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 mueller@ocbj.com.

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Centers Turn to Clusters of Restaurants as Drawing Cards

Developers and owners of Orange County’s retail centers are increasingly going small and thinking with their stomachs to attract customers.

Lyon Communities Reaches Peak in Silicon Valley

REAL ESTATE: Tops price for big OC complexes by $100,000 per unit

A bet on Silicon Valley’s apartment market has paid off handsomely for Newport Beach-based Lyon Communities.

Tustin Building Gets Pharma Tenant, Creative-Office Plans

CapRock Buys Property From Western Realco

A portion of an industrial building in Tustin just off Jamboree Road near the Santa Ana (I-5) Freeway is being eyed for a creative-office development following its sale to a local investor.

Last Holdout in Recovery: 100,000-SF-Plus Deals

Few Leases for Big Chunks of Contiguous Space This Year

The Orange County Social Services Agency practically has the market to itself as it explores a headquarters move from 888 N. Main St. in Santa Ana.

Social Services Lease Would Top Year’s List

REAL ESTATE: OC’s biggest public agency in talks to move to Orange

The Orange County Social Services Agency is expected to move its headquarters from Santa Ana to Orange in what would be OC’s largest new office lease of the year.

Irvine Co. Land Gift Comes With Homebuilding Plans

REAL ESTATE: Still plans up to 1K homes in East Orange

The Irvine Company hasn’t abandoned its homebuilding plans on the northern edge of the Irvine Ranch, despite its intentions to donate a large chunk of land there to the county.

Healthcare REIT Sale Winner for Griffin-American

Former Grubb Offering To Be Sold for $4 Billion

Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II in Irvine, an owner of healthcare-related real estate properties that has ties to Grubb & Ellis Co., appears to be one of the few winners emerging from the brokerage company’s short-lived stint as an Orange County-based company.

Sales Hot for Most Expensive Orchard Hills Homes

23 Have Sold for $50M+ In Just Two Months

Orchard Hills’ priciest homes have had strong sales since the Irvine development opened a little more than two months ago.

Next Big Thing in IBC: Self-Storage

3-Story Facility Planned Amid Apartment Complexes

A massive self-storage facility is being proposed for land near the Diamond Jamboree shopping center in Irvine in what would be among the largest nonapartment developments in the Irvine Business Complex over the past decade.

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Sources Say Harrah Bids $27 Million for Register Building

REAL ESTATE: Lease-back an option for newspaper’s operations

Santa Ana developer Mike Harrah is closing in on a deal to buy the headquarters of the Orange County Register, according to sources.

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