At the end of the year, the past month was an indicator of the constancy and robustness of the real estate market. In spite of the few common December breaks, it was possible to witness many operations and investments in the real estate sector, with greater emphasis on the housing segment and retail, which have been undoubtedly the main players in the market in recent weeks.
It was halfway through the month when Norfin announced the commencement of the construction of the Monview, in Miraflores. The investment was made by the Arrow Global fund in partnership with three Portuguese private investors from NXT Evolution Asset Management. The new private condominium will have 168 units and represents an investment of around 80 million euros.
Soon after, the Hoti Hotéis Group announced its debut in the residential market with an investment of 110 million euros. For the three projects that will feature the Group’s entry into the Residence market, the locations chosen were Porto, Aveiro and São João da Madeira. The developments have, as a whole, a total area of around 55 thousand square metres.
Sesimbra will also receive a new development, the Vale das Amendoeiras, with 71 homes scheduled for completion by the end of 2024. Vision Supra Partners is the promoter of the real estate project, which represents a total investment of 30 million euros.
Just before Christmas, it became public that Hipoges has sold a building in the centre of Lisbon for 6.8 million euros. The Rodrigues Sampaio building, located next to Avenida da Liberdade, will be the target of an urban rehabilitation project. The transacted asset comprises six storeys above ground for a total of around two thousand square metres.
In the meantime, MVPAR Investments has started the process for the construction of the Villa dos Coches. The project, located in Belém, Lisbon, has an investment of 11 million euros, which includes the renewal of the property and the attached contemporary construction. The development is part of the Coach Museum complex, one of the most visited tourist attractions in Portugal.
Soon after, Habitat Invest and Patron Capital have invested more than 23 million euros in a luxury condominium in Cascais. The transacted land already has an approved project for the development of a condominium consisting of 13 houses, next to Quinta da Marinha. Extending over a total area of around 9,000 m², the land adds up to a gross construction area of approximately 4,500 m².
At the beginning of the month, Lidl has internationally opened its first store on a University Campus. The new commercial space is located on the University Campus of the Faculty of Science and Technology of Universidade Nova de Lisboa, with an area of 1400 m2. The value of the investment has not been disclosed.
Aldi Portugal has also announced the opening of two new stores, thus reinforcing its presence in the centre of Lisbon, with a new commercial space in the Tivoli Forum (Avenida da Liberdade), and expanding its offer to the locality of Beja, which receives its third store .
Once again, Lidl appears with the inauguration of a new commercial space in Porto, in the well-known AEP roundabout, and with the reopening of one of the stores in Valongo. The stores have sales spaces between 1,430 m2 and 1,450 m2, respectively.
Meanwhile, Sonae announced the sale of the Continente at Centro Comercial Colombo to a German fund, the Union Investment. The asset, whose transaction value has not been disclosed, is the first investment by the German fund in the retail sector in Portugal, has a total area of 23,445 m 2 , and will be managed by Sonae Sierra.
The retailer Aldi has announced the opening of two new stores. The municipalities of Marco de Canaveses and Oliveira do Hospital thus get their first Aldi supermarkets. In line with its expansion strategy, the company now has 122 stores in Portugal. Both spaces have a total sales area of around 1,040 m2.
In the middle of the month, Mercadona has inaugurated a supermarket in Oeiras. The company reaches the district of Lisbon, and ends 2022 with a network of 39 supermarkets in Portugal. The new store is located in Taguspark and is the last of the 10 that the company has planned to open this year. It has a sales area of 1,900 m2 .
At the beginning of the month, Ecologis, a joint venture between Bedrock Capital Partners and Europi Property Group (EPG), has acquired a real estate portfolio from Santander Asset Management (SAM), mainly composed of logistics warehouses, which includes a gross building area of around 24,000m2, with the properties held by three real estate funds, managed by SAM.
With the month ending, the Factory of the Portuguese Fusion Fuel was acquired by a French Fund. Fusion Fuel completed the sale and lease process of the state-of-the-art electrolyser factory located in Benavente, with the French real estate fund Corum Eurion, which is part of the asset management company Corum Asset Management, in a transaction worth 9.3 million euros. The purchase and lease operation totalled 9.3 million euros and generated a net income of around 7.5 million euros after withholdings and deposits for the lease agreement.
Also in early December, Grupo Pestana has announced that it will launch the Pestana Residences CR7 development. The new residential project, located in Praia Formosa, in Funchal, has an initial investment of 50 million euros. The project includes around 88 T2 and T3 flats, in its first phase.
In the middle of the month, it became public that the luxury hotel chain Viceroy is selling units of the Ombria Resort, located in Loulé, to Highgate. The transaction should be completed in 2023, even before the units are inaugurated. The value of the transaction has not been disclosed.
At the end of December, it became public that Healthcare Activos has bought two new hospitals in Portugal from FSG Saúde. Healthcare Activos purchased two assets operated by Luz Saúde from FSG Saúde under a long-term lease. With the purchase of these two hospitals, the Spanish platform will have more than 140 beds. The hospitals and transaction amounts have not been disclosed.