Whitestone REIT Acquires Market Street at DC Ranch for $37.4 Million

HOUSTON, TX (December 5, 2013) –  Whitestone REIT (NYSE: WSR – “Whitestone”), a fully integrated real estate company that owns, operates and re-develops Community Centered PropertiesTM, announced today that it has purchased Market Street at DC Ranch® in Scottsdale, Arizona for $37.4 million, or $156 per square foot. Market Street primarily serves the DC Ranch neighborhood, one of Scottsdale’s signature master planned communities, anchored by Safeway grocery, at the cross roads of Pima, and Thompson Peak, just north of highway 101. The 241,280-square-foot property is currently 80% occupied and includes land to build and lease another 35,000 square feet. MSkalny4482_MSP_0095a

The addition of Market Street to Whitestone’s Arizona portfolio marks its 21st acquisition in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, and increases its footprint to over 1.8 million square feet of gross leasable space. Whitestone has acquired three properties, Fountain Hills ($20.5 Million), Woodlands ($2.8 million) and Market Street ($37.4 million) totaling $60.7 million since its equity raise in October. Market Street is expected to be immediately accretive to Whitestone’s earnings, adding $0.06 to current Funds From Operation (FFO) per share.

The Seller, DMB developed Market Street as a part of the overall Master Planned Community to provide the residents of DC Ranch and Silverleaf a dynamic mix of local services and a place to dine, shop and work. In addition, Market Street has evolved into a popular destination to bring the community together by hosting major events including the Tour de Scottsdale and the Run for Ryan House.

Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSR) Acquired Market Street at DC Ranch. The 241,280-square-foot, mixed-use neighborhood center sits at the doorstep of DC Ranch, one of Scottsdale’s signature master planned communities. The center is anchored by a Safeway grocery store and is home to local and national restaurants and a mix of local businesses including Wells Fargo Bank, Fleming’s Steak House, Grimaldi’s Pizza, MidFirst Bank, McCormick & Co., and Edward Jones. For more information see www.beonmarketstreet.com.

James C. Mastandrea, Whitestone’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are pleased to add Market Street to our portfolio of class “A” Community Centered PropertiesTM in the Phoenix area, and proud to follow in the footsteps of DMB towards the completion and lease-up of the property. Our business model provides an opportunity for our tenants to successfully and profitably build their businesses by meeting the needs of residents in the surrounding communities, which in turn adds value to the property.”

Mastandrea added, “While Market Street was not on the market for sale, we began discussing a possible purchase directly with DMB in early summer. We learned that the principals of DMB and Whitestone’s principals shared similar philosophies with regard to the success related to investing ‘reputational equity’ in a property, community, and/or business for it to be profitable, and reached a purchase/sale agreement. During the due-diligence period, we gained a much greater appreciation for DMB’s concept, design, and implementation of their Market Street development and the overall development of DC Ranch.” Mastandrea concluded, “Our team is excited to be directly involved in Market Street and build on its top-tier tenant base which includes Safeway, Wells Fargo Bank, Fleming’s Steak House, Grimaldi’s Pizza, MidFirst Bank, McCormick & Co., and Edward Jones.”

Michael Burke, Vice President of DMB Commercial said, “Market Street will continue to flourish under Whitestone’s ownership. This transaction is a powerful opportunity for us to sell a successful property to a company with specific expertise in expanding similarly situated neighborhood centers.”

Chad Tiedeman, a Senior Vice President with Phoenix Commercial Advisors, represented the seller DMB in the transaction. “DMB builds iconic commercial centers that are a reflection of the community and Market Street is a great example of a community gathering place. It has been a privilege to work with the DMB team on this deal.” Whitestone negotiated on their own behalf.

About Whitestone REIT
Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSR) is a fully integrated real estate investment trust that owns, operates and redevelops Community Centered PropertiesTM. Whitestone focuses on value creation in its community centers, concentrating on local service-oriented, smaller space tenants (less than 3,000 square feet). Whitestone has a diversified tenant base concentrated on service offerings including medical, education, casual dining, and convenience services. The largest of its approximately 1,200 tenants comprised less than 1.6% of its annualized base rental revenues as of September 30, 2013. Founded in 1998, the Company is internally managed with a portfolio of 55 commercial properties in Texas, Arizona, and Illinois. For additional information about the Company, please visit www.whitestonereit.com. The Investor Relations section of the Company’s website contains filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission, news releases and financial reports.

About DMB
DMB, an Arizona-based real estate company, creates enduring places that capitalize on location and climate, shaping life for generations. For nearly thirty years, DMB has earned a national reputation for creating some of the most iconic communities in the West, DC Ranch in Scottsdale and Verrado® in Buckeye, just to name a few. DMB strives to achieve enduring business success by creating extraordinary new environments that enrich people’s lives, are appreciated and rewarded in the market and have a positive impact on the larger community of which they are part. For more information, visit www.dmbinc.com.

DMB Commercial specializes in strategically shaping and developing properties within DMB’s portfolio of planned communities featuring retail, office, hospitality and other mixed-use components. Historically, DMB has developed legacy properties including Canyon Village, DC Ranch Crossing, and Market Street (all within DC Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ), Centerpoint on Mill (Tempe, AZ), Eastmark (Mesa, AZ), The Shops at Kukui’ula, (Kauai, HI), Main Street at Verrado, (Buckeye, AZ), and One Scottsdale (Scottsdale, AZ).

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Contacts:

Whitestone REIT:
Suzy Taylor, Director of Investor Relations
(713) 435-2219 STaylor@WhitestoneREIT.com

Bradford Johnson, Vice President of Acquisitions
(713) 435-2208 BJohnson@WhitestoneREIT.com

DMB:
Denise D. Resnik, DRA Strategic Communications
(602) 424-8631 denise@dracommunications.com

Jill Hegardt

Vice President

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