Blackstone sold off these four office towers in mid-February. Blackstone got the buildings in its massive 2007 buyout of Sam Zell's Equity Office Properties, and put them on the market this past September.

Waldorf Astoria


Price: $1.95B

Size: 1,413 rooms

When: October 2014

Buyer: Anbang Insurance Group

As part of the foreign invasion of NYC trophy properties, China's Anbang Insurance Group bought the NYC landmark in 2014 in a "chairman to chairman" deal. To complete the purchase, Anbang even had to face down a US government investigation.

Five Boston Office Buildings


Price: $2.1B

Size: 3.2M SF

When: May 2014

Buyer: Oxford Properties

Blackstone sold these five high-rise towers to Oxford Properties in May 2014. The properties, and two towers it sold to Oxford afterwards, were another part of Blackstone's massive $39B buyout of Sam Zell's Equity Office Properties in 2007.

Two Boston Office Buildings 


Price: $1.3B

Size: 1.8M SF

When: August 2015

Buyer: Oxford Properties

Blackstone sold these two buildings last summer in its second unloading of Boston office properties to the Canadian Oxford Properties. The two properties are in Boston's Back Bay area, and the buyer, Oxford, is the real estate arm of the Canadian pension fund OMERS.

IndCor Properties


Price: $8.1B

Size: 117M SF

When: December 2014

Singapore's Sovereign Wealth Fund, GIC

Blackstone made this whopping deal back in December 2014, selling off this massive warehouse landlord to one of the biggest sovereign wealth funds in the world. Since then, sovereign wealth funds have been upping their real estate investments in search of better yields in a low-interest-rate environment.

Hotel Del Coronado


Price: $210M

Size: 757 rooms

When: May 2014

Buyer: Strategic Hotels and Resorts

The world's largest alternative asset manager sold its 63% stake in this historic hotel back in May 2014, valuing the building at $1M/room. The resort's played host to 11 US presidents, and was home to the movie Some Like It Hot with Marilyn Monroe. (The alternative asset giant couldn't stay all the way away, though, regaining control of the property last December.)

1095 Office Of The Americas

Recession Afoot? Here's What Blackstone's Jonathan Gray Has Sold In The Last 24 Months

Price:  $2.25B

Size: 1.2M SF

When: November 2014

Buyer: Ivanhoé Cambridge

Blackstone sold this office tower to partner Ivanhoé in the record-breaking Stuy-Town/Peter Cooper Village purchase. The sale was the largest sale of a whole US office property since Boston Properties' $2.8B buyout of the NYC General Motors building in 2008.

California Office Portfolio


Price: $3.5B

Size: 8.2M SF

When: December 2014

 Hudson Pacific Properties

Blackstone sold this chunk of California office property, consisting mostly of S.F. and Silicon Valley properties, in December 2014. The buildings made up another big slice of Sam Zell's Equity Office Properties that Blackstone bought in 2007, just before the crash. 

Aventine Building


Price: $150M

Size: 239k SF

When: July 2015

Buyer: Rockpoint Group

Rockpoint Group picked up this mixed-use building, a property anchored by CoStar's regional office, last July. The sale came on the heels of a $118M Hyatt Regency La Jolla hotel sale inside the mixed-use project.