Walnut Hill Flips Chelsea Building for $80M-Plus, Making 25 Percent Profit


31 West 27th Street
31 West 27th Street

Walnut Hill Group, which purchased 31 West 27th Street from Sharif El-Gamal for $65 million in 2012, has sold the building for $80.8 million following an unsolicited offer from Westbrook Partners, Albert Hwang, a founding managing principal of Walnut Hill Group, told Commercial Observer.

“It was a good price,” Mr. Hwang said. “We like the building. We definitely bought it with the intention to have it long term.”

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San Francisco-based Walnut Hill sold the Cheslea building, between Broadway and Avenue of the Americas, on March 28 and the deal was recorded with the city last night.

Mr. El-Gamal, CEO of Soho Properties, purchased the 12-story, 108,594-square-foot office building for $45.7 million in October 2009, Commercial Observer previously reported.

Walnut Hill is on the hunt for other properties and is still a 90 percent owner of the Holiday Inn Express hotel building at 15 West 45th Street in Times Square, Mr. Hwang said.

Westbrook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.