Orange County Business Journal

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Koreatown South: LA Investor Buys Into Buena Park Downtown

REAL ESTATE: Adds 535,000 SF of retail in wake of sale of LA mall

A Los Angeles-based investor with ties to that city’s Korean-American community has bought a majority stake in Buena Park’s largest mall.

400 Spectrum Tower on Track After Nearby Leases

WeWork, Curse Inc. Join Mazda in 21-Story Office

The Irvine Co.’s plans for a sister tower for its 200 Spectrum office building appear to be on the fast track after a flurry of leasing activity for the developer’s speculative office tower, which is nearing completion.

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.

‘Creative’ Offices Go Big With Latest Wave of Projects

Multistory Office Sites Get Developer Attention

Area office owners are super-sizing the latest crop of creative-office redevelopment projects on tap in Orange County.

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.

Platinum Triangle Pendulum Swings Back

For-Sale Project Follows Nearly 10 Years of Rental Developments

A Newport Beach-based homebuilder is planning the first dedicated for-sale housing project in Anaheim’s Platinum Triangle district in nearly a decade.

Rare Run on PCH

‘Entirely New Type of Investor’ for Commercial Properties Along NB Stretch

It’s rarely a bad time to sell a waterfront commercial property in Newport Beach, home to some of the most desirable—and expensive—real estate in California.

Hines Gets $65M for Pair of Fully Leased Offices

REAL ESTATE: Moshayedis pony up $34M for IBC property

Real estate owner and developer Hines Interests LP has sold a pair of properties it owned near John Wayne Airport for nearly $65 million.

Apartment Developer Adds Colton Co. Offices to IBC Mix

REAL ESTATE: Site could get 800+ units under Garden Communities

San Diego-based Garden Communities of California has bought a multibuilding portion of the Colton Plaza office campus next to John Wayne Airport where the company plans to build a big multifamily project.

Irvine Ranch Retains Top Spot for Local Home Sales

Sales Up 17%; FivePoint Project Ranks No. 16 in US

The Irvine Ranch retained its ranking as the second best-selling master-planned community in the country last year, according to a new report by Irvine-based John Burns Real Estate Consulting.

Second Douglas Park Hotel for Nexus Moves Ahead

Long Beach Project Mix Of Hampton, Homewood

Santa Ana-based Nexus Cos. has gotten the go-ahead for a second hotel project in the Douglas Park development in Long Beach.

$87.5M Surf City Rental Flip Points to More Heat

REAL ESTATE: Value of 277 units up nearly 30% since 2012

An estimated $87.5 million sale of an apartment complex in Huntington Beach is the latest indicator that the city’s multifamily market remains hot.

Mazda Gives Spectrum Tower New Gear

Takes 5 Floors for HQ as Speculative Project Nears Completion

The Irvine Company has landed Orange County’s largest automaker to anchor its new office tower in the Irvine Spectrum.

Bandai Vacates HQ, Cypress Office in Line for Sale

REAL ESTATE: Toy maker to L.A.; Japan-based investor to buy office

A real estate investor based in Japan is in line to buy the most distinctive office building in Cypress in the recently vacated headquarters of toy company Bandai America Inc.

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CHOC Pays $44M for Orange Office

Children’s Hospital of Orange County has bought an eight-story medical and office building next to its main campus in Orange.

Invesco Buys Into Fluor Campus in Aliso Viejo

REAL ESTATE: No indicators engineering firm plans to vacate

Dallas-based institutional investor Invesco Real Estate has completed its second big office purchase in Aliso Viejo in the past year.

Real Estate: Scott Stowell

Change in Standard Operating Procedure Puts Homebuilder Among Top 5 in Nation

The largest homebuilder based in Orange County got a lot larger on Scott Stowell’s watch last year.

KBS Eyes Charlotte Market With $147M Tower Buy

Deal Would Be First Office In City for NB Investor

An affiliate of Newport Beach-based KBS Realty Advisors is under contract to buy a 24-story office tower in Charlotte, N.C.

MetroCenter in Line for Big Renovation

REAL ESTATE: Sale likely biggest office deal of 2015

The new owners of MetroCenter at South Coast are planning a major renovation project of the office complex, with an expectation of turning the Costa Mesa site into one of Orange County’s most unique office campuses.

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Sunstone Sheds NY Hotel for $540M

Aliso Viejo-based hotel investor and operator Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. said that it has sold its leasehold interest in New York City’s Doubletree Guest Suites Times Square for $540 million.

PacSun Eyes HQ Sale to Raise Cash

REAL ESTATE: Company would lease back Anaheim property

Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. is exploring a sale of its Anaheim headquarters in an effort to raise cash.

2016 Preview: REAL ESTATE

Expect to see a lot more construction cranes join the skyline this year.

Lido Village Waterfront Office Bought for Redo

REAL ESTATE: Burnham pays $16.6M for Olen sites

Burnham USA is the latest developer looking to help revamp the Lido Village area of Newport Beach.

Newport Dunes Land Could See Pair of Hotels Built

275 Rooms,‘Value-Oriented Accommodations’ Planned

Brighton Management LLC, an Irvine-based hotel developer and manager, is looking to double down on plans at the Newport Dunes marina property in Newport Beach.

2015 YEAR IN REVIEW: Real Estate

Development action at the Platinum Triangle in Anaheim moved into overdrive this year, despite lingering uncertainty over the area’s biggest tenant: the Angels baseball team.

Greenlaw, Stillwater Partner for 2nd San Gabriel Buy

JV With CrossHarbor Pays $35M for Lakes Offices

Two local investors have teamed up to buy a second office campus in the San Gabriel Valley.

Another Insurance Firm Places Bet on OC Office Market

REAL ESTATE: New York Life affiliate snaps up tower near airport

One of the buildings at the Von Karman Towers office complex near John Wayne Airport is the latest local property to be purchased by a large insurance company.

New Look for Old St. John Knits Site?

REAL ESTATE: LBA envisions offices, hotel, movie theater, retail

LBA Realty, the owner of much of the Park Place mixed-used campus in Irvine, is looking to build a companion project on a nearby parcel of land that would feature offices, a movie theater, a hotel, retail and other features.

LBA Latest OC Investor With Eye to Buy in Phoenix

Rumored $275M Deal For 4-Office Portfolio

LBA Realty is in line to buy a big office complex in Phoenix, making the Irvine-based investor the latest Orange County real estate company making waves in that region.

Hip Is Hot: Costa Mesa Retail Center Draws $120M Investment

REAL ESTATE: LA firm buys into Burnham-Ward project off 405

SOCO—the hip mix of furniture, fashion, design and food tenants along the San Diego (405) Freeway in Costa Mesa—has gotten a new ownership structure and a big boost in its valuation.

Olen’s Spree: 3 Deals, 3 States, 1,000 Apartments

REAL ESTATE: Portfolio now tops 12,000 residential units

Olen Properties Corp. has spent nearly $200 million to buy three out-of-state apartment complexes this month, adding to a busy year of acquisitions for the Newport Beach-based real estate owner and developer.

IBC Apartment Sale Points to New Benchmark

REAL ESTATE: Estimate on per-unit price tops $400,000

A recently built apartment complex has traded hands in what looks to be one of the priciest per-unit deals for a multifamily property in the Irvine Business Complex.

Irvine Developer Gets $23 Million for Anaheim Hotel

Five-Story, 110,000-SF Project Set to Open in ’16

One of the developers planning a hotel for Anaheim’s resort area has gotten a construction loan to get the project under way.

Western Realco Buys 2nd Fullerton Development Site

8 Acres a Few Blocks From Former Beckman HQ

Western Realco has added another property in Fullerton—and another site with ties to medical testing company Beckman Coulter Inc.—to its industrial development pipeline.

China-Based Builder Gets 96 Acres in Lake Forest

REAL ESTATE: Pegged for 626 homes; deal estimated at $190M

A China-based homebuilder looking to diversify its operations into the U.S. has bought a big development site in Lake Forest.

New Home Takes Upscale Offerings To Phoenix Market

REAL ESTATE: First project outside state resembles Meridian in Newport

The New Home Co. has inked a deal to build an upscale housing project in the Phoenix area, its first development outside California.

John Hancock Pays $104.5 Million for 5000 Birch

REAL ESTATE: Insurer adds 3rd office building in JWA area

The real estate investment arm of John Hancock Life Insurance Co. has added a pair of office buildings in Newport Beach to its growing local portfolio.

Mobilitie's Move

$325M in Funding, Hiring Spree Point to National Network of Small Cell Base Stations

A just-completed $325 million fundraising deal for Mobilitie LLC comes as the Newport Beach-based wireless infrastructure company is gearing up for what it is calling the “largest network deployment initiative in the U.S.”

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Mobilitie Raises $325M in Debt Funding

Newport Beach’s Mobilitie LLC said that it had raised $325 million to fund the deployment of its wireless infrastructure projects.

Harrah Sees ‘Whole Package’ in Register Parent’s Turmoil

Developer Part of BK Bid, Could Try Again on Last of Publisher’s Land

Developer Mike Harrah said he remains interested in buying 14.3 acres surrounding the headquarters of the Orange County Register despite an earlier deal for the land falling apart and the newspaper’s parent company’s latest complications.

OC Office Development Gets Serious on Spec for '16

2.5M SF in Works Approaches Prerecession Pace

Developers are taking a much more varied approach to projects planned for Orange County’s office market next year than during the area’s last building boom.

Voit’s Latest Local Changes Are RiverRock’s Gains

1.5M-SF Management Pact Adds to Strategic Moves

Newport Beach-based RiverRock Real Estate Group Inc. has picked up a sizeable account for its property management business in the latest big change in the operations for Voit Real Estate Services and its affiliated companies.

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