Mark Mueller

News Editor/Reporter

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

Phone: 949-833-8373 Extension: 226

Recent Stories

Dual Hotel-Office Project Proposed in Airport Area

REAL ESTATE: Backer of 9-story project has colorful history

A nine-story development featuring a boutique hotel and nearly 167,000 square feet of office space has been proposed for a vacant site on Jamboree Road in the John Wayne Airport area of Irvine, one of the largest commercial projects put forth there in recent years.

Shea Homes Buys Seal Beach Luxe Home Site

$36.6M for 30-Unit Waterfront Project

An 11-acre waterfront site in Seal Beach whose fate has been in limbo for well over a decade has new ownership that plans a high-end housing project on part of the property.

Monarch Beach Resort Loan Pegs Value at $466M

REAL ESTATE: $1.2 million per-room appraisal at high mark

The up-and-down valuation of the swanky Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point over its 17-year history has apparently hit a new high, based on documents related to a new loan for the 400-room resort.

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Jazz’s Newport Noise Isn’t Music to Developer’s Ears

Noise-Related Litigation Puts Big Lease in Question

Jazz Semiconductor Inc.’s operations in its longtime industrial facility in Newport Beach already have an agreed-upon expiration date of March 2027.

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Din Tai Fung Expands

Popular Taiwanese restaurant chain Din Tai Fung is expanding its only Orange County location, at South Coast Plaza shopping center in Costa Mesa.

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Builder Circles Back Home With Tustin Development

REAL ESTATE: Lennar’s Levity follows CalAtlantic land buy

Scott Stowell, the former executive chairman of Irvine-based CalAtlantic Group Inc. and chief executive of its predecessor company, Standard Pacific Corp., had a firsthand view of two of the homebuilding industry’s largest mergers and acquisitions in recent memory.

Bascom, Realm Pay $24.3 Million for LA Tower Site

33-story Project Would Be 1st in Fashion District

Two Orange County firms are part of the development team working on plans for a high-rise residential tower in the Fashion District of Los Angeles.

TRI Pointe Tapped For Downtown Anaheim Project

Irvine-based TRI Pointe Group Inc. has made its largest reported Orange County land deal in several years for a 232-home infill housing site in downtown Anaheim.

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Lincoln Property Adds Newport Office to Portfolio

7-Story Quail Street Office Goes for $32.1M

Newport Beach’s 1500 Quail Street, a seven-story office about a mile from the entrance to John Wayne Airport, has a new owner.

Hyatt Regency NB Gets Los Angeles Ownership

REAL ESTATE: 408-room, bay-area resort has ground lease

In the biggest hotel deal in Orange County in over a year, a Los Angeles-based investor has bought the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.

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