April 17, 2021


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Ladder Capital Sells Washington Park Lodge Miami Seashore

Westime owner Jean Simonian and Washington Park Hotel. (Facebook via Westime and Washington Park Hotel)

Westime proprietor Jean Simonian and Washington Park Resort. (Facebook via Westime and Washington Park Resort)


Ladder Cash sold the Washington Park Hotel in Miami Beach for $43.8 million, immediately after foreclosing on the house when it was owned by the Witkoff Team.

The foreclosure and subsequent sale of the lodge marks one of a couple of these types of offers in South Florida to shut given that the pandemic commenced a 12 months in the past. Many proprietors of leisure accommodations are concentrated now on recovery, while homes that rely on business travel go on to battle, brokers say.

WPH Attributes LLC of Beverly Hills, California, bought the 181-vital hotel at 1050 Washington Avenue, documents clearly show. The sale was brokered by Hodges Ward Elliott brokers Max Comess, Rudy Reudelhuber and Alexandra Lalos.

The purchaser is tied to an LLC owned by Jean Simonian, who owns the check out retailer Westime. The sale equates to $242,000 for each home.

Witkoff Team, led by Steve Witkoff, bought the Artwork Deco hotel from the Majestic Corporation in 2013 for $25.5 million. It shut on a $45 million bank loan from Ladder Capital in 2016, towards the end of a main renovation of the property.

Ladder filed a foreclosures lawsuit in July, searching for to obtain the total loan, together with curiosity and late charges. Ladder not too long ago gained title to the house by way of the foreclosures, paving the way for its sale to WPH Houses, court documents display.

Comess, who represented Ladder Money in the sale, reported his group acquired a file stage of fascination in the non-waterfront lodge.

“We been given approximately 3 moments the range of registrations, excursions and offers that we would have otherwise expected,” Comess stated. “Covid has truly targeted all various varieties of resort buyers on Florida because of Florida’s relative outperformance [of other markets] throughout the pandemic.”

The Washington Park Hotel was developed in 1943 and includes 5 historic Art Deco structures.

Simonian, the customer, offered his two North Bay Street attributes in Miami Seaside very last calendar year for $44 million to Melvin Funds Management founder and previous GameStop short-vendor Gabe Plotkin.