Orange County Business Journal

Chinese Investor Buys Fullerton Center

A Chinese real estate investor bought the 163,514-square-foot Amerige Heights Town Center in Fullerton.

Oracle Tower Outlook Nears $100 Million

REAL ESTATE: 12-story office likely to set benchmark in JWA area

One of the better-known office buildings in the area around John Wayne Airport is up for sale and expected to fetch a price approaching $100 million, according to real estate sources.

Palm Desert Land Eyed for $350M Quiksilver Hotel

Matteson Capital in Talks To Buy City-Owned Land

More details are emerging about one of the first big local hotel developments that will have ties to Huntington Beach-based apparel manufacturer and retailer Quiksilver Inc.

SJC Buy Caps Off $111M of Deals for Greenlaw

REAL ESTATE: Investor buys office park, sells Orange building

The purchase of a San Juan Capistrano office park and the sale of a prominent government building next to the Outlets at Orange shopping center have capped off a busy few weeks of investment activity for Greenlaw Partners.

Tease photo

Register Expected to Close on HQ Sale, Make Severance Payments

A sale of the Santa Ana headquarters of the Orange County Register to developer Mike Harrah is expected to close within a few days, according to sources.

Tease photo

Fullerton Shopping Center Sells for $48.5M

A Chinese real estate investor has bought Amerige Heights Town Center, a 163,514-square-foot retail center in Fullerton.

Irvine Buy Another Nod to Creative-Office Trend

REAL ESTATE: Menlo gets Pacific Dental HQ on Red Hill

The recently redeveloped Red Hill Avenue building that holds the headquarters of dental-practice manager Pacific Dental Services Inc. in Irvine has been sold to a Silicon Valley-based real estate investor.

Panattoni’s Progress: Industrial Spec Sells

REAL ESTATE: Sales of 4 buildings will lead to new OC jobs

The first batch of for-sale industrial buildings built at Panattoni Development Co.’s Anaheim Concourse project has been snapped up by a pair of out-of-town manufacturers expanding into Orange County.

Brea Land Buy Gives Hines Development Options

$25M Deal Follows $80M Office Purchase in City

Houston-based Hines Interests LP has completed the purchase of land in Brea just off the Orange (57) Freeway where an office complex it recently bought is located.

StanPac Goes Deep With Arizona Ballpark Plan

Stadium Site Will Be Turned Into Homes

Irvine-based Standard Pacific Corp. is moving ahead on a housing development at the former site of a Cactus League baseball stadium in Chandler, Ariz.

St. Joseph Health Backs Big Office Buy in Mission Viejo

HEALTHCARE: Innovation Institute gets four buildings, 263,000 SF

The Innovation Institute LLC, a La Palma-based for-profit healthcare company formed by St. Joseph Health in Irvine last year, has taken over ownership of four medical buildings surrounding Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.

Furniture Maker Expands With $12.6M Fullerton Buy

Michael Nicholas Puts Buena Park HQ on Market

Michael Nicholas Designs Inc., a family-owned furniture manufacturer in Buena Park, is expanding its manufacturing operations after buying a big industrial building in Fullerton.

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.

Aggregate Anchors

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tease photo

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.

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.

KBS Fills Big Niche With Sales to Pimco, Irvine Company

REAL ESTATE: Towers in Houston, Chicago bring $216M in profits

Companies headed by OC’s wealthiest residents are proving to be a profitable source of business for Newport Beach-based KBS Realty Advisors.

Investor Gets 4 Brea Offices in North OC Buy Streak

REAL ESTATE: $42M deal adds to $23M in recent buys

Irvine-based real estate investor PRES Cos. has made its second large acquisition in North Orange County this year—a four-building office portfolio in Brea.

Long-Planned CdM Luxury Condo Project Starts Soon

Oceanfront Site Could Command Prices of $11M+

Construction on Aerie, an ultra-luxury condominium development in Corona del Mar more than 10 years in the making, is about to start.

Tease photo

Whole Foods Coming to Irvine Spectrum

Grocery chain Whole Foods Market will anchor a new shopping center in the Irvine Spectrum next to the Los Olivos apartment complex.

What’s on Broadcom’s Drawing Board?

Great Park Campus Could Fit Thousands More Workers

The Great Park office campus designed to hold the new headquarters of Broadcom Corp. suggests that the chipmaker—currently in the midst of cutbacks—could be preparing to add several thousand jobs in Orange County over about the next five years.

Student Housing, Hotel for Orange Coast Campus?

REAL ESTATE: Bond money backs community college plans

Student housing, new classrooms, a parking structure, and a boutique hotel are among the more than 1.3 million square feet of new buildings and facilities being considered for the campus of Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.

Lease at City Plaza Backfills Old Law Firm Space

EEC to Move HQ From Santa Ana With Deal

Environmental Engineering & Contracting Inc., a Santa Ana-based environmental consulting firm, said it plans to relocate its headquarters to the City Plaza office tower in Orange in September.

Another Business Hotel in Works for Irvine

REAL ESTATE: About 800 rooms under construction or planned in city

A two-building office site in Irvine that’s about a block from John Wayne Airport is being eyed for a hotel development.

Tenant-Improvement Firms Ride Upturn for 29% Jump

26 Firms Combine for $677 Million in Revenue Last Year

Orange County’s tenant-improvement industry posted its strongest year in more than a decade last year, buoyed by a spate of new construction work in addition to plenty of renovations at existing properties.

Menlo Sheds Irvine Office With $36 Million Sale

REAL ESTATE: Investor paid $20M for offices in 2010

A two-building office property in Irvine a few blocks from John Wayne Airport has traded hands for $36 million.

Hotels Get Creative With Modern Looks for Lobbies

Renovations, New Construction Emphasize Open Design

Look to the lobbies of Orange County’s newest and most recently redesigned hotels to see the hospitality industry’s latest generation of interior design on display.

RREEF Adds Anaheim Hills Office to OC Portfolio

$18.5M Buy Comes After $20.4M Tustin Office Deal

Anaheim Hills Office Plaza, one of the largest North Orange County offices built in the last real estate boom, has had another change in ownership.

Art Museum in Negotiations on Property

The Orange County Museum of Art said it’s negotiating with a unit of New York-based developer Related Cos. to sell its Newport Center property.

Tease photo

OC Museum of Art Selling Newport Center Property

The Orange County Museum of Art said on Monday that it is negotiating with a unit of New York-based developer Related Companies to sell its Newport Center property.

Tease photo

OC Museum of Art Selling Newport Center Property

The Orange County Museum of Art said on Monday that it is negotiating with a unit of New York-based developer Related Companies to sell its Newport Center property.

TRI Pointe Expands Operations Post Weyerhaeuser Close

REAL ESTATE: Builder hires, grows office, as home prices rise

Expect a larger headquarters in Irvine but not much else in the way of local changes at TRI Pointe Homes Inc. following its audacious buy of the homebuilding division of Federal Way, Wash.-based timber conglomerate Weyerhaeuser Co.

Building Time in Orange?

Office Buys Could Spur Apartments, Tower Project

A big chunk of apartment construction and a new office tower could go up on land next to the Outlets at Orange following the recent sale of two nearby buildings.

Brea Office Fetches $20.8 Million After Upgrade

Zodiac Inflight Building Sells to Ex-Arden CEO

A Brea office largely occupied by Zodiac Inflight Innovations, a maker of portable in-flight entertainment players and related software, has traded hands for more than $20 million.

Irvine Healthcare REIT Sale Possible

Irvine-based Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II, an owner of healthcare-related real estate properties, could be bought by NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. of New York, according to news reports.

Tease photo

Report: Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II in Sales Talks

Irvine’s Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II, an owner of healthcare-related real estate properties, could be bought by New York-based NorthStar Realty Finance Corp., according to reports.

Commercial Plans for Great Park Look Fit For Broadcom Campus

REAL ESTATE: Preliminary plan calls for 8 buildings, 2 million square feet

The developers of the Great Park Neighborhoods in Irvine have filed plans for the first batch of commercial construction at the former El Toro Marine Corps air station, a 2-million-square-foot office park that appears designed to hold the headquarters and expanded operations of Broadcom Corp.

LA Fitness Buyout Plan Calls for $1.6B in Credit

SERVICES: Reports say $1B would go to single stakeholder

A new financing deal in the works for LA Fitness could result in a change in the ownership structure of the Irvine-based fitness chain.

First Look at Spectrum Tower

Irvine Company Goes With Glass for ‘Iconic’ Plan

The newest office tower planned for the Irvine Spectrum is expected to gain attention for more than its size.

El Pollo Plans to Stay on Familiar Turf After IPO

DINING: Modest growth plan follows sales gains, renovations

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. hopes the second time is a charm on its plans to go public.

LBA Quietly Takes Control of Local Dell Office

Plans Unknown for Aliso Viejo Building Near 73

One of the two Aliso Viejo offices owned by computer giant Dell Inc. has been quietly sold to a local investor.

William Lyon Homes Expands With $520M Buy

Newport Beach-based William Lyon Homes said it will purchase the homebuilding operations of Polygon Northwest Co. for $520 million.

How Osborn Found Room for Improvement

Casco Started at Kitchen Table, Now One of Largest in Local Field

Cheryl Osborn already defied stereotypes as a female entrepreneur in the male-dominated world of commercial real estate.

Sunstone Back to Big Buys With Hawaii Deal

HOSPITALITY: Also acquires land under Fairmont Newport Beach

The $325.7 million acquisition of a Hawaii resort property could mark the beginning of an ambitious period of expansion for Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc.

Prev