USA Properties sells Harvest at Fiddyment Ranch in Roseville

Opened less than a year ago, Harvest at Fiddyment Ranch in Roseville has fulfilled one prediction made when it went up for sale: a triple-digit sales price.

The 300-unit apartment property developed by USA Properties Fund Inc. sold for $111.34 million earlier this month to Bridge Partners, out of Walnut Creek.

A message left with Bridge Partners wasn’t returned, while USA Properties Fund President Geoff Brown said it was a property to be proud of.

“We developed a high-end, quality apartment community with a long list of amenities in an excellent location in one of the fastest-growing cities in the state, and that helped drive the incredible interest,” Brown said in an email. “We’re extremely proud of what we accomplished with Harvest at Fiddyment Ranch, and the sale will help fund our future apartment communities.”

On a per-unit basis, Harvest at Fiddyment Ranch sold for about $371,000, likely among the highest on that basis this year so far. Occupancy at the time of sale wasn’t available, but was at 96% when the property hit the market in February.

Units at Harvest at Fiddyment Ranch range from one to three bedrooms and 771 to 1,258 square feet. Amenities include quartz countertops and laundry appliances in every unit, a heated pool/spa, a fitness center and outdoor gas grills.

CBRE Capital Markets and CBRE Sacramento Multifamily brokered the deal. The same brokerage has listed two other large, suburban apartment properties in recent weeks: 260-unit Garnet Creek in Rocklin and 410-unit Autumn Ridge in Citrus Heights.

A representative of CBRE was unavailable to discuss the new listings further. But in a news release, the brokerage stated it believed both properties would each sell for $100 million or more.

Garnet Creek, by Cresleigh Homes, is the newer of the two, built in 2018. Autumn Ridge is owned by Oakmont Properties and was built in 1986. Leasing is at 99% and 96%, respectively. Records don’t show any sale for Garnet Creek since it was built, while Autumn Ridge last sold in 2012 for an undisclosed price.

Research firm Yardi Matrix’s May report on multifamily rents offers evidence of why such properties are commanding high prices. According to the report, the Sacramento region saw a 8.3% gain in rents over the last year, the third highest of any region in the U.S.

In particular, rents at “lifestyle” properties — usually newer properties where residents rent by choice — rose by about 12% locally over the last year. The lifestyle description would apply to both Harvest at Fiddyment Ranch and Garnet Creek.

Lifestyle apartment properties have gotten a new boost of attention over the last year from Bay Area residents, working remotely because of the Covid-19 pandemic. In some cases, the cheaper rents in the Sacramento region have compelled a move even as they’re uncertain about putting down money for a single-family home in a highly competitive local real estate market.

(This post first appeared in the Sacramento Business Journal on June 15, 2021. The story appears as published on the Business Journal website.)