Upscale townhouse complex sells for $4.1M

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The red pin at upper right indicates the site of the fully leased upscale
townhouse complex along Sullivan Trail in Forks Township.
The red pin at upper right indicates the site of the fully leased upscale townhouse complex along Sullivan Trail in Forks Township.

A partnership of local investors bought 33 fully leased upscale townhouses in Forks Township for nearly $4.2 million, indicating the potential for strong residential growth in the Northampton County township. The multifamily property is in Towne Centre at Sullivan Trail near Walgreens and several other retail establishments.

Nic Zawarski & Sons, a homebuilder and developer in Bethlehem, sold the townhouses to SSF Properties 1 LLC for $126,000 per unit, said Christopher Baj, senior adviser for Sperry Van Ness/Imperial Realty, a commercial real estate firm in Hanover Township, Lehigh County.

Baj represented the buyer and seller in the transaction, along with Thomas Skeans, managing director at Sperry Van Ness/Imperial Realty.

“It’s a record high per-unit sale in the Lehigh Valley,” Baj said. “It signifies the confidence of investors in the market. We are seeing a lot of activity in Pennsylvania. When you generate labor demand, you obviously generate demand for housing.”

The property went from listing to under contract in fewer than 60 days, Baj said. The units were fully leased at the time of the sale and will be managed by the Sperry Van Ness/Imperial Realty office.

Zawarski built the single-story townhouses in 2009.

“It’s very refreshing to see signs of recovery in the commercial real estate industry,” said Taras Zawarski, president at Nic Zawarski & Sons. “The most recent economic downturn was quite brutal, especially with how it curtailed lending and made that process quite onerous. I do hope that the lending industry gets back to sensible lending.”

American Bank of Allentown offered a financing rate of 3.75 percent in the transaction.

Near Town Centre is another spot, at Sullivan Trail and Meco Road, already approved for 76 townhouse units and a four-commercial lot subdivision for potential office space, Baj said.

The land, owned by Nic Zawarski & Sons, is for sale and covers about 20 acres. The site improvement costs are about $2 million, Baj said.

Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it. Brian also has a strong interest in health and fitness. He works part-time as a personal trainer at Steel Fitness Riverport in Bethlehem and earned his personal fitness trainer certification from World Instructor Training Schools. He loves to run and will be competing in his first half-marathon on Nov. 23 to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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