Casa Nido

El Cerrito, CA

1239 Liberty Street
El Cerrito, CA 94530

  • 26 Units
  • Year Built: 1973
  • Acquisition Date: Oct. 2014
  • Acquisition Price: $4,400,000

This 26-unit apartment investment is located on an attractive street in El Cerrito, a residential community located along the I-80 corridor just west of Berkeley and Albany in the East Bay. Two BART stations are within walking/biking distance. Excellent retail, restaurant, and entertainment alternatives are conveniently located close by, as are outdoor spaces such as Tilden Park, Wildcat Canyon Regional Park, and the Ohlone Greenway. This is a very desirable close-in commuter neighborhood.

The two-story building was well designed and built in 1973, and has been well maintained since. It has an excellent unit mix of three studio, ten one- bedroom, and 13 two-bedroom units. The apartments are spacious with balconies and are separately metered for gas and electric. The building offers residents covered parking for 26 cars with seven additional open spaces. Recent renovations include an extensive exterior repainting, a new security entry gate, and minor landscaping to increase curb appeal.

Joel Kelly

Managing Partner

Joel is a managing partner of Lakeview Land Partners and the president of Bay Apartment Advisors, a brokerage and property management firm based in Oakland, CA. Joel and his company oversees the property management for these investments. Joel started his career in apartment building brokerage in 2001 with Marcus & Millichap, a national brokerage firm. He worked in the San Francisco and Oakland offices for that firm and ranked in the top 3 brokers (Oakland Office) before he moved to Cassidy Turley Commercial (Formerly BT Commercial) in 2006, where he was the highest producing apartment agent in the Oakland office and top 3 multi-family agent in the firm.

Joel has overseen the sales/transactions of $1 Billion in apartment buildings in the San Francisco Bay Area, predominantly in the East Bay. He has represented developers, REITs, banks, and private clients. Joel oversees the ownership and management +/- 800 apartment units located in the East Bay Area and Bay Apartment Advisors is one of the top brokerage & property management firms in the region. Joel serves on the Board of Directors for The Jobs & Housing coalition (JHC) in Oakland and formerly served on the board for directors for The East Bay Rental Housing Assn. (EBRHA).

Joel graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Urban Geography. Joel lives in Orinda Ca. with his wife Jessica and their two children.

Christopher C. Curtis

Managing Partner

Chris is a managing partner of Lakeview Land Partners and a development partner with Bay Apartment Advisors Investment Division and oversees asset management for the investment. Chris brings over 30 years of experience in all facets of investment real estate including residential, office, industrial, retail and hospitality properties. He began his career as an apartment broker for Coldwell Banker in the Oakland and Contra Costa markets and assembled a portfolio of small properties for his own account. He then became an office leasing broker with Cushman & Wakefield in San Francisco and was hired by Equitable Real Estate as leasing manager for One Market Plaza. He went on to become San Francisco Regional Asset Manager for Equitable with asset management responsibility for 36 million square feet of office, industrial, retail and hospitality properties located in 7 western states and Hawaii. Prior to joining Lakeview Land Partners, he was a senior Vice President and Leasing Manager at Shorenstein Company for 10 years, responsible for marketing and leasing class A high-rises in various cities across the nation including the John Hancock Center and Prudential Plaza in Chicago, Phoenix Plaza in Phoenix and Oakland City Center.

Chris was a Trustee of the Oakland Museum of California Foundation and served on the Renovation Committee. He was also very active in the formation of the two Oakland business improvement districts and was Vice President of both the Lake Merritt/Uptown Community Benefit District and the Downtown Oakland Association. Chris holds a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law and a B.A. from University of Redlands.