ESCONDIDO, Calif. — Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors has arranged the sale of Las Villas Del Norte, a 185-unit assisted living and memory care community in Escondido.
A publicly traded REIT sold the property for an undisclosed price. The buyer was a locally based and privately held real estate investment firm with experience repurposing senior care properties.
Constructed in 1986 with an expansion completed in 2006, Las Villas Del Norte is situated in an affluent submarket north of San Diego. The community had initially offered a wider spectrum of senior care including independent living and a dedicated wing for skilled nursing and long-term care. Following the campus addition of the independent living building, it was eventually converted to house high-acuity assisted living residents. As community management underwent several corporate-level changes, operational performance suffered, leading to the closure of the skilled nursing wing as new management focused on a lower acuity product.
During the marketing process, Blueprint highlighted the value-add proposition of repurposing specific areas of the community to reset Las Villas Del Norte’s care levels to a mix of independent living, assisted living and memory care. By strategically reconverting the former high acuity assisted living building back to independent living and skilled nursing wing to additional memory care, significant upside is achievable, according to the broker.
Ben Firestone, Michael Segal, Alex Florea and Scott Frazier of Blueprint facilitated the transaction.