SAN JOSE — San Jose Water has sold several South Bay properties to a veteran real estate player for nearly $16 million.
The water company, a unit of San Jose-based SJW Group, has sold parcels in San Jose, Campbell and Milpitas, according to documents filed on Oct. 29 with the Santa Clara County Recorder’s Office.
Valley Oak Partners, a San Jose-based real estate investment and real estate firm, paid a total of $15.8 million to buy the four parcels in three cities, the deeds on file with the county show.
The sites are all vacant land parcels, according to county assessment records.
320 Virginia Ave., a vacant land parcel in Campbell, shown by the outline. Boundary is approximate. ( Google Maps )
Valley Oak Partners paid cash for the properties, the property deeds show. Here’s what the development firm paid for each of the parcels:
— San Jose. A 3.5-acre site near the corner of Montague Expressway and Pecten Court. The price was $6 million.
— Milpitas. A 0.1-acre site near the corner of Montague Expressway and Pecten Court. The price was $1.1 million.
— Campbell. A 2.2-acre site at 320 Virginia Ave. was bought for $5.65 million.
— San Jose. A 1.1-acre site near the interchange of Lawrence Expressway and Doyle Road was bought for $2.6 million.
San Jose land site near the corner of Lawrence Expressway and Doyle Road, shown within the outline. Boundaries are approximate.( Google Maps ) ( Google Maps )
The combined purchase price that Valley Oak Partners paid was $15.75 million.
“We have maintained a strategy of divesting assets that are no longer used and useful for water utility purposes,” said Liann Walborsky, a spokesperson for San Jose Water. “The properties fall into that category, and are being sold so we can continue to serve the community in other ways.”
SJW Group provides water services in the Bay Area as well as neighborhoods in Texas, Connecticut and Maine.
Over the 12-month period that ended in September, SJW Group generated $565.7 million in revenue and a profit of $55.7 million.
In 2017, Valley Oak Partners demonstrated a knack for spotting a site that could become a development hotspot.
Valley Oak teamed up with TMG Partners to assemble a site in downtown San Jose for a big tech campus at the corner of Autumn Parkway and West Julian Street on a site next to Google’s proposed Downtown West neighborhood.
Eventually, Boston Properties and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board launched a joint venture to develop the Autumn Parkway site, a project called Platform 16. Boston Properties bought out the ownership stakes in the property that had been held by Valley Oak and TMG Partners.