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

Lennar, Toll Bros. Head for Hills at Great Park

REAL ESTATE: Joint venture for 840 upscale houses on 272 acres

Toll Brothers Inc. and Lennar Corp. have entered into a blockbuster deal to build more than 800 homes at a future phase of development at Great Park Neighborhoods in Irvine.

CT Realty’s Office Investment Plan Leads to Orange

Centrum South Follows Nearby $44M CHOC Deal

CT Realty Investors, one of Orange County’s biggest industrial investors and developers in recent years, has added another local office building to its portfolio.

Year of Reckoning for Costa Mesa Developers

General Plan, Slow-Growth Measures Headline Agenda

2016 is shaping up to be a year of heavy suspense for a nearly 3-mile swath in Costa Mesa just north of the San Diego (I-405) Freeway in terms of potential residential and commercial development.

Creative-Office Trend to Great Park

REAL ESTATE: Anchors FivePoint’s revised plan for 73-acre site

The developer of Great Park Neighborhoods in Irvine has earmarked a 73-acre portion of the former El Toro Marine Base for a commercial project featuring creative-office buildings, among others.

Panattoni’s Local Boss Departs for Own Venture

REAL ESTATE: Follows strong run with industrial developer

The head of Panattoni Development Co.’s investment and development activities in Orange County and the Inland Empire has left the Newport Beach-based real estate company to start his own venture.

Brighton Adds Crowne Plaza

REAL ESTATE: Same developer with eyes on Upper Newport Bay

The 224-room Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County has traded hands a few years after being converted from a boutique property.

MBK’s Multifaceted Approach

Addition of Apartments, Senior Housing Helped Homebuilder Get Back on Track

Kent Crandall joined MBK Real Estate LLC in 2006, when the Irvine-based company was largely focused on building for-sale homes.

Buchanan Street Sees Opportunity in Diamond Bar

Gateway Center Follows Deals in Dallas, Scottsdale

Newport Beach-based Buchanan Street Partners has made its largest reported local purchase in more than a year for an office complex a few miles outside Orange County in Diamond Bar.

Developer Would Raze Los Al City Hall for Retail

REAL ESTATE: Lincoln owns 10-acre parcel next door

Lincoln Properties Co. is in talks to buy the Los Alamitos City Hall and municipal center, a 3.1-acre site on Katella Avenue where the developer plans to build a shopping center.

Hines Adds to Local Portfolio With Former Fisker HQ

REAL ESTATE: Plans makeover to stand out in Anaheim Canyon

Hines Interests LP has bought the former headquarters of Fisker Automotive and Technologies Group LLC in Anaheim, adding another office to its already sizeable base of buildings in North Orange County.

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