Bridge Investment Group Acquires Somerby Living Services, Including Nine Seniors Housing Communities

NEW YORK CITY AND BIRMINGHAM, ALA. — An affiliate of Bridge Investment Group has purchased Somerby Senior Living Services, a seniors housing operator based in Birmingham. The seniors housing firm is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dominion Partners, a Birmingham-based real estate developer. The sales price was not disclosed.

The acquisition includes a nine-property portfolio of seniors housing assets located in prime markets in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. The portfolio features a total of 134 independent living villas, 771 independent living units, 393 assisted living units and 260 memory care units.

The HFF investment advisory team representing the seller included senior managing directors Ryan Maconachy and Chad Lavender. HFF’s debt placement team representing the new owner included director Sarah Anderson.

At the close of 2018, Bridge owned 90 properties totaling 10,600 units across two private equity funds managed by its seniors housing affiliate, Bridge Seniors Housing Fund Manager. 

“We are excited to further vertically integrate Bridge Seniors Housing Fund Manager through this acquisition,” says Robert Chapin, CEO of Bridge Seniors Housing Fund Manager.

Bridge plans to retain David Grady, president and chief operating officer of Somerby, to lead the company post-acquisition. Somerby currently has 20 corporate-level employees and more than 1,350 property-level employees. The properties currently managed by Somerby have an average occupancy rate exceeding 94 percent.

New York-based Bridge Investment Group is a privately held real estate investment management firm with $13.5 billion in assets under management. Orlando-based Bridge Seniors is among the largest owners of seniors housing units in the United States, with $3.5 billion of assets under management as of Sept. 30, 2018.

— John Nelson