by Stephen Ursery
Ashcroft Capital, a fully integrated multifamily investment firm, today announced its acquisition of Elliot Baymeadows (formerly Green Tree Place), a garden-style apartment community in the Royal Lakes neighborhood of southern Jacksonville. Birchstone Residential, Ashcroft Capital’s in-house property management company, has assumed management of the community.
Elliot Baymeadows, which offers 352 apartment homes, boasts a convenient location just east of Interstate 95 and within a quick commute of the key retail districts of Jacksonville and St. Augustine. The property was purchased through Ashcroft Capital’s new $150 million Value Add Fund, and it becomes Ashcroft’s second community in Jacksonville, joining Southside Villas, which is located just south of downtown. Ashcroft will perform a series of interior and exterior renovations at Elliot Baymeadows, which was originally built in 1986.
“We are big believers in the Jacksonville market, and we look forward to augmenting our presence in the city,” said Frank Roessler, founder and chief executive officer of Ashcroft Capital. “We believe Elliot Baymeadows has a tremendous upside with its opportune location within a desirable, commuter-friendly neighborhood. The community already possesses a charm of its own, and our planned upgrades will deliver the quality finishings that residents of this submarket have come to expect.”
Since its inception, Ashcroft Capital has acquired more than 10,000 units in Jacksonville, Dallas-Fort Worth, Orlando, Fla., and Tampa, Fla. Last month, the company also entered the metro Atlanta market with its acquisition of Halston Riverside, and it continues to pursue acquisition opportunities there. Ashcroft Capital is also looking to enter the Charlotte, N.C., Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Phoenix markets.
The in-home renovations at Elliot Baymeadows will include the installation of quartz countertops, undermount sinks, stainless steel appliances, tile backsplashes, vinyl plank flooring, new lighting and plumbing fixtures and a refreshed color scheme. Refurbishments are also planned for the community’s clubhouse and fitness facilities, while building exteriors will be repainted. The community’s amenities package will be enhanced as well by converting tennis courts to sports courts and adding package locker systems.
Situated at 9480 Princeton Square Boulevard S, Elliot Baymeadows is within moments of several fine dining options, a Publix Supermarket and the St. Johns Town Center open-air mall. Residents can access I-95 and nearby Routes 152 and 115 to easily travel to nearby white sand beaches, a wide array of schools and several key locales throughout the metropolitan area.
“We’re not shy in our ambition to stand out as one of the top living options in the market,” said David Deitz, president of Birchstone. “We look forward to implementing our signature brand of people-first service at the community and are eager to connect with our newfound residents. The location with the lake views and easy commuter options speaks for itself. Without a doubt, Elliot Baymeadows will be a leading property within this submarket of Jacksonville.”
Elliot Baymeadows offers a variety of one- and two- bedroom apartment homes, ranging in size from 500 to 1,100 square feet. Apartment homes feature nine-foot ceilings, energy-efficient appliances, breakfast bars, in-home washers and dryers, large closets and private patios or balconies.
Common-area amenities at the pet-friendly community include a 24-hour fitness center, two swimming pools, courtyard, picnic and grilling areas, waterfront, two tennis courts, playground and pond. Residents also have access to bike storage and a package-delivery service.