Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (WRIT) (NYSE: WRE) has completed the sale of Plumtree Professional Center, a 33,000 square foot medical office building in Bel Air, Maryland for $8.75 million.
Plumtree Professional Center, located at 104 Plumtree Road in Harford County, was built in 1991 and acquired by WRIT in 2006 as part of a portfolio acquisition of four medical office buildings. WRIT achieved a net book gain of approximately $1.6 million and an unleveraged internal rate of return of 13% over the six year holding period.
"As we continue to focus our investments in larger assets in areas closer to the Washington, DC urban core, Plumtree no longer fits into our strategic vision. The property has been a solid performer over the past six years, as evidenced by our 13% internal rate of return," said George F. “Skip” McKenzie, President and Chief Executive Officer of WRIT.
WRIT is a self-administered, self-managed, equity real estate investment trust investing in income-producing properties in the greater Washington metro region. WRIT owns a diversified portfolio of 70 properties totaling approximately 9 million square feet of commercial space and 2,540 residential units, and land held for development. These 70 properties consist of 26 office properties, 17 medical office properties, 16 retail centers and 11 multifamily properties. WRIT shares are publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: WRE).
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