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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Apr. 14, 202005:10 AM EST

New York group adds 4,446 acres to its St. Johns County holdings

The investment firm now owns more than 35,500 mostly agricultural acres.
by: Scott Sailer Staff Writer

A  New York real estate investment group added 4,446.11 acres to its more than 31,000 acres of timberland in St. Johns County. 

Managing broker-dealer Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb LLC, an investment adviser known for managing the Sequoia Fund, has been buying  property in St. Johns County since the end of 2017. It now owns more than 35,500 acres. 

The investment sponsor, through Saint Augustine I-95 West LLC, paid $16.39 million for the property, about $3,686.43 per acre, on April 8.

This latest property acquisition stretches west of Interstate 95 from Florida 206 West to south of County Road 204.

Through subsidiaries, seller Rayonier Forest Resources L.P. has sold about 15,847.92 acres to the investment group.

Previous acquisitions stretch from U.S. 1 west to County Road 13A South, and from County Road 214 south to the Flagler County line.

The investment fund sponsor paid more than $146.3 million, averaging $3,887.76 an acre, for the 35,569.58 acres.

St. Johns County property appraiser records indicate most of the ownership is based at 9 W. 57th St., Suite 5000, in New York City, the same address as Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb LLC.

The ownership bought the land from Rayonier Atlantic Timber Co., Raydient LLC, Rayonier Forest Resources L.P., Rayonier Timber Co. No. 1 Inc., BBC Elkton LLC, Robinson Improvement Co., Osceola Lakes LLC, Toccoli Land Co. LLC, Meldrim Heritage Timberlands LLC, Parrish Family Trust, Cumberland Street LLC and KG Development LLC.

Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb says on that it is an investment adviser that runs separately managed accounts using strategies similar to that of the Sequoia Fund.

The Sequoia Fund is a long-term equity strategy mutual fund founded in 1970 that focuses on the purchase of undervalued mid- and large-capitalization companies with growth potential.

Most of the property has a designated land use of rural silviculture and agricultural. 

More intensive development would require county land use and zoning changes.


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