Orange County Business Journal

Mark Mueller covers commercial and residential real estate for the Orange County Business Journal. His beat also includes title insurers and mortgage lenders, as well as government stories that relate to real estate. He can be reached at

Recent Stories

CT Realty, Xebec Start Work at Dallas Mega-Center

530-Acre Industrial Site, 3.8M SF Eyed for 1st Phase

A venture headed by Aliso Viejo-based CT Realty and Seal Beach-based Xebec Realty Partners has kicked off construction of one of the largest industrial developments currently on the books in the U.S. at a site they own in Texas.

Olson Takes It Up a Notch in Spectrum

Full-Service Marriott Cost to Top $100M, Get $300+ a Night

R.D. Olson Development is going upscale—and tall—with its latest hotel project in the Irvine Spectrum.

Quintana Sale Sets New Benchmark in Airport Area

REAL ESTATE: More deals likely as high end of office market heats up

A five-story office on the former Washington Mutual Inc. campus in Irvine has traded hands for nearly three times its value of five years ago.

Broadcom Buyer to Sell Emulex HQ

REAL ESTATE: Shift to Irvine from Costa Mesa looks to be Avago’s plan

The new owner of Emulex Corp. has put the networking equipment maker’s Costa Mesa headquarters campus up for sale, paving the way for local operations to be eventually relocated to Irvine, where it has a $37 billion acquisition of Broadcom Corp. pending.

Standard Pacific Could Skip Irvine, Rest of Golden State on HQ

REAL ESTATE: Combo with Ryland would create 4th largest homebuilder

Standard Pacific Corp.’s long run as the largest homebuilder based in Orange County could come to an end once the company’s pending acquisition of Ryland Group Inc. is complete.

Dana Point Land Sells, Slated for Townhomes

REAL ESTATE: Zephyr plans 168 units for land along PCH

Zephyr Partners, an Encinitas-based real estate development and investment company, has picked up a 9-acre site in Dana Point where it’s planning its first big residential project in Orange County.

Michelson to Anchor REIT on Singapore Exchange

REAL ESTATE: Trophy office value estimated at $310M

The Michelson office tower in Irvine, which traded hands three years ago in what’s believed to be the priciest single-building office sale ever in Orange County, is about to get a lot more interest from Asian investors.

Goodman Birtcher Inks Paper Company for IE Lease

Georgia-Pacific Takes 1.6M-SF Logistics Center

Irvine-based developer Goodman Birtcher has signed one of the largest industrial leases in Southern California in years for a logistics center it’s building in Rancho Cucamonga.

Great Far East Adds in Airport Area on Colton Plaza Buy

REAL ESTATE: Two offices not part of talks on teardowns for apartments

Great Far East Inc.—a local commercial real estate investor with funding from China—has bought a portion of the Colton Plaza office campus that is next to John Wayne Airport.

Fringe to Frontline: Deals Add Up Near Tustin Legacy

Developers Eye Sites Next to Former Air Station

This month’s opening of the 375-home Greenwood project near Jamboree Road and the District at Tustin Legacy shopping center marks another notable chapter in the redevelopment of the nearly 1,500-acre former military site.

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