Associated Estates Acquires Class A Apartment Community in Northern Virginia

Dec 14, 2010, 16:15 ET from Associated Estates Realty Corporation

CLEVELAND, Dec. 14, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Associated Estates Realty Corporation (NYSE, Nasdaq: AEC) announced today that it has closed on the acquisition of a Class A apartment community located in Ashburn, Virginia, which will now be known as Westwind Farms.

The 464-unit property was built in 2006 and is located in highly desirable Eastern Loudoun County.  Westwind Farms is approximately six miles from Dulles International Airport. A new Washington Metro train stop is due to open one mile from the property in 2016.

The average rent is $1,249 per month and the property is currently 96 percent occupied.  Associated Estates now owns 1,272 units at three apartment communities in Northern Virginia.

The acquisition was funded by cash on hand and borrowings on the Company's unsecured line of credit, which had no balance drawn prior to the closing of Westwind Farms. The Company has acquired 1,494 units for a total of approximately $255 million so far in 2010.

"Westwind Farms rounds out our existing portfolio in Northern Virginia with its excellent location, unique floor plans and close proximity to major employment centers," said John Shannon, Senior Vice President of Operations. "The Ashburn submarket is attractive to Associated Estates due to the high average household income, a highly educated population base and favorable demographic trends," Shannon added.

Associated Estates is a real estate investment trust ("REIT") and is a member of the Russell 2000 and the MSCI US REIT Index. The Company is headquartered in Richmond Heights, Ohio. Associated Estates' portfolio consists of 52 properties containing 13,662 units located in eight states. For more information about the Company, please visit its website at

For more information, please contact:

Jeremy Goldberg

(216) 797-8715

SOURCE Associated Estates Realty Corporation