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Student Quarters Acquires 820-Bed Community Near Mississippi State University


The Vista is located less than one mile from the Mississippi State University campus in Starkville

Starkville, Miss. — Student Quarters has acquired The Vista, an 820-bed student housing community located near Mississippi State University in Starkville.

Sean Baird and Jonathan Holt of Colliers brokered the off-market transaction. IMS Properties sold the community for an undisclosed price. The Vista offers one-, two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom units.

Shared amenities include a resort-style swimming pool with poolside cabanas, a 24-hour fitness center, dog park, yoga studio, game room, lounge and electric vehicle charging stations. The property also features 5,137 square feet of ground floor retail space.

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Sean Baird

Managing Director, Student Housing Investments


Sean has been involved in real estate since 2003 when he began his career in construction working on high-end residential and commercial projects. He attended the University of Central Florida receiving a Bachelor’s in Real Estate Business, and Seminole State College earning an Associate’s in Architectural Design & Construction Technology. Originally joining Colliers as an analyst in 2011, Sean quickly grew his brokerage practice and by late 2012 began building out the private capital and Tier 2/3 student housing platform. Earning his Master’s in Real Estate in 2017 from the University of Central Florida, Sean is currently a Director for the Student Housing Group and has been involved in over a billion dollars of transactions since joining Colliers. By working on assets of all sizes and across Tier 1, 2, and 3 markets, Sean has a diverse client pool allowing him to successfully transact the most challenging of assets.

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Jonathan Holt

Managing Director, Student Housing Investments



Jon specializes in translating his financial expertise and background into solid real estate advisement for his clients.

Prior to joining Colliers, Jon worked as an investment analysts and wealth management advisor. He specialized in investments and acquisitions, also gaining experience with hedge funds.

Jon works with clients to create specialized strategies to fit their individual needs and negotiates terms that align with their financial and real estate goals.

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