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.

Recent Stories

Liftoff for Office Landlords?

REAL ESTATE: Shift suggests spec development on horizon

Advantage landlords. That’s the picture that emerges from the most recent data on Orange County’s roughly 100-million-square-foot office market, which wrapped up the first quarter in its strongest position since the onset of the Great Recession.

Irvine Company Redefines High End of Portfolio

REAL ESTATE: Penthouse planned atop Manhattan tower already leased

Irvine Company has found some extra space to lease in its most valuable building, where it’s poised to create the priciest floor in its nearly 500-building office portfolio.

Steadfast Cos.’ Buying Binge Gets National Attention

Apartment Portfolio Now 30,000 Units, Ranked 40th

A healthy amount of acquisitions across the country over the past year has vaulted Irvine-based Steadfast Cos. into the ranks of the largest owners of apartments in the U.S.

CapRock Buys Irvine Office, Plans Creative Redo

REAL ESTATE: $9.6M estimate for 55,474-SF low-rise

Irvine-based CapRock Partners LLC has snapped up an office just off the Costa Mesa (55) Freeway for its latest local creative-office project.

Western Realco Eyes More Industrial in Brea

REAL ESTATE: 3rd speculative project would be 216,000 SF

Newport Beach-based Western Realco has bought nearly 10 acres of land in Brea, where the developer is planning its third big speculative industrial project in the city since 2012.

Medical Office Project Moves Ahead in NB

REAL ESTATE: Land buy, redesign for Birch Street project

A long-planned medical office development in the Santa Ana Heights area of Newport Beach is moving ahead following a recent sale of the nearly 4½-acre site and a redesign of the proposed project.

Way Up In Arts District

Proposal for Luxury Condo Tower to Costa Mesa Planners

The owners of the Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel are moving ahead on plans to build the first high-rise condominium tower in Costa Mesa’s arts district.

Bella Terra Gets New Ownership

Prudential Real Estate Investors said it acquired a 75% stake in the Bella Terra Shopping Center in Huntington Beach.

LBA Realty Nears Another Office Purchase From Dell

Report of Nashville Deal Follows Buy in Aliso Viejo

Irvine-based LBA Realty is poised for a big investment in Nashville, Tenn., according to reports there.

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Bren Imposter Sentenced to Time Served, $1.1M in Restitution

The convicted bank robber who stole the identity—and a $1.4 million tax refund—of Irvine Company Chairman Donald Bren was sentenced to time served, restitution and supervised release, according to court records.

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