Northmarq’s Seattle office arranges $39 million for seniors community in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

Merrill Gardens at Carolina Park

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (June 13, 2022) – Stuart Oswald, senior vice president/managing director of Northmarq’s Seattle office arranged the $39 million permanent financing of Merrill Gardens at Carolina Park, a 158-unit private pay independent living, assisted living and memory care community located in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. The community resides on 14.86 acres in Carolina Park, a master-planned community 16 miles northeast of Charleston.  

Built in three phases from 2018 to 2021, the main building was completed in 2018 with 130 units, twenty-eight cottages were delivered in 2019, and in 2021, a swimming pool and fitness center addition were completed. The loan was structured prior to stabilization, with a 5-year fixed rate and 18 months interest only.

"The loan's flexible pre-payment structure and the ability to increase the loan amount during the loan term were important features to the ownership group," commented Oswald. 

Northmarq arranged the financing for the borrower, a joint venture between Merrill Gardens and AEW Senior Housing Investors III, L.P., through its relationship with a correspondent life insurance company.

Northmarq is a full-service capital markets resource for commercial real estate investors, offering seamless collaboration with top experts in debt, equity, investment sales, loan servicing, and fund management. The company combines industry-leading capabilities with a flexible structure, enabling its national team of experienced professionals to create innovative solutions for clients. Northmarq’s solid foundation and entrepreneurial approach have built an annual transaction volume of more than $39 billion and a loan servicing portfolio of more than $76 billion. Through the 2022 acquisition of Stan Johnson Company, Northmarq established itself as a provider of opportunities across all major asset classes. For more information, visit

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