tilman's big buy
The almost 14-acre property, which is located on Westheimer just east of 610, is home to luxury retail boutiques, upscale restaurants, high-end apartments, and office space. In total, it offers more than 300,000-square-feet of retail, over 67,000-square-feet of office space, and 279 apartment units.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed in press materials, but the Houston Chroniclereports that the Rockets owner paid $450 million for the property. JPMorgan Asset Management purchased the property for $550 million in 2016, the paper notes.
Since it opened in 2015, River Oaks District has become one of Houston’s top shopping and dining destinations. Its roster of luxury stores includes Hermes, Cartier, Rolex, Dior, Patek Phillip, and Harry Winston. It's also home to some of the city’s most popular restaurants, including Steak 48, Loch Bar, Toulouse, and Spanish restaurant MAD, which won Best New Restaurant in the 2020 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards.
River Oaks District is only about a mile from The Post Oak, Fertitta’s hotel, restaurant, and office complex on the West Loop that’s also home to Rolls Royce dealership Post Oak Motor Cars. It’s the only hotel in Houston to earn a 5-star rating from the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide.
“Adding River Oaks District to our Post Oak Hotel family of offerings seamlessly complements the curated experience we have created for the luxury-seeking consumer,” Fertitta said in a statement. “This is the perfect moment in time to add this premier mixed-use development to our luxury portfolio, creating incredible cross-promotional opportunities and elevating the standard for luxury dining and shopping for Houstonians and international travelers alike.”
Fertitta has been on a bit of a real estate shopping spree. In 2022, he purchased the 30-acre Montage Laguna Beach Resort Hotel in Southern California for a reported $660 million. Taken together, the Billion Dollar Buyer has dropped more than $1.1 billion expanding his real estate holdings since 2022.pocket park that stretches from Westcreek Lane on the district’s western side to its eastern boundary. Fertitta has plans for further changes, promising to “elevate the development to new heights” by attracting even more prominent retail and restaurant tenants.