Orange County Business Journal

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Cemetery Deal Caps Off Active Spring for FivePoint

A 250-acre land transaction in the heart of Irvine would be the highlight of the year for most area real estate companies and developers.

By Mark Mueller June 20, 2017 8:13 a.m. share »

Passco Adds Fla. Rentals, IE Retail in Buying Spree

Real estate investor Passco Cos. LLC, one of the fastest-growing private companies in Orange County in the past few years, isn’t showing signs of a slowdown, thanks to a recent active acquisition push inside and outside California.

By Mark Mueller June 19, 2017 midnight share »

Harrah Looks East For New Megaproject

Developer Mike Harrah is pushing ahead with plans for a major redevelopment of the Santa Ana land and buildings previously owned by the former parent company of the Orange County Register after the media company departed the property this year.

By Mark Mueller June 19, 2017 midnight share »

Tiny Home Development Proposed for W. Anaheim

Anaheim is pondering whether to go small—you could say tiny, even—on a housing project under consideration.

By Mark Mueller June 19, 2017 midnight share »

Anaheim Traffic Systems Firm Finds New Home

Econolite Group Inc., a maker of traffic lights and other transportation control systems and one of the region’s oldest companies, has found a new home in Anaheim.

By Mark Mueller June 19, 2017 midnight share »
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Carpet Manufacturer Closes Doors

Royalty Carpet Mills Inc., a longtime area carpet manufacturer based in Irvine, has closed, as have several affiliated companies.

By Mark Mueller June 15, 2017 12:30 p.m. share »
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Irvine Co. Adds Quad to Spectrum Development Push

Orange County’s dominant office landlord and the area’s most active office developer over the past four years isn’t resting on its laurels, with both a ground-up development and a creative-office renovation project in the works.

By Mark Mueller June 15, 2017 11 a.m. share »
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Window Closing For IBC Residential Development

The clock is ticking for residential developers looking to get entitlements for sites in the Irvine Business Complex during the current development boom cycle—and perhaps future cycles.

By Mark Mueller June 14, 2017 9:05 a.m. share »

Irvine’s Spectrum Takes Lead in Spec Office Projects

The office market in Irvine around John Wayne Airport was the hub of speculative office development during the last building boom, with four office towers adding 55 floors and about 1.4 million square feet to Orange County’s largest base of high-end buildings between 2007 and 2009.

By Mark Mueller June 12, 2017 midnight share »

New Hotels, Retail Drive Commercial Development

Orange County’s top commercial real estate developers kept busy last year with a host of retail, hotel and office projects, although the number of buildings nearing the finish line was smaller than the previous few years.

By Mark Mueller June 12, 2017 midnight share »

Local Construction Cos. Post Best Year Since 2009

Orange County’s largest commercial construction companies showed no signs of a slowdown in activity last year as a variety of large private and public-sector projects helped push revenues to a post-recession high.

By Mark Mueller June 12, 2017 midnight share »

Atlanta Buy Adds to CT Realty’s Industrial Pipeline

Newport Beach-based CT Realty Investors has bought its second massive industrial development site in less than a month after closing on land in Atlanta.

By Mark Mueller June 12, 2017 midnight share »

SEC Scrutiny Sinks Wealth Advisers’ Funds

More than two dozen investment fund affiliates of a Laguna Hills-based wealth adviser have filed for bankruptcy amid disclosures that federal and state regulatory authorities are investigating the adviser.

By Mark Mueller June 5, 2017 midnight share »

S. Coast Metro Offices Sell for Nearly $60M

Sandpointe at MacArthur Place, a two-building office site in the South Coast Metro area of Santa Ana, has been sold to a local investor in a deal that looks to be worth nearly $60 million.

By Mark Mueller June 5, 2017 midnight share »
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JWA Landmark: 2-Tower Project Eyed for MacArthur

A local commercial real estate investor and developer has unveiled plans for a two-tower commercial development across the street from John Wayne Airport in Irvine.

By Mark Mueller June 2, 2017 10:09 a.m. share »

St. Joseph Office Tower in Anaheim Sells for $58.9M

One of the largest offices in downtown Anaheim has sold at a big markup to its prior valuation, the latest sign of revitalization for the area around Anaheim’s city hall.

By Mark Mueller May 29, 2017 9:33 a.m. share »

Florida Hotel Investor Makes 2nd Buy in Orange

A Florida-based hotel investor whose chief executive was one of President Donald Trump’s biggest financial backers during the election cycle has made its second big purchase in the city of Orange.

By Mark Mueller May 29, 2017 midnight share »

Shopoff’s May in LA: Mobile Homes, Golf, Land

Irvine-based Shopoff Realty Investments has completed two purchases and a sale in Los Angeles County over the past month valued at more than $100 million.

By Mark Mueller May 29, 2017 midnight share »
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Spectrum Security: Cylance to New Tower

Security software maker Cylance Inc. plans to consolidate its local operations at the soon-to-open 400 Spectrum Center office tower in the Irvine Spectrum.

By Mark Mueller May 26, 2017 9:47 a.m. share »
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Edwards Lifesciences Expands HQ With Buy

Edwards Lifesciences Corp. has bought a midsized building next to its headquarters that’s under expansion in Irvine.

By Mark Mueller, Sherry Hsieh May 25, 2017 7:33 a.m. share »
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Virtual Marina

Oculus VR co-founder Palmer Luckey has bought a marina in Huntington Beach.

By Mark Mueller May 23, 2017 9:41 a.m. share »

CT Realty Plans NorCal Industrial Project

Newport Beach-based CT Realty Investors is planning one of the largest speculative industrial developments in Northern California in years after buying a big chunk of land in the Central Valley city of Stockton.

By Mark Mueller May 22, 2017 midnight share »

Stillwater Looks Inland With $38M Riverside Buy

Irvine-based Stillwater Investment Group, an investor in office, industrial, apartment and retail properties that began operations in 2014, has made its largest acquisition of the year in one of the most prominent office properties in the city of Riverside.

By Mark Mueller May 22, 2017 midnight share »

Porsche Dealership is Spectrum’s Latest Auto Addition

Karma Automotive LLC isn’t the only high-end car company making notable real estate moves in the Irvine Spectrum area.

By Mark Mueller May 22, 2017 midnight share »
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$443M Would Make FivePoint Broadcom Landlord

The $443 million sale of Broadcom Ltd.’s campus under construction in Irvine would be Orange County’s biggest office transaction in a decade.

By Mark Mueller May 16, 2017 9:18 a.m. share »

Katella Ave. Developers Go West to Cypress, Los Al

A roughly two-mile stretch of land along Katella Avenue in Anaheim could well be considered the hub of infill redevelopment in Orange County.

By Mark Mueller May 15, 2017 midnight share »

Luxe Hotel Planned Near Disneyland Resort

A 3.4-acre site just east of the Santa Ana (5) Freeway in Anaheim is being considered for a four-diamond hotel, the latest luxury hospitality project proposed for the area around the Anaheim Resort district.

By Mark Mueller May 15, 2017 midnight share »

Intracorp Grows IBC For-Sale Holdings With 2nd Buy

Meritage Homes appears to be a move-up buyer when it comes to development sites on one street in the Irvine Business Complex.

By Mark Mueller May 15, 2017 midnight share »
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FivePoint Communities Goes Public

FivePoint Communities Inc., the Aliso Viejo-based real estate developer that’s running Irvine’s Great Park Neighborhoods and other large housing projects in the state, completed its initial public offering on Wednesday, raising close to $300 million.

By Mark Mueller May 10, 2017 9:28 a.m. share »
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FivePoint Eyes Buyback of Broadcom Campus

FivePoint Communities Inc. confirmed it is considering buying back the under-construction campus of Broadcom Ltd. at Irvine’s Great Park Neighborhoods.

By Mark Mueller May 8, 2017 9:54 a.m. share »

TRI Pointe Looks Local to Boost Sales, Value

TRI Pointe Group Inc. has embraced a business-as-usual, California-first approach to its operations following its recent breakup with former majority stakeholder Starwood Capital Group Inc.

By Mark Mueller May 8, 2017 midnight share »

UCI Looks to Add Housing for 2,300 More Students

The University of California-Irvine is pursuing plans to add another big batch of student housing to its campus.

By Mark Mueller May 8, 2017 midnight share »

Emmes to Put Latest OC Office Buy Center Stage

The new owners of the Main Plaza office buildings in Irvine are planning an extensive overhaul of their latest Orange County investment, even after spending nearly $200 million to buy the airport-area towers.

By Mark Mueller May 1, 2017 midnight share »

New AC Hotel in Park Place Opens, Sells for $53.7M

Irvine’s newest hotel, Park Place’s AC Hotel, has a per-room value topping some of the most established hotels in the area around John Wayne Airport, based on a reading of newly filed property records.

By Mark Mueller May 1, 2017 midnight share »
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FivePoint IPO Would Raise Millions, Add to Ownership Complexity

FivePoint Communities Inc.’s transition into a publicly traded company will make its executive team rich and provide plenty of financial cover for the next housing downturn. It should also free up plenty of cash for future real estate acquisitions in and out of Orange County.

By Mark Mueller April 25, 2017 10:22 a.m. share »
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FivePoint Updates Terms of IPO

FivePoint Communities Inc. could raise nearly $600 million from its forthcoming initial public offering and a trio of concurrent private placement deals, according to new regulatory documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

By Mark Mueller April 24, 2017 10:43 a.m. share »

$56M Impac Mortgage Deal Involves Local Ties

Local real estate and private equity investors Richard and Todd Pickup have increased their already sizeable stakes in Impac Mortgage Holdings Inc. following a $56 million stock sale by the Irvine-based lender.

By Mark Mueller April 24, 2017 midnight share »

Sites Near 55 Freeway Eyed for Industrial, Chick-Fil-A

Big changes could be in the works for a large industrial property just off the Costa Mesa (55) Freeway in Santa Ana.

By Mark Mueller April 24, 2017 midnight share »

4000 MacArthur Office Property in NB on Block

The 4000 MacArthur office complex in Newport Beach is for sale again in what could prove to be Orange County’s largest office transaction so far this year.

By Mark Mueller April 17, 2017 midnight share »

$130M Sale of JCP’s Buena Park Site Sets New Mark

CenterPoint Properties has closed on the buy of J.C. Penney Co.’s massive logistics and distribution facility in Buena Park in one of the largest industrial sales in Orange County in years.

By Mark Mueller April 17, 2017 midnight share »
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TRI Pointe Stock Performance Slammed by Starwood

An eight-year partnership between Irvine-based homebuilder TRI Pointe Group Inc. and its former majority shareholder ended on an unexpected sour note.

By Mark Mueller April 14, 2017 8:12 a.m. share »
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New Home Preps 275 Acres in Corona

The New Home Co. Inc., one of the most active builders on the Irvine Ranch and other area master-planned communities owned by Orange County’s largest landowners, is turning the tables for a new project it has in the works just over the Riverside County line in Corona.

By Mark Mueller April 11, 2017 11:09 a.m. share »

Revamped Kaleidoscope Shopping Center Up for Sale

Mission Viejo’s Kaleidoscope shopping center is for sale.

By Mark Mueller April 10, 2017 midnight share »

Irvine Co. Thinks Small With Spectrum Purchase

Irvine Company has bought a low-rise office campus in the shadow of Broadcom Ltd.’s new office campus in the Irvine Spectrum.

By Mark Mueller April 10, 2017 midnight share »
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Hines Looks to Add Rentals, Hotel to Brea Site

Hines Interests LP is the latest big office owner in Orange County looking to add apartment development to its local repertoire.

By Mark Mueller April 6, 2017 10:28 a.m. share »
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Karma Auto Owners Pay $56M for Irvine HQ

Karma Automotive LLC is embracing a lease-to-own strategy, for its local real estate holdings, at least.

By Mark Mueller April 5, 2017 11:14 a.m. share »

Development Buoys OC Property Managers’ Books

A dose of development helped Orange County’s largest commercial property managers grow their local portfolios for the fifth straight year.

By Mark Mueller April 3, 2017 midnight share »

Brisk Sales Boost Bottom Line of CRE Brokerages

A brisk pace of building, apartment and land sales helped overcome some sluggish leasing activity in Orange County last year. The bottom line: another year of gains for the area’s largest commercial brokerages.

By Mark Mueller April 3, 2017 midnight share »

OC Office Developers Aim to Backfill Existing Space

Three of the area’s biggest owners of high-end office space in Orange County, Irvine Company, LBA Realty, and Hines Interests LP—have proposed a handful of local office projects totaling close to 750,000 square feet for the area around John Wayne Airport and the Irvine Spectrum.

By Mark Mueller April 3, 2017 midnight share »

Five Point IPO Still in Works, Says Lennar CEO

Aliso Viejo-based Five Point Holdings Inc., the master developer of Great Park Neighborhoods in Irvine and other large projects in California, hasn’t abandoned its plans for an initial public offering, according to one of the company’s largest investors.

By Mark Mueller April 3, 2017 midnight share »

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